Friday, February 16, 2018

Only 4 days left to include your college fair/college night on our spring list...

Exciting news! Members can now login to our Member Center at www.pcacac.org to access our preliminary spring College Fair Schedule. PCACAC membership is not required to submit your college fair information. 

However, accessing the College Fair Schedule is a member benefit.  If you are not currently a member and would like to enjoy the benefits of membership, please visit www.pcacac.org and click on "Join today!"

If you are planning a college fair in the spring, let us advertise for you and help maximize the turn-out of college representatives! If you haven't already done so, submit YOUR college fair information for inclusion in our seasonal College Fair Schedule.  College representatives remain eager to have this information as they finalize their travel in our region.  It's easy to submit your information via our online College Fair Participation Form and we are eager to help you reach the largest potential audience for your event!

The final deadline to submit your information is Monday, February 19, 2018. A final schedule will be released on February 20.  
We look forward to advertising your college fair!

Sincerely,
Sanjay Mitchell
PCACAC College Fair/College Night Chair
QUESTIONS?  We're happy to help!

College Fair/College Night Chair:  Sanjay Mitchell, samitchell@tmapchs.orgPCACAC office:  Rhonda Douthit, Executive Assistant, info@pcacac.org434-989-7557

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Register now for PCACAC's 53rd Conference...

PCACAC promises many new and exciting offerings at our 53rd Annual Conference! Join us from Sunday, April 15 through Tuesday, April 17 at the Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Dover, DE.  Our Conference Planning Committee (CPC) has been working diligently for the past few months to ensure that your conference experience will be exceptional and we are excited to announce that REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! Early Bird rates are good through Monday, March 5, so don’t delay! And, if you want to pay member rates, you can now join first right from the conference registration form!

     

#NACACreads: Join Our Next Chat

Chat with author Benjamin Castleman
#NACACreads:
'The 160-Character Solution'
April 18 | 9 p.m. ET | Twitter Chat


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From identifying right-fit schools to securing financial aid and selecting classes — success in higher education is intrinsically linked to a student’s ability to make informed decisions about their future and follow through on their plans. 

Discuss new ways to help students navigate this critical process during an April 18 #NACACreadschat with Benjamin Castleman, author of The 160-Character Solution: How Text Messages and Other Behavioral Strategies Can Improve Education.

Castleman’s research shows that counselors and others can help more students succeed by leveraging the science of decision-making and using technological “nudges.”

“Applying behavioral insights need not be the sole province of researchers and policy makers,” writes Castleman, who was tapped to help the Obama White House create 
Up Next — a mobile messaging campaign aimed at boosting college access. “My hope is that schools, community-based organizations, and state/federal educational agencies can draw on the lessons from this book to guide how they communicate with and support the students and families with whom they work.”

New to #NACACreads?
https://www.nacacnet.org/news--publications/publications/NACACreads/

Friday, February 9, 2018

Only two weeks left to apply for the SSG! Apply by February 23

Since 2013, PCACAC has been providing help through the Student Support Grant (SSG), an opportunity to recognize members who may not always have the financial resources to implement student programming and help underwrite worthwhile initiatives that directly benefit students in the college transition process. In 2017, the Student Support Grant was awarded to Tracy Kyttle, Program Manager at Collegiate Directions, Inc. Located in Bethesda, MD, Collegiate Directions provides mentoring, tutoring, counseling, and family support for students and their families. The SSG helped their counselors deliver a college transition retreat to their graduating class before going off to college, with a full day of food, sessions and team building activities.

PCACAC is grateful for members like you who make these programs possible! We encourage you to give some thought to a student event or project that you’d like to make happen in 2018.  Then, SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION by February 23. 

Who may apply? PCACAC members may apply for a Student Support Grant for their own student program or they may wish to nominate a community member whose volunteer work nurtures college readiness.  For detailed information about the selection criteria and application process, please review the Student Support Grant (SSG) guidelines. One $400 grant will be awarded for 2018. 

Grant applications will be reviewed by the SSG Program Committee and the selected recipient (and their nominator, if applicable) will be notified by March 9, 2018.  An award certificate will be presented to the recipient at PCACAC’s 53rd Annual Conference at the Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Dover, DE, April 15-17, 2018.
If you'd like to support our 53rd Annual Conference and future PCACAC programs, you can give any amount by texting PCACAC53 to 50155 or by visiting www.pcacac.org/sponsoring-and-advertising.

Thank you,
Lucy Neale Duke
Student Support Grant Chair 

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

You Are Invited to "Principals and School Counselors at ED" Feb 13 @ US Department of Education) - RSVP by Feb 7

YOU ARE  INVITED!
As the U.S. Department of Education's Principal and Counseling Ambassador Fellows, we are writing to invite you to a day of learning at the U.S. Department of Education (ED) on February 13th. In our roles, we are working on emphasizing the importance of collaboration between and among the many roles of educators in a school. Collaboration is vital in order to have a productive school environment, thus resulting in a positive impact on students.

To this end, we are excited to include you in a new effort, Principals and School Counselors at ED, for which we are inviting principals and school counselors on February 13th from 8am-5pm for a full day of engagement in which school counselors and principals will work collectively, learn from each other, and discuss the research, innovative practices, and examples of effective programs of this essential goal.

Outcome.Reflect and advice on best practices that target creating a college and career readiness atmosphere in a school. Provide school principals, school counselors, and other members of the school community support strategies to help students make plans for life after high school. This important work is shared by all members of a school and greater community.

We see this as a great opportunity for collaboration, so by decided to participate, we are also asking you to commit to several things, including:
  1. Complete this verification of participation RSVP online form. Complete by February 7 . Your verification of participation confirms your full participation in the Principals and School Counselors at ED event on February 13th for the entire day (8:00am to 5:00pm).
  2. Verbal approval from your superintendent (or other key education leader) before traveling to ED and a scheduled date to debrief your learnings with your homeschool / site and (or) leadership team/superintendent.
We are excited to invite you to take part in this opportunity at ED and sincerely hope that you will be able to join us.

Best,

Scott Crisp, Ph.D.
ED 2017/18 Principal Ambassador Fellow
Matthew.Crisp@ed.gov

Patrick O'Connor, Ph.D.
ED 2017/2018 Counselor Ambassador Fellow
POConnor@cranbrook.edu

Friday, February 2, 2018

Richmond Advocacy Day!

On Monday, January 29th representatives from the PCACAC Government Relations Committee including Past PCACAC President Anthony Ambrogi, NACAC Board Member Jayne Fonash, Suzanne Carter Co-Director of College Counseling at Visitation, and PCACAC Government Relations Chair Ginger Miller held eight meetings with legislators and their assistants for our Richmond Advocacy Day. 
We focused on these points:

  • Access to quality counseling by pushing for the lowering the student to counselor ratio in high schools
  • Need-based financial aid including in-state tuition for DACA students and maintaining or increasing funding for the Virginia TAG program as well as aid to public institutions
  • Rigorous Curriculum options for all students
  • Counselor relicensure in Virginia to include some required hours in the required professional development 180 hours be allocated to college and career counseling.  
  • We also entered a discussion about possible SAT testing in high schools to give access to all students addressing the possible tradeoffs of such an event.


The most important take away is that we had a voice, advocating on behalf of NACAC as well as PCACAC at a time when federal funding is clearly affecting state funding for very important programs involving access to higher education and quality counseling.

Delegate Lopez is extremely supportive of access in education, and among other bills, is currently is sponsoring HB19 to cover DACA students with in state tuition in Virginia regardless of whether or not the federal government arrives at an immigration solution for Dreamers.


Photo Caption:
Delegate Alfonzo Lopez, Jayne Fonash, NACAC Board Member and Government Relations Committee Member, and Ginger Miller, Chair PCACAC Government Relations

Our preliminary spring College Fair Schedule is live!



Exciting news! Members can now login to our Member Center at www.pcacac.org to access our preliminary spring College Fair Schedule. PCACAC membership is not required to submit your college fair information. However, accessing the College Fair Schedule is a member benefit.  If you are not currently a member and would like to enjoy the benefits of membership, please visit the Membership Information section on our Home page at www.pcacac.org and click on Join or Renew

If you are planning a college fair in the spring, let us advertise for you and help maximize the turn-out of college representatives! If you haven't already done so, submit YOUR college fair information for inclusion in our seasonal College Fair Schedule.  College representatives remain eager to have this information as they finalize their travel in our region.  It's easy to submit your information via our online College Fair Participation Form and we are eager to help you reach the largest potential audience for your event!

The final deadline to submit your information is Monday, February 19, 2018. A final schedule will be released on February 20
We look forward to advertising your college fair!

Sincerely,
Sanjay Mitchell
PCACAC College Fair/College Night Chair
QUESTIONS?  We're happy to help!

College Fair/College Night Chair:  Sanjay Mitchell, samitchell@tmapchs.orgPCACAC office:  Rhonda Douthit, Executive Assistant, info@pcacac.org, 434-989-7557