Topics for workshops and presentations by Whitney Laughlin, Ed.D.:

For counselors, students and parents:
1. Financial aid (need-based & scholarships, including calculating the family contribution)
2. Academic enrichment for students (summer programs &/or concurrent enrollment)
3. Summer opportunities for students (internships,jobs,etc.)
4. Postsecondary options (2-year vs.4-year. In-state & out-of-state. Private vs. public)
5. College vs. employment (including options for taking a year off)
6. Testing (ACT, SAT, SAT II, AP, GRE, etc. Fee waivers & test prep)
7. College survival(how to help your students stay in and do well.Breaking Away programs)
8. Athletes (scholarships, sports programs, special issues)
9. Academic preparation (the counselor as gatekeeper, tracking, college prep courses)
10.Minority and/or lower income students and college (retention, special programs, support)
11.The application process (forms & student essays, private and public, eligibility)
12.Relationships with colleges (visits, helping your students find the best match and get in)
13.Career counseling (courses in high school,what to major in and why, job forecasts, bias)
14.Special 'talents' in admissions (affirmative action, diversity, volunteer work, the arts,etc.)
15.Resource materials for college counseling (books, videos, software, web sites)
16.Early intervention & middle school outreach
17.Case studies (you be the admissions committee -- choose who gets in & why)

For counselors:

1. Transcripts (best formats to use and why)
2. School profile (creating one or improving the one you have)
3. Follow-up studies ( the importance of tracking your graduates)
4. Professional organizations and agencies (resources to help in college advising)
5. Importance of counselor style (advocate, caring, intrusive advising, high expectations,trust)
6. Advocating for yourself(making a case with your principal,etc.on importance of your role)

For counselors, teachers and administrators:

1. Case studies (you be the admissions committee -- choose who gets in & why)
2. Parent involvement
3. Peers, mentors & role models (alumni, work study students as office aides, career days)
4. Writing letters of recommendation
5. Faculty relations & how they can help (identify students, help with essays, motivation)
6. Incentives (creating a school climate that encourages more students to go on to college)
7. Intercultural counseling and communication

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