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

Asset Framing: Tell the Story of Your Students’ Aspirations, Not Their Deficits

Posted by Communications Coordinator Rose Frezza on Jun 23, 2020 6:14:52 PM

Trabian Shorters, best-selling author, social entrepreneur, and leading authority on diversity and inclusion, has been working for years to help foundations and nonprofits change the stories they tell about the communities they support. Many philanthropic organizations start with the challenge or the problem first – “tales of deficit and despair,” as Shorters describes. But this sort of approach stigmatizes communities, contributes to further stereotyping, and can often make change seem impossible. 

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Topics: Professional Development, Administrators, Distance Counseling, Diversity and Inclusion

We Commit to Supporting Racially Just Systems and Practices

Posted by Texas OnCourse on Jun 4, 2020 4:49:25 PM

On this National Day of Mourning, let’s be forthright. This has been a hard couple of weeks to try to go on with business as usual for us on staff at Texas OnCourse. We mourn with you, with the nation, and with the world over the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others who may never be named. George Floyd was raised in Houston. Maybe you knew him. Maybe you taught him. Maybe he was your neighbor, your relative, your student’s relative. Maybe you or your students knew Mike Ramos, Atatiana Jefferson, Botham Jean. Maybe this experience is dredging up past memories and traumas. We recognize that this is a difficult week for you, during a difficult year. We are deeply saddened, we are angry, we worry for the future of all our black and brown children. But we also have hope.

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Topics: Professional Development, Data and Accountability, Research, Educators, Distance Counseling

Six Tips for Implementing Effective PD from Northwest ISD

Posted by Texas OnCourse on May 20, 2020 1:13:06 PM

This year, educators around the state are seeing normal PD schedules disrupted or challenged by COVID-19 restrictions. And many schools and districts are turning to remote PD for the first time.

Northwest ISD, a quickly growing district in Dallas-Fort Worth, has been using the Texas OnCourse Academy to provide virtual lessons to their college and career staff for the past couple of years. Here are some tips that they’ve utilized for implementing professional development along the way. Find more tips and tools like this in our new remote PD toolkit.

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Topics: Professional Development, Administrators, Distance Learning

Implicit Bias and College Advising

Posted by Rose Frezza, Texas OnCourse on Apr 29, 2020 4:29:06 PM

In the field of education, many of us are well-versed in the differences between explicit and implicit bias. Yet we may not have had candid conversations with ourselves and others about what we can and should do daily to ensure equity in college access; in particular, how to reduce implicit bias in today's virtual college advising setting.

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Topics: Professional Development, College Planning, Educators, Coronavirus, Distance Counseling

How to Help Students during COVID-19

Posted by Texas OnCourse on Apr 21, 2020 1:06:16 PM

This month, we shifted our usual monthly webinar to make space for educators to learn from one another and discuss resources for teaching and advising during COVID-19. More than 600 people registered to join the conversation. If you weren’t able to join the discussion live, watch the recording:

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Topics: Professional Development, Educators, Student Enrichment, Coronavirus

How to Thrive in Your Online School Counseling Role

Posted by Leader Fellow Megan Guidry on Apr 2, 2020 4:30:26 PM

My name is Megan Guidry and I’m a counselor at Granbury Middle School, a licensed professional counselor, and a Texas OnCourse leader fellow. I’ve been a Granbury Pirate for 15 years, working at various elementary and middle schools in the district. 

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Topics: Professional Development, Educators, Coronavirus

How You and Your Students Can Recharge Over Break

Posted by Leader Fellow Sal Acosta on Dec 10, 2019 1:52:05 PM

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:

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Topics: Professional Development, Educators, Student Enrichment

The Best and Brightest in Texas School Counseling

Posted by Communications Coordinator Rose Frezza on Nov 26, 2019 10:10:11 AM

We’re loving the *slightly* cooler temperatures and slow slide into the holiday season. Before we all say farewell for Thanksgiving break, we’d like to take a moment to reflect on all we’re thankful for at Texas OnCourse:

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Topics: Professional Development, Educators

An Insider’s Guide to the Texas OnCourse Middle School Module

Posted by Leader Fellow Patricia Frost on Oct 1, 2019 2:44:50 PM

In education, time is a commodity. Educators need time to teach, plan, and connect and engage with students. Our time impacts lives; therefore, it must be managed well. Time invested in the Texas OnCourse Academy is truly an investment worth making, because the strategies and resources presented allow educators to save LOTS of time later.

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Topics: Middle School, Professional Development, Endorsements