2023 NAFEPA Conference – Sessions

NAFEPA Conference 2023

Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington DC

Virtual Pre-Conference Session (Optional)

View detail for Virtual Pre-Session below.

Monday, MARCH 20, 2023
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Cost: $125.00

SESSION A: The Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA)…King of Everything
Facilitators: Leslie Laughter

Schools have conducted needs assessments for years, right? So, why have another session on the CNA? The greater flexibility offered by ESSA brings added responsibility for LEAs. What does that mean for needs assessment processes and content? What makes it “comprehensive?” In many ways, the success of programs such as Title I and Title IV (among others) greatly depend on the depth and quality of the needs assessment. Are your schools doing the same old thing or have they discovered the secrets of utilizing the needs assessment as the springboard for closing gaps? Come build on what you already know and discover the components of a great CNA.

Pre-Conference Sessions (Optional)

View details for each Pre-Session below.

On-Site Conference Check-In:

Sunday, MARCH 26, 2023
8:30 am – 3:45 pm

Choose One AM SESSION: (Optional)

Sunday, MARCH 26, 2023
8:30 am – 11:00 am
Cost: $125.00

SESSION B: Welcome to the World of Federal Education Programming!
A workshop for first time federal program administrators

Facilitators: Celeste Merriweather and Leticia Roman

Learn the most essential information about how to successfully lead federal programs in your school district from two people who have “been there”. Meet colleagues who are new to the role of a federal program administrator and establish a valuable network of support that is essential to fulfilling your new role through NAFEPA. During this workshop you will learn more regarding Accountability systems, data management and organizational tips, federal parental involvement requirements, as well as additional ways to not just survive but thrive in your new role as a federal program administrator!

Kimberly Glass

Sunday, MARCH 26, 2023
8:30 am – 11:00 am
Cost: $125.00

SESSION C: Not So New Directors
Facilitators: Kimberly Glass

This session is designed for the experienced federal programs administrator still striving for continuous improvement and professional growth. We will focus on strategic actions that can make us more effective and efficient while administering the programs that support the schools, staff, and students of our districts and states.

Only One PM SESSION: (Optional)

Sunday, MARCH 26, 2023
1:15 pm – 3:45 pm
Cost: $125.00

SESSION D: Federal Updates
Facilitator: Steve Spillan

This will also include updates to the internal policies and procedures that all non-federal entities must maintain. Attendees will also be afforded the opportunity to ask questions on federal grants management.

Conference Sessions (Included)

Speaker-Cummins, Keith

Keith Cummins
Office of Inspector General, United States Department of Education

Speaker-Ellerson Ng, Noelle

Noelle Ellerson Ng
Associate Executive Director, Policy & Advocacy, AASA

Speaker-Kesslar, Tiffany

Tiffany Kesslar
Partner, Brustein and Manasevit Law Firm

Speaker-Little-Graham, Bonnie

Bonnie Little-Graham
Brustein & Manasevit, PLLC

Speaker-DeSchryver, David

David DeShryver
Editor, The NAFEPA Connection

Speaker-Mesecar, Doug

Doug Mesecar
Editor, The NAFEPA Connection

Speaker-Stephenson, Todd

Todd Stephenson
Management and Program Analyst, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education

Speaker-Ryder, Ruth

Ruth Ryder
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education


Accountability and Evaluation team from San Diego County Office of Education (

Speaker-Cardona, Miguel

Miguel Cardona
U.S. Secretary of Education