port of portland, maine

September 4th – 6th, 2019     Portland, Maine.


Welcome to Portland, Maine.

We hope to see you in beautiful Portland, Maine, as we continue our collaboration on performance management and quality assurance in vocational rehabilitation.

Summit Conference will be held at the Holiday Inn by the Bay, set along the shores of Casco Bay in downtown Portland. While there, explore Portland’s unique beauty, heritage, and culture:

  • The Old Port

    Just steps away from the hotel, the Old Port thrives with unique shops, diverse restaurants, a vibrant arts district, and a working waterfront.

  • “America’s Foodiest Small Town.”

    Designated by Bon Appétit.

  • Casco Bay Islands.

    These beautiful islands are easily accessible by ferry.

  • The Portland Head Light.

    Commissioned by George Washington, this historic lighthouse is just 3 miles from the hotel.

  • Working Port.

    This working waterfront represents Maine’s roots in a robust fishing community. While there, try the lobster!

Tuesday, September 4

10:00 am – 6:00 pm

1:00 – 1:30 pm
Blessing Ceremony by Native American Representative

1:30 – 5:30 pm
WINTAC (Workforce Innovation Training and Technical Assistance Center) Presentations

2:30 – 4:30 pm
PEQA Advanced Workshop

Wednesday, September 5

7:30 – 8:30 am

8:30 – 6:00 pm
Poster Sessions

8:00 – 8:30 am
Welcome to Oklahoma: The Significance of Native American Ceremonial Attire

8:30 -10:00 am
Keynote: Panel Presentation by Oklahoma WIOA Core Partners – Shared Services and Partnerships

10:00 – 10:30 am
Break – Networking

10:30 – 11:45 am
Conference Presentations

11:45 am – 1:00 pm

1:00 – 2:15 pm
Plenary Sessions – Rehabilitation Services Administration Staff Presentations

2:30 – 3:30 pm
Roundtable Conversations

3:45 – 5:00 pm
Conference Presentations

Thursday, September 6

7:30 – 8:30 am
Registration and Information

7:30 am – 1:00 pm
Poster Sessions

8:00 – 9:30 am
Plenary Sessions

  • Portland, Maine: Summit/PEQA Conference 2019
  • Summit Navigators Report
  • Keynote: Elizabeth Jennings, “Hope: A Strategy”

9:30 – 10:00 am

10:30 – 11:30 am
Roundtable Conversations

11:30 am – 1:00 pm
VR Evaluation Coach – Panel Presentation by Mathematica Policy Research and VR programs

1:15 – 2:45 pm
Conference Presentations

3:00 – 4:00 pm
Wrap-up and Goodbye

Agenda at a Glance

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This event is provided with support from the Technical Assistance Center on Program Evaluation and Quality Assurance (TAC-PEQA) grant from the Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) award number PR#H263B150004. The contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.