Video: Tips for High School Seniors to Finish Strong

Posted by Rose Frezza, Texas OnCourse on Apr 28, 2020 3:53:56 PM

College-bound high school seniors have a big transition ahead of them. In addition to choosing their college, they’ll need to keep track of financial aid deadlines, make housing plans, and schedule orientation. We compiled the top five ways high school seniors can stay on track through the end of high school and into the summer to have a stellar freshman year.

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Topics: College Planning, Student Enrichment, 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.

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

Educator Resources for 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 colleagues to learn from one another and discuss educator resources for 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

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

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 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 Student Summer: A Time to Broaden Life Experiences

Posted by Texas OnCourse Leader Fellow Sal Acosta on Jun 25, 2019 1:44:24 PM

What’s a student to do during the summer? After a time, another day at the pool or afternoon spent playing video games can seem humdrum. Summertime offers a wonderful opportunity for students to broaden their life experiences. The more life experiences, the more well rounded the student – and the more potential college essay material! It’s all about changing it up. Here are several options:

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Topics: College Planning, Parents, Student Enrichment

Parents: Looking for a Summertime Activity? Try Community Service.

Posted by Texas OnCourse Communications Coordinator Rose Frezza on Jun 11, 2019 3:38:54 PM

Summertime is a great time to make (and fulfill) wish lists. In a perfect world, what are some things you wish you had the time or energy to do? For some, having a little more free time means considering how they can positively impact their communities. When you have extra, you might be more apt to consider sharing the extra that you have.

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Topics: Parents, Student Enrichment