Creating a College-Bound Culture


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Creating a College-Bound Culture

  1. 1. At a recent youth conference……in Buncombe County, NC,17 of 25 students said that theircounselors and teachers nevertalked to them about college. Never.
  2. 2. Why would that be?Oneboy, LeRoy, shrugged and said, “Iguess they don’tthink any of usare going to go.”
  3. 3. A young girl,Sophie added,“People see ourculture and theydon’t see us.”
  4. 4. A teacher responded…“I think Sophie’s right.We have loweredexpectations for manyof our students.As teachers, we nod tothe idea that everyonecan go to college, but inreality we don’t walkour talk.”
  5. 5. So…What does this have to do with us?
  6. 6. In the Charleston Promise Neighborhood,we walk the talkevery day,because…
  7. 7. It’s never too early to inspire kids with the promise of college.
  8. 8. Show them that going to college iswithin their grasp…
  9. 9. Help them believe in themselves andtheir ability to succeed in school…
  10. 10. Identify people they can trust tosupport their journey…
  11. 11. Give families the tools, informationand the college-bound attitude theyneed to support their children…
  12. 12. On the next few slides, we’ve shareda few ideas about ways to infuse acollege culture in everything we do…We hope you’ll have many more!
  13. 13. Art projects with a college theme…
  14. 14. Recited during morning announcements orat the beginning of class…I believe in myself and my ability to do my best at all times.Just for today –I will listen.I will think.I will speak.I will reason.I will read.I will write.I will do all these things with one purpose in mind,to prepare myself for college,to do my best and not waste this day,for this day will come no more.
  15. 15. MATH
  16. 16. Combine “College Culture” and ExerciseCollege BoundCollege BoundI am college boundYell it outTo the skyWith a mighty soundSet my goalsWork hard at schoolReady for the testCollege dreams for me come trueIf I do my best
  17. 17. Focus on college vocabulary…
  18. 18. Research colleges online…
  19. 19. …or in the College Corner
  20. 20. Write letters to college requesting information…
  21. 21. Put “College” everywhere…classroom doors, in the halls, taped to desks, in the cafeteria,maybe even in the bathrooms!
  22. 22. Alvin Dunn Elementary School third grader Irving Mozo displaysthe small pennants representing Northwestern State Universitythat he and fellow classmates wear every Friday. Its part of theschools Read to Succeed University program that motivatesstudents in grades K-5 to go to college by having classrooms adoptcolleges, assigning students college pen pals and increasing parentinvolvement.
  23. 23. Practice Budgeting in Math…
  24. 24. Bring in Career and College Speakers
  25. 25. Study the history of SC Colleges
  26. 26. Talk about it afterward…
  27. 27. Encourage College Clothes for Teachers and Students…
  28. 28. What could you do with these?
  29. 29. Or these…?
  30. 30. Or these?
  31. 31. Or these?“I’m a future college graduate!”“I’m college-bound!”“Ask me where I’m going to college!”“I’ve got college on my mind. How aboutyou?”“College isn’t a dream. It’s my reality.”“I’ve got CQ (College Quotient). Do you?”“College is for YOU!”
  32. 32. You may be asking yourself…Isn’t this just “fluff”?NO.Can this stuff really make a difference?ABSOLUTELY.
  33. 33. Poor urban schools are not doomed to failure.Researchers have identified 1,300+ high-minority, high-poverty schools in whichstudent standardized test scores were in thetop 30% of their state at respective gradelevels. What’s the reason?High academic expectations for all students.
  34. 34. It’s up to all of us…Creating a "college culture" isn’t just the job ofguidance counselors.It involves teachers, administrators,partnerships, families, community members,and students.If we all believe they can achieve, they will.