Webinar Recordings

MCAN webinars are archived for one year. The listing below is in order as the webinars were presented.
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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

SAT/ACT Test Prep Program through Career Cruising/Xello

This webinar will provide an overview of Method Test Prep, an SAT/ACT prep program that can be accessed directly or through the Career Cruising/Xello platform. The program gives students a checklist of 15 minutes tasks to complete and students who use the program increase their SAT scores an average of 150 points and their ACT scores an average of 3 points.

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Counselor Tools for Helping Students Understand Financial Aid

Affordability is key for many students and families when choosing colleges. Learn specific ways to help them approach the issue, including how to interpret, share, and translate information from tools like financial aid award letters, the College Scorecard, and net price calculators, and how to help them navigate the financial aid application process, even if they are selected for verification. Hear more about the recent implementation of early FAFSA/prior-prior year and related opportunities and considerations. 

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The Financial Side of Access and Persistence: Best Practices for Ensuring Student College Financial Success.

With longitudinal student outcomes, affordability, and college financial insecurity becoming only larger concerns for low-income students, the financial implications of college persistence must become a larger point of focus in access and success conversations. Edquity is a new technology platform that supports students around college financial matching, planning, FAFSA completion, financial aid award evaluation and interpretation, and college financial management. Edquity supports students and More...

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AdviseMI Interested Applicants Webinar

Listen to this webinar to learn more about the AdviseMI program and the application process. 

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Supporting Rural Students Through the College Admissions Process

 Students from rural communities face unique obstacles and need unique supports in pursuing higher education. Colleges, who are increasingly seeking to recruit more students from rural communities, also face unique challenges in connecting with and recruiting these students. In this webinar, Andrew Moe from Swarthmore College and Megan Taylor from the University of Michigan will cover share their expertise and cover important related topics:

  • Unique challenges and strengths of rural students in the college search and admissions process
  • Challenges colleges have in recruiting rural students
  • Importance of this topic in relation to the national conversation on college access
  • Ideas and practices for counselors (school and CBO) to better support their rural students
  • Ideas and practices to help colleges more effectively recruit in rural communities

Uplevel your School-wide College and Career Counseling with Get Focused...Stay Focused!®

GFSF is a comprehensive college and career advising program with innovative My10yearPlan.com® learning platform designed to help students discover who they are, what they want, and how to get it! Students 'Get Focused' by developing a 10-year career and life plan and revisit their 10-year plan throughout high school to 'Stay Focused' with content aligned to the American School Counselor Association Standards. Get Focused...Stay Focused!® is a foundational college and career readiness program that ensures that students have an informed college and career pathway selection upon graduation from high school with a skills-based education plan, talent resume, and competencies to be competitive in the job market. Furthermore, GFSF promotes a culture of academic excellence resulting in improved student and school performance metrics. Special emphasis during this session will be placed on how Get Focused...Stay Focused!® , Academic Innovations, and My10yearPlan.com® support the legislative requirements of HB4181/PA151 and HB 5139

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SAT/ACT Test Prep Program through Career Cruising/Xello

This webinar will provide an overview of Method Test Prep, an SAT/ACT prep program that can be accessed directly or through the Career Cruising/Xello platform. The program gives students a checklist of 15 minutes tasks to complete and students who use the program increase their SAT scores an average of 150 points and their ACT scores an average of 3 points. 

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Helping Students "GO BLUE!": Community College outreach at the University of Michigan School of Information

You may have heard the phrase, "You can Go Blue!". For Community College, underrepresented/non-traditional students and their advisors, the reply most often heard in response is: "Ok, but which way do I go?". The School of Information is helping Community College students answer this question by removing barriers to access and more.

This webinar will highlight:

  • How the Community College Summer Institute (CCSI), opens a doorway for Community College students to the University of Michigan
  • How the School of Information is connecting outreach initiatives with admissions practices and procedures and financial aid resources
  • How School of Information is simplifying the credit transfer process and providing support for admitted transfer students.

Date: March 8, 2018 12:00 PM

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Teach Bold. Respond Bold. Live Bold.

Do you want to learn how to Teach bold, Respond Bold, and Live Bold in your career and/or personal life? Yes! educators and our students are overwhelmed and sometime frustrated with the academic expectations, but learning to act in boldness, builds a capacity to have strength! 

The strength that allow us to never give into our fears and failures. The strength to teach with confidence. A confidence that allow us to face teaching and learning with boldness, openness and honesty. Join me in this webinar to learn more about how to build, reach and teach our students through boldness. 

First, learn how to change behavior and reach a meaningful goal with action steps to help overcome challenges. Finally, learn three simple steps that will create a vision and purpose to build, reach and teach your life and others. 

A bold educator will: 

  • Increase student academic achievement and engagement 
  • Decrease student discipline challenges 
  • Educate with confidence 
  • Gain parent support and build community

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Planning for College and Scholarships 

 Scholarships are playing an increasing important role in paying for college. This webinar will highlight: 


  • The value scholarships have in a student’s plan to pay for college; 
  • The types of scholarships available and resources for finding them; and
  • Best practices and tips to share with your students on researching and applying for scholarships.


Date:  Nov. 16, 2017, 3:00 p.m. 

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Streamline the FAFSA with Frank, apply with your students & families in 5 minutes!

 Frank’s online platform streamlines and simplifies the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process, enabling millions of students to access billions in free federal aid. Frank encourages financial responsibility and upward mobility, providing access to affordable quality education. Frank has already helped over 125,000 families gain access to over $3.75B in financial aid, and continues to drive a fundamental shift in college access across the nation. Frank is completely free to use and will never share or sell any of its data, promising confidentiality and safety. 

 In this session you will learn about: how Frank works, how to use Frank, Aid negotiation, and How we assist college counselors. 

 Date: Nov 15, 2017 2:00 PM

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Financial Literacy with Wells Fargo

 Join Wells Fargo as they teach about hands on banking, and other financial literacy tools. Learn about planning resources are available to the school counselors and teachers to use in schools.

The Tao of Peer Leadership: How to build college counseling capacity by leveraging the power of peer influences 

In the quest to improve postsecondary enrollment and success in low-income neighborhoods, there is a highly effective resource available in every school, every day. But this resource often is overlooked: Students. Research shows peer influence is a powerful indicator of whether a teenager will pursue postsecondary education. With more than two decades of experience, College Summit is the leader in leveraging peer influence to improve higher education enrollment and success rates. Learn the difference between student voice, student empowerment, and student activation; and how activation can boost college enrollment rates across entire high schools.Financial Literacy with Wells Fargo

Join Wells Fargo as they teach about hands on banking, and other financial literacy tools. Learn about planning resources are available to the school counselors and teachers to use in schools.
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College Greenlight: College Match and Scholarship Resources for First-Gen Students, Free Tracking tools for Counselors
College Greenlight is the leading free online college and scholarship platform for low-income, underrepresented, and first-generation students. With more than 300,000 registered students, 1,300 participating schools/college access organizations, and 10,000 registered counselors and advisers, our platform connects students to colleges where they can succeed, scholarships to fund their education, and resources to close the information gap. In this webinar, you will learn how College Greenlight can support your organization/school with tracking tools to measure student progress and resources to help your students find better match colleges and uncover scholarship opportunities.


2016-17 Webinar Series Recordings

A Tale of Two Districts: Increasing College Access with AVID

How is your district addressing access and equity, so that all students can be college and career ready? Explore best practices that transform campus culture and instructional strategies to ensure opportunities for all students, especially those traditionally under served in higher education. You'll learn from two Michigan educators who are putting these strategies to work in their districts now.
DATE: May 3 2017

Using Advocacy to be a Champion for Opportunity: Strategies to Advance State Policy for College Attainment

Your voice matters on state policy, whether you work with students, serve as a system leader, or provide funding/support for access work. This webinar will explore which policies can best contribute to increasing college attainment for low-income students, students of color, and first-generation students. Topics covered will address the full pipeline from early awareness to access and through to college success. Then learn strategies to help you advocate for them. Make sure your organization or school plays an active role in shaping policies that affect students.
Recorded May 9 2017
College Board: Score Week for School Counselors

This session, led by College Board's Midwestern Regional Office Executive Director, Ted Gardella, discusses the Student Score Portal, Educator Score Portal for Counselors, roster reports, matching students scores, AP potential reports, Khan Academy linking, feewaivers for seniors, and score sends for Spring Assessment.

Recorded: December 6, 2016
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Understanding the Needs of Student Veterans in the Classroom Webinar

The Consortium of Michigan Veterans Educators (CMVE) is hosting a free webinar presented by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) entitled “Understanding the Needs of Student Veterans in the Classroom and Academic Environments.” See the handout (pdf) for more details. 

Recorded: November 10, 2016
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2015-16 Webinar Series Recordings 

Choosing the Right College with the College Scorecard
Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) and Florida College Access Network (Florida CAN) present a webinar on the redesigned College Scorecard, a database which provides free, transparent and nationally comparable data on thousands of colleges and career schools in the United States on student outcomes such as graduation rates, student debt and post-college earnings. This webinar includes a presentation from Michael Itzkowitz, Director of the College Scorecard at the U.S. Department of Education, who will discuss ways to use this helpful resource as well as answer questions from those attending the webinar. 

Recorded:Tuesday, April 12, 2016
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MiSSG Portal Overview
Student Scholarships and Grants (SSG), within the Michigan Department of Treasury – Student Financial Services Bureau, has recently created a Web portal, MiSSG, for Michigan high schools. The Web portal allows authorized users to view Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) completions data, ACT records, and soon Tuition Incentive Program (TIP) eligibility. During this webinar, SSG will discuss the process to access MiSSG and demonstrate the application.

Recorded: April 14, 2016
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Children's Savings Accounts 
Viewers of this webinar discusses Children's Savings Account (CSA) platforms and their potential long-term benefits for promoting academic achievement and college completion. The webinar addresses the CSA model and provides a summary of resources and research on the impact of CSAs.

Recorded: Tuesday, March 22, 2016
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Award Letters: Introduction to Analysis
This training shows practitioners the power of understanding and analyzing award letters, and provides the tools and knowledge to do this better with students and families. The webinar reviews award letter components, formats, and differences. This webinar is presented by National College Access Network member, uAspire. 

Recorded: Monday, March 14, 2016
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College Match and Fit
Patrick Cooney, College Success Manager with Michigan Future Schools, discusses the philosophy of college match/fit and the approach and tools utilized by Michigan Future Schools Counselors. 

Recorded: Tuesday, February 23, 2016
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Introduction to AdviseMI - 2016 RFP Release
In the fall of 2015, MCAN began the AdviseMI program and placed 40 well-trained recent college graduates as dedicated college advisers in high schools across the state. Advisers serve alongside existing school counselors as trained resources, mentors, and champions for higher education. This webinar provides an overview of the ins and outs of college advisers, who they are, and their role in the high schools. In addition, it addresses the RFP process for AdviseMI for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Recorded: Thursday, February 18, 2016
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MiSchoolData Live Demo and Q&A
Back by popular demand, this webinar features staff from CEPI, who work hard to power MiSchoolData, leading a follow-up webinar with a Live Demo of the MiSchoolData system and features.

Recorded: January 26, 2016
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Overview of MiSchoolData
This webinar discusses the updates that have come over the past year to MiSchoolData. The webinar provides an overview of the postsecondary data reports through MiSchoolData, aggregate and individual student reporting, as well as log-in functionality. This webinar is perfect for schools/communities who have been utilizing National Student Clearinghouse StudentTracker and are interested in learning more about how MiSchoolData could play a similar role at no cost.

Recorded: January 12, 2016
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Who Are College Advisers and What is their Role
The College Advising strategy in Michigan has been in place since 2010. The work began as a pilot program, a partnership between the College Advising Corps, the University of Michigan, and the Michigan College Access Network. Since 2010, the number of advisers across the state has grown significantly with over 90 advisers serving in more than 100 high schools across the state. As the number of advisers has grown, questions have surfaced from school counselors who are often not currently working with an adviser but have heard of the various programs across the state. You will hear from the Michigan College Access Network Executive Director and the AdviseMI Co-Directors on the ins and outs of college advisers, who they are, and their role in high schools across the state.

Recorded: December 8, 2015
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