2016-17 Counselor Webinar Series
We’re offering a series of free webinars that connect school counselors with timely and pertinent information on how to advance students’ college readiness.
This series also is a prime source for updates and information on the Advanced Placement Program, the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE, the SAT Suite of Assessments, and Official SAT Practice.
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Starting fall 2016, CEUs will be available for our on-demand webinars.
The College Board has been approved as an authorized provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), and will offer IACET CEUs for its online professional webinars. To receive CEU credit each webinar participant must complete the webinar registration, attend the entire event for which they registered and show mastery of the online session’s learning outcomes.
Webinars marked with an asterisk (*) are presented in partnership with the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and the American School Counselor Association (ASCA).
All online workshop times are Eastern Time.
|College Board Workshop Updates (Newer Counselors: Two years or less)||Sep 28||1:00 p.m.||This presentation will provide critical 2016-17 updates on K–12 College Board programs, with a focus on the SAT Suite of Assessments, how score reports can help student skills, the Khan Academy connection, and the upcoming changes to the 2017-18 FAFSA. Each of the updates is identical in content. The sessions for newer counselors are 90 minutes in length.||Download an iCal file for Sep 28 1:00 p.m. online workshop||Register for Sep 28 1:00 p.m. online workshop|
|College Board Workshop Updates (Experienced Counselors)||Oct 5||1:00 p.m.||This presentation will provide critical 2016-17 updates on K–12 College Board programs, with a focus on the SAT Suite of Assessments, how score reports can help student skills, the Khan Academy connection, and the upcoming changes to the 2017-18 FAFSA. Each of the updates is identical in content. The sessions for experienced counselors are one hour in length.||Download an iCal file for Oct 05 1:00 p.m. online workshop||Register for Oct 5 1:00 p.m. online workshop|
|Preparing Students for the Changing Landscape of Highly Competitive Public University Admission||Sep 30||2:00 p.m.||Public university undergraduate applications have skyrocketed by tens of thousands in the past several years. Costs, the rise of out-of-state and international applicants, students applying to more colleges, and significant outreach to underrepresented students are but a few factors contributing to this increase. This session will address many of the changes in very selective public university admission and offer suggestions as to how counselors can best prepare their students to be competitive in this challenging process.||Download an iCal file for Sep 30 2:00 p.m. online workshop||Register for Sep 30 2:00 p.m. online workshop|
|To Disclose or Not To Disclose, That Is the Question||Oct 11||3:00 p.m.||This session will explore the issue of disclosure in the college admission process from multiple perspectives (high school, independent college, large university). Panelists will discuss the importance of having a policy in place and will consider situations involving learning differences, mental health concerns, academic dishonesty, disciplinary violations, and even infractions with the law. Session participants will examine policies developed by other schools, analyze case studies, and evaluate how best to report disciplinary, behavioral, and mental health issues. Participants will discuss strategies to develop or amend policies, offer opinions on how and when to disclose, and assess how disclosure might affect admission decisions.||Download an iCal file for Oct 11 3:00 p.m. online workshop||Register for Oct 11 3:00 p.m. online workshop|
|Learn, Explore, Grow, Focus, Apply: Helping High School Students Navigate The Common Application||Oct 25||2:00 p.m.||The Common Application is a not-for-profit membership organization of nearly 700 colleges and universities committed to the pursuit of access, equity, and integrity in the college admission process. This webinar will highlight Common App’s comprehensive training resources available for school counselors, including Common App Ready, a series of packaged presentations and accompanying scripts covering every aspect of the application. Join us to learn how Common App’s various tools and resources can help counselors better support students and families.||Download an iCal file for Oct 25 2:00 p.m. online workshop||Register for Oct 25 2:00 p.m. online workshop|
|The CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE Application||Oct 6||1:00 p.m.||Join us to walk through the PROFILE application and learn about what is new and what is most important for you to know in order to help your students complete their PROFILE applications.||Download an iCal file for Oct 06 1:00 p.m. online workshop||Register for Oct 6 1:00 p.m. online workshop|
|*The 2017–18 FAFSA: What School Counselors Need to Know||Nov 17||2:00 p.m.||What is changing on the FAFSA for 2017-18? Hear from a U.S. Department of Education representative on what’s changing and how you can answer those tough, frequently asked questions. Additionally, gain access to resources to help you address those unique situations and aid you in educating students and their parents about federal student aid.||Download an iCal file for Nov 17 2:00 p.m. online workshop||Register for Nov 17 2:00 p.m. online workshop|
|CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE—Understanding Institutional Methodology||Jan 12||1:00 p.m.||The colleges and universities that use the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE use Institutional Methodology (IM) to analyze the family’s income information. Join us for an introduction to IM that will use case studies to highlight the differences between IM and the Federal Methodology, and to understand why colleges use IM rather than FM to award institutional aid funds.||Download an iCal file for Jan 12 1:00 p.m. online workshop||Register for Jan 12 1:00 p.m. online workshop|
|Assisting Undocumented/DACA Students Through the Financial Aid Process||Jan 25||1:00 p.m.||Understand how school counselors can best help undocumented/DACA students navigate the financial aid process. Receive the latest legislative updates, resources, and tools for assisting your students.||Download an iCal file for Jan 25 1:00 p.m. online workshop||Register for Jan 25 1:00 p.m. online workshop|
|Best Practices for a Successful AP Program||Oct 13||1:00 p.m.||Learn what your colleagues from around the country are doing to build and maintain successful AP programs. Discover the types of innovations that they are using to make their AP programs accessible to more students, how their schools and districts have given careful thought to what will work in their communities, and how to reach students who aren’t obvious candidates for the most challenging course work in their high schools.||Download an iCal file for Oct 13 1:00 p.m. online workshop||Register for Oct 13 1:00 p.m. online workshop|
|Expanding/Strengthening Your School’s AP Program||Nov 16||1:00 p.m.||Not sure which AP course you should add to your school’s course offerings? Wondering how you can improve the number and diversity of students who participate in AP? Thinking about ways to support teachers and increase student performance on AP Exams? Learn about the tools and services the AP Program has created to help you cultivate AP at your school.||Download an iCal file for Nov 16 1:00 p.m. online workshop||Register for Nov 16 1:00 p.m. online workshop|
|Attracting a Diverse Student Population to Computer Science and STEM Courses||Dec 1||1:00 p.m.||The percentage of underrepresented students, such as women or black or Hispanic students, entering computer science (CS) and STEM studies is discouragingly low. This is troubling because exposure to STEM studies can lead to pathways into multiple disciplines and to some of the best-paying jobs in the world. The Advanced Placement Program has developed a new AP CS Principles (CSP) course specifically designed to attract a more diverse student population. As a counselor, you play an influential role in your students’ decisions to take AP® courses. This webinar will introduce you to evidence-based strategies designed to help schools ensure that all students are encouraged to take AP STEM courses, with a focus on students who have been traditionally underrepresented.||Download an iCal file for Dec 01 1:00 p.m. online workshop||Register for Dec 1 1:00 p.m. online workshop|
|Using AP Potential™ to Assist in Academic Planning and Student Course Selection||Jan 31||1:00 p.m.||As the season approaches for students to select courses for next year, see how AP Potential can help students, counselors, and teachers in course planning.||Download an iCal file for Jan 31 1:00 p.m. online workshop||Register for Jan 31 1:00 p.m. online workshop|
|Assist Student-Athletes and Their Families Using the New NCAA Eligibility Center||Feb 23||2:00 p.m.||Learn how to effectively communicate information to your high school student-athletes and their families regarding the NCAA initial-eligibility standards and registration process.||Download an iCal file for Feb 23 2:00 p.m. online workshop||Register for Feb 23 2:00 p.m. online workshop|
|PSAT/NMSQT Score Report||Nov 8||1:00 p.m.||Join us for an informative session focused on understanding the PSAT/NMSQT scores, data, and reporting that is available through the student- and educator-facing online reporting tools. This session provides support along with best practices for counselors in developing strategies using these rich data sources to improve student outcomes starting with PSAT 8/9 and continuing through SAT.||Download an iCal file for Nov 08 1:00 p.m. online workshop||Register for Nov 8 1:00 p.m. online workshop|
|Creating Personalized SAT Practice Using Khan Academy||Dec 13||1:00 p.m.||Official SAT Practice through Khan Academy provides personalized, best-in-class, free practice. Join us to learn about the tools and resources your students should be leveraging to create customized practice to help get them and keep them on track for success.||Download an iCal file for Dec 13 1:00 p.m. online workshop||Register for Dec 13 1:00 p.m. online workshop|
|The College Board Accommodations Request Process||Jan 5||1:00 p.m.||Presenters will review the highlights of the appropriate documentation, deadlines, and important updates for securing accommodations for College Board assessments for your students. They will provide helpful suggestions and address the most common questions about the request process.||Download an iCal file for Jan 05 1:00 p.m. online workshop||Register for Jan 5 1:00 p.m. online workshop|
|The SAT Suite of Assessments and Career Exploration||Jan 18||1:00 p.m.||In late 2016, the College Board, in partnership with Roadtrip Nation, will launch a career exploration portal available for students who have taken an SAT Suite assessment. The tool will allow for personalized exploration so that students can make informed high school course selection choices and create deep engagement in afterschool activities aligned to their career interests. With a straight-forward design and engaging experience, this portal empowers students with the information they need to own their future. Join us to learn how the portal can be leveraged to enhance conversations with students and provide them with the guidance they need to work toward their college and career goals.||Download an iCal file for Jan 18 1:00 p.m. online workshop||Register for Jan 18 1:00 p.m. online workshop|
|SAT Scoring Portal (Student and Educator) Juniors and the SAT||Mar 14||1:00 p.m.||With spring just around the corner, many juniors are thinking about the SAT and college applications. This session will cover important topics to get your juniors ready for taking the SAT and events beyond. From personalized practice to test administration timelines and college application fee waivers, we’ve got you covered.||Download an iCal file for Mar 14 1:00 p.m. online workshop||Register for Mar 14 1:00 p.m. online workshop|
|ASCA National School Counselor of the Year||Feb 2||1:00 p.m.||One of the tenets of good leadership is not only advocating for your students but also advocating for your profession. The American School Counselor Association’s (ASCA) School Counselor of the Year program honors school counselors from across the country who are running top-notch, comprehensive school counseling programs at the elementary, middle, and high school level. Come hear from three of the 2016 School Counselor of the Year finalists about how they advocate for their students and the profession at the school, district, and state levels.||Download an iCal file for Feb 02 1:00 p.m. online workshop||Register for Feb 2 1:00 p.m. online workshop|
|ASCA National Model I||Mar 23||1:00 p.m.||Heard of the ASCA National Model but aren’t familiar with its ins and outs? Not sure how to begin the process of connecting your school program to the ASCA National Model? Get acquainted and increase your comfort level with it.||Download an iCal file for Mar 23 1:00 p.m. online workshop||Register for Mar 23 1:00 p.m. online workshop|
|Preparing Middle School Students for NCAA Eligibility||Mar 28||1:00 p.m.||Middle school provides students with an opportunity to develop both academic and noncognitive skills that will enable them to succeed in high school. For student-athletes, it is critical to possess a strong skill set both inside and outside of the classroom in order to fulfill the requirements set forth by the NCAA, should they be interested in athletics on the college level. Join us for an opportunity to learn how you can support your students’ growth in these areas and prepare them to meet the standards that will enable their athletic aspirations.||Download an iCal file for Mar 28 1:00 p.m. online workshop||Register for Mar 28 1:00 p.m. online workshop|
|Using the Common Application to Enhance Middle School Success||Apr 25||1:00 p.m.||The Common Application is an incredible tool that allows high school students to apply to many different colleges and universities through one application. The common app not only provides high school students with a tremendous opportunity to streamline their application process but also possesses valuable tools and resources for middle school students to prepare them for what they will need to successfully use the application. Join us to learn about the opportunities available to middle school students through the Common Application and how you can utilize these tools in your school to increase college readiness for your students.||Download an iCal file for Apr 25 1:00 p.m. online workshop||Register for Apr 25 1:00 p.m. online workshop|
|Understanding Community College Opportunities and Strategies for Student Transition and Success||Apr 4||1:00 p.m.||This session will provide an overview of the opportunities afforded by community college, including career/technical and transfer pathways, and will offer specific strategies to help counselors support student transition and success.||Download an iCal file for Apr 04 1:00 p.m. online workshop||Register for Apr 4 1:00 p.m. online workshop|
|Early College Counseling: Dos, Don’ts, and Strategies for Success||Apr 11||1:00 p.m.||How can we effectively counsel 10th-graders about college? We know that sophomores are often “wise fools,” but do we really know where students are developmentally at this age and what they are ready to hear? How do we efficiently balance the competing needs of students and families from a diversity of backgrounds who have differing concerns? In this session, participants will critically examine different approaches for educating and counseling 10th-grade students and their parents. Participants will identify the real needs of these students and discuss how programming can best address them in order to ensure a vibrant college-going culture.||Download an iCal file for Apr 11 1:00 p.m. online workshop||Register for Apr 11 1:00 p.m. online workshop|
|The Steps to Communicating the College Process to the Over-Involved Parent||Apr 27||1:00 p.m.||The overprotective parent. The helicopter parent. The pushy parent. Learn how a high school counselor, counseling district director, and a higher education professional implement strategies to successfully collaborate with overly involved parents as they navigate the college process.||Download an iCal file for Apr 27 1:00 p.m. online workshop||Register for Apr 27 1:00 p.m. online workshop|