Why present at the Education Reach for Texans Conference?: The mission of Education Reach is to champion post secondary success for foster care alumni by facilitating collaboration between the statewide child welfare partners and institutions of higher education, to increase access to college and success all youth. Since its inception in 2009, as a grassroots effort, Education Reach has offered training and support for foster care liaisons and campus support programs at Texas public institutions of higher education, so that students from foster care do not navigate the complex postsecondary journey alone.
You will have the opportunity to share your expertise with an engaged audience of child welfare professionals and dedicated community stakeholders. Receive feedback on your presentation from attendees. Network and build partnerships with other local service providers. Market your programs to a broader community. All presenters will be a feature spotlight on Education Reach for Texans AND Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing's social media communication channels. When & where is the conference?: The 9th Annual Education Reach for Texans Conference is hosted by North Central Texas Community College (NCTC), Texas Woman’s University (TWU), and the University of North Texas (UNT) in Denton, Texas. The conference dates are Friday and Saturday June 1-2, 2018 and the event will be held at the Embassy Suites (100 Town Center Trail, Denton, TX 76207).
Who Attends: For the past eight years 150-250 child welfare practitioners, researchers, and foster care liaisons and advocates join us for our annual conference. Every 2-year and 4-year institution/college/university in Texas is required to have a liaison for foster care alumni, we want to successfully prepare liaisons for their roles in supporting students on their campuses and challenge existing programs to grow and do more. The conference will offer opportunities to build partnerships, grow your networks, enhance your programs, gain support, and establish strong accountability systems.
Conference Theme: Pathway to Success: People, Passion & Purpose We are looking for proposals that demonstrate meaningful, effective, and sustainable collaborations across research, policy, and practice to increase learning opportunities for all youth. Some examples of topics of interest related to foster care alumni and post-secondary education include:
Building Support (People)
Post-secondary education benefits
Supervised Independent Living (SIL) Programs
Innovative proposals that address supporting foster care alumni in post-secondary education
Innovative ways to assist with mental health
Building Programs & Networks (Passion)
Challenges and rewards from campus foster care alumni programs
Collaborative community projects to support foster care alumni success
Foster care alumni experience
Building Accountability Systems (Purpose)
Academic research on foster care alumni in post-secondary education
Starting, sustaining, and/or funding foster care alumni programs on college campuses
All presenters must register and pay for the conference by May 15th or lose their opportunity to present.
Please complete the online Proposal Submission Form. No other forms of submission will be reviewed. If you have questions regarding the form or the submission process, please contact Shannon Mann-Butler before the deadline. You will receive a notification of acceptance by April 23, 2018.