Pre-Conference Workshops

Sunday, October 8th: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Cost: Free (NAEOP Members) – Lunch Provided

Writing for the upcoming SSS competitions? Join us as we dive deep into writing a competitive grant and answer your questions prior to the USDE release of the official RFP. Hosts Amy Verlanic & Sari Byerly provide expert insight and advice as you begin to draft your grant.


Sunday, October 8th  9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Cost: $125 – Lunch Provided

This session is designed to introduce TRIO professionals and teams to the StrengthsFinder Assessment tool, help them understand how to utilize the information from the reports, improve communication and reduce conflict, maximize engagement, and help their team to thrive through mutual goal setting.

Upon Completion, participants will:

  • Recognize and appreciate their own strengths
  • Communicate with and understand their team better
  • Implement strength-based goals into their professional sphere
  • Feel acknowledged, appreciated, and engaged

9:00 Assessment
10:00 Introduction
11:00 Group activity: Your Top 5 Strengths
12:30 Lunch Activity: Needs & Contributions
1:30 Strengths for Teams
2:00 4 Domains of Team Strengths
2:30 Exploring the Team Matrix
3:30 Team Goal Setting
4:15 Closing


Sunday, October 8th: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Cost: Free (NAEOP Members) – Lunch not Provided

Effective alumni engagement can have tremendous benefits for your alum and the current participants in your project. In this pre-conference workshop, attendees will learn about and discuss best practices and opportunities for alumni engagement. Attendees will hear from guest speakers about alumni initiatives at the state, regional, and national levels, and how their project can connect and contribute to those efforts. Finally, time will be devoted for attendees to develop a plan to increase alumni engagement within their project.

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