Webinar: Gearing Up for Back to School during COVID-19

Posted by Rose Frezza, Texas OnCourse on Aug 11, 2020 1:51:13 PM

In our first monthly webinar of the 2020–2021 school year, over 375 educators from across the state registered to tap in to an open discussion on back to school during COVID-19. We covered CCMR updates and tools for accountability, data-driven strategies for programs, and Texas OnCourse resources that can enhance remote teaching, counseling, and advising practices.

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Topics: Webinar, Coronavirus, 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

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

Supporting College-Bound Seniors During COVID-19

As we approach the end of an unpredictable school year, we applaud you and all the other educators who stepped up to meet the needs of their students, staff, and families during the COVID-19 crisis. Your efforts and dedication have been truly amazing. 

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Topics: College Planning, Administrators, Coronavirus, Distance Counseling

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

COVID-19 Update: Virtual Graduations in Texas

Posted by Texas OnCourse on May 7, 2020 6:24:53 PM

This week we're talking about how Texas high schools can hold graduation ceremonies in the era of COVID-19.

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Topics: Coronavirus, High School

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