Ways Educators Can Interrupt Implicit Bias in the Classroom

Posted by Communications Coordinator Rose Frezza on Jun 30, 2020 5:15:25 PM

Providing equitable education and advising for students in the age of virtual learning is more important now than ever. 

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Topics: Professional Development, Lessons & Curriculum, Distance Counseling, Diversity and Inclusion

Asset Framing: Tell the Story of Your Students’ Aspirations, Not Their Deficits

Posted by Communications Coordinator Rose Frezza on Jun 23, 2020 6:14:52 PM

Trabian Shorters, best-selling author, social entrepreneur, and leading authority on diversity and inclusion, has been working for years to help foundations and nonprofits change the stories they tell about the communities they support. Many philanthropic organizations start with the challenge or the problem first – “tales of deficit and despair,” as Shorters describes. But this sort of approach stigmatizes communities, contributes to further stereotyping, and can often make change seem impossible. 

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Topics: Professional Development, Administrators, Distance Counseling, Diversity and Inclusion

Taking the Lead and Adapting for 2020–2021 and Beyond

With the pandemic forcing school closures, education adjusted. Educators adapted. Students and their families adapted. Then George Floyd, who was raised in Houston, was murdered in another instance of police brutality against black people. Our nation and the world responded to this latest instance of systemic racism with historic protests. 

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Topics: Data and Accountability, Administrators, Distance Counseling

Using Texas OnCourse for Middle School Excellence

Posted by Leader Fellow Mia Bradford on Jun 10, 2020 5:10:00 PM

Right before I left for vacation in March 2018, my supervisor called me into his office and said, “Mia, Dr. Lathan wants to create a comprehensive college and career readiness program for middle school students.” My heart leaped with joy. That’s right. News of a brand-new program I’d be charged with developing the day before vacation made me joyous. Here’s why.

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Topics: Lessons & Curriculum, Educators, Distance Counseling

Advising Student-Athletes during COVID-19

Posted by Texas OnCourse on Jun 8, 2020 5:30:31 PM

The COVID-19 pandemic has had far-reaching effects on all aspects of education: academic, extracurricular,  athletic, and more. With this webinar, gain valuable knowledge on how student-athletes and their families can engage with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) during this atypical time. 

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Topics: Grad Requirements, Distance Counseling

We Commit to Supporting Racially Just Systems and Practices

Posted by Texas OnCourse on Jun 4, 2020 4:49:25 PM

On this National Day of Mourning, let’s be forthright. This has been a hard couple of weeks to try to go on with business as usual for us on staff at Texas OnCourse. We mourn with you, with the nation, and with the world over the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others who may never be named. George Floyd was raised in Houston. Maybe you knew him. Maybe you taught him. Maybe he was your neighbor, your relative, your student’s relative. Maybe you or your students knew Mike Ramos, Atatiana Jefferson, Botham Jean. Maybe this experience is dredging up past memories and traumas. We recognize that this is a difficult week for you, during a difficult year. We are deeply saddened, we are angry, we worry for the future of all our black and brown children. But we also have hope.

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Topics: Professional Development, Data and Accountability, Research, Educators, Distance Counseling

COVID-19 Update: School Schedules and Assessments

Posted by Texas OnCourse on May 29, 2020 1:42:24 PM

Hi, all! We’ll be winding down these live videos soon as we all hopefully step away from screens for a few weeks over the summer. If you have any requests from us for future Facebook live updates, put them in the comments!

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Topics: Middle School, Lessons & Curriculum, High School, Distance Counseling

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

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