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HSCW Summer Break

HSCW Sponsor Blog - Ways To Keep in Touch
Post - June 25, 2015
Summer Break: Another school year has come to an end. I can always tell, not only year by the weather but by the ever increasing returned email saying, “XYZ High School is on Summer Break...
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Big Picture

States moving college scholarship money away from the poor, to the wealthy and middle class
Hechinger Report  - Jun 22, 2015
Twelve states plus Washington D.C. now spend more on merit-based aid than need-based aid, and many others have increased funding for scholarships based on academic achievement instead of need. Some states have cut financial aid for everybody, ...
A State University Arms Race
The College Solution Blog  - Jun 22, 2015
Many students who aren’t interested in attending a public university in their own state tend to look at state institutions elsewhere....
Does a High School Diploma Mean “College-Ready” for Students?
Washington Monthly  - Jun 19, 2015
magine a group of high school seniors in cap and gown being congratulated for completing their state’s requirements to earn a high school diploma. Are they ready for college or a career? In some states, that depends on who you ask.....
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

Getting into selective schools often a crapshoot
Poughkeepsie Journal  - Jun 21, 2015
Every time I begin working with a bright, eager and high-achieving student seeking admission to a so-called “top tier” college or university, I’m reminded that the cards are stacked against them....
Countdown to College: Common Application’s newest promp
Charlotte Observer  - Jun 21, 2015
While there was some minor tweaking with four of the five Common Application www.commonapp.org (Common App) prompts this year, there is one prompt, No. 4, that is entirely new...
I survived college mania at America's most stressed-out high school
CNN  - Jun 22, 2015
She claimed Harvard and Stanford were competing for her. She said Mark Zuckerberg had called, pushing her to pick Harvard.r...
About Half of High Schools Release Discipline Records to Colleges for Admissions
Juvenile Justice Information Exchange  - Jun 23, 2015
The first time 18-year-old Isaac came across a question on a college application that asked if he had ever faced disciplinary action in high school, he decided to be honest and checked the “yes” box...
Fixing Up Your Facebook Page For College Admissions: A Booming Business
Forbes - Jun 18, 2015
Lanre Badmus deleted his Twitter TWTR -0.34% account before the start of his junior year at Westfield High School in Westfield, NJ. He also made his Instagram account private and changed his name on Facebook...
Student With Disabilities Face Added Layer of Issues in Transition to College
EdWeek (registration required)  - Jun 18, 2015
Brad McGaw knows that the move from high school to college will likely be a bit more challenging than for most seniors graduating this spring....
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College Admissions: 5 Things Rising Seniors Need To Do This Summer
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - Jun 22, 2015
The end of junior year is a landslide: SATs, ACTs, Subject Tests, AP Tests, proms, sports playoffs, and final exams. By the time summer comes, it’s tempting to just sit back and forget the whole college process even exists. However...
Summer Activities for Rising High School Seniors
TeenLife Blog - Jun 24, 2015
School’s out for the summer! There is nothing more tempting to your student after finishing junior year, than to close his laptop, stow his books and vow not to think about anything school-related ...
3 Summer Fixes for Bad High School Grades
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - Jun 22, 2015
A bad end-of-year report card can put a damper on the start of summer for teens and their parents. "I definitely think it can be frustrating for parents and they may not know what direction to go in and try to help their student," says Dominique Foster..
College Admissions: Prepare Your Audition Materials this Summer
GoLocalPDX College Admissions  - Jun 24, 2015
Summer is officially here and by now you have had a few weeks to decompress from a hectic school year. Maybe your summer plans include a job, internship, volunteer work, travel or plenty of chill time with friends. Perhaps you have a long list of books you hope to read just for fun,..
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Gap Year

Want to help kids succeed in college? Let them take a gap year.
Washington Post  - Jun 23, 2015
Want independent, well-adjusted kids who succeed in college, career and beyond? Parke Muth, a veteran college admissions consultant who spent nearly three decades in the University of Virginia’s admissions office ...
My Turn: Gap year abroad gives son appreciation for cultures and lifestyles
Daily Breeze  - Jun 23, 2015
Our 19-year-old called home from a farm on a recent Sunday. “It’s so green here,” the kid said. Our dyed-in-the-soft-wool product of the South Bay then told us that he would spend a chunk of his day looking after the sow, feeding the chickens, and maybe splitting some wood. ...
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Jun 25, 2015
Five Summer Activities to Build a Better College Plan
Well, you’ve done it again. You’re almost out the door for the summer, but your principal has just reminded you about the article you need to write for the summer newsletter. Now what?;.. More

A School Counselor’s Summer Advice For Teens
WBUR.org - Here & Now - Jun 21, 2015
Summer can be a busy time for high school students. Some are touring colleges, others are taking classes. Lisa Micele, a high school guidance counselor, suggests “How about getting a job at the Dairy Queen?”.....
Keeping freshmen from an about-face
Philly.com  - Jun 21, 2015
One study he conducted found that students who were offered help by their high school counselors over the summer were 14 percentage points more likely to immediately enroll in college. The average cost: less than $200 per student.....

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College sexual assault: 10 questions to ask when choosing a school
The Christian Science Monitor  - Jun 15, 2015
Here are some tools to help parents and students decide if a school is sufficiently addressing safety and responding appropriately to reports of sexual misconduct....
A must-read for every current or future college student — and their parents
Washington Post - Answer Sheet - Jun 17, 2015
Transitioning to college life can be difficult on both students and families. From new expenses to a new lifestyle, being prepared for what lies ahead can help you avoid common bumps in the road.....
Five things families with college bound students should consider
NJ.com - Jun 21, 2015
Transitioning to college life can be difficult on both students and families. From new expenses to a new lifestyle, being prepared for what lies ahead can help you avoid common bumps in the road.....
How Can I Make Sure My Ex Pays Her Share of Our Kids’ College Costs?
TIME - Jun 22, 2015
Q. I’ve had an ugly divorce and I think my wife will refuse to pay her part of college costs for our kids. The oldest kid starts in September, and I can’t afford to pay the whole thing. I’m also not sure I want to go through another fight and go back to court. Plus, I can’t really afford an attorney again. What are my options?....
Archives - Parents
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Don't study for the SAT or ACT this summer
Minneapolis College Admissions Examiner  - Jun 24, 2015
What? I shouldn’t utilize my summer to improve my score for the central, often required college admission examination? The title is a bit misleading, as I do advise students to use their summer time to prepare for these examinations ...
ACT announces changes to college reports that could drive admissions decisions
DC College Admissions Examiner  - Jun 22, 2015
About a year ago, the ACT organization announced what appeared to be subtle changes for 2015-16, mainly in the Writing section of the test. In a carefully worded news release, ACT described changes starting with the September 2015 test as, ...
Hone Analysis Skills for Success on the Redesigned SAT Essay
US News  - Jun 22, 2015
One often discussed characteristic of the redesigned SAT is its increased focus on comprehension and analysis rather than rote memorization and recollection. This is especially true of the new essay section....
Preparing for the new PSAT examination
Tyler Morning Telegraph  - Jun 22, 2015
The PSAT, given in October every year, is always an important test for high school juniors, and to a lesser extent, sophomores. But this year, it’s even more critical — so much so that I recommend that every eligible high school student who’s even thinking about attending college really should take the PSAT this fall....
College Board to offer free SAT after administering exam with faulty instructions
USA Today College  - Jun 23, 2015
The College Board has announced that it will allow high school students who took the SAT the June 6 exam to take the October 3 exam for free, after the organization had to discount two sections of the June exam due to incorrect instructions for those parts....
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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The Top 5 Questions to Ask a Financial Aid Advisor Before You Even Apply
Huffington Post  - Jun 19, 2015
College is an investment in your future. (And I bet you've heard it a thousand times). But at least in the short term, it will probably impact your pocketbook, too. In fact, Texas graduates in 2013 averaged just over of $25,000 in debt, according to U.S. News & World Report....
Financial Aid Tip: Don’t be taken in
News-Democrat & Leader  - Jun 18, 2015
Parents of college-bound students often hear from companies that promise to help them find financial aid to pay for college. But families don’t have to pay for this kind of information,...
How much a college student can earn from a summer job without losing financial aid
Washington Post  - Jun 23, 2015
Finding a summer job can be hard enough for some students without having to figure out how much they can earn without compromising their financial aid status at school....
3 College scholarship actions students cannot ignore
Grand Rapids Community Colleges Examiner  - Jun 23, 2015
Successful college scholarship winners don’t just fill out an application and mail it to the organization sponsoring the award. Rather, they have written a memorable essay, carefully followed all application directions ...
Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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Expanding Career Counseling
CTE Policy Watch Blog - Jun 19, 2015
Many students are not getting the counseling they need about career pathway options, and a new publication from SME and the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council has recommendations on ways to change that....
CTE and STEM Education: Two Sides of the Same Vital Coin
EdWeek (registration required) - Jun 19, 2015
Much work remains to ensure a fully skilled STEM workforce to anchor the nation's economic future. Yet as states, districts, and schools seek to operationalize STEM education, many are already offering innovative career and technical education (CTE) programs that impart critical academic and employability skills...
Archives - CTE
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Tech schools say N.J. new rules could shrink teacher pool
NPR.org State Impact Indiana  - Jun 23, 2015
Jamie Sobolewski knew that completing her teacher preparation program wasn't going to be easy. A graphic design artist who runs her own business, Sobolewski began teaching at Middlesex County Vocational and Technical School last fall while simultaneously fulfilling the required 200 training hours ...
How Massachusetts Redefines Low-Income Students
WBUR.org - Learning Lab  - Jun 23, 2015
Jamie Sobolewski knew that completing her teacher preparation program wasn't going to be easy. A graphic design artist who runs her own business, Sobolewski began teaching at Middlesex County Vocational and Technical School last fall while simultaneously fulfilling the required 200 training hours ...
NJ Spotlight  - Jun 17, 2015
In New Jersey, about 4 in 10 students attending four-year colleges graduated with a bachelor's degree from the college where they initially enrolled within four years in 2013, the most recent year for which statistics are available, according to data from the National Center for Education Statistics...
Pennsylvania Panel OKs New Education Funding Formula Providing Fair Aid Distribution To Schools Statewide
ischoolguide.com  - Jun 24, 2015
Bipartisan lawmakers in Pennsylvania expressed their support for a new education funding formula that would extend additional money to the state’s 500 school districts. While the legislature has yet to OK the formula, the plan aims to provide a fair and predictable way of distributing financial aid to Pennsylvania’s schools...
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Teens Jobs

The fading of the teen summer job
PewResearch.org  - Jun 23, 2015
In the 1970s and ’80s, most teens could expect to be working at least part of their summer vacation. But the share of teens working summer jobs has dwindled since the early 1990s; last summer, fewer than a third of teens had a job. ...
What Happened to the Teen Summer Job?
Slate Magazine  - Jun 24, 2015
The teen summer job was once a rite of passage. Now, it’s a rite that may have passed. According to a new report from Pew Research Center, summer employment among teens has trailed off dramatically over the past few decades ...
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