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An online area where school counselors can brainstorm, access current information and ideas, and share how they use them in their schools.

An online area where school counselors can brainstorm, access current information and ideas, and share how they use them in their schools.

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Shawna commented on Reach Advisors (a.k.a. Graduation Gurus)

Hi Clint!  I love this idea and wanted to start trying it in our school.  I am a high school counselor, and before our seniors graduate, we have an individual exit interview with each of them.  One of the questions we added to our interview this year is if they would be willing to mentor students next year, and if they are in  town, come back and talk with kids about graduation and college.  Since it's all new, I'm not sure how we will use them next year, but we will.  But, the part I wanted to share with you is the excitement the kids have when we ask them the question.  They all of the sudden feel very empowered and excited that someone would want to hear from them.  I'm overly surprised as to how many "Yes!" answers we have received.  Just thought I would share.    :)

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Shawna commented on The Ultimate College Playlist

Hi Ashley!  Thanks for the note.  I don't really have much of an update.  The hackathon was so much fun and inspirational, but I don't know what happens next.  I am continuing to use what I learned through this, and going to try and do some kind of distribution of videos/materials in my school starting next year.  I'm working (slowly this time of year) on organizing and getting things to a place that I can share.  I will keep updating this site with what I do, and maybe (fingers crossed) someone will want to get involved and help with all the technological and design pieces that are not my strength.  Thanks for checking in!  It was so nice to meet you and work with you at the hackathon!
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Shawna commented on iGrad: HS Graduation Plan Digital App

Hi Norka
I love this idea, and would love to see it for our students!  It is similar in the idea I posted about the "Canned Curriculum", this is the program in a can that I would love my students to access. I found an app through the Better Make Room/Reach Higher campaign that is really cool....called "Up Next".  Maybe you've already discovered it....but in case not: https://www.whatsupnext.us
I think it would be great to add to something like this where schools are able to input their school specific info (Financial Aid Nights, College Nights, Scholarship reminders, etc).