Please note that sessions and speakers are being added as they are confirmed.
Counseling Jewish Families Through the College Search
Like other historically marginalized groups, Jewish families seek inclusive college communities and are sensitive to the ways they are kept on the fringes, either explicitly or implicitly, by intent or ignorance. Moreover, Jews are not a monolith. Learn from and share with colleagues who have decades of experience working with Jewish families. Walk away knowing what questions to ask Jewish families when it comes to religious practice, dietary restrictions, gap years in Israel and more.
Jenny Rifken Fisher, Greenhill School (TX)
Heath Einstein, Texas Christian University
Chris Teel, The Emory/Weiner School (TX)
Courtney Johnson-Benson, The University of Akron (OH)
College and Career Counseling in a Public School Setting
Oftentimes as public school counselors we are faced with large caseloads of students, a limited understanding of our student’s post secondary plans and a lack of time to build and maintain relationships with college representatives. This session is designed to highlight the importance of creating a post secondary program that includes both college and career preparation, exploration and access for all students. We will engage in a conversation about: How we can work together as public school counselors, college admission reps, community based organizations and independent education consultants to create and design post secondary opportunities for students.
Jayme Cambra, San Dieguito Union High School District (CA)
College Counseling Virtual Events/Programs that Work; What we've learned from COVID
COVID moved most events and programs from in person to on line without much forward thinking. Counselors discovered that some programs work well in the virtual space and others are better in person. Looking back on this last year, counselors have an opportunity to intentionally redesign their college readiness programs to have a nice blend of in person, virtual and hybrid programs. There are many things to consider such as: engagement, participation and attendance. The design and execution of programs need to be re-evaluated as well. This will be a very interactive session where 3 college counselors and a virtual learning expert will discuss how virtual learning has helped their college readiness programs evolve.
Bill R. Tetz, Revolution Prep (CA)
Dr. Jawaan Wallace, Marlborough School (CA)
Chris Miller, Sandy Springs Friends School (MD)
Ed Devine, Xavier University
Ben Neely, Revolution Prep
“What do you mean by ‘Catholic’?” Counseling devout, connected, or disengaged Catholic students and their non-Catholic peers about their options in Higher Education
Students’ college experiences are often defined by the relationships and environment in which they journey side-by-side toward individual excellence. Recognizing the cultural and spiritual diversity alive on campuses today, panelists will draw from more than 80 years of experience in Catholic schools to offer perspectives on and information about counseling Catholic students and their parents to help them discern the “best fit” in light of their academic, social, and spiritual priorities. And lest attendees think this is only for Catholics, panelists will also discuss counseling non-Catholics about how to consider the opportunity to flourish in a Catholic institution.
Christopher Blackwell, Cistercian Preparatory School (TX)
Christopher Lydon, The Catholic University of America (DC)
Sarah Hogan, Providence Academy (MN)
Streamlining the School Profile Process in a Large Urban School District to Increase Equity
Come learn how we streamlined the school profile process within the Houston Independent School District to ensure all high schools had a school profile with high-leverage information for colleges and universities. When a high school doesn't have a school profile, students are put at a disadvantage when being reviewed under holistic review processes. As school leaders, we have an ethical responsibility to ensure that a school profile is on file before students begin submitting early applications in October. If you're interested in moving towards a streamlined school profile process, we'll give you tools you can take back to your districts!
Sara Elena Llansa, EMERGE Houston ISD (TX)
William Solomon, Houston Indpendent School District (TX)
How-to Guide: The School Profile
Have you ever wondered how much time admission officers spend reading a school profile? During this session, we will discuss best practices for the school profile and share an inside look at common pitfalls to avoid. We will also cover how you can best convey your school’s curriculum so that admission officers can interpret it accurately and subsequently better serve your students in the admission process.
Iris Martinez, University of Miami (FL)
Aleny Garcia, Ransom Everglades (FL)
Why You Must Ask "Why" (Effective Essays with Less Stress)
Stop worrying about hooks and perfect punctuation. There’s one question you should ask throughout the college essay process: “Why have you chosen this topic?” We’ll explore how asking “why?” applies to everything counselors do, from brainstorming ideas through essay reviews. Asking “why?” helps students decide whether to tackle sensitive topics and how to handle stories about sports and mission trips. It helps counselors review essays quickly and effectively, and teachers prepare better essay-writing lessons. Panelists will discuss the role essays play in applications, and how asking “why?” helps students write essays colleges want to read. Includes writing activities and instructions.
Kim Lifton, WOW Writing Workshop (MI)
Tamara Siler, Rice University (TX)
Holly M. Markiecki-Bennetts, Mercy High School (MI)
Jamie Jacobs, Michigan College Access Network
Stacey Cunitz, The Crefeld School, Blue Moon Education (PA)
We’re All In the Same Sandbox - Mutual Benefits of Reverse Advisory Boards
Similar to college admission offices, high schools are beginning to seek assistance from groups outside their institutions through advisory boards to provide guidance on a wide variety of topics. There are several models, all influenced by a school’s goals and resources. We’ll explore and share the successes of three different models from three different settings (private, boarding, public). Participants will discuss commencing a group, deciding who’s at the table, and creating a mutually beneficial advisory. We’ll also discuss the added advantages for college participants and how advisory boards improve the relationships with our institutions.
Chris Boehm, Archmere Academy (PA)
Ellen Deitrich, The Hill School (PA)
Jeremy Branch, Penn State University
Stacey Hewitt, Downingtown High School East (PA)
John Young, Hobart and WIlliam and Smith Colleges (NY)
Both, And | A Model for Counselor & Teacher Postsecondary Advising for All
During this session, OneGoal and Bushwick High School (NYC) will share learnings from their partnership to launch an advisory model post-secondary preparation program in Spring 2021. The model includes five teachers, one guidance counselor, and the school leader directly supporting all Juniors and Seniors by leveraging OneGoal’s culturally responsive curriculum to deliver critical content to students via a daily 25 minute advisory period. The guidance counselor plays a critical role ensuring that OneGoal teachers a) deliver OneGoal curriculum with fidelity, b) provide 1-1 advising to each student, and c) have the necessary postsecondary pathway knowledge required to support all students.
Patty Diaz-Andrade, OneGoal, Massachussetts (IL)
Small but Mighty: Strategies for Small/One-Person College Counseling Departments
Is your department so small that you seem to end up doing everything yourself? Hear from three experienced college counselors--one from a Title 1 high school of 1100, one from a PK-12 independent college prep school, and one from a half-day and half-boarding school--as they share what's worked for them. We'll round out the session with advice and resources from counselors across the country who are working in small or single-person departments before opening it up for questions and opportunities to network.
Lesley Klecan, St. Mary's School (OR)
Sonja Wood, South Doyle High School (TN)
Caroline Morris, St. John's Country Day School (FL)
How a school counselor and IEC work together
Collaboration vs. Competition; a no-brainer. Five Guidelines for Effective College Counseling Collaboration between school counselors and independent education consultants.
Patti Tomashot, Public High School (VT)
Advising NCAA Prospecive Student-Athletes
New to the NCAA Eligibility Center process? Get the facts about NCAA academic initial-eligibility requirements, the core-course review process, recruiting basics, and the National Letter of Intent. Representatives from the NCAA will also discuss changes and updates in the NCAA DI and DII initial eligibility requirements in response to COVID-19 and how these changes will impact prospective student-athletes.
Matthew Harris, NCAA (IN)