DAY 1 Wednesday, February 22, 2017
2–4 p.m.AP Capstone and Beyond: Skills-Based Knowledge and Service Learning in AP
This session details an innovative new pilot program, AP with WE Service, focused on service learning in six AP courses.College Admission Landscape Panel
This workshop will explore college admission trends, as well as policies and practices related to advisement, recruitment, and admission.Connecting Students to Opportunity: College Advising Tips, Tools, and Resources
Join this interactive session to learn about best practice strategies in college advising, including critical advanced placement, college planning, and assessment tools.
DAY 2 Thursday, February 23, 2017
7 a.m.–5 p.m.
8–9:15 a.m.Dr. Talithia Williams, Harvey Mudd College
Dr. Talithia Williams takes sophisticated numerical concepts, including her specialty field big data, and makes them understandable and relatable to everyone. As illustrated in her popular TED Talk, "Own Your Body's Data," she demystifies the mathematical process in amusing and insightful ways, using statistics as a way of seeing the world in a new light and transforming our future through the bold new possibilities inherent in the STEM (science, technology, mathematics, and engineering) fields. As an associate professor of mathematics at Harvey Mudd College, she has made it her life's work to get people — students, parents, educators, and community members — more excited about the possibilities inherent in a STEM education.
8 a.m.–5 p.m.
9:30–10:30 a.m.AP Insight: A Strategic Focus to Build AP Course Mastery
Learn how to help more students attain college success with AP Insight.Fostering Educational Equity for Low-income Students via Financial Literacy
This session focuses on intentional tactics for fostering educational equity for socioeconomically disadvantaged students by providing just-in-time financial education for college and beyond.Guidance and Admission Assembly
Join us to learn what the College Board's Guidance and Admission Assembly Council has been working on this year and help shape its agenda for 2017 and beyond.It DOES Take a Village: Collaborative Efforts for Student Success
Learn how the collaborative nature of one district’s approach contributes to student achievement and how the elements can be utilized in and shared with other districts.Jump Start for Juniors: College Application Boot Camp After the AP Exams
The session addresses the needs of high schools who serve high-achieving, mixed socioeconomic populations.Outreach to the New SAT Student: What You Should Know
This session will focus on additional information contained in the new SAT and how to use it in your outreach to students.Texas OnCourse: Plan Early, Plan Smart -- Postsecondary and Career Advising
A discussion of Texas onCourse, an innovative professional development initiative, which aims to improve advising and streamline student postsecondary and career pathways.
10:45–11:45 a.m.Academic Assembly
Join us to learn what the College Board's Academic Assembly Council has been working on this year and help shape its agenda for 2017 and beyond.Advanced Placement Isn't Just May!
Representatives of the Cedar Park High School in Texas share the decade-long development of their advanced placement program.Collaboration that Breeds Student Success
This session will focus on the increased partnership between Lone Star College — Montgomery and the Conroe Independent School District.College Matching Strategies: Reducing College Undermatching
This presentation will highlight four college matching strategies in high school programming that have made gains in reducing student undermatches.Enhancing Relationships Through Counselor Visits and Advisory Boards
This session will highlight the approaches taken by three universities to help their high school counselors build relationships in order to simplify the college search process.Expanding College Advising for All in Houston ISD
The Houston Independent School District has partnered with the philanthropic community to dramatically improve college advising in the district.The Role of Mentoring in the Career Arc of an AP Teacher
In this session, we’ll explore the benefits of peer-to-peer professional development using the AP Mentoring program as a case study.Who's Afraid of SSD?
Learn best practices for Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) coordination at the campus and district levels.
12:45–1:45 p.m.Student Voices: Learning from Those We Teach
Join the College Board in celebrating students. In this rich discussion students will talk about strategies, best practices, and overcoming challenges in preparing for college and career. As the student population grows increasingly diverse, it begs the question of how to best leverage resources to meet individual needs. The role and importance of effort, focused practice and persistence in the educational journey will also be explored.
2:15–3:15 p.m.College Scholarship Service Assembly
Join us to learn what the College Board's College Scholarship Service (CSS) Assembly Council has been working on and help shape its agenda for 2017 and beyond.College-Ready Blueprint
An exploration of the Garland Independent School District’s strategic college-ready blueprint that includes college and career planning, college assessments, test preparation skill development, college credit opportunities, and a robust communication plan.Delivering Opportunity to Students: the Role of AP Credit & Placement
This session will walk you through what two institutions did to become more informed about AP student readiness.Education Without Borders
To reach potential students and promote a college-going culture, Lone Star College partnered with high school counselors to provide assistance to students at their campuses.Financial Aid Verification — Process and Tips
Texas Tech University is working to provide a system that simplifies the verification process for both students and parents.Legislative Update: Spotlight on the Southwestern Region
Presenters will share updates on the major influences facing each of the four states in the Southwestern Region.Partnering with Digital Resources: Using Digital Tools to Enrich the ELA/ELD Classroom
In this session experienced SpringBoard teachers and trainers will explore how digital resources can improve the student experience. Skills associated with close reading of complex texts will also be reviewed.Sharing the Learning Journey from High School to College
A panel presentation on the annual AustinEd Summit.
3:30–4:30 p.m.Authentic Career Exploration Drives Better Student Course Planning
For the first time this fall, all students who took the PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 8/9 received free access to personalized career exploration from Roadtrip Nation, thanks to a partnership with the College Board. Learn about the tools that students have access to, the research behind the platform, and the connection with more effective course selection.How Secondary School Curricular Developments are Preparing Interculturally Competent University Students
This session will spark discussion and debate and provide practical takeaways for experienced AP teachers.Making AP Courses Accessible for Underrepresented Students
Participants will learn strategies to help underrepresented students succeed in an AP course.Partnering with Community Colleges to Lessen Transfer Shock
This session addresses the planning, curricular decisions, and intended outcomes to prevent “transfer shock” experienced by two-year community college students.The School Counselor Toolkit: Assessments, Scores, and Reporting
In this interactive session, school counselors will learn about the benefits and resources found within the online scoring portal for the SAT Suite of Assessments.Trends in College Prices, Financial Aid, Student Debt, and Payoff
As the price of college and student debt levels continue to rise, many students and families are questioning whether college is still worth it. In this session, the authors of Trends in College Pricing, Trends in Student Aid, and Education Pays will answer this question by providing up-to-date information from the 2016 editions of these reports.Weighting Game: Can Dual Credit and Advanced Placement Coexist?
Join our discussion as we embark on the pros and cons of providing access to both Dual-Credit and AP.
DAY 3 Friday, February 24, 2017
9:15–10:45 a.m.Effective Partnerships Between Universities and High School Counselors
An exploration of the relationships between admission officers and high school counselors.Eye on Washington: The Post-Election Outlook for Higher Education
Session participants will review the latest news about the new administration and will consider possible repercussions of the 2016 election.Predicting the Future: Early FAFSA and Prior-Prior Year
Participants will develop strategies for conducting PPY-related benchmarking on their campuses and will leave equipped to better plan for the effects of Prior-Prior Year for 2017-18 and beyond.SAT Suite Reporting Made Easy: Find Just What You Need and Use It Efficiently
This session is designed to make life easier for counselors as they access and use data from the SAT Suite of Assessments’ enhanced online reports.Supporting the Work of AP Vertical Teams
Hear how AP Vertical Teams have defined Pre-AP and aligned instruction to support student access to AP courses in the Katy ISD in Texas.The AP Program: Changes, Developments, and Updates
Hear from AP leaders about new developments in the AP Program.