Fostering Parent Engagement in the College Counseling Process

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  • Success starts with a plan. Every student deserves an individualized "success" plan that connects their learning to meaningful personal goals. The Naviance Success Model delivers success for all by aligning student goals with curriculum standards within a clear, engaging framework. Success depends on raising expectations. Students should be inspired to increase their course rigor and their expectations of themselves to better prepare for college and work. Success requires meaningful data. Schools need the right tools to monitor access to rigorous courses and track long-term outcomes like college placement and the need for remediation.  Success goes beyond instruction. Students need to learn about themselves, develop a vision of their future and collaborate with adults who can provide a support system for overcoming challenges. Academic : Align standards with curriculum to support student goals Structure: Design and monitor a process to connect with students on their own terms Engagement: Students need engaged adults to introduce them to expanded opportunities, get them excited to learn more. Parents, Teachers, Counselors, Principals and Superintendents….all invested in student success. We’ll show you the path. Goal Setting: Help students set realistic goals


  • 1. Success Starts with a PlanFostering Parent Engagement in theCollege Counseling Process Tina Proctor Kim Oppelt College and Career Counselor Senior Consultant Academy of Holy Angels Naviance
  • 2. Introductions• Introductions• Overview – Parent engagement at AHA – Using Naviance with parents and families – Naviance materials for families – Discussion
  • 3. Academy of Holy Angels • Setting – Enrollment • 705 students – First Tier Suburban Catholic High School – Counselor Breakdown • Two Academic/Personal Counselors • Two College and Career Counselors
  • 4. Methods of Engagement• Weekly Newsletter• College and Career Center Website• Naviance Family Connection• Parent Volunteers• Targeted Email Communication• Letter Invitations for big events
  • 5. Ninth Grade• Individual Family Meetings – 1st trimester, half an hour • Survey, Transcript, College Application Overview, and a 4 Year Course Plan• Adaptations – Ninth grade parent event
  • 6. Tenth Grade• Personality Assessment /Career Information – Do What You Are – Send note in the Weekly Newsletter for Parents to ask their students about the assessment at home• Career Speakers – Advertise on the College and Career Center Website to keep parents informed – Also advertise in the hallway and in the CCC for anyone to see as they are in the building• Colleges and Majors of the Month in the CCC – Make available for students and parents to see while they are in the CCC asking questions, volunteering, or waiting for an appointment• Sophomore Parent Meeting – Sophomore Parents have questions – generally sophomore students don’t, so we offer a meeting to ease parent nerves in the spring – emphasize that we do have a plan and give them an idea of what to expect next• Spring College Fair – Evening event, parents and students are invited
  • 7. Eleventh Grade• College Planning Night – Students and Parents invited, evening event• Homeroom Visits – Give the students a handout timeline to share with their parents• Financial Aid Night – Parents and students are invited, evening event• Junior College Planning Day – Students attend sessions, parents assist with check-in, trouble shooting and catered lunch – Portfolio Requirement• Junior Family Meetings – Student and Parent surveys • Parents receive their own Naviance Family Connection account • Access to scholarships, college information and scattergrams• College Fair and Career Speakers
  • 8. Twelfth Grade• Senior Check In Meetings• Application Questions – Transcript request and tracking on Naviance Family Connection• Financial Aid Night• Scholarships
  • 9. Using Naviance with FamiliesNaviance allows schools to communicateeffectively and efficiently with students•Email•Family Connection•Surveys
  • 10. Using Naviance with Families• Email – Registration Codes – Newsletter templates – Student groups – Attach documents – Survey links
  • 11. Using Naviance with Families• Family Connection – Manage multiple students – College planning – Student goals – Multilingual options
  • 12. Using Naviance with Families• Surveys – Brag sheets – Anonymous surveys – Sign-off on portfolio items
  • 13. Using Naviance with Families• New Naviance Initiative – Family Engagement Materials • Complimentary – Family Connection Brochure – Family Connection Handout • Fee-based – Customizable Brochures – Customizable Handouts and Quickguides – Communication Templates – Multilingual Materials
  • 14. Complimentary
  • 15. Fee-based
  • 16. DiscussionHow do you engage parents in your school?
  • 17. Questions/Comments?Tina Proctortproctor@academyofholyangels.orgKim