After a year where many students were isolated and didn’t get usual opportunities such as internships, career days and college visits, it is important to create a broad exposure plan of virtual or in-person opportunities to ensure that every young person has access to college and career preparation and exploration. Family engagement is critical in virtual settings, especially as they will support with follow through and communication.
Family Engagement“Family engagement drives almost all student behaviors. Families have to be involved and engaged, not just informed.” — Marie Bigham, ACCEPT
Choice-based college and career outcomes“We are not thinking about college and career readiness any differently, we are thinking about it with the layer of COVID and how to triage in order to best achieve choice-based outcomes for all students.” –Donald Kamentz, ContigoEd
- All students and all pathways get equal access to and support from college and career counselors
- Families are partners, included in conversation, decision making for their student and sharing of options
- Counselor schedules are flexible, so they can meet with students or families during non-traditional hours
- Schools look critically at postsecondary counseling offerings to identify potential barriers to families – childcare, transportation, languages available, meeting times. How do the adults raising the students feel welcome?