Earlier this summer, we welcomed a new cohort of leader fellows into the ranks of Texas OnCourse. This is a group of movers and shakers in college and career readiness who demonstrate a commitment to their students and professional development every single day. We’d like you to meet a few of our Texas middle school counselors and educators who are making a difference in their educational communities.
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.
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.
With back to school around the corner, we want to make sure that parents and guardians have all the resources they need to support their student’s success this academic year. This is an especially big year for students making the transition from grade school to middle school – there are so many changes! Lockers, more class periods, more demanding schedules, more emphasis on personal responsibility, new students and teachers – the list goes on and on. And even if it isn’t your student’s first year in middle school, each new year presents new challenges.
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.
Summertime is a great time to make (and fulfill) wish lists. In a perfect world, what are some things you wish you had the time or energy to do? For some, having a little more free time means considering how they can positively impact their communities. When you have extra, you might be more apt to consider sharing the extra that you have.
Some people think that the winter holidays are the most wonderful time of the year, but we know the truth. For educators, SUMMER is the most wonderful time of year! Several consecutive weeks off, with a lot more freedom than usual. Educators still spend time preparing for the next school year, but they are (hopefully) able to sleep in a little bit later, travel, spend time with their families, and enjoy any number of activities that might otherwise be too hectic to partake in during the school year. Talk about a much-deserved break!
For many students, the prospect of leaving their hometown for college after high school is an exciting one. For others, it can be anxiety-producing. And of course, there is a whole spectrum of emotions in between that can ebb and flow during the first year away from home. With this in mind, we partnered with Roadtrip Nation to produce some videos about this impactful time. Who better to interview than real college students who made the transition themselves? We challenge you to share these video with a student who could use them. Happy watching!
Topics: College Planning