COVID-19 Update: College Prep, Admissions, and Entrance Exams

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 about college prep, admissions, and entrance exams.

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

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

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

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

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

How to Help Students Connect Endorsements and Careers

Posted by Communications Coordinator Rose Frezza on Dec 17, 2019 3:53:24 PM

Helping Texas middle school students prepare to choose an endorsement selection before they enter high school is just one step in career exploration.

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Topics: Lessons & Curriculum, Endorsements

Instructional Strategies for Teaching Endorsements

Posted by Leader Fellow Iris Gonzalez on Nov 19, 2019 10:28:15 AM

My first experience in talking to middle school students about endorsements was more complex than I had anticipated. I may have assumed way too much about their prior knowledge, so it didn’t take long before I had blank faces staring back at me.

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Topics: Lessons & Curriculum, Endorsements, Educators

Using the Family Guide to Engage Middle School Parents and Guardians

Posted by Texas OnCourse Leader Fellow Jennifer Sullivan on Sep 27, 2019 11:59:06 AM

As educators, we know that having buy-in at home is imperative when it comes to college and career readiness. Parents and guardians have enormous influence when it comes to deadlines, timelines, and planning for the future.

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Topics: Middle School, Lessons & Curriculum, Educators

The Best Tools for Middle School Advisory

Posted by Texas OnCourse Leader Fellow Iris Gonzalez on Aug 27, 2019 1:33:23 PM

I hear two clear-cut positions from educators when I talk to them about Advisory Period. Some educators view advisory as a confusing and frustrating period that creates extra work. Other educators have conquered the advisory period challenge, and view it as a productive time in the school day to reach out to students on a deeper level.  

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Topics: Middle School, Lessons & Curriculum, Educators

Movers and Shakers in Texas Middle Schools

Posted by Texas OnCourse Communications Coordinator Rose Frezza on Aug 20, 2019 12:56:15 PM

Earlier this summer, we welcomed a new cohort of leader fellows into the ranks of Texas OnCourse. This is a group of movers and shakers in college and career readiness who demonstrate a commitment to their students and professional development every single day. We’d like you to meet a few of our Texas middle school counselors and educators who are making a difference in their educational communities.

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Topics: Middle School, Professional Development, Lessons & Curriculum