Updates to the Texas OnCourse Academy Modules

Posted by Texas OnCourse on Sep 16, 2020 4:38:32 PM

We have made some significant updates to modules in the Texas OnCourse Academy! The Academy is our premiere college and career planning resource for educators. 

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Topics: Applying to College, College Planning, Financial Aid, Texas OnCourse Academy

College Planning during COVID: Texas College Virtual Tours

Posted by Rose Frezza, Texas OnCourse on Sep 8, 2020 3:12:55 PM

Gone are the days when students and their families (or entire classes!) waltzed casually onto college campuses for carefree, in-person visits. While in-person visits haven’t been entirely wiped off the map, many students and families are finding comfort and security in the online college visit process. What’s more, virtual college visits are less cost prohibitive and can be done from the comfort of home with fairly little planning. So let’s talk about Texas college virtual tours – what options major schools are offering, and how your students can get in on the from-home fun!

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Topics: College Planning, Coronavirus, Students

Future Focused TX: Supporting Texas College Enrollment

Posted by Allison Rizzolo, Texas OnCourse on Sep 1, 2020 11:14:27 AM

We are super excited this week for the launch of Future Focused TX, a campaign to help ensure that our students stay on track for college enrollment despite the effects of COVID-19. 

Future Focused TX was created for counselors by leaders in college and career advising and experts in deep student engagement. By signing on to the campaign, you’ll receive monthly digital packages of free, compelling, research-based content to help your students graduate from high school and successfully matriculate into college.

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Topics: Applying to College, College Planning, Coronavirus

COVID-19 Update: Resources for College Readiness and Hard-to-Reach Students

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

We’ll be taking a break from our live videos next week, as I’ll be away on vacation, but we’ll be back September 10 at 4 p.m.. As always, leave requests in the comments if there’s anything you like us to research. And if you find the videos helpful, like and share to help us spread the word!

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

Texas College Bridge: A Holistic Online Program for College Prep

Posted by Allison Rizzolo, Texas OnCourse on Aug 25, 2020 12:50:52 PM

In 2018, 121,000 Texas students graduated without demonstrating college, career, or military readiness. That number will likely be even higher in 2020 due to the effects of COVID-19. Students have been unable to take the ACT, SAT, or TSIA, or they may not have finished college prep courses given the limited ability of these courses to deliver remote instruction. 

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

Webinar: Navigating Social Justice Issues in College and Career Advising

Posted by Rose Frezza, Texas OnCourse on Aug 20, 2020 3:24:35 PM

In our bonus webinar for August 2020, we covered Navigating Social Justice Issues in College and Career Advising. Recent civic action and racial injustices will undoubtedly impact your counseling, advising, and teaching practices as you move into the 2020–2021 school year. We know it’s important to serve as a resource and provide a network for you.

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Topics: College Planning, Educators, Distance Counseling, Diversity and Inclusion

Helping Your Students with a College Prep Checklist

Posted by Rose Frezza, Texas OnCourse on Aug 18, 2020 1:28:48 PM

If you’re working with college-bound seniors this year, you’ll want to help them stay on track. With virtual schooling and COVID-19 causing so many uncertain variables, we’re here to help. 

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

COVID-19 Update: College Prep, Admissions, and Entrance Exams

Posted by Rose Frezza, Texas OnCourse on Aug 18, 2020 12:26:58 PM

Hi everyone, and welcome to this week’s Facebook broadcast of the most recent information and resources regarding college and career planning in the time of COVID-19. Today we're talking about college prep, admissions, and entrance exams.

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Topics: Lessons & Curriculum, College Planning, Educators, Distance Learning

COVID-19 Update: College Application Season

Posted by Rose Frezza, Texas OnCourse on Jul 30, 2020 4:01:00 PM

Hello! And welcome back to our weekly Facebook Live series on education-related COVID-19 updates. My colleagues and I all hope you have been able to find some respite this summer. We know a lot of you are preparing to return to school in a virtual or hybrid mode, and all of us are facing a completely uncharted year. We’re here to help!

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Topics: Applying to College, College Planning, Educators, Coronavirus

Don’t Miss This Checklist for High School Seniors

Posted by Texas OnCourse on May 26, 2020 6:30:19 PM

Six Actions Educators Can Take Right Now to Support High School Seniors’ Transition

The following six actions have been adapted from the National College Attainment Network (NCAN) Immediate Next Steps guide for supporting high school seniors’ transition to a postsecondary educational program. Take the following actions to prevent summer melt and ensure that the high school class of 2020 enrolls at their postsecondary program in the fall. 

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Topics: Grad Requirements, College Planning, High School, Distance Counseling