Have you registered for the 2014 Naviance Summer Institute yet? This July 15th – 17th, hundreds of education professionals will gather in beautiful Palm Springs, California for team building, networking, increased productivity, in-person learning and professional inspiration.

Here are 14 reasons you should attend NSI 2014:

#1: The Amazing Sessions

Spread over three days, the Naviance Summer Institute will host more than 40 sessions lead by your educator peers, Naviance product experts, and partners from across the education industry. Session topics this year will include: integrating college readiness into the school day, growing Naviance usage across staff and students, utilizing National Student Clearinghouse® data, creating a college-going culture with Naviance, district implementations, Individual Education Plans for students, student ambassador programs, PrepMe, international usage of Naviance, the importing process and using data effectively, the role of school staff in a Naviance implementation, parent engagement, and college counseling in an urban environment.

#2: The In-Person Learning

Naviance Summer Institute is the most comprehensive in-person Naviance learning experience that we offer. Pre-conference courses and informational sessions delivered on-site by Naviance trainers, consultants, support specialists, product managers, and power users will provide you with “how to” learning on all aspects of Naviance and other Hobsons K-12 solutions. You will come away with tips and tricks that you can apply immediately to your day-to-day activity.

#3: The Networking

With attendees representing all corners of the world, the conference is an excellent chance to meet other Naviance users, higher education professionals, Hobsons education partners, and Hobsons staff. This year our Welcome Reception, Educator’s College Fair, networking lunch, and partner exhibits will offer ample opportunities for networking and building professional connections.

#4: The Keynote

This year’s keynote speaker is Darrius Garrett, author, poet, actor, songwriter, motivational speaker & original freedom writer. From his official biography: “In a few short years, Darrius Garrett transitioned from the hood to humanitarian, reaching heights he once could only imagine. As an inner-city youth of Long Beach, Calif., Garrett could easily have become a product of his environment but instead rose to become a pillar of his community. He became a New York Times bestselling author at a young age when he co-wrote The Freedom Writers Diary, which inspired the 2007 movie The Freedom Writers starring Hilary Swank. In the film, Garrett was portrayed as the heart-wrenching character Marcus. He also wrote the song “Change” for the movie’s soundtrack.”

#5: The Reviews

Naviance Summer Institute is a one-of-a-kind conference that will expand your knowledge of Naviance, and ultimately make you, your school, and your students more successful. But don't just take our word for it. Betsy Stangel, college scholarship coordinator at Mount Carmel Academy, shares why she has found the conference to be so valuable.

#6: The Strengths Coaching Café

New this year, we will be hosting the Strengths Coaching Café. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a free strengths coaching session with Gallup experts to discuss their assessment results after taking one of Gallup's premiere assessments – StrengthsQuest. The sharing of strengths will facilitate networking and unique discussions among NSI attendees!

#7: The Team Building

The conference provides the opportunity to gather with your team to set goals and objectives for the upcoming school year. Together you can brainstorm ideas for implementation, optimize your existing deployment, discuss how to tailor best practices to your specific needs, and talk openly about successes and lessons learned.

#8: The Increased Productivity

For three dedicated days of uninterrupted learning, you’ll discover ways to become more efficient and productive in your role. You will learn valuable best practices in pre-conference courses, general sessions, and throughout the conference that you can use and take back to your school or district to share with your peers.

#9: The Inspiration

NSI creates a “buzz” among the Naviance Network that is contagious and excites attendees to go back and make a difference with their students and get off on the right foot at the start of the academic year. Participants are eager to put into practice what they learn and share their experiences and findings with their colleagues to help them drive Naviance adoption and awareness within the school community.

#10: The Graduate Credit

Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado is offering the option to earn graduate credit by attending the Naviance Summer Institute. Adams State is offering any attendee a two credit-hour course titled Launching & Implementing Naviance: A College-Going Information Support System, and the cost is only $55 per credit hour.

#11: The Delta Discount

Save on travel to Palm Springs with Delta Air Lines. Delta is offering discounted flights for attendees traveling from the United States or Canada. Watch this short video to learn more about how to book your flight to obtain the discount or download the instructions.

#12: The Resort

The conference will take place at the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa in Palm Springs, California. Enjoy the best of Palm Springs Golf on one of the championship courses, lounge at any of the three pools, splash down the 60-foot waterslide or enjoy a delectable meal at one of the many restaurant options, including the signature Pinzimini restaurant.

#13: The Family Fun

Naviance Summer Institute is a family-friendly event. The resort provides a lot of activity for guests of conference attendees, and we encourage you to bring a guest to participate in the welcome reception on July 15, for an additional fee. The city of Palm Springs is celebrating its 75 th anniversary in 2014, so check out this video for more inspiration on fun activities for the whole family.

#14: The Recognition

Recognize your peers (or be recognized yourself!) for their hard work and dedication in using Naviance to help students succeed. At NSI we award one organization with Innovative Program of the Year and for individuals, the Excellence in Leadership award. This award is given each year to two deserving individuals who are viewed by his or her peers as outstanding leaders in their use of Naviance to advance student success.

So what are you waiting for? Register for the 2014 Naviance Summer Institute today and get in on the fun!

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