Rose Frezza, Texas OnCourse

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Updates on Summer School in Texas

Posted by Rose Frezza, Texas OnCourse on May 26, 2020 6:46:59 PM

Hi everyone. This is Rose from Texas OnCourse with your latest news on COVID-19 and Texas education. Last week, a few of you mentioned you were looking for information about summer school, so we have some updates and resources for you.

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Topics: Educators, Student Enrichment, Coronavirus

Financial Aid during COVID-19

Posted by Rose Frezza, Texas OnCourse on May 19, 2020 3:39:03 PM

Many of your students have likely experienced changes to their personal and family income. These changes can affect expected family contribution, so your students may need to update a financial aid application. 

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Topics: Applying to College, Finances, Coronavirus, Distance Counseling

Free Online School Counseling Tools

Posted by Rose Frezza, Texas OnCourse on May 12, 2020 5:40:11 PM

The school year may be winding down, but we know that the job of a school counselor (like that of many educators) is year-round. To help you finish strong with resources at-the-ready, we’ve compiled a list of the most helpful free online school counseling tools, specifically for middle and high school counselors and their students.

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Topics: Middle School, Coronavirus, High School, Distance Counseling

Implicit Bias and College Advising

Posted by Rose Frezza, Texas OnCourse on Apr 29, 2020 4:29:06 PM

In the field of education, many of us are well-versed in the differences between explicit and implicit bias. Yet we may not have had candid conversations with ourselves and others about what we can and should do daily to ensure equity in college access; in particular, how to reduce implicit bias in today's virtual college advising setting.

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Topics: Professional Development, College Planning, Educators, Coronavirus, Distance Counseling

Choosing a College during COVID-19

Posted by Rose Frezza, Texas OnCourse on Apr 28, 2020 5:29:59 PM

The college admissions process of 2020 will go down in history books. Campus visits have been canceled. Individual and family financial circumstances are up in the air. Many colleges have moved their admissions decision deadline to June 1. So how on earth are we supposed to support our students in choosing a college during COVID-19? Read on for four tips below:

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Topics: College Planning, Educators, Coronavirus, High School, Distance Counseling

Tips for High School Seniors to Finish Strong

Posted by Rose Frezza, Texas OnCourse on Apr 28, 2020 3:53:56 PM

College-bound high school seniors have a big transition ahead of them. In addition to choosing their college, they’ll need to keep track of financial aid deadlines, make housing plans, and schedule orientation. We compiled the top five ways high school seniors can stay on track through the end of high school and into the summer to have a stellar freshman year.

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Topics: College Planning, Student Enrichment, Coronavirus, High School, Distance Counseling

Preparing Eighth Graders for High School

Posted by Rose Frezza, Texas OnCourse on Apr 28, 2020 3:46:46 PM

This academic year has been unlike any other for students around the world. In particular, students making big transitions in the fall (like entering high school as a freshman!) are facing unique challenges.

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Topics: Middle School, Student Enrichment, Coronavirus, Distance Counseling

3 Tips for Classrooms on Communicating Virtually during COVID-19

Posted by Rose Frezza, Texas OnCourse on Apr 7, 2020 4:58:14 PM

The current moment presents plenty of challenges as we figure out how to support, instruct, and counsel our students remotely. Among those challenges is how to communicate effectively when we’re not face-to-face. Fortunately, this is an obstacle that presents opportunities for growth and learning for our students, and ourselves. 

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Topics: Middle School, Coronavirus

Self-Care Activities for Counselors and Educators during COVID-19

Posted by Rose Frezza, Texas OnCourse on Mar 19, 2020 6:44:52 PM

The COVID-19 pandemic is confronting all of us with challenges. In particular, the education system faces extraordinary difficulties. School closures and testing delays abound. And a ripple effect is impacting educators, students, and families in ways we couldn’t have anticipated.

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Topics: Coronavirus

Micro Scholarships: The Hidden Scholarships for High School Students

Posted by Rose Frezza, Texas OnCourse on Mar 12, 2020 5:23:19 PM

Too often, we view scholarships as something that students start thinking about in the later years of high school – when college applications are imminent. But here are ways to begin earning scholarships for college as early as ninth grade. Through micro-scholarships!

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Topics: Finances, College Planning, Educators