Education Webinars

To Lunch or Not to Lunch - Perspectives on College Admission Travel

Ever wondered about the legions of college admissions counselors who visit your high school every year? What is life like on the road? How many schools are they visiting? And what makes for a ‘good’ visit to your school?

RepVisits – Taking the Pain Out of Visit Scheduling (May 18)

Scheduling visits to high schools can be a time-consuming process for both school counselors and admission counselors. That’s why Erica White, former school counselor and now a Product Manager at Hobsons, created RepVisits in 2015. RepVisits brings high schools and college admission counselors together on one website to schedule appointments and organize college fairs.

The Art of Texting Students

We’ve all heard that today’s students prefer text messages to just about any other communication medium. But how do you use text messaging effectively? When should you text? Which topics are ‘text-worthy’? What kind of tone should texts have? And how do you incorporate text messaging into your communication strategy – and, more importantly, into your overall enrollment plan? Learn the answers to these and many other burning questions so you can decide whether text messaging is something you should pursue and how to do it successfully.

“It Takes a Village” - Building Relationships to Ensure Student Success in Admissions

Hobsons is introducing a new community to help school counselors and college admissions officers network more effectively. We believe that creating close working relationships and simplifying connections between professionals "on both sides of the desk" can be a huge benefit to students. Join us for this webinar to learn more about the Hobsons Counselor Community - what it is, what it means for you and your students, and how you can participate.

Is Your School “Closing the Loop” on Student Success or Leaking Data?

Can you track how your school vision is embedded in curriculum units? Can you see how the vision comes to life in your online learning environment? Finally, can you then see how achievement of such goals is measured through student performance in course assessments?

Naviance: What’s New and Notable for 2016-17

In this webinar, you’ll learn what’s new in Naviance for the 2016-17 school year. You’ll also receive a preview of what’s on the horizon.

Increasing Retention Through an Integrated Student Experience Approach

This webinar will focus on effective implementation strategies, student success and retention outcomes, lessons learned and NECC’s plans for an integrated student experience using Starfish to increase student retention and success.

Move from Marketing to Matching in College Admissions

Join Amy Reitz, Director of Product Management for Matching Solutions, to learn how Hobsons is helping universities move from marketing to matching in the college admission process and building tools to foster better collaboration between high schools and higher education institutions.

How to Integrate Five Great Pedagogies

This Webinar illustrates how a school can integrate 5 effective pedagogies into a curriculum design workflow to achieve the student success they envision.

5 Reasons Why Curriculum Needs Designing

The thing that consumes the most time in every school is often the most over-looked. Sure, leaders and teachers put a lot of time and effort into their curriculum, but this can be motivated more by a need to comply than a drive to excel, and in the press of the urgent, teachers’ efforts can often overlook those aspects that make your school special. This Webinar provides 5 reasons why a curriculum needs to be designed, not merely "covered."

Naviance eDocs & The Common Application: Updates for 2016-17

We’ve made a few changes to the way Naviance eDocs and The Common Application work together, including several requested enhancements. Learn more in this pre-recorded webinar.

3 Steps to Achieving Your School’s Vision for Student Success

Most schools have a vision for themselves and some take the next step to articulate a vision for student success. But how many schools can point to exactly where achieving these visions happen in every classroom? This webinar details 3 steps a school can take to bring its vision to life and make it more likely all teachers target what matters most.

Intersect Events: A new way to find and engage best-fit students

ActiveMatch Events, a new service from Hobsons, allows those students to discover and register for on-campus events at best-fit colleges within Naviance, the world’s most widely used college and career planning tool. Join our webinar to learn more about this new offering and how students can discover best-fit college options and higher education institutions can leverage the Naviance Network to make deeper connections with best-fit students.

Leveraging Career Key to Energize Students AND Meet Standards

As all counselors know, career discovery and planning is a multi-dimensional process to which students respond differently. Combining results from tools available through Naviance, Career Key and Strengths Explorer, gives students a richer view into careers that satisfy their interests, match their personality and emphasize their strengths and talents.

What’s New With Naviance 2015

Join us for a look at the changes and enhancements to Naviance in the past 12 months! We’ve introduced new features and improved usability to help students and school staff with course planning, application processing, test preparation, and more. You will also get a preview of what’s on the horizon for Naviance.

Knowing, Applying, and Implementing Your Strengths and the Strengths of Your Students

Join Gallup’s advanced consultant JerLene Mosley as she shares data and best practices about strength-based development for school educators, staff and students. Strengths development accelerates engagement; learn more about how “doing what we do best” means better days for everyone.

Talking About Race, Class, and College Access | Insight on How Higher Education Leaders are Thinking

The American Council on Education’s Center for Policy Research and Strategy, in collaboration with Pearson’s Center for College & Career Success and The Civil Rights Project at the University of California, Los Angeles, recently embarked on a groundbreaking study to examine how legal challenges to race-conscious admissions are influencing contemporary admissions practices at selective colleges and universities.

How to Capture Attention and Drive More Students Toward Enrollment

Thanks to technology like smartphones and tablets that makes searching the internet easy and engaging, the expected online experience for students is changing. It doesn’t matter whether a student is buying a pair of shoes – or a college education – today’s generation expects short, instant and relevant information delivered in a way that meets individual wants, needs and lifestyle.

Digital Engagement for Student Success

Dr. Rosemary Hayes will provide participants with a clear understanding of the limitations of current fragmented retention practices, the key benefits of a strategic digital engagement approach to student success, and the practical considerations for engaging the key players in the success of students.

State of CRM in Higher Education

The 2014-2015 AACRAO and Hobsons State of CRM in Higher Education Survey was conducted with the goals of measuring the extent of ownership and impact of CRM applications at U.S. higher education institutions. Survey results indicated that 80 percent of respondents reported an increase in efficiency with the use of CRMs. However, the survey also showed that two-thirds of respondents indicated that their institution is not maximizing its use of their CRM.

Hobsons & Starfish Connecting Learning and Life from Start to Finish

Hobsons and Starfish Retention Solutions are combining to provide a world-class focus on student success across the student lifecycle. Join us for a webinar as we introduce our offerings to clients around the globe and discuss how, together, Hobsons and Starfish will deliver a premier set of offerings to enhance student success from start to finish.

Demystifying Student Data Privacy for K-12

At Hobsons, we know how important it is for you to know how technology providers handle your students’ data. From educational apps used in the classroom to data management platforms that house your records, you need products that protect student data privacy in a way that complies with federal, state and district requirements, and you want to feel confident that you understand each vendors’ practices.

Both Sides of the Desk: Connecting Students & Colleges Through Naviance

Join a discussion with Chelette Stephenson, Director of College Counseling and Alumni Programs at YesPrep Public Schools on common workflow and best practices within Naviance. Learn how counselors work with students on college search and fit, submit documents, and communicate with stakeholders throughout the college planning process. Also find out how colleges are expanding their reach to students through Naviance and Hobsons tools.

2015 Inside Higher Ed Survey of Community College Presidents

In this free webinar Inside Higher Ed editors Scott Jaschik and Doug Lederman review the results of the 2015 Survey of Community College Presidents.

From Paper to Digital: Maximizing and Improving Your Student Service Program

Schools and districts across the U.S. create service goals and track service hours with x2VOL through Naviance. The Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders service program has helped students realize the importance of service beyond high school. In this webinar, participants will learn about:

Targeted Emails to Improve Academic Performance

Since 2011, the University of Texas at El Paso has been instrumental in the development of the Starfish EARLY ALERT tool known as "Zoom-In." Today, analysis shows that students in course sections that use Zoom-In have significantly higher pass rates than their counterparts, with high-risk students reaping the most benefits. For their efforts, UTEP was named a 2014 Starfish 360 Award Winner.

One Year with Naviance Curriculum

Watch this webinar and hear the experiences and real stories of counselors and principals who have implemented Naviance Curriculum in the 2014-15 school year.

How Game-Based Learning Leads to Test Prep Success

You've heard the claims about game-based learning - but does it actually lead to increased student learning? Join us as we discuss how Naviance Test Prep utilizes game-based learning to reward and engage students preparing for ACT®, SAT®, and AP exams®. This webinar will

Data Drives Student Success for the Starfish Rising Stars

Starfish has recognized Ramapo College of New Jersey, Philadelphia University, and Viterbo University as the Rising Star Winners of the 2014 Starfish 360 Awards Program. The program is designed to spotlight institutions in the Starfish client community that have helped students in particularly innovative and impactful ways.

Addressing Student Success with Measurable Outcomes

Join Pat Thatcher, Associate Provost and Director at the Learning and Advising Center at Philadelphia University, as she shares how Philadelphia University has leveraged Starfish to address student success with measurable results.

FERPA Basics in One Hour

Every year, millions of high school students encounter FERPA for the first time. For school counselors and college staff alike, it can be a confusing and somewhat daunting task to advise and educate students on this law and its implications. Likewise, FERPA impacts secondary and post-secondary operations, and staff members need a basic understanding of the requirements to do their jobs properly.

State Requirements and Counseling Practices Related to ILPs

In Fall 2015, Hobsons and NACAC conducted a study of the use of individualized learning plans (ILPs) in public secondary schools to attempt to answer key questions about their use and effectiveness. Hear from Melissa Clinedinst, Associate Director of Research at NACAC, will explain the research questions and results in detail, and Jennifer Landy, School Counselor at Wayzata High School (Plymouth, MN), will share how her school has used Naviance to implement new Minnesota ILP requirements.

Eyes on the Prize: Building a Cohesive Approach to Student Success

At Youngstown State University, the Starfish platform is a user-friendly hub for connecting all the components and programs that inform the university’s strategic student success initiatives. With enthusiastic and wide-spread adoption of the Starfish platform by faculty, advisors, peer mentors, and student success personnel, YSU’s course completion rates have been steadily rising from term to term.

Supporting Campus-Wide Culture Change

Since 2010, the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College "Dream: Learn It, Live It" initiative has centered on the idea that every employee contributes to student retention and completion. NWTC credits the introduction of the Starfish® Enterprise Success Platform™ with supporting this positive culture change with straightforward tools.

The “Why” of Strengths and the “How” of Hope

Gallup Education Executive Director Brandon Busteed outlines the key to creating strengths-based schools and producing success-ready students, and reveals the value of increased engagement in both the workplace and the classroom.

Why Kudos Count: Early Alert and the Value of Positive Reinforcement

The role of positive reinforcement as part of a comprehensive student success program cannot be overlooked. Students love to get good news and words of encouragement. Faculty love to give well-deserved pats on the back. But it has to be easy. The Starfish EARLY ALERT module of the Starfish Enterprise Success Platform makes this communication simple, efficient, and scalable.

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