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  1. 1. Preparing international school students for university and career success Mike Betnun & Keri Szymanski
  2. 2. Our mission Our mission is to empower students to connect learning to life by making informed choices across a lifetime of education decisions. Connecting Learning to Life
  3. 3. What do you want to be when you grow up? Support All Students & Families Track & Measure Progress Why We’re Here • 'Kitty Cat' • 'Fixer' • 'Beast Master' • 'Pop Princess' • 'Dinosaur' • 'Ninja Warrior' • 'Hedge Fund Manager' • 'Gold Miner' • 'Taller' Fatherly Imagination Report, 2015 c500 responses
  4. 4. …same question (kids in the UK between 5-10) Support All Students & Families Track & Measure Progress Why We’re Here 1. Just want to be rich, 22% 2. Famous, 19% 3. Police officer, 16% 4. Zoo keeper, 14% 5. Fire fighter, 13% 6. Doctor, 10% 7. Vet, 8% 8. Bus driver, 7% 9. Shop keeper, 7% 10. Don't want to work, 6% Daily Telegraph, 2015 c1300 responses
  5. 5. …there’s a serious point Support All Students & Families Track & Measure Progress Why We’re Here • Less than half (48%) of students could be classified as "hopeful," meaning they have abundant ideas and energy for the future; • More than one in three (37%) students polled were classified as "stuck" -- meaning they have few ideas and little momentum for their future; • More than one in seven (15%) were classified as "discouraged," meaning they lack ideas and energy and may have negative conceptualizations of the future; Gallup Australia Survey, 2016 c11k responses from 34 schools
  6. 6. Where To Start? Why We’re Here The School Cliff: Students’ Engagement Drops Over Time % Engaged Grades K - 5 Grades 6 - 8 Grades 9 - 12 76 61 44
  7. 7. Bridging the Gap Why We’re Here ASPIRATIONS ACHIEVEMENT ACHIEVEMENT Achievement sometimes falls short of those aspirations ASPIRATIONS Students and parents have high aspirations for university and careers
  8. 8. Why We’re Here Impacting Engagement Increase in likelihood of engagement When schools increase engagement by one percentage point 30x Percentage point increase in reading achievement +6 When schools focus on student strengths and they have at least one teacher that makes them excited about the future Percentage point increase in math achievement +8 70% Engagement level of hopeful students When students have hope for their future, their engagement levels rise significantly Source: Gallup
  9. 9. …our international student survey Support All Students & Families Track & Measure Progress Why We’re Here Hobsons ISS, 2015 (47k total responses)
  10. 10. Naviance Quick Stats Naviance is the world’s most widely adopted university and career readiness platform Schools With Naviance 9M Students Using Naviance 32M Documents Sent to Universities (2016) 40% U.S. High School Seniors With a Naviance account (2013) 11,000
  11. 11. At a glance… Founded in Majadahonda, Madrid1967 300 Students Using Naviance 100% DP Graduates Enrolled at UNI
  12. 12. Student success is the key What? How? Where? When? Career & College Readiness (DPL). Counsellor Interaction. Naviance®. Science v. Humanities. Traditional v. Non-traditional. Action Plan. MYP v DP. And we, as educators, must set them on the right path. Madrid. Spain. Europe. World.
  13. 13. How do we go about it?
  14. 14. Starting early is important Gr 6 Gr 7 Gr 8 Gr 9 Gr 10 Gr 11 Gr 12
  15. 15. The Educator’s Perspective Support All Students & Families Track & Measure Progress Make Data-Driven Decisions Provide all students with the same critical university and career information Identify students needing support and track results year-over-year Use data to determine results for specific students and groups Why We’re Here
  16. 16. Bridge the gap by connecting learning to life Readiness Gap: Completing high school makes students eligible for university, but many fall short of being truly university-ready. Match Gap: Students often struggle to find best-fit postsecondary options that meet their academic, social, and financial needs. Success Gap: Even well-prepared students face obstacles in finishing what they start.