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2015-2016 Counselor Webinar Series

With the help of expert educational professionals, we are hosting a series of webinars that provide counselors with timely and pertinent information on how to support students’ college readiness and future aspirations.

This series also is a prime source to get updates and information on the SAT Suite of Assessments and the Official SAT Practice.

Earn Continuation Education Credit (CEU) as you Increase Your Skills

The College Board has been approved as an authorized provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), and will offer IACET CEUs for its online professional webinars. To receive CEU credit each webinar participant must complete the webinar registration, attend the entire event for which they registered and show mastery of the online session’s learning outcomes.

All online workshop times are EDT/EST.



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College Board Updates
Hear about critical updates on College Board programs (such as PSAT/NMSQT®, SAT®, AP®, etc) for the 2015–2016 school year. Each of the updates is identical in content.

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Sept 10
1 p.m.

College Board Updates (Experienced Counselors)

This presentation will provide critical updates on College Board programs (such as PSAT/NMSQT, SAT, AP, etc) for the 2015–2016 school year. Each of the updates is identical in content. The sessions for experienced counselors are one hour in length.

Sept 16
1 p.m.

College Board Updates (Newer Counselors: Two years or less)

This presentation will provide critical updates on College Board programs (such as PSAT/NMSQT, SAT, AP, etc) for the 2015–2016 school year. Each of the updates is identical in content. The sessions for newer counselors are 90 minutes in length.

Sept 17
1 p.m.

College Board Updates (Experienced Counselors)

This presentation will provide critical updates on College Board programs (such as PSAT/NMSQT, SAT, AP, etc) for the 2015–2016 school year. Each of the updates is identical in content. The sessions for experienced counselors are one hour in length.

Sept 24
1 p.m.

College Board Updates (Experienced Counselors)

This presentation will provide critical updates on College Board programs (such as PSAT/NMSQT, SAT, AP, etc) for the 2015–2016 school year. Each of the updates is identical in content. The sessions for experienced counselors are one hour in length.

Sept 29
1 p.m.

College Board Updates (Newer Counselors: Two years or less)

This presentation will provide critical updates on College Board programs (such as PSAT/NMSQT, SAT, AP, etc) for the 2015–2016 school year. Each of the updates is identical in content. The sessions for newer counselors are 90 minutes in length.

Oct 6
1 p.m.

College Board Updates (Experienced Counselors)

This presentation will provide critical updates on College Board programs (such as PSAT/NMSQT, SAT, AP, etc) for the 2015–2016 school year. Each of the updates is identical in content. The sessions for experienced counselors are one hour in length.

Counselors and the Redesigned Assessments
Ensure that your students’ assessment experience connects to their college and career readiness by learning about the College Board Readiness and Success System, the SAT Suite of Assessments, and Official SAT Practice.

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Aug 12
1 p.m.

Counselors and the Redesigned Assessments: Welcome Back!  Navigating the SAT and the PSAT/NMSQT Summer Mailings

Join us for a back to school review of Summer Mailing materials and important information to help you implement the redesigned SAT Suite of Assessments, including the administration of  PSAT™ 8/9 and PSAT/NMSQT.

Sept 21
1 p.m.

Counselors and the Redesigned Assessments: New Official SAT Practice Tools on

Learn about the free resources and additional features now available to all students through Khan Academy® SAT Practice Program.  These elements have been designed with a student-centric philosophy and extensively tested to ensure the practice program provides an engaging and exciting experience.

Oct 5
1 p.m.

Counselors and the Redesigned Assessments: Advising the Class of 2017

The first administration of the redesigned SAT is March 2016. This webinar will help counselors answer critical questions from parents and students and provide information and updates regarding scores, reporting, and higher education policies.

Nov 10
1 p.m.

Counselors and the Redesigned Assessments – PSAT/NMSQT Score Report Preview

For the first time, all scores from the SAT Suite of Assessments will be on the same scoring scale to provide students and educators with enhanced information to track growth and target areas in need of improvement. Learn about expanded features of the PSAT/NMSQT score report, including the new online reporting system for students and K–12 institutions.

Dec 3
1 p.m.

Counselors and the Redesigned Assessments:  Helping Counselors Get the Most from the Khan Academy SAT Practice Program

Now that students have taken the PSAT/NMSQT, join the experts to learn about dynamic, interactive tools and resources that support and reinforce great classroom instruction. This session may also be helpful for counselors whose students have taken PSAT 8/9.

Jan 6
1 p.m.

Counselors and the Redesigned Assessments: Connecting the PSAT/NMSQT to College Planning and Practice Resources

New and innovative elements of the student reporting portal are outlined. Learn how students will receive their results from PSAT 8/9, PSAT™ 10 and PSAT/NMSQT and SAT, as well as connect to practice and college and career planning resources.  

Feb 3
1 p.m.

Counselors and the Redesigned Assessments: SAT Registration, Fee Waivers and Best Practices for the Counselor Registration Report

The first administration of the redesigned SAT is around the corner. Counselors have important questions about the upcoming changes from students, families, and colleagues. Learn about registration guidelines, fee waivers, and the SAT registration report to support your efforts for all students.

Academic Success
Develop insights on programs that provide and promote students’ academic success that ensure access to a variety of college and career options.

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Nov 17
12 p.m.

Navigating the NCAA Eligibility Center’s High School Portal.

Gain an in-depth knowledge of the tools and resources in the high school portal in order to help you assist your students and parents on their journey to NCAA initial eligibility.

Jan 28
12 p.m.

Using AP Potential™ to Assist in Academic Planning and Student Course Selection

As the season approaches for students to select courses for next year, see how AP Potential can help students, counselors, and teachers in course planning.

Feb 10
1 p.m.

Planning for Your Students with Disabilities: Five Things to do for Spring

This webinar will provide a review of the important steps to take now for your students with disabilities in grades 8–12. Planning for the SAT® and AP® Exam spring administrations, as well at fall 2016 assessments, will ensure a smooth process for everyone. The presentation will cover highlights of the appropriate documentation and important deadlines. 

Apr 5
2 p.m.

Integrating AP Courses into CTE Programs of Study

Research undertaken by National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium and the College Board suggests Career and Technical Information (CTE) students benefit from AP course work. In this session, learn to develop strategies for matching existing AP courses with CTE program offerings, draft a set of guidelines for enrolling CTE students in relevant AP courses, and evaluate the availability of CLEP® assessments.

Jun 9
1 p.m.

Creating a Middle to High School Transition Program

Without the proper preparation, the transition from middle to high school could be a difficult experience for students. Join us to learn how to create a transition program that will provide middle school students with ongoing exposure to experiences that will promote college and career readiness at the high school level. By applying specific strategies and using these tools and resources, you will be able to enhance your own academic planning to meet specific college and career goals of your students, encourage students to maximize their high school experience through involvement in extracurricular and enrichment activities, and nurture the aspirations of your students to apply to college.

College Exploration
Discover early and ongoing strategies to help students make informed decisions when selecting a college and major.

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Oct 27
1 p.m.

The College Board and Roadtrip Nation Presents, Why Not Us?

In March of 2014, the College Board partnered with Roadtrip Nation to produce Why Not Us? – a documentary where four first-generation students from diverse backgrounds travel across the country in an RV and interview leaders who were also the first to go to college in their respective families. In this session, learn how the journey of four outstanding first-generation students takes education out of classrooms and into the real world, providing invaluable lessons along the way. Explore and apply ways to integrate the Roadtrip Nation’s interview and the interactive, project-based curriculum for middle school, high school, and college students in to your college and career counseling program.  

Jan 21
2 p.m.

College Readiness: Exploring Minority-Serving Institutions

There are many HBCU’s, HSI’s, AANAPISI’s, and tribal colleges and universities throughout the United States. Hear from about the benefits and opportunities that these schools can provide both academically and socially. Gain useful information to assist your students in finding the best college that fits their needs. Be in the know about minority-serving institutions as a viable college option for your students.

May 26
2 p.m.

College Awareness for Middle School Counselors

What is the role of the middle school counselor in early college awareness? Learn how to create opportunities to deepen student’s college knowledge and skills necessary for academic planning and goal setting. Discover a variety of ways to integrate strategies, tools and resources that promote academic planning, college exploration, and college financial planning into your middle school program.

Jun 7
1 p.m.

Undergraduate College Career Centers

It is important to provide students with early and ongoing exposure to experiences and information necessary to make informed decisions about selecting a college and career.  Undergraduate college career centers should be part of that college journey. Learn about college career resources that can help a college graduate’s entry into the real world be a smooth one.

College Admission and Transition  
Gain new perspectives of the many facets of the college admission process and proven strategies for successful student transitions to postsecondary education.

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Sept 9

The College Application Process: Quality Over Quantity

More and more students each year are increasing their application submissions. Is this improving their chances of admission? Gain insight and perspective from current research. A panel of college admission officers discuss how they select undergraduate students and what really matters to colleges.  

Sept 22
2 p.m.

Fee Waiver 101 (PSAT/NMSQT, SAT, College Application)

Comprehensive review of the College Board program fee waivers that are available to assist students, along with techniques for effective use of the waivers.

Oct 8
2 p.m.

Letters of Recommendation: Effective Strategies for Selective College Admissions

Tips for crafting a powerful letter of recommendation, as well as examining strategies to assist your students in selective college admission.

Oct 13
4 p.m.

Preparing Students for the College Application Essay

A powerful, well-written essay can tip the balance for student applicants. Learn about tools and resources that can support your seniors in writing their college application essay.

Oct 22
2 p.m.

The Common Application

One in three high school graduates across United States will use the Common Application to apply to college. Learn how to apply strategies and use tools that can assist your students and their families in successfully completing the admission process using the Common Application.

Nov 12
3 p.m.

Understanding Community College Opportunities and Strategies for Student Transition and Success

This session will provide an overview of the opportunities afforded by community college attendance — including career/technical and transfer pathways — and will offer specific strategies to help counselors support student transition and success.

Mar 10

Assisting Undocumented/DACA Students

Resources and tools for assisting undocumented/Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students navigate the college application and financial aid process.

May 17
1 p.m.

Avoiding Summer Melt

Avoid summer melt by preparing your recent graduates for a successful transition from high school to college from a district, school, and community partnership approach.

College Financial Planning
Explore information and innovative practices to guide students and families in understanding college costs and the financial aid process.

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Oct 14
2 p.m.

The 2016-17 CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE

Join us to learn about what is new and what is most important for you to know in order to help your students complete their PROFILE applications.

Nov 18
1 p.m.

Financial Literacy: Concepts and Resources to Help Families Make the Best Financial Decisions

As students tackle the topic of how to pay for college, now is a critical opportunity to increase financial capability for students and their families.

This session on financial literacy will address important financial concepts students should know and resources to help them make better decisions, especially when it comes to financing their education.

Nov 19
1 p.m.

Searching for Scholarships

For most families financial aid is the key component in determining college planning and selection. With state and institutional financial aid often falling short of costs, and scholarship opportunities becoming more competitive, families need as much information and as many opportunities as possible to fund their child’s college education. This webinar will provide counselors with information and available tools to help them assist their students and families in taking advantage of untapped resources. 

Dec 2
1 p.m.

What’s New with FAFSA

Hear about the most important updates to the FAFSA from a representative of the Department of Education. Information and suggestions for working with your students and their parents during the financial aid process will be shared.

Dec 15
1 p.m.

College Goal Sunday and FAFSA Completion Resources

The National College Access Network and USA Funds announced last spring that NCAN will assume leadership of College Goal Sunday, a nationwide program that helps college-bound students and their families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Learn more about the new vision for College Goal Sunday and the trainings, ready to use tools and resources available to ensure that students file a FAFSA each year.  

Jan 12
1 p.m.

The 2016-17 CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE

Please join us as we share important information to help you assist students with everything from completing the application to submitting tax documents as required by their colleges.

Jan 19th
2 p.m.

How to Help Low-Income Students Manage College Costs

This webinar will highlight the difficulties that some low-income families may encounter when applying for aid, and educate counselors on what institutions consider when distributing aid. The goal is to inform counselors with the financial aid information they need to know and can use, but in a way that will enable them to gain understanding and eliminate confusion. Topics will include the real cost of attendance and what a financial aid package includes.

Mar 1
3 p.m.

Financial Aid for Middle-Income Families

Middle income families often find that they have a financial aid gap in their award letters and have difficulty understanding how institutional policies relate to determining aid. This webinar will provide counselors with information they can share with their families and supply tips for guiding families through what can be a confusing process. Topics will include questions on financial aid applications and how the information is used, what the Expected Family Contribution is and what it is not, and factors to consider when borrowing for education.

Counselor Leadership
Enhance your comprehensive school counseling program by effectively using data and other resources to advance student college and career readiness.

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Aug 25
2 p.m.

Becoming a Data Expert and Change Agent for Your School

Learn to become a strong school counselor leader in your school. This webinar will highlight national and state-level educational landscape data sources. Participants will then learn how to use these data sources to develop concrete strategies to focus students’ college and career readiness in their school.

Sept 3
5 p.m.

Reinvigorate Your College Counseling Program

In a recent report by Gallup, only half of students surveyed reported that they were engaged in school and had not mentally checked out. Students’ engagement and motivation is essential to their education. Learn innovative ways to incorporate the College Board’s free digital tools and resources to spice up your program.

Feb 17
2 p.m.

Building Your Leadership Skills

A panel of American School Counselor Association (ASCA) of the of the Year and RAMP school counselors discuss their leadership style and the spheres of influence that promote student achievement and success. Learn how you can use your leadership skills to influence policies and decisions that impact student outcomes for college readiness at the school and district level.

Apr 28
3 p.m.

Successful Principal-Counselor Teams

Review the research, get some tools, and learn practical examples of how effective collaboration can lead to success for all students from a panel of successful principal–counselor teams.

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Applying to two colleges instead of one makes it 40% more likely that students will enroll in a four-year college. When students apply to more than two, their chances of enrolling will be even better. Encourage your students to apply to at least four or more colleges – one safety, two good fits, and one reach.

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