Reach Higher: Building a College-Going High School

Over the past few years, MCAN has dedicated a great deal of its energy to providing support to school counselors across the state. Earlier this month, MCAN teamed up with the Michigan Association for Secondary School Principals and the Michigan Association for College Admissions Counseling to co-host a one-day workshop for school administrator and school counselor teams. Though the workshop was rescheduled after a snow storm caused us to cancel it in February, more than 200 principals, counselors and superintendents were in attendance.

The day focused on the role of administrators and counselors in building the college-going culture. Eric Waldo, executive director of the First Lady's Reach Higher Initiative, served as the plenary speaker and addressed the critical role counselors play in changing the postsecondary trajectories for all students. Two national experts from the National Consortium for School Counseling and Postsecondary Success, Dr. Joyce Brown and Patricia Martin, discussed how counselors must have the capacity, administrative support and formal preparation in college counseling to effectively lead the college access movement in their buildings.

In addition to hearing from national experts, Michigan's transition from the ACT to the SAT was a hot topic and the spotlight was put on West Ottawa High School as a successful model in building a college-going culture.

The day was an inspiration to all, with teams committing to building stronger relationships, partnerships and strategies to ensure Michigan's students receive the highest quality educational experiences. We're excited to see the commitments take shape in high schools across Michigan.

If you missed the workshop, there are still learning opportunities for administration and counselors. MCAN will host a follow-up webinar series for roles of principals in leading the charge of this work. More details will be shared on our website and in our e-newsletter as they are confirmed.

Jamie Jacobs headshot 2013Author: Jamie Jacobs, director of professional development
Posted: Nov. 17, 2015

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