National Council for Community and Education Partnerships

NCCEP/GEAR UP Annual Conference

July 15-18, 2018 / Washington, DC

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To many, you’re a hero. Working under the cape of GEAR UP, our community epitomizes modern day superheroes safeguarding the future of this country through the nurturing of our youth. This 2018 Conference will serve to not only enlighten and inform, but will also celebrate your rightful place in society as guardians of the future. 


What to Expect

Concurrent Sessions

The conference program includes over 100 concurrent sessions focused on increasing your impact on middle and high school students, their families, K–16 faculty and administrators, student services and college access professionals, program evaluators, family engagement coordinators, business and community partners, and education policy makers. Sessions will include panels of experts, researchers, practitioners, how-to presentations, program evaluation presentations, and descriptions of the most effective GEAR UP practices.

Plenary Sessions

Plenary sessions serve as the core of the conference curriculum and are designed to provide the context for concurrent session dialogues. Plenary sessions will feature nationally recognized individuals in the field of education and workforce development, as well as education policy makers, political appointees, philanthropy, business leaders, and others who champion the cause of improving public education and making postsecondary education more accessible to underrepresented communities.


Conference Hotel

The 2018 NCCEP/GEAR UP Annual Conference Hotel is taking place at the Washington Hilton. Please note that the room block at the conference hotel has sold out.  Please reserve rooms at the overflow hotel below. 



Washington Hilton
1919 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20009


Overflow Hotel

A room block has been established at the Line Hotel Adams Morgan, a 15 minute walk from the conference hotel. To take advantage of the room rate, please reserve your rooms by June 22, 2018. 

To make your reservation


Line Hotel Adams Morgan
1770 Euclid Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009


Highlights from 2017 NCCEP/GEAR UP Annual Conference


Travel Information

United Airlines

United Airlines offers discounts 2% to 10% off published fares for travel to the Annual Conference.

To compare fares, simply:

  1. Visit United Airlines’ website and select “Reservations/Make a Flight Reservation” from the drop-down menu.
  2. Complete the requested travel dates/time information per your preferences.
  3. In the section labeled “(Optional) Do you have any promotional offers to redeem?” insert NCCEP’s Code: ZE27489416 in the Offer Code Box.
  4. Scroll down and click on the SEARCH box.
  5. Or, call your travel professional or United Meetings at 800-426-1122 for reservations (refer to Z Code: ZE27 and Agreement Code: 489416).

Ground Transportation

A taxi from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), can range from $20 to $40 depending on traffic conditions and the number of passengers in your party. In addition, all of the ride-share companies like Uber or Lyft are very active in the region. 

It is relatively simple to take the Metro subway from DCA to the Washington Hilton, but the trip can take up to an hour and does require a half-mile walk. Purchase a SmarTrip Card at the National Airport Metro Station and make your way to the Dupont Circle Metro station.

To book an airport shuttle for your group, visit with or SuperShuttle for any of DC's surrounding airports.

Please follow the links for travel information from Baltimore-Washington Airport or Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD).