We’ve spent the past couple of months traveling from conference to conference on our 2015 #TextMeBack tour! Here’s a sneak peek into the latest trends in education:


We kicked off our fall tour in sunny Orlando at the National College Access Network conference. Our booth was flooded with familiar faces, new friends, and people petting our mascot, Squiggle the Silky Chicken.

We shared the results of NCAN’s Summer Melt texting pilot and talked about future texting programs with our NCAN partners. Then, we presented with uAspire and CollegeBound Foundation about best practices for implementing college access text messaging programs.

Signal Vine Education Conference


Next stop: San Diego! This was our second year attending the National Association for College Admission Counseling conference. 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. At the uAspire Affordability Lab, 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.

Signal Vine and uAspire at NACAC


From San Diego, we made our way to Las Vegas for the National Academic Advising Association conference – a new one for us. Among all of these new faces, we spotted our friends from Brigham Young University and Utah Valley University.

Overall, we had quite the winning streak at NACADA. Squiggle, however, wasn’t so lucky…

Signal Vine at NACADA Advising Conference


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 use texting.


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 partnering with colleges to text high school students.

Signal Vine at GEAR UP West Conference


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 about using texting for dual enrollment programs.


Yesterday, we returned from the Association of Higher Education Parent/Family Program Professionals conference. We loved exploring Savannah and meeting with 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 in the state of Delaware.

It’s been an exciting few months, and the fun’s not over yet! Will we see you at any upcoming conferences?

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