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:
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:
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.
There’s never been a better time for you to check out the Texas OnCourse Academy. If you've been a loyal Academy user for the past couple of years, you may have noticed we redesigned this online professional development tool over the summer. If you're brand new to the Academy, this free resource offers a variety of learning modules to help you guide your students through college and career decisions. We’re excited to share some of the most useful features of the new Academy with you.
The start of a new school year brings a lot of excitement, along with a good amount of stress. As a high school counselor, I know that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed… especially if you’re the lone counselor on campus.
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.
This summer, we relaunched the Texas OnCourse Academy. The Academy is our comprehensive online platform for professional development. With the Academy, all educators can access the tools they need to support any student on any opportunity after high school.
It’s July! Time to relax and forget the stresses from this last school year. One of my favorite parts about these summer months is that they enable me to reflect on and visualize how I can refresh and energize my teaching practice in the upcoming school year – not only for my students, but for myself, as well.
Once a year we open our leader fellowship to a new cohort of movers and shakers in college and career readiness. These Texas educators excel in their schools and communities. They represent a solid dedication to education, a commitment to their students, and a passion for continuous professional development.
Some people think that the winter holidays are the most wonderful time of the year, but we know the truth. For educators, SUMMER is the most wonderful time of year! Several consecutive weeks off, with a lot more freedom than usual. Educators still spend time preparing for the next school year, but they are (hopefully) able to sleep in a little bit later, travel, spend time with their families, and enjoy any number of activities that might otherwise be too hectic to partake in during the school year. Talk about a much-deserved break!