Welcome to the Counselor Newsletter
- Building Trust: The Power of Communication
- The Dream of Graduating College Becomes More Accessible to All Students
- Compare College Offers: An Interactive Tool for Students
- Everything Your Students Need to Know About Campus Visits
- How Students Can Develop Their SEL Skills
- Upcoming Events
- A Free Online Learning Resource
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Building Trust: The Power of Communication
Consistent and open communication is one way to build trust with students, parents, and fellow educators. Communication can also help you express the value of measuring a student’s academic readiness in order to prepare them for the future.
Check out the variety of ready-to-use resources designed by ACT to aid in making communication easier.
Join the thousands of counselors and teachers using these materials and continue to build rapport with your students and parents.
The Dream of Graduating College Becomes More Accessible to All Students
Starting in September 2018, students from low-income families who take the ACT with fee waivers will be allowed to send up to 20 free ACT score reports to colleges and/or scholarship agencies at any time during their college search process.
For students from low-income families, sometimes academic ability isn’t the reason why they’re not being admitted into college. Students might file an application, but not send their test scores, due to a financial restraint.
We want to remove this barrier so that the dream of graduating college can be accessible for all students.
Class of 2018: The One Thing Your SENIORS Should Do Right Now
Figure Out the Cost for College
Class of 2019: The One Thing Your JUNIORS Should Do Right Now
Go On Campus Visits
The college decision process can be exciting and stressful at the same time. You want every one of your students to attend a college that is the best fit for him or her emotionally, socially, and academically.
One way to find that fit is through campus visits.
As spring approaches, juniors should think about scheduling a few campus visits before the college application season is here. To help them do this, show students this resource library, which contains information on:
- Why visiting colleges is important
- The 9 activities students should do on a campus visit
- What to bring to a campus visit
- How to decide if that visited college is a good fit
Class of 2020: The One Thing Your SOPHOMORES Should Do Right Now
Participate in an Extracurricular Activity
Grit. Creativity. Teamwork. Responsibility. Composure.
These social and emotional skills – behavioral skills needed to succeed in college and career – are often not explicitly taught in an academic setting.
This is why participation in extracurricular activities is vital. Research shows a correlation between extracurricular involvement and higher retention rates in high school and college1. Also, interpersonal skills are becoming more and more important in the workforce.
Your students should be cultivating these skills as soon as they can. Help them understand the importance by directing your sophomores to this resource, which outlines the advantages of participating in an extracurricular activity and how to make it count.
ACT National Test Date: April 14, 2018
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March 10-23, 2018