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College Readiness

After graduation, what next? Learn about preparing students for college admission and helping them stay in college once they get there.

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  • Demystifying College for First-Generation Students

    Students without a family history of higher education benefit from simple lessons on navigating life in college.
    Jonathan Grant Brown
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    The 10 Most Significant Education Studies of 2020

    We reviewed hundreds of educational studies in 2020 and then highlighted 10 of the most significant—covering topics from virtual learning to the reading wars and the decline of standardized tests.
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  • 4 Ways to Guide Students With Disabilities to Success After High School

    Strong relationships with teachers combined with early postsecondary planning can improve disabled students’ college and career outcomes.
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  • In Schools, Are We Measuring What Matters?

    The psychologist, researcher, and MacArthur Fellow Angela Duckworth believes that to make better decisions in our school systems, we need to rethink the way we measure student capabilities.
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  • Guiding Students to Work Effectively With College Admissions Staff

    Counselors can offer a variety of programs to help students and their families make the most of interactions with college admissions staff.
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  • The College March

    A celebration for high school seniors—most of whom will be the first in their families to go to college—as they submit their applications.
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  • 8 Strategies for Teaching Academic Language

    Ideas for developing students’ capacity to understand and use discipline-specific terminology and the language used in instruction.
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  • Developing Effective Programming for High School Students and Families

    School counselors can organize events to help students feel comfortable preparing for college while also keeping parents and guardians informed.
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  • The Deficit Model Is Harming Your Students

    Raise your underserved students' expectations by raising your own, and create a series of reachable, data-based goals, scaffolding your instruction and mitigating their fear of failure.
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  • Helping Students With Disabilities Understand Accommodations in College

    High school educators can play an important role in preparing students to request accommodations in college.
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  • A New Definition of Rigor

    Rigor doesn't simply mean giving students more or harder work. Instead, it's the result of work that challenges students' thinking in new and interesting ways.
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  • Will Ditching Calculus Make Math More Relevant?

    Increasingly, statistics and datasets are in the air we breathe, and some renowned mathematicians say it’s time for K-12 math to reflect this new reality.
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  • True Grit: The Best Measure of Success and How to Teach It

    Can you predict academic success or whether a child will graduate? You can, but not how you might think. When psychologist Angela Duckworth studied people in various challenging situations, including National Spelling Bee participants, rookie teachers in tough neighborhoods, and West Point cadets, she found: One characteristic emerged as a significant predictor of success. And it wasn't social intelligence. It wasn't good looks, physical health, and it wasn't IQ. It was grit.
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  • 5 Simple Virtual Programs to Keep in Your High School

    Flexibility when meeting student needs is a key component of high school counselors’ work. Maintaining virtual programs aids in that process.
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  • Using Project-Based Learning to Prepare Students for Cutting-Edge Careers

    Hoping to prepare high school graduates to solve complex, real-world problems, an Ohio STEM school found answers in project-based learning.
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