Resources and Downloads to Support College Readiness
Discover resources and information -- including downloads from schools -- related to developing the awareness, knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will prepare students to enroll and succeed in college.
Study Habits and College Readiness: Watch a video about a lesson from a 9th grade class that helps students develop study skills, literacy skills, and mindsets to prepare for success in high school and college. (Teaching Channel, 2013)
Yes, You Can Teach and Assess Creativity!: Find guidance to help you intentionally teach and assess creativity to help students learn more deeply, build confidence, and increase college readiness. (Edutopia, 2013)
Experiencing Deeper Learning Through PBL: Watch a video profiling high school student Rahil, and learn more about how his experiences with project-based learning prepared him for college. (Edutopia, 2013)
Can PBL Help Pave the Way to College Success?: Learn how one charter school network helps students become college-ready through an emphasis on project-based learning, student leadership, STEM education, and technology integration. (Edutopia, 2013)
Gaming the College Admissions Process: Find out how games can help middle and high school students understand challenges and find solutions related to test review and the college application process. (Edutopia, 2014)
College Board School Advisory Session Guides: Reference guides (especially the guide for grade 12) for session outlines that address topics about setting expectations for college and adjusting to college life; session outlines for grades 6 and up address other aspects of college readiness. (Big Future/College Board)
Edutopia's flagship series highlights practices and case studies from K-12 schools and districts that are improving the way students learn. Below, dive into real-world examples and practical downloads from schools that are preparing their students for college success.
Learn how Urban Prep Charter Academy, Englewood Campus in Chicago, Illinois, ensures that all graduates are accepted to a four-year college or university. See how they conduct pride advisory classes to help students develop socially and emotionally and build college preparedness through all four years of high school. Then download information about their advisory curriculum and one of their college-readiness tools:
Socratic Seminar Connectors: Download a one-page handout describing connector statements that students can use within the context of Socratic seminar discussions.
Socratic Seminar Roles: Download a handout with specifics about possible roles and assignments of outer-circle members during Socratic seminars.
Evaluating Seminar Statements: Download a handout that gives students practice evaluating seminar statements in advance of Socratic seminars and a reference list of connectors to help them formulate responses.