Recently, Hobsons joined educators from across the country at the White House Convening on College and Career Readiness at San Diego State University. During this two-day gathering, participants heard from leaders in the field of college counseling, counselor education, and government relations. Part of Michelle Obama’s “Reach Higher” campaign, the convening was designed to kick off commitments from local, state, and national groups of education leaders to improve access and knowledge of college and career readiness for K-12 students.
The conversations at the convening were endless, but several themes emerged throughout:
Data = Results
Naviance Network members Lisa Boarman, Grace Chesney, and Renee Foohs from Howard County Schools discussed the progress the district has made through using data to determine the trajectory of college and career readiness programming within the district. By examining graduation rates, college matriculation, and test scores, Howard County was able to build a framework aimed at helping everyone, starting with the most at-risk students, build their path to their future.
Howard County relies on evaluation throughout every step of the process and noted that using Naviance as a delivery and reporting system has helped them track outcomes year after year.
A common theme throughout the White House Convening is that FAFSA completion is linked to college attendance. Students who complete the FAFSA during their senior year are more likely to attend and persist at college. Students and parents need to feel empowered to complete the FAFSA. This includes being knowledgeable about the process as well as being equipped with the tools to complete the FAFSA in a complete and timely manner.
Support Your School Counselors
School counselors play an important role in not only college and career readiness, but also in social, emotional, and academic realms of student success. Because of the many hats that counselors wear, it is sometimes difficult for them to have the tools to provide comprehensive college and career readiness. Through school and legislative support of counselors, enhanced training opportunities from graduate school through continuing education, as well as defined college and career readiness standards, school counselors can be empowered to provide world-class preparation for their students.
For more on the White House Convening in San Diego, visit http://go.sdsu.edu/education/cescal/Default.aspx.