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This presentation was given at the Michigan College Access Network Conference on April 13, 2011 at the University of Michigan--Dearborn Campus

This presentation was given at the Michigan College Access Network Conference on April 13, 2011 at the University of Michigan--Dearborn Campus

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  • 1. Partnering with Parents to Support Academic Preparedness in St. Clair County
    St. Clair County KnowHow2GO
    Michigan College Access Network Conference
    April 13, 2011
    St. Clair County KnowHow2Go – Local College Access Network Creating a college-going culture in our community, in our schools, and with our families.
  • 2. Our Mission
    Creating a college-going culture in our community, in our schools, and with our families.
  • 3.
  • 4. St. Clair County KnowHow2Go – Local College Access Network Creating a college-going culture in our community, in our schools, and with our families.
    Leveraging resources to create a college-goingculture
  • 5. St. Clair County KnowHow2Go – Local College Access Network Creating a college-going culture in our community, in our schools, and with our families.
    Our KH2GO Goals
  • 6. Promoting KnowHow2GO
  • 7.
    • Affordable
    • 8. Expert teachers
    • 9. Free resources
  • Streamlining your preparation:
    Details about our ACT Prep sessions
  • 10. ACT Prep Key Points
  • 11. Learning from experts the nuances of specialized career and academic pursuits.
    Ask An Expert topics:
    • Art/Music Options
    • 12. Selective Colleges
    • 13. College Sports
    • 14. Essay Coaching
  • Sharing the story:
    Details about our Essay Coaching session
  • 15. College Essay Writing
  • 16. Streamlining your preparation:
    Details about our College Essay Writing session
  • 17. “Write on the page, not in your head.”
    Debbie Merion
  • 18. Why this Event is So Effective
    Super-sized support: Parents, teachers and educators share an event to support students.
    For super-sized anxiety:  College applications are stressful, writing can be as well. (“writer’s block”)
    Writing style can be mysterious: “We are taught to write about what we know, not who we are.”
    Students can support other students:  Lessening the need for secrecy, even though the goal of the essay is to be unique.
  • 19. After the Teaching, the Excitement Begins
    Powerful mini-coaching session:  After the teaching, students meet individually with adult professionals to brainstorm ideas, share drafts.
    The early goal: At this tender, early stage of college essay writing, we help students understand and embrace strengths that will interest colleges. 
    The final goal:  Apply, get accepted, and learn writing skills to be used in college and beyond.
  • 20. Beyond a High School Essay:
    The reader has never met you.
    More about who you are than what you know.
    Five-paragraph standard format is not required.
  • 21. “Show Don’t Tell” Example 1
    I am confident.
    I smile at people when I pass them in the hallways.
  • 22. Characteristics of Sought-After Students
    Growth potential or evidence
    Enthusiastic (AKA passionate)
    Talented
    (shows) Initiative
    (demonstrated) Leadership
    Anagram to remember: GET In Lead
    Growth and leadership in areas of interest
  • 23. Access our kit:
    www.sccresa.orgKnowHow2GO tab
    College Survival Kit
  • 24. Explore, Plan, ACT
  • 25. Total ParticipationKH2Go Events
  • 26. St. Clair County WorkKeys 2010 Statistics
    • 70% of current seniors earned a gold, silver or platinum WorkKeys certificate.
    • 27. St. Clair TEC students prep with KeyTrain.
  • Measuring Results
  • 28.
  • 29. What questions do you have?
  • 30. Contacts
    Gale Simon, Higher Education Consultant St. Clair County KnowHow2GO simon.gale@sccresa.org 810-455-4230
    Cathy Busdicker, Parent Liaison St. Clair County KnowHow2GO busdicker.cathy@sccresa.org 810-455-4014
    Debbie Merion, Essay Coach debbie@essaycoaching.comessaycoaching.com 734-646-5985