From One High School Counselor to Another

Posted by Texas OnCourse Leader Fellow Leslie Graham on Sep 10, 2019 4:37:05 PM

The start of a new school year brings a lot of excitement, along with a good amount of stress. As a high school counselor, I know that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed… especially if you’re the lone counselor on campus.  

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Topics: Insider, Professional Development, Educators

The Best Tools for Middle School Advisory

Posted by Texas OnCourse Leader Fellow Iris Gonzalez on Aug 27, 2019 1:33:23 PM

I hear two clear-cut positions from educators when I talk to them about Advisory Period. Some educators view advisory as a confusing and frustrating period that creates extra work. Other educators have conquered the advisory period challenge, and view it as a productive time in the school day to reach out to students on a deeper level.  

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Topics: Middle School, Lessons & Curriculum, Educators

Top 3 Pinterest Picks for Middle School College and Career Educators

Posted by Texas OnCourse Communications Coordinator Rose Frezza on Aug 13, 2019 5:22:16 PM

It’s the first week back at school for many Texas educators and students. Who knew summer could fly by so fast? Now that you’re getting back in the swing of things, we want to make sure you have all the tools you need to help your middle schoolers succeed. College and career readiness starts early, and it’s never too soon for your students to start dreaming of a fruitful life after high school. 

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Topics: Middle School, Endorsements, Educators

College and Career Readiness and Community Engagement Go Hand in Hand

Posted by Texas OnCourse Communications Coordinator Rose Frezza on Aug 6, 2019 3:08:24 PM

When you ask educators why they decided to enter the field, you’re likely to hear something akin to the following: a love of children, a sense of helping others and doing good, a feeling of making a difference in the world. Among all of these answers, a common thread runs – relationships and building connections are important to educators, inspiring and animating them.

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Topics: Middle School, Lessons & Curriculum, Educators

Middle School Lesson Plans for College and Career Readiness

Posted by Texas OnCourse Leader Fellow Dyann Wilson on Jul 30, 2019 1:55:22 PM

Questions that keep me on my toes as a middle school counselor day after day:

“How can I engage students?

How can I keep their attention for the entire class period?

How can I do this while teaching them about college and career readiness?”

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Topics: Middle School, Lessons & Curriculum, Educators

Your Guide to High School Transition Services

Posted by Texas OnCourse Leader Fellow Misty Thomas on Jul 23, 2019 2:12:33 PM

As a counselor or adviser, you may be uncertain of all your roles and responsibilities when navigating the transition to postsecondary life for high school seniors with special needs. Planning far ahead and ensuring that special needs students achieve certain milestones and meet state standards in middle and high school is crucial. Take a moment to explore the information provided in this table, and keep it handy – it’s been a lifesaver for me as a counselor.

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Topics: Middle School, College Planning, Educators

The New Texas OnCourse Academy Is Here

Posted by Texas OnCourse on Jul 15, 2019 4:47:51 PM

This summer, we relaunched the Texas OnCourse Academy. The Academy is our comprehensive online platform for professional development. With the Academy, all educators can access the tools they need to support any student on any opportunity after high school. 

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Topics: Professional Development, Educators

A Former Teacher’s Favorite Summer Recommendations for Inspiration and Preparation

It’s July! Time to relax and forget the stresses from this last school year. One of my favorite parts about these summer months is that they enable me to reflect on and visualize how I can refresh and energize my teaching practice in the upcoming school year – not only for my students, but for myself, as well. 

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Topics: Professional Development, Lessons & Curriculum, Educators

Get to Know Our Newest Leader Fellows!

Posted by Texas OnCourse Communications Coordinator Rose Frezza on Jul 2, 2019 1:55:14 PM

Once a year we open our leader fellowship to a new cohort of movers and shakers in college and career readiness. These Texas educators excel in their schools and communities. They represent a solid dedication to education, a commitment to their students, and a passion for continuous professional development.

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Topics: Insider, Professional Development, Parents, Educators

Think You Know What Makes a Meaningful College Essay?

Posted by Texas OnCourse Leader Fellow Holly Moore on Jun 18, 2019 1:01:10 PM

“It was the final seconds of the big game…”

“My mom has made me the person I am today…”

“My eyes were opened while on a mission trip…”

I’m sure many of you have read a student’s college admission essay draft and seen a similar approach.

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Topics: Applying to College, Educators