Annual Member Meeting

Conference Overview

Amplify Your Reach

Comprised of secondary, postsecondary, and adult education innovators, the NROC membership community annually gathers to share NROC implementation experiences and learn from one another. The 2020 theme, Amplify Your Reach, centers planning, outreach, and storytelling strategies that improve student success.

Join us for this energizing user conference, March 22–25, 2020 in Monterey, CA, and take home replicable and effective implementation and awareness-building strategies.

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Featured Keynote Speaker

Dawn J. Fraser is a storyteller, a public speaker, and a nationally Dawn Fraseracclaimed communications coach. She is the creator and host of the show Barbershop Stories, which features storytellers performing true tales in New York City barbershops and salons. Additionally, she is the chief executive officer (CEO) of Fraser’s Edge, LLC, which offers programs designed to develop leadership potential through storytelling. 

Fraser has worked with Google, Spotify, Chanel, Peace Corps, and Harvard University and serves as a lead instructor at The Moth and The Story Studio. She received her Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School, where she was awarded the Barbara Jordan Award for Women’s Leadership. She loves being a twin, a Trinidadian, and tweetable @dawnjfraser.

Workshop Description

Persuasive communication is a must-have skill, whether your goal is to articulate the merit of an initiative or program, to motivate team members to get on board with a new strategy, or to persuade stakeholders to support an ambitious project. In this keynote workshop, you will learn how to develop engaging personal stories, reorient the use of data to articulate human values, nurture leadership potential, recognize the science of compelling content, and implement techniques that lead to breakthrough communication.

2020 Agenda

Hotel and Logistics

Hotel Information

Reserve your hotel room.

Room rate: $188.00 / per night

Reservations must be made by February 28, 2020.

Travel and Attractions


Parking at the hotel is valet only and is $24 / day but there is parking nearby in a public lot.

East Downtown Garage (Recommended)

Located on Washington and Tyler Street between Franklin Street and Del Monte Avenue (340 Tyler St). Best parking for Monterey Marriott. Gate-operated entrances, $7 flat entry fee per day, accepts coin, bills and Visa, MasterCard and American Express credit cards.


Directions from the Airport

Monterey Regional Airport – MRY
Distance from hotel: 5 miles

Driving Directions

Take Hwy 68 West to Hwy 1. Take Hwy 1 South to first Monterey exit. Take the first right onto Camino Aguajito Road. Follow Camino Aguajito Road until it ends at Del Monte. Turn left on Del Monte (stay in left lane). Turn left on Calle Principal until Monterey Marriott.

Hotel does not provide shuttle service.

Transportation: Yellow Cab (available outside terminal)
Estimated taxi fare: $15 USD (one way)

Norman Y Mineta San Jose International Airport – SJC
Distance from hotel: 70 miles

Driving Directions

Take Hwy 101S to 156W Monterey Peninsula Exit to 1S. Exit Del Monte Ave / Pacific Grove exit (stay in left lane). Turn left onto Calle Principal. Hotel is on the right.

Transportation: Monterey Airbus
Estimated taxi fare: $175 USD (one way)

Monterey Airbus Shuttle

The Monterey / Salinas Airbus travels from the San Francisco and San Jose Airports to Monterey frequently throughout the day. There is a drop-off / pick-up location one block from the hotel.

Rates (one-Way): San Francisco – $45 USD; San Jose – $35 USD

To make a reservation, visit the Monterey Airbus Shuttle site.

2019 Meeting Archive

Monday, March 11

Welcome, Update and Opening Activity

Featured Speaker – Jake Reisdorf, Chief Executive Officer, Carmel Honey Company

Breakout Sessions

Getting Started with NROC

Getting Started with NROC Math – Dani Pedrotti and Jason Gipson-Nahman, The NROC Project

Getting Started with NROC English – Lynn Skorniak and Angie Smajstrla, The NROC Project

Getting Started with HippoCampus – Beth Pickett, The NROC Project

Getting Started with EdReady – Nicole McCabe, The NROC Project

College Readiness

Using EdReady Math and Reading as a Post-Secondary Readiness and Transitional Tool – Salwa Zito and Scott Scardena, William Paterson University
Master Math Assignment List Handout
Master Math Refresher Assignment List Handout

Implementing EdReady in the GEAR UP Program at CSUMB – Hongde Hu, Christian Smith, Alysia Goyer, California State University – Monterey Bay

EdReady for Statewide Placement Testing – Susan Barbitta, LaRonda Lowery, Taffy Graham, and Kelley Evans, North Carolina Community College System

Building Confidence and Success in English and Math through a High School-to-College Transitional Program for Unprepared 11th and 12th Graders – Henry Jackson, Ocean County College

Student Success

EdReady in College Preparation and Career Math Courses – Jolene Montoya, Idaho Digital Learning Academy

Applying EdReady Math in Specialized and Alternative Settings – Scott Wright, Intermediate District 287

Flip It! with NROC Math – Vicky Moyle, Andrea Johnson, Linde Hegeberg, and Lee Newton, Bellingham Technical College

EdReady for Self-Paced Learning in Adult Education (High School Equivalency) – Tina Hite, NM DELT


Statewide Communications and Professional Development Plan – Susan Barbitta, Kelley Evans, and LaRonda Lowery, North Carolina Community College System

EdReady Rollout, Training, Support, and Data Collection for Statewide Adult Basic Education Program – Cash Clifton and Terri Gustafson, NM DELT

New Expansion in Montana: English Professional Development Materials, State Prisons, and Summer Math Incentive Programs – Ryan Schrenk, EdReady Montana, and Bob Currie, Montana Digital Academy | EdReady Montana

Efficient Techniques for Building Goals / Study Paths, and How Data Evolved Our Process – Jason Leonard, Montana Digital Academy | EdReady Montana
Example goal naming spreadsheet
Example custom scope order form
Our collection of goal content menus


Applicability of Research on Product Design – Vic Vuchic, Digital Promise and Ahrash Bissell, The NROC Project

EdReady Development Brainstorm – Ahrash Bissell, President, and Nicole McCabe, the NROC Project, and Adrian Porras, Edify

Going Beyond Accessibility with Inclusive Design Thinking – Jonathan Hung, Inclusive Design Research Center, and Ahrash Bissell, President, The NROC Project

Tuesday, March 12

Getting Started with NROC

Getting Started with EdReady English – Jessica Everton, The NROC Project

NROC Support and Resources – Ben Jacobs and Marci Abraham, The NROC Project

College Readiness

Summer Math Attack Program: Adjusting Math Attitudes to Build Math – Selinea Moore-Allen and Carrie Riffee, Pikes Peak Community College
June 2017 EdReady Data Handout
July 2018 EdReady Data Handout
2018 Math Attack EdReady Assessment Handout
References for NROC and PDW

Using EdReady Bootcamp-style for SAT and ACT Preparation – Sherawn Reberry, Julie Best and Chris Conant, Idaho Digital Learning Academy (IDLA)

Student Success

Rockin’ Redesign with NROC – Jenny Billings and Melissa Reid, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

If You Build It, They Will Come: Making EdReady Work for All Students – Leslie Snow, Saint Paul Public Schools (MN)

Comparative Study: EdReady, NROC English, No Red Ink, and a Control Group – Carrie Kirk, Jacksonville State University


Incubating New Models for Placement in Math and English – Jan Case and Christopher Mount, Jacksonville State University, and Toney Phifer, Chattanooga State Community College – Incubating New Models for Placement (Chattanooga State presentation)

Q & A Panel with Three Large-Scale Implementations – Ryan Schrenk, EdReady Montana; Susan Barbitta, North Carolina Community College System; Hae Okimoto, University of Hawaii System; Bob Currie, Montana Digital Academy; and Jessica Everton, The NROC Project


Program Evaluation Based on EdReady Data (Gathering Data for Case Studies) – Beth Pickett and Gary Lopez (CEO), The NROC Project


Check out the highlights reel from this year’s event.

Poster Sessions

Promoting Resources Throughout a System, OTAN (CA)
Promoting Resources Throughout a System Poster

Office Hour Initiative to Develop Self-Advocating Students, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College (NC)
Office Hour Initiative Poster

EdReady English and NROC English in Several Contexts, Brunswick Community College (NC)
EdReady English & NROC English Poster

Serving Learners in Alternative Settings, Intermediate School District 287 (MN)
Serving Learners in Alt Settings Poster

Math for Applied Science Programs, St. Phillips College, (TX)
Math for Applied Science Programs poster

NROC Accessibility Efforts
NROC Accessibility Efforts poster

NROC Network Member Support Panel
NROC Network Member Support Portal poster

Developing Successful EdReady Habits in MS & HS, EdReady Montana
Developing Successful EdReady Habits poster