COVID-19 Education Report: 3/31

Posted by Texas OnCourse on Apr 1, 2020 5:32:23 PM

NOTE: This is a transcript of a Facebook Live video filmed on 3/24/20. Click here to watch that video.

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Topics: Middle School, College Planning, Educators, Coronavirus

Texas Testing Updates During COVID-19

Posted by Texas OnCourse on Mar 25, 2020 5:44:24 PM

We're your source for critical Texas testing updates!

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Topics: College Planning, Parents, Educators, 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

4 Questions You’ve Always Had About Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit

Posted by Rose Frezza, Texas OnCourse on Feb 18, 2020 2:07:49 PM

Nearly everyone agrees that preschool is an integral part of early childhood development with positive developmental outcomes. You can think of earning college credits early in a similar way – it has far-reaching, encouraging outcomes for high school students. 

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Topics: Grad Requirements, College Planning, Educators

How to Write the Best Scholarship Apps

Posted by Communications Coordinator Rose Frezza on Oct 15, 2019 11:29:55 AM

Unless they apply for financial aid, even high-achieving students will miss out on it. Showcasing hard work, strengths, and talents are all part of securing scholarships. If students approach this process systematically and start early, scholarships can take a big bite out of college-related expenses. Consider sharing some attributes of a strong application to help students streamline the scholarship application process regardless of the type and number of applications they fill out. 

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Topics: Applying to College, College Planning, Educators

Why Every College-Bound Student Should Stop, Drop, and FAFSA

Posted by Leader Fellow Patti Morton Gibbs on Oct 10, 2019 2:13:06 PM

“Why should my child or my family apply for FAFSA if we are not low income?” As a parent and educator, I am asked this question often. My response comes from personal experience working with college-bound students and their families for the past 25 years.

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Topics: Applying to College, Finances, College Planning, Parents

Is the TASFA Right for Your Students?

Posted by Communications Coordinator Rose Frezza on Oct 8, 2019 2:59:51 PM

It’s financial aid season, which means that students, parents, and educators around the country have “paying for college” on their minds. FAFSA is a definite buzzword, but what about those students who aren’t eligible for federal financial aid?

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Topics: Finances, College Planning

Making Your High School Senior College and Career Ready

Posted by Texas OnCourse Leader Fellow Sal Acosta on Aug 8, 2019 2:18:55 PM

From the time our children are small, we teach them what we know. Soon enough, it comes time for them to learn things we don’t know, and that’s when we call in the experts: educators. Time flies, and soon our students are in their *gasp*  last year of high school! This is a crucial time when years of hard academic work and focus come to fruition. It’s also when senioritis might set in! It’s imperative that parents and guardians support their students in staying on course through high school graduation.

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Topics: Applying to College, College Planning, Parents

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

Get Your Secondary Classroom Tools in Formation with Texas OnCourse

Posted by Texas OnCourse Leader Fellow Jenny Patrick on Jul 16, 2019 12:32:58 PM

Backpacks are on the shelves, and some stores are even stocking holiday merchandise. Say it isn’t so! Despite our best efforts to keep pool floaties inflated, the mind can’t help but wander toward what is to come in August. 

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Topics: Lessons & Curriculum, College Planning