COVID-19 Update: Resources for College Readiness during COVID-19

Posted by Rose Frezza, Texas OnCourse on Aug 27, 2020 4:54:02 PM

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This week, new resources for college readiness during COVID-19 and new guidance from TEA on highly mobile students and at-risk students.

First up, new resources for college readiness. We have two new resources to tell you about: (1) College and Career Support from Texas College Bridge and (2) Future Focused Texas.

A couple of weeks ago, we told you about TEA’s Texas College Bridge program. We’re psyched to let you know about College and Career Support from Texas College Bridge. The College and Career Support program includes new college and career learning and advising resources. For your students, College Forward is hosting five online units to guide your students through the college planning and application process. And we just released a new advising guide aligned to those units, so you can support your students and answer all their questions as they navigate the five College and Career Support units.

Next, let’s talk about Future Focused Texas. This is a new program from a bunch of organizations that I’ll call out in the comments. Future Focused Texas is dedicated to maintaining college enrollment rates in Texas despite COVID-19. By signing up for Future Focused Texas, you’ll receive a monthly digital package of resources you can pass along directly to your students. These resources are designed to help your students graduate and enter college. 

Finally, a new resource from TEA for highly-mobile and at-risk students. We’ve sadly heard from a number of you who are struggling to contact some of your students. This resource includes a number of innovative outreach ideas to help you connect with hard-to-contact students. It also includes practical tips for creating a student support team that can provide wraparound support for vulnerable students. There’s also information on how to best document outreach efforts as well as how to stay safe and healthy during home visits. 

P.S. Be sure to review our comprehensive guide on helping students become college and career ready during this challenging time.

NOTE: This is a transcript of a Facebook Live video that appeared on 8/27/20. Watch it here.

Topics: Applying to College, College Planning, Educators, Distance Counseling, Distance Learning