Your Top Five Questions about Texas Graduation Requirements, Answered

Posted by Rose Frezza, Texas OnCourse on Mar 3, 2020 3:42:46 PM

Texas graduation requirements state that students must select an endorsement and draft a four-year graduation plan before starting ninth grade. They can revise this plan every year. The process helps students identify education and training opportunities for after high school. It also helps develop employment-seeking skills.

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Topics: Middle School, Grad Requirements, Educators

4 Questions You’ve Always Had About Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit

Posted by Rose Frezza, Texas OnCourse on Feb 18, 2020 2:07:49 PM

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. 

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Topics: Grad Requirements, College Planning, Educators

Why Career and Technical Education Is Essential for Eighth Graders

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. 

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Topics: Lessons & Curriculum, Educators, Student Enrichment

Prepping Your Students for SAT and ACT Season

Posted by Rose Frezza, Texas OnCourse on Feb 4, 2020 1:11:53 PM

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.

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Topics: Applying to College, Educators, Student Enrichment

Endorsement Curriculum Requirements

Posted by Texas OnCourse on Jan 29, 2020 5:15:52 PM

Use this handy document to review the course requirements for each of the five endorsements on the Foundation High School Program.

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Topics: Educators

Creating a High School Personal Graduation Plan

Posted by Texas OnCourse on Jan 29, 2020 5:08:59 PM

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.

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Topics: Educators

Advising Students Interested in Community College

Posted by Rose Frezza, Texas OnCourse on Jan 28, 2020 1:18:37 PM

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.

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Topics: Educators

Webinar: Resources for Working with Students with Special Circumstances

Posted by Texas OnCourse on Jan 27, 2020 5:54:04 PM

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.

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Topics: Educators, Student Enrichment

How to Support Students Who Have Transferred into Your School

Posted by Communications Coordinator Rose Frezza on Jan 21, 2020 2:22:54 PM

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.

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Topics: Educators

In Which Order Should Students Accept Financial Aid?

Posted by Communications Coordinator Rose Frezza on Jan 7, 2020 1:36:06 PM

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.

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Topics: Finances, Educators