At Signal Vine, we love to talk about text. We’ve found that the best way to reach organizations and talk about the power of texting is to meet them where they’re at - education conferences! The past few months have been a whirlwind of traveling, presenting, and meeting awesome organizations around the country who want to better engage students with texting.
The #TextMeBack Tour led us to so many different areas of the education field, which goes to show just how flexible and impactful texting can be with all kinds of student behaviors and outcomes. Here’s a sneak peek into our experience traveling the country to learn about the latest trends in education:
NCAN: September 28 - 30
We kicked off our fall tour in sunny Orlando at the National College Access Network conference. Our booth was flooded with familiar faces, new organizations wanting to talk about text, and people petting our fluffy mascot, Squiggle the Silky Chicken.
We had the opportunity to share the results of the Summer Melt texting pilot we did with NCAN over the summer and talk about future texting programs with our NCAN partners. After meeting other great companies committed to college access and success at the Success Gallery, we presented with uAspire and CollegeBound Foundation to a full room of organizations collaborating on how to best implement texting in their programs.
NACAC: October 1 - 3
Next stop: San Diego! This was our second year attending the National Association for College Admission Counseling conference, and we continued to have great conversations with college admissions teams and high school college access programs.
One of the highlights of NACAC was the time we spent with our friends at uAspire. We attended the uAspire Affordability Lab, where we joined a variety of organizations to brainstorm new ideas for improving access to affordable postsecondary education. After a few busy days of conferencing, we wrapped up our time in San Diego with a sunset 5K run by the bay.
NACADA: October 4 - 7
From San Diego, we made our way to Las Vegas for the National Academic Advising Association conference - a new one for us. We had awesome conversations with advising teams from universities across the country about how student advising programs can use texting. Among all of these new faces, we spotted our friends from Brigham Young University, Utah Valley University, and University of Alabama Birmingham!
Overall, we had quite the winning streak at NACADA. Squiggle, however, wasn’t so lucky…
NSPA: October 12 - 14
After a few days at home to regroup, it was time to head to Charleston for the National Scholarship Providers Association conference. We presented with our friends at Golden Apple Foundation about how scholarship programs can best utilize texting, which led to great conversations with organizations and universities about using texting for scholarship applicants and awardees and communicating scholarship opportunities to students.
GEAR UP West: October 18 - 20
Though this wasn’t our first time at GEAR UP West, it was our first time visiting beautiful Boise, Idaho! When we weren’t enjoying Boise’s unique ice cream potatoes, we were speaking with GEAR UP programs about our work with Montana GEAR UP on texting high school students and partnering with colleges to ease the transition process.
NACEP: October 25 - 27
We had some serious chapped lips when we landed in Denver for the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships conference - thankfully NACEP’s hydration package helped us have a great time in the Mile High City! Between meetings with colleges and school districts, we presented with Youngstown State University to more than 65 people about utilizing texting for dual enrollment programs.
AHEPPP: November 3 - 5
Yesterday, we returned from the Association of Higher Education Parent/Family Program Professionals conference. We loved exploring Savannah and meeting with a variety of people who work with the parents and families of college students. Our presentation at this conference focused on the Delaware Department of Education's use of texting to interact with parents in the state of Delaware.