By Bill DeBaun, Senior Director, National College Attainment Network
There are plenty of districts and schools that really want to improve their college and career readiness efforts. You may even be associated with one of them! But it turns out lots of other districts and schools can also benefit from help figuring out how to do that.
Don’t reinvent the wheel! It feels bad. Instead, borrow someone else’s wheel and make it yours!
There are several posts on NCAN’s blog that focus on different aspects of college and career advising. These are mostly from a high school context, but some also feature K-12 and community-based partnerships. Have questions? As always, I’d love to hear from you. You can reach me at email@example.com, and I hope you’ll reach out!
- Hear from Peers: NCAN-Served Districts Offer Advice for K-12 CCR Efforts: During our To & Through Advising Challenge, NCAN worked with 20 school district across the country on how to level up their college and career readiness work. This post includes some of their best advice!
- A ‘Warp Speed’ Spring and Summer: Fit and Match and Combating Melt in Springfield: Advising students on their postsecondary options through the concepts of “fit” and “match” is important. So is freezing summer melt so students actually matriculate when they intend to. This post from Springfield Public Schools has the actual materials the district used to adopt both fit and match and summer melt prevention strategies.
- How Sending Letters Helped Sacramento’s Students Find the Right College: Speaking of fit and match, Sacramento Unified School District helped students think about their college options by sending customized letters home to each student. It’s an approach we’ve also seen put into action at the District of Columbia Public Schools.
- Using Peer Mentoring to Change Postsecondary Advising in Broward County: Sometimes students need to hear from their peers in order to really buy into a message. Broward County Schools in Florida has used peer mentoring to great effect, and the “BRACE Cadets” also help with school programming.
Still with me? I’m grateful, thanks for reading! As a bonus, here’s three more of my favorite posts:
- 5 Considerations for Schools Working with Postsecondary Planning Partners
- OneGoal Postsecondary Readiness Rubrics Are Must-See for Every District, School
- RISE’s Postsecondary Tracker Offers Data Insights to Counselors
Next month we’ll have more information on how to freeze summer melt early. Summer melt starts way before summer starts, so it’s never too early to start thinking about it. In the meantime, I hope this post got some ideas going on different practices districts and schools can adopt to help students be more successful!
I’d love also for you to save the dates for April 17-21. During this week, NCAN will host at least a webinar a day organized around the idea that everyone in a school has a role to play in students’ college and career readiness. Students’ postsecondary pathways aren’t just a school counselor’s focus, or a teacher’s focus, or a principal’s focus. No, every caring adult in a school, along with external partners, parents, and students themselves has a role to play.
Our great webinar lineup will examine topics like helping students reach different kinds of college and career pathways, how to build a college and career readiness team, and what kinds of frameworks are useful for understanding what students should know and experience. Interest piqued? We hope so. Full details are coming soon, but giving us your name and email here will make sure we get you more information and an invite ASAP!
NCAN Guest Blog: Key Questions to Ask Before the School Year Starts (August 2022)
NCAN Guest Blog: Start Off the School Year Right with a Plan for Postsecondary Preparation (September 2022)
NCAN Guest Log: FAFSA Season is Open — Here’s How to Make Sure You Are Prepared (October 2022)
NCAN Guest Blog: Tackling Summer Melt in the Fall (November 2022)
NCAN Guest Blog: As the Year Winds Down, Use NSC Data to Plan Next Steps (December 2022)
NCAN Guest Blog: Start Your Year Off Right by Refreshing your College and Career Toolbox (January 2023)