Pioneer Academics 3rd Annual Co-Curricular Summit

Saturday, September 7, 2024 U.S. Eastern Time

  • → You are curious and ambitious. You are looking for the intellectual challenge you deserve.
  • → Finding these opportunities can be a challenge. Which ones are legit? Which ones will maximize your potential?
  • → At this summit, you can freely explore the highest quality programs!

Summit ThemeImaginative, Interdisciplinary, and Impactful:
Reshaping Education for the Next Generation of Learners

This generation of students is eager to make their mark on the world. As educators, we have an opportunity and responsibility to harness this enthusiasm through intellectual inquiry and meaningful collaboration.

Join the conversation as we invite reflections and insights from industry leaders, faculty members, admissions and counseling professionals, and other trusted voices from across the educational landscape.

2023 Pioneer Summit Agenda for your reference.This year's sessions will be even more exciting! Stay tuned for updates. schedule


September 30th

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Gates Open

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Keynote - Authenticity vs. Anxiety: The Connection Between Self and Success

The most meaningful educational experiences are those in which students cultivate and pursue their genuine academic interests. But the prevailing pre-collegiate co-curricular environment all too often conditions students to seek “pay-to-play”, transactional resume building instead. Frank Bruni, long-time New York Times journalist and columnist, Duke University professor, and author of Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania will help students, counselors, and parents recognize and embrace the critical connection between a student’s authentic self - their interests, goals, and aspirations - and their definition - and experience - of success.

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Frank Bruni
Renowned Journalist, Author, and Professor

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Back to the Future: the Reflection of Education History and the Forecast of the Future Suggest How Teens Are to be Prepared for the Unknown

Students rely on schooling to learn vital skills. Out-of-school activities help form characters. AI technology, quantum computing, political polarity… The future of the world is filled with uncertainties. What skills will tomorrow's world demand? How can we prepare teens to prepare for the future?

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Dr. Sascha L. Goluboff
Director of the Office
of Community-Based Learning
Professor of Cultural Anthropology
Washington & Lee University

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Bruce G. Hammond
Vice Principal
Tsinglan School

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Program Fair

Engage with various highly-respected academic programs in our e-exhibit hall

  • CTD (Center for Talent Development, Northwestern University)
  • Davidson Institute (Gifted Education)
  • Level All
  • Mary Baldwin Program for the Exceptionally Gifted (PEG)
  • Matriculate
  • Pioneer Academics
  • Quest Bridge
  • RISE
  • The Rural Debate Initiative
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College Fair

Introduce yourself to representatives from colleges and universities on the list, and perhaps add some new ones! An exciting array of institutions will be in attendance, including:

  • Barnard College
  • California Institute of Technology
  • Colgate University
  • Cornell University
  • Dickinson College
  • Haverford College
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Northwestern University
  • Oberlin College
  • Pomona College
  • Stanford University
  • The University of Chicago
  • UC Berkeley
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Wake Forest University
  • Washington University in St. Louis
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How to Pick Academic Opportunities

Navigating the maze of academic programs can be daunting, but selecting the right opportunities is crucial for maximizing potential. The panel of AO and educators will explore the keys on how to choose the best academic opportunities.

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Adam Sapp
Assistant Vice President
Director of Admissions
Pomona College

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Chris LaTempa
Director of College Counseling
Moorestown Friends School

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Gregory Manne
Senior Manager, Selection and Global Outreach

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Rural Student Resources and Recruitment

The Small-Town and Rural Students (STARS) College Network is a consortium of 16 colleges and universities dedicated to working together to help students from small-town and rural America enroll in, succeed at, and graduate from college. Through STARS, students from small-town and rural high schools can learn about a wide variety of free on-campus programs, such as fly-ins, drive-ins, and bridge programs, hosted by STARS member schools, participate in a virtual webinar series with monthly panels focusing on different college admissions topics, earn college-level credit through curated math curriculum on Khan Academy and Schoolhouse, and more!

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Marjorie Betley
Senior Associate Director of Admissions
Executive Director of the STARS College Network
The University of Chicago

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Drew Goodwin
Senior Assistant Director Of Admissions
Colby College

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Melissa Rodriguez
Admissions Counselor
California Institute of Technology

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The Role of Mental (Non-Cognitive) Skills in Talent Development

Researchers have been studying talent development, achievement, and expertise for decades and the findings are both relevant and beneficial for students preparing for high school, college, and career. In this session learn what has been discovered about how our abilities develop and the important role that non-cognitive skills (e.g., self-reflection, goal setting, executive functioning, motivation) play.

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Susan Corwith
Director, Center for Talent Development
Northwestern University

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Brian Cooper
Director of Academic R&D
Pioneer Academics

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What’s Key about Transformative Education

Why is conducting the type of rigorous learning process so valuable for high school students? Michael Parkin of Oberlin College & Conservatory and Kelly Mu of Rural Debate Initiative will talk about what is key to transformational learning experience. 

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Michael Parkin
Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
Erwin N. Griswold Professor of Politics
Oberlin College

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Kelly Mu
Co-Founder and President
Rural Debate Initiative

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Closing Ceremony

Leaderboard Announcement, Q&As and Closing Remarks

2023 Fairs

Northwestern: Center for Talent Development Davidson Davidson
Mary Baldwin Gifted Program logo Mary Baldwin Gifted Program logo Pioneer Academics
Quesbridge RISE The Rural Debate Initiative logo
Barnard College Barnard College Colgate University Cornell University
Dickinson Haverford College Johns Hopkins University Northwestern University
Oberlin College & Conservatory Pamona College Stanford University The University of Chicago
Berkeley University of California UNC logo Wake Forest logo Wash U.16 logo

 About Pioneer Co-Curricular Summit

Currently there is no single forum for educators, parents, and students to engage with distinguished academic programs. Recognizing this lack of connection, Pioneer leverages our reputation and invites the most rigorous, values-based programs together for the 2nd Annual Pioneer Academics Co-Curricular Summit, allowing you and your students to engage directly with these organizations.

Frequently Asked questions

Yes, you’ll need to register for this Summit. Simply follow the link at the top of the page and submit your information. Then you’ll receive an email with the link to enter the Summit. You are welcome to join any or all the sessions.
Your login details will be emailed to you after you register. You can then log in with your email address.
No. You do not need to download or install any software to participate. You only need to have access to the internet. However, if you have trouble joining the live webinar sessions, you may need to download and install Zoom to be able to participate.
Yes, except for the Program Fair and College Fair where you chat with prestigious programs and colleges directly. The Summit recordings will remain open 24/7 for 30 days till Nov 1st.
  • Attend live online webinars with renowned academic programs and industry leaders
  • Chat with prestigious programs directly at the Program Fair
  • Download valuable educational materials
Yes! Please invite them to join. We welcome all educators, students and parents to attend.
Yes. Like any physical event, we will have a swag bag for you! You can add all of the documents and videos available to the online swag bag in your account and then email them to yourself or share items with your colleagues by simply entering their email.

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