Webinar Recordings

MCAN webinars are archived for one year. The listing below is in order from newest to oldest webinar presentations.
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Innovative Career Pathways through National Service: The 'Tutor-to-Teacher' Pipeline

Description: A critical teacher shortage exists in Michigan due to plummeting enrollment rates in teacher preparation programs. Further, Michigan students are struggling to reach basic levels of literacy and math proficiency. To help tackle these problems, Hope Network’s Michigan Education Corps delivers the evidence-based Minnesota Reading and Math Corps models in schools across the state. MEC utilizes AmeriCorps members as interventionists to deliver research-based interventions to students age 3 to grade 8. Through the MEC experience, all interventionists are highly trained, receive on-going instructional coaching, are paid, and can access the Segal Education Award and other benefits.

This presentation will discuss how collaboration between MEC, Michigan Department of Education Office of Educator Excellence and higher education partners like Davenport University’s College of Urban Education has resulted in an innovative effort to help address the teacher shortage by creating a “tutor-to-teacher” pipeline that benefits schools, individuals who are exploring careers in education and higher education institutions.

Recorded: March 12, 2020
Presenters:
 Holly Windram, Ph.D, Michigan Education Corps; Susan Gunn, Ph.D, Davenport University; Ariel DuVal-Zinn, Michigan Education Corps
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Imaginative Ways to Pursue Dual Enrollment While Removing Barriers

Description: The number of ways that high school students can take college classes has exploded in the past few years. This session will describe ways that Western Michigan University has partnered with local (and not so local) schools to offer high school students college classes. Then, participants and the presenters will discuss the barriers that students have to dual enrolling. Solutions will be presented for the common barriers.

Recorded: March 10, 2020 
Presenters
: Kelly Schultz and Chuck Pearson, Western Michigan University
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Jackson County Employability PACT - Credentialing Soft Skills

Description: The data from the past decade has shown a steep decline in Michigan's talent pool, which has become one of the greatest economic threats in our state. As we develop solutions to this problem, we must share a common agenda to make a collective impact around college and career readiness. This webinar will highlight the need for employ ability skills as the foundation for college and career preparation activities and will demonstrate the need for these skills to be taught as part of a general education curriculum. Through this webinar, participants will learn steps to seamlessly implement this program and the positive influence on college-going culture on a county level. 

Recorded: Feb. 4, 2020
Presenter: Cari Bushinski
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Prepare Your Students for the SAT through the Career Cruising Platform: An Integrated Solution

Tom Ehlers, founder, and president of Method Test Prep and Princeton University graduate shares how students can raise their SAT scores 120 points by following his checklist program that breaks all of the strategies and work into 15-minute chunks for students to complete. Tom also discusses the best times to take the SAT and answers other frequently asked questions about the PSAT and SAT.

Recorded: Dec. 18, 2019
Presenter: Tom Ehlers, president and founder of Method Test Prep
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MISSG: An Overview of Michigan's Financial Aid

Join staff from the Michigan Department of Treasury's Students, Scholarships, and Grants (MiSSG) office as they take us through an overview of what aid the state of Michigan has to offer students as they look for ways to fund their postsecondary education! They'll touch on topics like TIP, the student portal, and eligibility for different state grants and scholarships. They will also take the time to discuss the Data Use Agreement that schools should have on file in order to maximize the resources and data Michigan has to offer. 

Recorded: Dec. 11, 2019
Presenters: George Gasser, Jennifer Maurer, and Carla Foltyn, Michigan Department of Treasury
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Optimizing Your College Visits

Visiting a college campus provides great insight to students and families as they search for colleges and reconfirm their possible final choice.  But how do you convince students of these benefits when they take time away from school and other activities, sometimes require money and planning around other worthwhile engagements?  Judith Stahl, College and Career Counselor at Seaholm HS and President Elect of MACAC and Niko Kanagawa, Assistant Director of Admissions from University of Michigan/Dearborn share insights into positive outcomes of visiting a college campus.

Recorded: Dec. 10, 2019
Presenters: Judith Stahl, counselor-Seaholm High School and Niko Kanagawa, assistant director of admissions-University of Michigan Dearborn
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Going Merry: A one-stop shop for scholarships – how to add your local scholarships!

Going Merry makes it easy for students to find and apply to scholarships hosted by colleges and independent providers. In this webinar, you’ll see how to add your local scholarships, so your students have one place for both their local and national scholarships! They’ll also show you how they make this process simple for you and your local scholarship providers. This is the second webinar in a two-part series. The first, hosted on Nov. 6, is an introduction to the Going Merry student and counselor portals. For more information about Going Merry, you can watch this ABC News Profile.
 
Recorded: Nov. 20, 2019
Presenters: Charlie Maynard, CEO, Jacob Choi, COO, and Byron Williams, academic advisor-Harbor Beach High School
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Exploring Michigan's Undocumented Student Guide to College

Over the summer, the Undocumented Student Guide to College in Michigan was updated and published.  This webinar will walk through the 28-page guide to review the content and how to use the guide in helping support undocumented students.  Come and learn about how this tool can be a resource to you in your work. 

Recorded: November 21, 2019
Presenters: Adriana Almanza, Assistant Director-Office of Multicultural Affairs, Grand Valley State University, Joselin Cisneros, Research Assistant-National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good, University of Michigan, Nicolaus Espitia, Research Associate, National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good, University of Michigan, Samantha Magdaleno, Executive Director-One Michigan for the Global Majority, Rebeca Ontiveros-Chavez, Staff Attorney-Michigan Immigrant Rights Center
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Preparing for the 2020-21 FAFSA®: Updates and Guidance from Federal Student Aid

The FAFSA is an ever-changing but extremely critical form that students must fill out to finance their college education. Special student circumstances can create challenges and barriers to making this happen for all students. Join Claire Bucknor, from the Office of Federal Student Aid as we go over the changes that this year's FAFSA has on it, as well as get your questions answered about special populations and circumstances surrounding the FAFSA.
 
Recorded: November 19, 2019
Presenter: Claire Bucknor, Office of Federal Student Aid
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Understand the SCOIR

Higher education is the gateway to expanded opportunities for advancement, yet far too many high school students fail to realize those opportunities. We set out to fix a flawed college admissions process. Join Gerry McCrory, Founder and CEO of SCOIR as we take a look at how simple SCOIR makes the college search, and admission process.

Recorded: November 7, 2019
Presenter: Gerry McCrory, CEO and Founder, SCOIR
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Going Merry: A one-stop shop for scholarships – how it works!

Going Merry makes it easy for students to find and apply to scholarships hosted by colleges and independent providers.
It’s used by thousands of providers and over 10,000 high schools across the US (including 430 in Michigan). They launched in 2018, having started as a graduate research project at Stanford University, with a mission to give every student equal access to life-changing education through scholarships.
There are four main differences between Going Merry and other scholarship sites:

1.It’s free for students and does not sell student data. That’s possible as Going Merry charges scholarship providers to use its software to manage their applications.

2.Students can apply directly to all the scholarships they are matched with. They are not redirected constantly like on Fastweb.

3.Schools can add local scholarships onto Going Merry for free, even pen and paper ones. This means students have a one-stop shop for their local and national scholarships.

4.Counselors can use Going Merry to track their students' scholarship activity, including how many scholarships they have been matched with and how many applications they have made.

This is the first webinar of a two-part series.  The second webinar, hosted on 11/20, will show you how to add your local scholarships to Going Merry, so that your students have one place for both their local and national scholarships.

For more information, you can watch this ABC News Profile: https://abc7news.com/3733022/

Recorded: November 6, 2019
Presenter: Charlie Maynard, CEO
 

The Common App: Reaching Higher for Higher Education

Join Meredith Lombardi from the Common App as we take a deeper dive into the most common application. We will dispel myths surrounding the common app, discuss ways to maneuver through it, and talk about the data that it emphasizes!

Date: October 30, 2019
Presenter: Meredith Lombardi, Associate Director, Outreach and Education
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Access in Action: Using Dual Enrollment Programs to Increase College Opportunities and Persistence

Dual enrollment programs that allow high school students to earn college credit have been growing in popularity in the last few decades. Among its many benefits, dual enrollment can expand college access to traditionally underserved and underrepresented high school student populations. It is also a means to aid students in college completion. Research has demonstrated that dual enrolled students may need less remediation and they have higher degrees of persistence and completion than their non-dual enrolled peers. This webinar will discuss how dual enrollment programs are able to expand access to diverse student populations, their effect on student persistence towards a college credential, and best practices and models for developing dual enrollment opportunities for students. 

Learning Objectives

  • ·         Attendees will learn how dual enrollment programs expand college access to all populations of students, including those which are traditional underserved and underrepresented
  • ·         Attendees will learn how dual enrollment programs affect students’ persistence towards a college credential and degree completion
  • ·         Attendees will learn about best practices and models for developing dual enrollment partnerships between K-12 and higher education institutions

Date: October 17, 2019
Presenters: Dr. DeeDee Stakley, Director of the Office of Transfer and Secondary School Partnerships, Ferris State University Leah Melichar, FerrisNow Outreach Coordinator, Ferris State University
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Unlocking You: How to use YouScience to Create Better Student Outcomes

Young adults need help finding their right path. Whether they think they know what they want to do, or are unsure, choosing a career or college can be intimidating. Our “brain games” use cutting edge technology to gather real measures of aptitudes and interests. After seeing their talents explained in a meaningful way, students have an inspired confidence toward selecting a college, staying in school, and attaining their best-fit career. Join us as we take a deeper look into how counselors can utilize YouScience software to work with students across grade levels to prepare them for postsecondary success.

Recorded September 24, 2019
Presenter: Amy Bradley, YouScience
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Prepare Your Students for the SAT through the Career Cruising Platform: An Integrated Solution

Tom Ehlers, founder, and president of Method Test Prep and Princeton University graduate will share how students can raise their SAT scores 120 points by following his checklist program that breaks all of the strategies and work into 15-minute chunks for students to complete. Tom will also discuss the best times to take the SAT and answer the other frequently asked questions about the PSAT and SAT.
 
Recorded September 18, 2019
Presenter: Tom Ehlers, Founder and President of Method Test Prep 
 

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From Foster Care to College: Rough Patches and Resources for Foster Youth

Description: Join MCAN Board Secretary, Maddy Day and MCAN Strategy Assistant for High School Innovation, Tony Parsons as they discuss the current state of the foster care system in the U.S. and Michigan. They will discuss the barriers that foster youth face as they strive towards a postsecondary education as well as the legislation, programs, and best practices that are being put in place to mitigate these factors.

Recorded May 31, 2019
Presenters: Maddy Day and Tony Parsons
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Prepare Your Students for the SAT through the Career Cruising Platform: An Integrated Solution
 
Description: Tom Ehlers, founder, and president of Method Test Prep and Princeton University graduate, will share how students can raise their SAT scores 120 points by following his checklist program that breaks all of the strategies and work into 15-minute chunks for students to complete. Tom will also discuss the best times to take the SAT and answer the other frequently asked questions about the PSAT and SAT.
 
Recorded May 16, 2019
Presenter: Tom Ehlers
 

 
How Michigan Schools and Colleges are Using a New Student Support Model to Narrow Performance Gaps and Reduce Anxiety
 
Description: Michigan schools and colleges have developed innovative and research-driven tools and models to help students succeed. We will look at how these things work to deliver more student supports, reduce anxiety and other mental health issues, improve student's emotional well-being, narrow the achievement gap, and increase student's perseverance and success. We will hear from  Bryan Taylor of EduGuide, a nonprofit dedicated to improving lives through research, and from Jaimie Barksdale, a counselor from Oak Park Freshman Academy.
 
Recorded: April 22, 2019
Presenters: Bryan Taylor and Jaimie Barksdale
 


Resolve to Evolve: A College Student’s Guide to Self-Care for Academic Success and Personal Well-Being
 
Resolve to Evolve: A College Student’s Guide to Self-Care for Academic Success and Personal Well-Being is an essential toolkit to help ensure that students stay in school and thrive. Evidence-based and well-established models empower students to enhance productivity for personal success and happiness. This webinar will provide concise evidence, learning activities, and practical takeaways to empower students to enhance productivity for academic achievement, personal success, and happiness, including strategies and techniques to cope with stress, anxiety, lack of sleep, and potential crisis. Increasing positive affect with happiness practices based on evidence promotes a perpetuating healthful lifestyle.
 
Recorded March 21, 2019
Presenter: Karen Woodmansee, Time For You Fitness
 

The "Tutor-to-Teacher" Pipeline Project: Innovative Pathways to Careers through National Service
 
A critical teacher shortage exists in Michigan due to plummeting enrollment rates in teacher preparation programs. The help tackle this problem, the Hope Network’s Michigan Education Corps Reading Corps and Math Corps programs replicate the empirically-validated Minnesota Reading & Math Corps programs. The programs utilize AmeriCorps members as preschool and elementary literacy tutors and grade 4-8 math tutors to deliver research-based, supplemental literacy & math interventions for age 3 to grade 8 students. This presentation will discuss how collaboration between MEC, the Michigan Department of Education Educator Services, and higher education has resulted in an innovative effort to help address the teacher shortage by creating a “tutor-to-teacher” pipeline that benefits schools, the individuals who are future educators, and higher education.
 
Recorded: March 13, 2019
Presenter: Michigan Education Corps
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