Free Online School Counseling Tools

Posted by Rose Frezza, Texas OnCourse on May 12, 2020 5:40:11 PM

The school year may be winding down, but we know that the job of a school counselor (like that of many educators) is year-round. To help you finish strong with resources at-the-ready, we’ve compiled a list of the most helpful free online school counseling tools, specifically for middle and high school counselors and their students.

Read More

Topics: Middle School, Coronavirus, High School, Distance Counseling

Preparing Eighth Graders for High School

Posted by Rose Frezza, Texas OnCourse on Apr 28, 2020 3:46:46 PM

This academic year has been unlike any other for students around the world. In particular, students making big transitions in the fall (like entering high school as a freshman!) are facing unique challenges.

Read More

Topics: Middle School, Student Enrichment, Coronavirus, Distance Counseling

New Videos: Prep Your Students for High School and College

Posted by Texas OnCourse on Apr 23, 2020 1:26:52 PM

We can’t imagine what it’s like for our students to be out of school and managing uncertainty as they prepare for a big transition. 

So Texas OnCourse created a couple of short videos to help students prepare for a stellar freshman year, whether they’re headed to high school or college.

Read More

Topics: Middle School, Video, Endorsements, College Planning, Coronavirus, Students, Distance Learning

How to Teach CTE Lessons at Home

Posted by Amanda Hernandez, Texas OnCourse on Apr 16, 2020 2:34:56 PM

For many career and technical education (CTE) teachers, the sudden move to online learning is particularly challenging. CTE, after all, is often hands-on in nature. Here, we gather updates, tips and suggested practices, and resources into one place. Use them to supplement official guidance provided by your school or district. Our hope is to help you strengthen your online teaching skills as they relate to delivering CTE instruction remotely.  

Read More

Topics: Middle School, Jobs and Careers, Coronavirus, High School

3 Tips for Classrooms on Communicating Virtually during COVID-19

Posted by Rose Frezza, Texas OnCourse on Apr 7, 2020 4:58:14 PM

The current moment presents plenty of challenges as we figure out how to support, instruct, and counsel our students remotely. Among those challenges is how to communicate effectively when we’re not face-to-face. Fortunately, this is an obstacle that presents opportunities for growth and learning for our students, and ourselves. 

Read More

Topics: Middle School, Coronavirus

COVID-19 Student Safety Tips and TSIA Updates

Posted by Texas OnCourse on Apr 1, 2020 5:32:23 PM

Texas OnCourse has your latest updates on COVID-19 and Texas education.

This week we're covering:

  1. Updated policies for school meal pick up
  2. Keeping everyone safe during paper packet delivery
  3. An update on taking the TSI assessment  
Read More

Topics: Middle School, College Planning, Educators, Coronavirus

Webinar: Fun Career Activities for Middle School Students

Posted by Texas OnCourse on Mar 12, 2020 4:21:28 PM

Webinar Highlights: Making Careers Matter in Middle School

No time to watch? Below, we summarize key information and include links to resources from the webinar.

Read More

Topics: Middle School, Webinar, Educators

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.

Read More

Topics: Middle School, Grad Requirements, Educators

Do Your Middle School Students Understand Endorsements?

Posted by Rose Frezza, Texas OnCourse on Feb 26, 2020 7:47:03 AM

How well do you think your middle school students understand endorsements and graduation plans?

Read More

Topics: Middle School, Endorsements

A Crash Course on Endorsements for Parents

Posted by Leader Fellow Suzan Harrison on Nov 14, 2019 11:46:20 AM

Okay, middle school parents and guardians. It’s never too soon to help your child dream about college and career success after high school. Starting around seventh and eighth grade, you’ll  need to know about Texas graduation requirements and help your child craft a four-year high school plan. Don’t panic – you’ll have help. That’s what counselors and advisers are here for! 

Read More

Topics: Middle School, Endorsements, Parents