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  • Welcome. We are grateful to present a program to help parents people be even more successful helping their children make an informed college choice for his or her academic and personal advancement.

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  • 1. Helping Academically Competitve, Economically Disadvantaged Students Get Into and Pay for College Presentation to K4 Keiretsu Forum Global Copyright © DesignWorlds for Learning, Inc. 2006-2008
  • 2. DesignWorlds for College Frona L. Kahn President Ted M. Kahn, Ph.D. Chief Technology & Learning Officer John J. Gottsman Board Member DesignWorlds for College www.designworlds.com/college/
  • 3. What and Who is DesignWorlds for College? (DWC) • Division of DesignWorlds for Learning, Inc . 11 year-old, privately-held Silicon Valley company • Founding principals , Frona Kahn and Dr. Ted M. Kahn : - Educators (60 years of combined experience) - Award-winning innovators in design and use of educational software, digital media and the Web - Internationally recognized leaders in applied educational & learning sciences & technology R&D
  • 4. DWC Principals • Frona L. Kahn, Co-Founder & President •  Co-founder, The Learning Company •  Co-founding Board Member, Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose •  B.A. and graduate study, University of California, Berkeley Division of DesignWorlds for Learning, Inc . 11 year-old, privately-held Silicon Valley company • Founding principals , Frona Kahn and Dr. Ted M. Kahn : - Educators (60 years of combined experience) - Award-winning innovators in design and use of educational software, digital media and the Web - Internationally recognized leaders in applied educational & learning sciences & technology R&D
  • 5. DWC Principals • Ted M. Kahn, Ph.D., Chief Learning & Technology Officer • Lawrence Hall of Science (Berkeley), Xerox PARC, Atari, Picodyne, Digital F/X, Institute for Research on Learning (IRL) •  George Lucas Educational Foundation, NMC Fellow: New Media Consortium • Fellow, UCLA; Center for Science, Technology & Society, Santa Clara University •  Visiting Scholar, Media X @ Stanford •  B.A., Computer Science, Ph.D. Psychology: University of California, Berkeley University of California, Berkeley Division of DesignWorlds for Learning, Inc . 11 year-old, privately-held Silicon Valley company • Founding principals , Frona Kahn and Dr. Ted M. Kahn : - Educators (60 years of combined experience) - Award-winning innovators in design and use of educational software, digital media and the Web - Internationally recognized leaders in applied educational & learning sciences & technology R&D
  • 6. DWC Principals • John (Jack) Gottsman, Co-Founder & Board Member •  Co-Founder & CEO of WICAT Educational Systems and Academic Systems •  Silicon Valley Band of Angels Investor • Chairman, World Future Society • Chair, Silicon Valley: The Millenium Project •  B.S. and graduate study, Villanova University Division of DesignWorlds for Learning, Inc . 11 year-old, privately-held Silicon Valley company • Founding principals , Frona Kahn and Dr. Ted M. Kahn : - Educators (60 years of combined experience) - Award-winning innovators in design and use of educational software, digital media and the Web - Internationally recognized leaders in applied educational & learning sciences & technology R&D
  • 7. Empowerment How you can be an informed and confident college applicant
  • 8. Trends in College Admissions •  Ivies are still exclusive •  International student competition growing •  Gap Year —many private colleges now encourage this •  Small Private Liberal arts colleges want more male applicants • Midwest colleges want California students
  • 9. Challenges faced by Today’s High School Students Applications to Colleges Are Breaking Records New York Times By Karen W. Arenson (January 17, 2008) “ Applications to selective colleges and universities are reaching new heights this year, promising another season of high rejection rates and dashed hopes for many more students.”
  • 10. College Entry Challenges Faced by High School Students • Increased competition for fewer spaces in UC’s & State Universities + higher demand for private colleges/universities •  Students lack clarity of their own interests and/or knowledge of what colleges meet their interests • Applying for college in 2009 is different than it was in 70’s and 80’s (parents) • Leadership, internships and community service are key differentiators • CA Public High Schools—Students:Counselor > 600:1
  • 11. UC Admission Statistics Freshman Admission Profile Fall 2008
    • UC Berkeley (Average weighted GPA/ admission: 4.17)
    • 23.1 %: 10,000 admitted/44,000 applied
    • UCLA (Average weighted GPA/admission 4.14) 23.3%: 11,820 admitted/50,000 applied
    • UCSB (Average weighted GPA/admission 3.91) 54.2% - 22,000 admitted/41,000 applied
  • 12. UC Counselor Conference 9/13/08 Breaking News •  State Budget crisis for higher education •  Apply broadly •  Impacted majors--UCSD Engineering and all 6 majors in Division of Biology •  ELC—top 4% of CA high school seniors guaranteed admission for 2008 at SOME UC’s
  • 13. Parts of a UC college application: A “snapshot” of your student GPA SAT/ACT 2 Essays Activities & Summer Work/ Experience Awards Honors Emphasis on Leadership & Authentic Community Service
  • 14. Common Application: Many private schools
  • 15. Teacher Recommendations This is an art !
  • 16. “ Is there hope if your GPA and SAT’s are not perfect? YES ! • We know how to help students expand their talents and interests. •  We know how to position students on their applications so they will get accepted. •  And, our students have gotten into UC Berkeley, UCLA, and many excellent private colleges without perfect scores and SAT tests.
  • 17. Authentic Community Service How it helps your student on College Applications
  • 18. How DWC focuses & guides your student through the whole process: Monthly meetings and ongoing email/web communication •  Identify & Develop Special Talents , e.g. Music, Arts, Sports, Theater, Math, Engineering/Robotics, Science Research •  Research and Identify Best Summer Programs and Internships •  Evaluate & Plan for Improvement : GPA, Courses, Standardized Tests (SAT I & II, ACT, AP) •  Provide Ongoing Professional Assessment & Guidance : Personal Exploration of Potential Careers, Interests, and Skills + Unique Thinking Talents & Strengths— to build the strongest possible college list
  • 19. How to stay sane during this process
  • 20. Brandeis University Student Testimonial “ Working with DWC inspired me to pay attention to what I was interested in - my passions, goals, and dreams - not those of my parents or anyone else. They encouraged me to look at colleges I had not thought of before, and because of this, today I am at a college that meets my academic ability and encompasses my passions and interests.”
  • 21. Insert: Elements of proposed DWC scholarship program for academically competitive, economically disadvantaged high school sophomores/juniors
  • 22. For more information: Frona Kahn [email_address] www.designworlds.com/college / 408.252.2285 Copyright © DesignWorlds for Learning, Inc. 2006-2008