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A panel of school counselors will share updates on trends and practices in the secondary school counseling profession. The session is designed to share with college enrollment personnel topics school counselors face guiding students through the college planning and application process and working with our parents and school administration. We will also discuss personal and emotional issues that high school students face during the college process. Our goal is to provide and gain feedback on how we can work together to help students and prospective applicants. For anyone interested in knowing about the trending issues for school counselors in 2017, this session is for you.Presenters: Jennifer Nuechterlein, College & Career Counselor, Hunterdon Central Reg HSRandy Stamm, School Counselor, Hackensack HSAlison Grill, College Counselor, Summit HSJohn McGoldrick, Supervisor of College & Career Counseling, West Morris Mendham HSSherry Riggi, Co-Director of College Counseling, Rutgers Prep
In addition to discussing PG and Gap year programs, we will include effective counseling strategies to help parents and students navigate post secondary planning - specifically how to help families cope with the emotional fallout of taking an unconventional approach to higher education and offer creative ideas on new ways of helping students and families in the changing world of higher education. We will supply resources that will help counselors, including elements of the Stanford “Design Your Life” class, Jeffrey Selingo’s College Unbound work, Learning from Dirty Jobs by Michael Rowe http://profoundlydisconnected.com/, and experiential activities that explore the inner lives of students.
Nicole Oringer, Director of College Counseling for Flexschool
Megan Dooley, School Counselor, Bernards High School
Maureen Mazzarese, Director of School Counseling, Westfield Public Schools
John Grund, LCSW, MSW, private practice
Holly Bull, President, Center for Interim Programs
This session will help attendees learn how to best support their LGBTQ_ students through the college search process. We will cover topics such as understanding the ever-changing LGBTQ+ acronym, identifying LGBTQ+ friendly campuses, and creating a safe and supporting environment within your school. Please come with your questions, an open mind, and a willingness participate.Presenter: Russell Althouse, College Counselor, Wardlow-Hartridge School
Avoid the dreaded lunch visit and become the most popular high school among college reps. The panel will explore the ins and outs of what drives admission counselors crazy, problems we face on a daily basis, and a look into our schedules. From private visits to college fairs, let us be brutally honest as we answer questions through a funny and light-hearted display of authentic and real solutions. The panel is thrilled to share hot topics and strategies so high school counselors, admissions reps, and students can have the most organized and stress-free year yet! Our panel will also demonstrate how to use the NJACAC website for fair submission dates and provide a checklist for change. Presenters: Carolyn Bodmer, Admissions Counselor, Coastal Carolina UniversityNicole Cibelli, Director of Admissions, Bloomfield College
An inside look at Naviance from both sides of the desk. With over 90% of all students in New Jersey utilizing Naviance this will be an interactive presentation fit for both high school and college/university staff members. First, we will provide a high level overview of Naviance and how students, parents and counselors are using Naviance to maximize their college search and application process. Next we will provide a high level overview of how colleges and universities are partnering with Hobsons to match and connect with best fit Naviance students. We will highlight new and upcoming initiatives. Audience participation and questions are welcome.
International education professionals discuss best practices for international student support with the college application process through graduation. We will discuss methods to work with international students so they consider the right questions to ask universities to make informed decisions that lead to their success. We will also focus on international student life on campus-what types of challenges are they likely to face with a specific focus on issues relating to maintaining their status. Whether you are a college looking to increase the number of international students on your campus, a recruiter looking to better serve and help interested international students, an independent counselor or school counselor working with international students, or a college professional looking to help your international students meet with success on campus - this workshop is for you!Presenters: Adrienne Gigantino, Director of the Office of International Students & Scholars, Hawaii Pacific University
Anna Wise, Assistant Director of International Admissions, University of Delaware
Soha Salamah, Associate Director of International Recruitment, Siena College
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