Staying on Course for College and Career during COVID-19

Posted by Rose Frezza, Texas OnCourse on Oct 21, 2020 11:04:43 AM

COVID-19 has been an education game-changer.

COVID-19 has rocked our world as educators. Schools have closed, in-person classes and activities have pivoted to virtual or hybrid, and as we struggle to keep up, we worry about our students falling behind. We are committed to serving the dynamic needs of Texas educators, particularly as it relates to college and career readiness. We provide consistently updated information on COVID-19 resources for Texas educators. We recognize that your students are becoming more independent and tech-savvy during the pandemic and are managing their time and education from home in many cases. Keeping them on track for postsecondary success is a top priority.

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Topics: College Planning, Educators, Coronavirus, Distance Counseling, Distance Learning

Webinar: Adjusting to College Planning during COVID-19

Posted by Thema Reed, Texas OnCourse on Sep 14, 2020 4:38:31 PM

2020 has been full of unique challenges for educators and students. Many of you are juggling shifting deadlines, new enrollment processes, and new systems for sending students to college this year. In our September 2020 webinar, we break down how to help students plan for college during COVID-19 and share resources to keep you on track. More resources like those in this webinar can be found in the Texas OnCourse Academy under College Costs, Admissions and Application Process, and Financial Aid Application Process.

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Topics: Webinar, Educators, Coronavirus, Distance Counseling, Distance Learning

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

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

COVID-19 Update: Free PD for Teachers during COVID-19

Posted by Rose Frezza, Texas OnCourse on Aug 21, 2020 1:52:38 PM

This week: we’re talking about free PD for teachers during COVID-19 from OnRamps and TEA, and a financial aid update from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

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Topics: Educators, Coronavirus, Distance Learning

Helping Your Students with a College Prep Checklist during COVID-19

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 uncertain variables popping up, we’re here to help with tips on crafting a college prep checklist during COVID-19.

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

COVID-19 Update: College Prep during COVID-19

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 specifically about college prep during COVID-19.

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

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 into 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: TEA Updates

Posted by Rose Frezza, Texas OnCourse on Aug 7, 2020 1:32:18 PM

This week, we're focusing on TEA updates on COVID-19.

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Topics: Educators, Distance Counseling, Distance Learning

Our Updated College and Career Readiness Curriculum Has New Lesson Plans!

Posted by Rose Frezza, Texas OnCourse on Jul 28, 2020 3:17:47 PM

You may be aware of Texas OnCourse’s College and Career Readiness Curriculum, formerly referred to as the Middle School Curriculum Guide. This curriculum is designed to help educators teach college and career readiness in grades 6–8. To date, this resource has helped over 1,950 Texas educators meet TEKS requirements by using plug and play middle school lesson plans designed to make career exploration fun. 

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Topics: Middle School, Educators, Distance Counseling, Distance Learning

Six Tips for Implementing Effective PD from Northwest ISD

Posted by Texas OnCourse on May 20, 2020 1:13:06 PM

This year, educators around the state are seeing normal PD schedules disrupted or challenged by COVID-19 restrictions. And many schools and districts are turning to remote PD for the first time.

Northwest ISD, a quickly growing district in Dallas-Fort Worth, has been using the Texas OnCourse Academy to provide virtual lessons to their college and career staff for the past couple of years. Here are some tips that they’ve utilized for implementing professional development along the way. Find more tips and tools like this in our new remote PD toolkit.

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Topics: Professional Development, Administrators, Distance Learning