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Big Picture

Should U.S. Public Colleges Accept More International Students, Or Not?
Forbes - Nov 11, 2016
In the 2014-2015 school year, America hosted 974,926 international students in its various colleges and universities, both at the undergraduate and graduate level. ..
What Trump’s Election Means for College Students and Parents
TIME - Nov 9, 2016
In the short term, not much. Longer term could be a different story. Here's what we know now. Elections, as they say, have consequences, and last night’s presidential victory of Donald J. Trump may have more than most...
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

3 Overlooked Ways to Use Social Media to Research Colleges
US News - Nov 14, 2016
You've likely heard about the downsides of social media and how oversharing and unprofessional comments can wreak havoc on your application. But social media can also be a great tool for college-bound students:, ..
3 Overlooked Ways to Use Social Media to Research Colleges
TeenLife Blog - Nov 10, 2016
Not only can choosing a college be confusing and overwhelming, once you finalize your college choices you have another decision to make: Which college application should you use? ..
Social media profile may help high school students
MycentralJersey - Nov 10, 2016
The list of items required for college applications hadn’t changed much over the years: Official high school transcript, SAT scores, essay, and recommendation letters. But recently, some “social media experts” have been advising high school seniors to go one step further and create elaborate LinkedIn profiles to impress college admissions officers..
Kizoa Launches International Education Program ‘Kizoa for Schools’
HSCW Contributer Blog  - Nov 16, 2016
Kizoa, an online movie editing application, today announced the launch of its international school program, Kizoa for Schools. According to a report published by Campaign for America’s Future and the National Education Association, most state legislatures have passed new state budgets that have a huge negative effect on public education,..
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How to conquer the dreaded college application essay
Washington Post - Nov 10, 2016
Six hundred fifty words to change your life. With only that much to work with, Scheherazade, the storytelling Arabian princess of “One Thousand and One Nights,” would have been done before 10 on the first night, even if she weighed each word as carefully as a high school senior t..
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Letters of Recommendation

How to Ask Teachers for College Recommendations
Teen Vogue  - Nov 14, 2016
Filling out college applications is stressful enough as it is, but asking teachers for college recommendation letters can account for serious anxiety. Many of us have trouble accepting a simple compliment, let alone asking one of our superiors to write a whole letter singing our praises — a letter our futures practically depend on...
A College Counselor's Guide On How To Ask for a Teacher’s Recommendation
University Herald  - Nov 15, 2016
Shy students often miss out on many things, and at times find it hard to approach people for various purposes. One such problem that shy students have is the difficulty in asking a teacher for a letter of recommendation to apply for college. For this, a college counselor shares some tips...
Archives - Letters of Recommendation
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Campus Visits/Interview

How to prep for your college interview
Tribune News Service  - Nov 9, 2016
Most go well, but practice and research the school to ensure you succeed. Sweaty palms, churning stomach and the deer-in-the-headlights look are common anticipated experiences for high school seniors when approaching their first college interview. ....
4 Things Admissions Officers Are Looking for in Your Interview
Her Campus  - Nov 9, 2016
Your applications are in, you’re eagerly waiting acceptances and you’ve even landed an interview or two ––you’re off to a great start! But, now that your interviews are just around the corner, you may be wondering what admissions officers are really looking for.....
A former Harvard admissions interviewer shares the 5 questions she asked almost every applicant
Business Insider - Nov 9, 2016
Of the more than 39,000 people who applied to be part of Harvard College's class of 2020, a little more than 2,100 were admitted. That's about a 5% acceptance rate.....
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Nov 10, 2016
College Access under President Trump It really should come as no surprise that the results of a presidential election lead to change. Just like the start of a new school year, or getting a new principal, change requires us to focus on what we do and how we do it in a brand new way... More
4 Tips for High School Officials to Manage Student Protests
US News - Nov 14, 2016
Teens across the country walked out of class last week to protest the presidential election of Donald Trump. "There was a lot of anger about a lot of hatred that students are perceiving from this president-elect," says Sam Pasarow, principal of Berkeley High School in California, ..
ASCA Releases Guidance to Support Students Affected by 2016 Election
ASCA Press Release - Nov 15, 2016
ALEXANDRIA, VA. – The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) released Helping Students After the 2016 Election, an online reference to help school counselors and educators support students following the recent presidential election. ..
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College Admissions: Must-Have Books
Huffington Post - Nov 14, 2016
Parents, are you wondering what to get your college-bound student this holiday season? Students, are you struggling with the perfect gift for your parents? Well, Santa and the elves have some ideas for you on the best books to give this year. Pair them up with a Kindle Fire and an IRIS Pen Scanner,.....
9 Signs That Your Teen Graduates with Student Loans
The College Solution Blog - Nov 11, 2016
Many people don’t know how much they’ve borrowed from college until they graduate. Often they don’t realize that all the financial aid they received was actually loans until they receive their first repayment notice.....
Archives - Parents
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Your Admission Tests Study Toolbox
Uloop - Nov 14, 2016
Why are admission tests still a thing? Applying to grad school is already stressful enough, and then they want to add some standardized test on top of it that will show the school your worth? Oh joy.....
Can a free SAT prep class ever be as good as pricey in-person ones?
Washington Post - Nov 10, 2016
When Nathan Bernard took the PSAT his freshman and sophomore years of high school, he admits, he didn’t take the test seriously. “I don’t think I brought a calculator,” the blond 17-year-old said, laughing, on a recent Sunday afternoon at his home in Alexandria, Va. .....
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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Going to college? First you have to FAFSA
Hattiesburg American - Nov 13, 2016
For most parents, financial aid is like a secret code filled with foreign acronyms such as FWS, BBAY, and SAR. Many approach the process completely unprepared; they believe it is an unwinnable battle....
Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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Career and Technical Education

Trump has promised manufacturing jobs, but high school grads might want to seek credentialed “middle-skills” posts instead
Hechinger Report - Nov 15, 2016
I miss watching Gunsmoke on Saturday nights. I miss casseroles. I miss canasta games with friends. I miss browsing the new video releases at Blockbuster. I miss being completely off the grid.....
Archives - Career & Technical Education
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NJSpotlight - Nov 12, 2016
The governor may go, the president-elect is something of a cipher, but it’s still possible to rough out a few likely changes to education policy. With education largely getting short shrift from both campaigns,....
Final count shows Maine voters passed new tax for school funding
Portland Press Herald - Nov 10, 2016
By a narrow margin, Mainers approved a measure to tax the state’s highest earners to raise money for education, according to final results announced early Thursday. With all 589 precincts reporting, the split was 50.4 percent to 49.6 percent – 377,562 votes for Question 2, and 371,445 against – according to the Associated Press, which collected the data in partnership with the Portland Press Herald.....
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