Counselors

Our goal is to provide counselors with valuable resources and insight to help their students get on the right path to a rewarding college experience. These informative sessions will combine practical advice and real-world examples to tackle the latest questions, concerns, and opportunities that high school counselors face every day. Counselors can view these sessions On Demand and earn contact hours towards professional development for free.

First Generation College Support

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 | 2:00 pm ET

Presented by Elizabeth Heneghan-Gilfillan
The Pennsylvania State University

First generation college students, in comparison to their non-first generation peers, are less likely to persist to graduation, less academically prepared, feel a lack of support in college, have lower educational and career aspirations, and lack cultural capital. The session will describe today’s first generation college student and what supports are currently offered in college. Attendees will learn more about what resources are needed to provide further support to first generation students and what to look for in programs as students decide on their college. The presentation will offer research on this population as well as examples of programs and interventions that have proven effective.

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CollegeWeekLive has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6596.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. CollegeWeekLive is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

First Generation College Support

Now On Demand

Originally aired October 18, 2017

Presented by Elizabeth Heneghan-Gilfillan
The Pennsylvania State University

First generation college students, in comparison to their non-first generation peers, are less likely to persist to graduation, less academically prepared, feel a lack of support in college, have lower educational and career aspirations, and lack cultural capital. The session will describe today’s first generation college student and what supports are currently offered in college. Attendees will learn more about what resources are needed to provide further support to first generation students and what to look for in programs as students decide on their college. The presentation will offer research on this population as well as examples of programs and interventions that have proven effective.

Attend this free webinar and earn 1 contact hour towards professional development

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International Students and the TOEFL® Test: Guiding English Learners to University Success

Now On Demand

Originally aired September 20, 2017

Presented by Teresa Axe
ETS/TOEFL

Many college counselors, particularly in public high schools, are working with English-language learners who need to take the TOEFL® test for university admission. This session will provide information and resources to assist counselors in advising students who need to take the TOEFL test, including how to interpret TOEFL scores and how to use scores select universities that match students’ English-language abilities.

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Student Stressors and Pressures: Navigating the Global Mental Health Epidemic on Campus

Originally aired August 31, 2017

Now On Demand

Presented by Susan Carr
Justin Carr Wants World Peace Foundation

Student mental health issues cannot be avoided. The goals of this workshop are to provide practical information and tools for advising and inspiring students. Around the world a growing number of students are struggling to cope with a variety of pressures, resulting in higher than ever rates of anxiety, emotional and physical exhaustion. Counselors can learn tools to evaluate if a student has any mental health issues. By introducing intensities related to student personalities and learning styles, attendees will also learn strategies of how to serve diverse and ever-changing student populations and help students adjust and flourish and be successful.

Available for 1 contact hour

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Support Access to Higher Education for English Language Learners

Originally aired: June 8th, 2017

Now On Demand

Presented by Homero Magana
Moorpark Unified School District

English language learners (ELLs) represent an increasing student population in the U.S. K-12 educational system. Research shows that these students and families face countless challenges to have access to higher education. The challenges may include issues related to academic, socio-emotional, college & career access, and attainment, socioeconomic, & parent involvement. This session will provide suggestions to school counselors who work with ELLs to support students' access to higher education!

Available for 1 contact hour

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An Inside Look at College Affordability

Originally aired: June 6th, 2017

Now On Demand

Presented by Cyndy McDonald
GuidedPath/McDonald & Associates

Although paying for a college education is now the highest investment most families will make in their lifetime, very few parents or counselors understand how colleges use affordability as a factor in admissions and when awarding merit scholarships. Join college affordability expert, Cyndy McDonald, as she gives you an Insider’s Look at College Affordability, looking at “affordability” as the newest component to “best fit”.

Available for 1 contact hour

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NCAA Eligibility Center – Understanding the Process

Originally aired: May 25th, 2017

Now On Demand

Presented by Brett Gorden
NCAA Eligibility Center

This webinar will cover the initial-eligibility process for prospective student-athletes, focusing mainly on the role of the high school administrator. Topics covered will include an overview of initial-eligibility requirements, how to help students register in the new NCAA Eligibility Center website and navigating the High School Portal.

Available for 1 contact hour

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Advising Undocumented American Students

Originally aired: April 27th, 2017

Now On Demand

Presented by Gaby Pacheco
TheDream.US

Undocumented students need support now more than ever! The audience takeaways will be an understanding of the undocumented student experience and the knowledge that there are financial options for students to get to and through college. We will share websites and tools they can use to stay informed on how to support these students.

Available for 1 contact hour

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A New Era in Financial Aid

Originally aired: January 24th, 2017

Now On Demand

Presented by Jodi Okun
College Financial Aid Advisors

2016 was a year of changes in financial aid, the biggest being the introduction ofthe early FAFSA, which is now available in October instead of January. While this was a year of getting over new road bumps, 2017 will be a year of settling in. Current and future college students need to acclimate themselves to these changes, and make the necessary adaptations in their personal schedules so they receive the maximum amount of financial aid possible. Careful organization is the key to successfully navigating the financial aid process. Let's spend a little time now on research, planning and preparation, and we will definitely be ready for financial aid in 2017!

Three Key takeaways are:

  1. The Money Talk and Cost of College
  2. Review of the Early FAFSA
  3. Understanding Financial Aid Award Letters

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More than Meets the "I"

Originally aired: October 18, 2016

Now On Demand

Presented by Margarita Landeros and Ruthie Portillo
Camino Nuevo Charter

This session is a collaborative discussion for those who identify as a person with an introverted personality type who would like to be seen and “heard” in the office. Areas of the topic include:

  1. Highlighting areas of strength for the “I” and common misconceptions that may be limiting in the workplace
  2. How the “E” may best support the “I”
  3. Tips for helping your “I” colleagues/employees share their quality ideas and strengths

Available for 1 contact hour

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Are You Ready For The Early FAFSA?

Originally aired: August 9, 2016

Now On Demand

Presented by Jodi Okun
Founder, College Financial Aid Advisors

Perhaps you heard there is a “new” FAFSA but aren’t really sure what is going on. Financial aid is changing. Colleges will expect families to be ready for the new process. Let’s get ready together. 3-4 Key Takeways / Subtopics:

  1. October 1, 2016 is the date you need to know
  2. From estimated income to actual income
  3. How does this make it easier?
  • Demystify the college process for everyone
  • Position yourself as an authority on the process with faculty and administrators
  • Be sure students and parents know the full range of colleges and universities available for students

Available for 1.5 contact hours

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Taking Back High School

Originally aired: May 26, 2016

Now On Demand

Presented by Willard M. Dix
Director, Grassroots College Counseling

All the pressures of college admission affect students (and their parents) earlier and earlier in the high school years. Even though most colleges still accept a majority of their applicants, the stories of how hard it is to get into college permeate the atmosphere, leading to excessive anxiety, uncertainty, and even expression. School counselors who understand the college process can help students be students by fortifying all stakeholders at their school with clear information about its effects. Willard M. Dix will cover the following topics:

  • Demystify the college process for everyone
  • Position yourself as an authority on the process with faculty and administrators
  • Be sure students and parents know the full range of colleges and universities available for students

Available for 1.5 contact hours

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How to Guide a First Session & How to Refine an Essay Outline Before the Second Draft

Originally aired: October 21st

Now On Demand

Presented by Ethan Sawyer
The College Essay Guy

In this session you’ll learn techniques for connecting quickly and deeply with your students, how to create a safe space, and how to provide feedback that is kind, useful and actionable. Then I’ll discuss what to do if a student comes into a meeting with nothing (no essay), and finally demonstrate how to help a student refine an outline before writing the second draft.

Available for one contact hour

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Get Me To College: Tips to Bolster College Readiness

Originally aired: September 29th, 2015

Now On Demand

Presented by Rebecca Joseph, PhD
GetMeToCollege.org

Rebecca Joseph of GetMeToCollege.org speaks about effective strategies for identifying and partnering with community members to better prepare your students for college.

Available for one contact hour

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National Training for Counselors and Mentors

Now On Demand

Hosted by the US Department of Education, the National Training for Counselors and Mentors (NT4CM) webinar covered how to support students and their families in preparing financially for college. Professional trainers covered the following topics:

  • FAFSA Changes: 2016 – 2017
  • Federal Policy Update
  • Loan Repayment Options
  • Social Media Tools
  • Q&A Session

Available for 1.5 contact hours

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NCAA Eligibility Center: Online, Blended, and Nontraditional Courses  

Now On Demand

To be eligible to practice, compete, and receive athletically-related financial aid at an NCAA Division I or Division II campus, prospective student-athletes must be certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center as academically eligible coming out of high school. The Eligibility Center works with the nation’s high schools and secondary education programs to determine which courses “count” toward meeting NCAA requirements. Courses taught in online, blended, or otherwise nontraditional environments require an extra layer of evaluation to be approved. This session will provide attendees with an overview of the rules and processes by which these courses are evaluated.

Available for one contact hour

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The Tests They Are A'Changin' 

Now On Demand

Change is never easy, but when changes come to the college admissions process it can cause college-bound families to feel overwhelmed and helpless. In this session, you will learn the facts about the changes to the SAT, ACT, and PSAT that are rolling out over the next year. You'll also learn about alternate testing timelines that can help keep a student's anxiety level and a parent's test prep costs as low as possible without sacrificing the student's competitive edge.

Available for one contact hour

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Engage Teens through Hybrid College Fairs

Now On Demand

Innovative educators like Stuttgart High School (formerly Patch High School) are now creating hybrid college fairs,  a combination of an in-person event and online interaction, to spark the imagination of their college-bound students. Discover how you can follow their lead: “Engaging High School Students through Hybrid College Fairs”.

Available for one contact hour

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Federal Student Aid: Resources for Counselors

Now On Demand

Join us for this session to get information and resources from the U.S. Department of Education that you can use to effectively provide financial aid information to high school students. A brief overview of the FAFSA process will be provided as well as a discussion of the Department’s recently launched Federal Student Aid Toolkit website.

Available for one contact hour

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Engaging and Empowering Millennials

Now On Demand

Webinar participants will gain an understanding of actionable ways to create an engaging environment for millennials to learn and grow. The session is designed to provide parents, counselors, and educators with a deeper understanding of how to prepare students for life-long success. The webinar focuses on the unique needs and motivations of the “Millennial” generation, those born between 1980 and 1995, and explores how this generation differs from non-millennials.

Available for one contact hour

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Hispanic Students - The Condition of College and Career Readiness 2014

Now On Demand

Hispanic students’ aspirations towards a post-secondary degree are higher than ever, but recent findings suggest that many of these young people will face academic challenges after leaving high school. In this informative webinar, we’ll share powerful opportunities for improvement in college and career readiness. Juan Garcia from ACT, Inc. will discuss the new numbers for the graduating class of 2014, how these numbers compare to the prior year, and what tools and resources are available to assist students, their families, and educators.

Available for one contact hour

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National Training for Counselors and Mentors: Academic Year 2015-2016

Now On Demand

National Training for Counselors and Mentors (NT4CM) covers how to support students and their families in preparing financially for college. In this course, professional trainers will provide comprehensive up-to-date information regarding federal and state student aid programs, scholarship searches, and financial aid fraud. Participants learn how to access free resources such as fact sheets, brochures, and PowerPoint presentations to help them help their students. After the training, participants will receive ongoing information and support.

This webinar is not available for contact hours, but can be streamed for educational purposes.

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Understanding the NCAA Process

Now On Demand

In this informative session, the high school administrator will learn more about their role in helping prospective student athletes achieve NCAA initial eligibility standards. A wide variety of topics will be covered, including general initial eligibility rules, the ins and outs of student registration, and how to use the High School Portal.

Available for one contact hour

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STEM Condition Report

Now On Demand

We will be highlighting our initial STEM Condition Report. In this report, we take a detailed look at the expressed and measured interest of students in STEM majors and occupations and align that data with their aptitudes in Science and Math. We have also developed a STEM categorization which helps parents, educators, STEM Councils, as well as business and industry leaders, focus on the strengths of current programs and initiatives.

Available for one contact hour

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Supporting LGBT students through the College Admissions Process

Now On Demand

For LGBTQ youth, applying and transitioning to college can be a difficult process – finding supportive campuses and being able to open up about oneself in the application can be emotionally difficult. This presentation allows counselors to guide students in figuring out supportive and safe campuses and exploring resources that will continue to nurture their development.

Available for one contact hour

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I'm Ready for College, but Can't Find My Backpack

Now On Demand

This session will review and teach some executive functioning strategies and key areas of support that can help students with learning differences, such as ADHD and with Autism Spectrum Disorders transition successfully to college and will:

  • Assist with understanding how a lack of strong executive functioning is a major reason why students fail in high school and college.
  • Teach some executive functioning strategies that can help this growing population transition successfully to college.
  • Present some effective intervention strategies to help students succeed.

    Available for one contact hour

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College Readiness in the Facebook Era

Now On Demand

How can high school counselors and advisors use students' fixation with social media to foster college readiness? In this session, we'll share proven practices for using social media to create more open and effective communication with students and parents. Participants will learn how to create an engaging Facebook page, use Twitter more effectively, and start a counselor blog.

Available for one contact hour

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Supporting Dreamers

Now On Demand

In this timely session, attendees will gain step-by-step advice to help undocumented students realize their college dreams. This includes gaining an understanding of financial aid info and finding scholarships associated with undocumented students, as well as insights into the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, UCLA IDEAS, and Educators for Fair Consideration programs that give students a way to afford higher education.

Available for one contact hour

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CollegeWeekLive has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6596. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. CollegeWeekLive is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.