The 2015 Naviance Summer Institute was in full swing on Tuesday with educators, college sponsors, and Naviance partners gathering from around the world in beautiful Tucson, Arizona. Here’s a quick recap of everything that happened on Day 1 of NSI.
Registration opened at 7:00 a.m. and we had a steady stream of participants checking in throughout the day. The Consultation Desk was also busy with many participants who were new to Naviance and/or new to NSI wanting to know how to make the most of the conference. Attendees were thrilled that there were conference sessions that met their needs and they liked the mobile app's ability to help sort and focus on sessions of interest.
NSI pre-conference courses were a great way for participants to start off the conference. New and veteran Naviance users were able to brush up on everything from general Naviance skills, to Success Planning, eDocs, Family Connection, and more.
Our course specifically designed for our higher education partners called "Naviance for Higher Education" was also well attended. The college attendees were very engaged. They felt that the assessments and other college and career readiness activities available in Naviance will help students to focus on what they want from a college, which could lead to better choices for both students and colleges.
COLLEGE & SPONSOR FAIR
In addition to the pre-conference sessions, Naviance Network members enjoyed a College and Sponsor Fair, engaging with their colleagues in higher education and learning more about Hobsons’ partners Roadtrip Nation, Gallup, Career Key, IntelliVOL, TeenLife, and The Common Application.
More than 20 higher education partners, including Diamond Partner University of Oregon participated in the College Fair.
NSI participants ended the day will a celebration and backyard barbeque on the resort’s terrace and lawn. Attendees experienced food, drinks, and fun games and activities, such as giant chess on the lawn, corn hole, Jenga, and stargazing with onsite astronomers. Conference participants and their guests also have enjoyed the beautiful resort, swimming in the pool, strolling the grounds and snapping pictures of the giant Saguaro cacti Tucson is known for. Many have reported wildlife encounters as well, with sightings of javelina and deer.
NSI 2015 kicked off with a bang, and we can’t wait to bring you a recap of day two! For photos of yesterday’s activities, head over to our Facebook page.