Webinar: District Case Studies: Creating Strong Partnerships with IHEs and the Community

Posted by Texas OnCourse on Jul 5, 2022 3:30:38 PM

Strong partnerships between schools, higher education institutions, and community organizations help students advance in their next steps. Not only that, but they also encourage collaboration and learning from industry leaders and other educators. Districts, educators, and students deserve to thrive! Keep reading to learn about the partnerships and strategies you can implement in your schools and districts.

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Topics: CCMR and Accountability, Webinar, Educators, High School, College and Career Readiness Resources

Webinar: Student Modules: College and Career Support with Texas College Bridge

Posted by Texas OnCourse on May 19, 2022 3:15:21 PM

Introducing students to pathways they can pursue after high school is no easy task, and we applaud your hard work! We’re here to make college planning even smoother for your high school students. Texas OnCourse has partnered with the Texas Education Agency and College Forward to bring you the College and Career Support guide from Texas College Bridge. This resource comes with five helpful, student-facing modules where students can learn about their interests and passions, different postsecondary paths, how to apply for college, financial aid, and so much more!  

Watch the webinar recording below and download the slides or continue reading for resources and highlights.   

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Topics: Webinar, Jobs and Careers, Applying to College, Educators, Students and Families, High School, College and Career Readiness Resources

Webinar: Enhancing Your Advising Practice Among Unique Groups of Students

Posted by Texas OnCourse on Apr 20, 2022 4:48:03 PM

There are lots of resources out there to support students with disabilities. In this webinar, we help you sort through some of the most helpful ones. These resources are meant to help ease postsecondary planning and career exploration and include a module in the Texas OnCourse Academy that’s filled with awesome information on how to best advise this student population. 

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Topics: Webinar, Educators, Students and Families, High School, Diversity and Inclusion, Special Populations

Webinar: Financial Literacy for Your High School Students

Posted by Texas OnCourse on Mar 24, 2022 2:53:50 PM

The sun is shining, and the birds are chirping – happy spring, y’all! We’re happy to bring you new resources to use in your classroom. Our guests for this webinar have some incredible free materials that are filled with helpful information on financial literacy and options for life after high school.  

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Topics: Webinar, Finances, Educators, Students and Families, Financial Aid

Webinar: Identifying Promising Career Opportunities with CTE Programs of Study

Posted by Texas OnCourse on Feb 16, 2022 4:15:00 PM

Happy Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month, everyone! We are excited to celebrate and spotlight the numerous CTE programs and resources available to you. In this month’s webinar, we dug into online tools available for your students to peek into what their future could look like.  

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Topics: Webinar, Jobs and Careers, Educators, College and Career Readiness Resources

Webinar: K-12 Updates from 87th Legislative Session, Texas Education Bills 2021

Posted by Texas OnCourse on Jun 15, 2021 12:30:52 PM

View this webinar for an overview of the 2021 Texas education bills passed during the Regular Legislative Session. The webinar also includes a lively discussion full of questions and best practices from your colleagues across the state. To hear what they had to say, be sure to tune into the recording.

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Topics: Grad Requirements, Educators, Administrators, High School, Accountability

Academic Planning Basics for Counselors: What You Need to Know about Endorsements, Graduation Plans, College Credits and More

Posted by Thema Reed, Texas OnCourse on Jun 3, 2021 5:10:53 PM

One of the biggest hurdles middle school students face before entering ninth grade is planning their courses for high school. Once a student enters high school, they have the opportunity to revisit their course plans, explore work-based learning options, and take courses for college credit.

To graduate high school, Texas students are required to complete 22 credits as part of the Foundation High School Program. Students can customize their high school experience by completing additional requirements and graduating with an endorsement, the Distinguished Level of Achievement, and performance acknowledgments. It’s really important that students understand their options based on their future goals. For example, the Distinguished Level of Achievement is mandatory for students to be eligible for Texas’ Top Ten Percent program.

Texas students face a competitive and ever-evolving job market. Understanding their course options and putting together a strong graduation plan helps ensure that students will graduate from high school with the resources and knowledge they need to succeed in college or their chosen career. 

This article outlines the basics of academic planning for educators. For more in-depth information, including resources, handouts, and tips for implementing this information in the classroom, check out the Academic Planning badge in the Texas OnCourse Academy.

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Topics: Finances, Educators, High School, Financial Aid

The Basics of Career Exploration for Students

Posted by Texas OnCourse on Jun 3, 2021 5:07:13 PM

From the time students are young, we ask them what they want to be when they grow up. Preparing students for a successful postsecondary career is the focus of much of K-12 education. In this article, we’ll cover:

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Topics: Jobs and Careers, Educators, College and Career Readiness Resources

The Basics of Advising Students in Special Populations

Posted by Texas OnCourse on Jun 3, 2021 1:49:40 PM

Many of our students have special advising needs. Sometimes these needs are unique or rare. Sometimes they present barriers to educational achievement. Perhaps you have a student who has moved around a lot due to migrant work or a connection to the military. Maybe one of your students is eligible for an athletic scholarship and it’s been a while since you advised a student-athlete. You likely have students with disabilities, who are experiencing homelessness, who are in foster care, or who are undocumented.

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Topics: Educators, Special Populations, College and Career Readiness Resources

Webinar: New College and Career Curriculum for 2021–2022

Posted by Texas OnCourse on May 17, 2021 5:48:06 PM

Later this summer, we will release a new edition of the Texas OnCourse College and Career Curriculum. In this webinar, we provide a preview of the curriculum changes. We also discuss ideas from school districts on the best ways to engage students on college and career planning in middle school.

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Topics: Middle School, Educators, Curriculum Resources, Downloadable Resource