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MKN Conferences and Professional Development

MO-KAN-NE offers a variety of professional development opportunities for TRIO and GEAR UP professionals to expand their skills. ​​

MKN Annual Conference

Annual Conference

The Missouri-Kansas-Nebraska

(MO-KAN-NE) Chapter of the Educational Opportunity Association (EOA) will be holding its 46th Annual Conference,


Where - Kansas City, MO. - Country Club Plaza Marriott 

Our Annual Conference is a place where we can increase our engagement, learn pertinent skills, be inspired, provide support, network with colleagues, and share our expertise.  

Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza Hotel Booking Information 

Book your group rate for MO-KAN-NE Chapters Conference 2024

 

You will find the information for your online reservation link below. If you have questions or need help with the link, please do not hesitate to ask. We appreciate your business and look forward to a successful event.

Click the link either above or below to book your conference hotel room. 

Hotel Information Summary:

MO-KAN-NE Chapters Conference 2024

Start Date: Monday, April 1, 2024

End Date: Friday, April 5, 2024

Last Day to Book your Hotel: Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Hotel(s) offering your special group rate:

Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza for $174 USD per night

Book your group rate for MO-KAN-NE Chapters Conference 2024

**For individuals who have tax-exempt status in the State of Missouri. A paper copy of your tax-exempt status letter will need to be provided at the time of check-in.** 

Please use the link below to purchase the following registration ticket options:

Pre-Conference: DreamCatcher Session

New Professionals Session 

Reg Member, Non-Member, Student, Admin, Retiree

Goals

 Our conference is a place where we can increase our engagement, learn pertinent skills, be inspired, provide support, network with colleagues, and share our expertise.

Knowledge

 Our conference is a place where we can increase our engagement, learn pertinent skills, be inspired, provide support, network with colleagues, and share our expertise.

Development

 Our conference is a place where we can increase our engagement, learn pertinent skills, be inspired, provide support, network with colleagues, and share our expertise.

Leadership

 Our conference is a place where we can increase our engagement, learn pertinent skills, be inspired, provide support, network with colleagues, and share our expertise.

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Pre-Conference Details 

1 – DreamCatcher Curriculum

(4 Hours) 2 Part Training –

Provided by Amiee and Whitney of

DreamCatcher Curriculum

Members: $100

Non Members: $150

April 2, 2024, 1 pm - 5 pm 

Pre-Conference
DreamCatcher
 

Part 1 – Put Your Head Into It:

Student Engagement Strategies, throughout this presentation staff will be introduced to the topic of student engagement and brain science learning strategies. Brain Tricks for Deeper Learning and Engagement Quick Takes will be discussed in-depth, as well as, demonstrations, partner activities, and Brain Breaks to discuss Brain Science Strategies.

 

Part 2 – Chill for Staff:

Participants will explore the topic of stress, anxiety, and multi-tasking on the brain and body. Participants will be guided through small group exercises of meditation, breathing exercises, and strategies about how to boost mood. Facilitators will also introduce technology components that will participants reinforce their learning about stress management. *Note to participants – This is not a sales program. Dreamcatcher is not looking for participants to purchase their products, they just want to provide their services and knowledge to TRIO/GEAR UP professionals.

Pre-Conference Session
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Pre-Conference
SSS Program
Design Workshop

MKN invites you and your program to an engaging pre-conference workshop led by Lucy Jones, TRIO Consultant.

The workshop will focus on enhancing your program design by learning about different strategies and emphasizing how to incorporate required services. 

Attendees will earn what it takes to build, implement, and execute an SSS Program. 

Pre-Conference Details 

Student Support Services

Program Workshop

Members: $200

Non Members: $275

April 2, 2024, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm 

MKN Achiever

MKN 2024
Achiever

Nominations are now open for the 2024 MO-KAN-NE Achievers Award

The recognition ceremony will take place at the MKN Annual Conference in April. Nominate your MKN Achiever today!  

What is a MKN Achiever? 

An MKN Achiever is an outstanding former TRIO/GEAR UP participant who has received recognition within his/her profession or for outstanding academic achievement.  They are individuals who have made significant civic, community, or professional contributions. 


MKN Achievers are recognized at the MKN Achievers banquet at the Annual Conference.  It is a special event that gives our MO-KAN-NE community an opportunity to congratulate our alumni on their success.

 

This award further serves as a source of pride in the knowledge that

MO-KAN-NE continues to make a difference in the lives of thousands of first-generation and low-income students throughout the MO-KAN-NE region and the United States.

 For 2024, the MO-KAN-NE Chapter will honor

up to three (3) MKN Achievers.  

Submission deadline is March 1, 2024, by 5:00 pm

Criteria for selection of MKN Achiever

The MKN Achiever nominee must:  

  • Be a former TRIO/GEAR UP program participant who was enrolled in and successfully completed a TRIO/GEAR UP program in the MO-KAN-NE Region.

  • Have enrolled in and successfully completed a post-secondary program of study resulting in a baccalaureate or terminal degree from an accredited institution of higher education. 

  • Must be a person of high stature within his/her profession or has received recognition for outstanding academic achievement.  

  • Must currently be employed above the entry-level designation for his/her profession or enrolled in a program for a degree above the baccalaureate degree. Special preference is given to nominees who have been out of school for five or more years.  

  • Must have made significant civic, community, or professional contributions.  

 

  • Acknowledge that participation in the TRIO/GEAR UP project had a significant impact on the candidate in obtaining his/her educational and/or professional objectives.  

The 2024 MKN Achiever Nomination Form is attached here. 

2023-24 MKN Achiever Form - Fillable.docx 

 

Please contact the MKN Achiever Chair,

Liz Shepard at liz.shepard@cowley.edu

if you need additional information or assistance.

MKN 2024 Hall of Fame

MKN 2024
Hall of Fame

Nominations are now open for the 2024 MO-KAN-NE Hall of Fame Award

The Chapter recognizes and rewards its members who have shown outstanding commitment, energy, and excellence toward achieving the mission and goals of the organization by induction into the MO-KAN-NE Hall of Fame.

 

Persons confirmed to the MO-KAN-NE Hall of Fame will receive Honorary Membership status in MKN as defined in the Chapter’s constitution. This status is reflected in the program for MKN’s Annual Conference and in the MKN directory.

The Nomination Process:  

  • Any Active Professional member of the MKN organization may nominate an individual to be considered for induction into the MO-KAN-NE Hall of Fame. 

  • The names of all nominees shall be submitted to the Board of Directors for approval. 

  • The Board of Directors will be responsible for the final confirmation of any member inducted into the MO-KAN-NE Hall of Fame. 

  • There will be no designated time (i.e. annually, bi-annually, etc.) that the organization must induct members. Members will be nominated and inducted solely on the basis of merit.

Submission deadline is March 1, 2024, by 5:00 pm

Criteria for selection of
MKN Hall of Fame 

Selection Criteria: 

  • The nominee shall be at least a ten-year Active Professional member of MKN and should be of current status at the time of nomination and induction. 

  • The nominee shall have served as an officer in MKN and/or chaired a committee on the MKN level. 

  • The nominee shall have demonstrated strong leadership by having provided professional development workshops, educational training, or developed model or exemplary programs for the organization's constituency. 

  • The nominee shall have coordinated a successful major fund-raising activity and/or generated significant other outside support for MKN activities. 

  • The nominee shall have provided an outstanding contribution to the goals and mission of MKN. 

  • The nominator must submit a letter supporting the nomination of the nominee. 

 

Nominations for MKN Hall of Fame will be done electronically at the following link:

 

Click here to submit a nomination for the MKN Hall of Fame

 

Please contact the MKN Hall of Fame Chair,

Rashawn Harvey at 

mokanne-halloffame@eoa.org 

if you need additional information or assistance.

2024 Outstanding Institution & Professional
2024 MKN Outstanding Institution & MKN Outstanding Professional Awards

Submission deadline:  March 8th!!

Nominations are now open for the 2024 MKN Outstanding Institution & MKN Outstanding Professional Awards.  Please find the applications attached.  The recognition ceremony will take place at the MKN Annual Conference in April.

The MKN College Access and Success Outstanding Institution may be any institution or organization committed to the TRIO/GEAR UP/EOP movement that exemplifies the goal of ensuring that college access and success is available to all students. Through their work with a TRIO/GEAR UP/EOP grant, this institution exudes the passion, professionalism, and perseverance to effectively assist low-income and/or first-generation students in their quest to access and succeed in college. We encourage you to think of the champions who work with your TRIO/GEAR UP/EOP grant to ensure student success.
 

The MKN College Access and Success Outstanding Professional is committed to the TRIO/GEAR UP/EOP movement and the goal of ensuring that college access and success is available to all students. Through their work with TRIO/GEAR UP/EOP, this person exudes the passion and perseverance to assist low-income and/or first-generation students in their quest to attain a postsecondary education. We encourage you to think of the heroes within your grant who work hard every day for students, including but not limited to: directors, assistant directors, educational specialists, evaluators, coordinators, grant managers, and college advisors.

 

 

 

Please contact the MKN Advocacy & Recognition Chair,

Julie Cayton at jcayton1@emporia.edu if you need additional information. 

Call for Proposals
2024 MKN Call for Proposals

Submission deadline:  March 8th!!

We are in search of proposals for our annual conference and we hope you can help!

The MKN annual conference is a place where attendees can increase engagement, learn pertinent skills, be inspired, provide support, network with colleagues, and share our expertise. This year's annual conference theme is centered around creating change, access, and empowerment. The success of the annual conference depends on the active participation and contribution of the membership in presenting sessions and workshops that are engaging and informative.
 

You are invited to submit a proposal to share your expertise on successful programs and activities; such as motivating, engaging, and inspiring employees, strategies to impact students, recruitment, and innovative practices and procedures with your TRIO/GEAR UP and other educational opportunity program colleagues. The purpose of the workshop sessions is to increase the knowledge of and provide practical tools for the attendees to utilize and that support the work they do with students, staff, colleagues, and within the community. 

Here is the link to submit a proposal:  https://forms.gle/UQtPehDbXsUX4cUQ7 

You are encouraged to consider sharing your knowledge and skill sets with your colleagues! 

Proposals must be submitted by Friday, March 8, 2024

Please contact the MKN Proposals Chair,

Jeromy Layman, at jlayman@sfccmo.edu if you need additional information. 

Please put "MOKANNE Proposals" in the Subject Line

Member Involved in Leadership & Engagement (MILE)

MILE

Mile

Member Involved in Leadership & Engagement

 

MILE is to create a network of engaged TRIO professionals while gaining knowledge of MKN/EOA/COE, the importance of state and federal advocacy, and to critically think about enhancing the quality of the MKN

Chapter  

The priority deadline for this application is Friday, December 15

Goals

The one‐year program involves six, 2‐day training sessions that are held on Fridays in Kansas City, MO or virtual meeting within the MO-KAN-NE region. One of the six sessions are held in conjunction with the annual EOA conferences.

Knowledge

Possess a greater understanding of COE, EOA, US Department of Education, MO-KAN-NE history, structure, objectives, and procedures. 

Development

Contribute to the success of their respective chapters and the original association by assuming leadership responsibilities such as holding offices, chairing committees, and serving as mentors for new MO-KAN-NE professionals

Leadership

The Cohort will have an opportunity to experience Chapter Board and EOA meetings. The cohort will have an opportunity to display their leadership skills and create a Drive-in Conference for the member and new professionals.

Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI)

ELI

Emerging Leaders Institute(ELI)

WHAT IS ELI?

The Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI) is an innovative program that was designed by EOA leaders who recognized the need to strengthen EOA by developing potential leaders from within the association. Initiated in 1989, the program’s purpose was to identify and prepare EOA members to assume leadership positions at the chapter and regional levels, to help those individuals grow personally and professionally, and to strengthen the association.

The Emerging Leaders Institute is a year‐long leadership development program. The program’s design combines professional development, networking opportunities, and hands‐on experiences that prepare participants for greater involvement in EOA and in the respective chapters.

Goals

The one‐year program involves five, 2‐day training sessions that are held on Fridays and Saturdays in various cities within the EOA region. Two of the five sessions are held in conjunction with the annual EOA conferences.

Knowledge

Possess a greater understanding of EOA’s history, structure, objectives and procedures.

Development

Contribute to the success of their respective chapters and the original association by assuming leadership responsibilities such as holding offices, chairing committees, and serving as mentors for new EOA professionals.

Leadership

Become committed to their professions, the association, and the students they serve.

During the ELI training sessions, participants:

  • Network with EOA Professionals

  • Gain a better understanding of the EOA organization.

  • Develop and enhance leadership skills through professional development activities and individual assignments.

  • Complete an ELI class project as charged by the EOA president.

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