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.
February is CTE Month! In order to celebrate career and technical education, we’re going to look at the ways you can build your students’ awareness of CTE courses and the opportunities CTE can provide as they transition from middle to high school.
Exams like the SAT and ACT can feel big and scary for many students. It can seem as though the stakes are high and a lot is riding on the outcome of one or both of these exams. Let’s look at some of the ways students can start early, breathe deeply, and use test prep techniques to conquer the SAT and ACT.
Use this handy document to review the course requirements for each of the five endorsements on the Foundation High School Program.
This one pager contains five actionable steps that students and educators complete together to ensure that students are on the right track to secondary (and postsecondary!) success.
In an era of mounting student debt, community and junior colleges can be an attractive option for students looking to get basics out of the way more affordably.
In this webinar, we highlight information and resources for supporting students from special populations. These include highly mobile students – those from military-connected families or whose parents or guardians are migrant workers – and students with disabilities.
Students who move frequently – like those whose parents or guardians are in the military or are migrant workers – face unique challenges in becoming college and career ready. The feeling of being uprooted or displaced can be unsettling and may affect academic performance and postsecondary success. It’s important that educators, counselors, and advisers do all they can to provide transitioning students with a warm welcome. After all, research shows that students learn better when they feel safe and cared for.
Scholarships and grants, federal student loans, state and college loans, private loans, work-study – these are the many ways your students can receive assistance in paying for college. Researching and pursuing these opportunities can be complicated, but there’s more to do once applications are in! Students need to learn that borrowing only what they need is crucial to minimizing debt, and that certain forms of financial aid will need to be re-paid or traded for time.
Winter break is one of my favorite times of the year. As a high school counselor, I look forward to the long, quiet lull between mid-December and the new year when my schedule frees up and I have more control over my day. I’ve learned that it’s important to harness the gift of free time and use it to recharge and prepare myself for a strong spring semester. Students can and should do the same in order to become college and career ready. Here are three tips for educators and three tips for students on how to return to school in January refreshed and more focused than ever: