Passport to College

High school students take a course to learn the entire process of determining and applying to the perfect college that fits their need.

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This semester or year long course would be designed to inform and instruct students, and parents, about the college application, FASFA process, and enrollment process. Students would research colleges that best fit their needs and future goals. "Tour buses" would take frequent trips to various colleges giving families opportunities to visit together. The course content would also help students develop the critical traits/skills needed for college courses.

The goal would be to keep students and parents informed of the entire process at the right time. 

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Hi Nikki, I think that this idea would go well with Cynthia Blair Tognotti and her College Planning Kit idea. I would love to see how we could mashup the passport course with the planning kit. Thoughts?

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Donna,
These ideas are very similar and Cynthia Blair Tognotti  has some very specific topics that could be in the course. Cynthia Blair Tognotti would you like to mashup our ideas and expand? 

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Yes - Please call me at 650-271-1900

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Nichole Allmann WOW! We just prototyped your idea at our Shortlist workshop! We were super compelled by this concept and came up with some builds on your idea. Here are a couple of things we dreamt up in prototyping: 

1)  HMW make this course impossible NOT to take? HMW make this course an opportunity you just WANT and NEED to grab? So   - we came up with a couple of ideas: 

1) Make it digital - make it a micro-mooc with stories from real college students teaching other high school students. 

2) What you get - vouchers, fee-waivers, prep guide books, and access a social channel on SNAPCHAT - that is college specific. This emulates that you'll be ALMOST there to college.  The social channels make you feel a part of a community you want to be a part of in the future. 

3) You have to sign up for the course with buddies. This could be facilitated through schools. But, it could be ad hoc too!

4) We were interested in the business model - and thought about who might want to sponsor the vouchers and its development - and we thought about big foundations or even banks!

Next steps:
1) Can you map out the curriculum / content for the course? Can you start a deck? 

2) Can you investigate some platforms (coursera/EdX/Udacity/+Acumen/SchoolKeep) - which one would you want to have this course launch on?

3) Can you do some research. Ask a couple of students about research! Hear the needs.

AND - there's a good chance you're going to make it to Evolve. Are you ready?!  

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Meredith,
I am excited to hear about this idea moving forward. Your ideas are fantastic and I know we can build off of this. 

I have created a document for everyone to contribute their ideas. 
https://docs.google.com/a/richland2.org/document/d/1cV0CTxphOBwYQAjWtTcPP1rgDRoSyEzg6dvgBxSQeW4/edit?usp=sharing

I have added your ideas to the document already.  I am unfamiliar with this process as I am completely new to Teachers Guild. How long is the evolve process?