Overview of the Modules

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Strategies for College and Career Counseling

The Go Alliance Academy instructor-led modules incorporate a community learning approach, which has proven effective for delivering online professional development to educators. School counselors and college access professionals participate in the online courses as a cohort with structured online discussions with colleagues.

Each module includes

  • goals for learning
  • online readings
  • practical, job-relevant activities
  • interactive discussion forum with guided questions
  • professional development webinars
  • short videos of counselors demonstrating effective practices
  • a culminating project to demonstrate what counselors have learned
  • resources counselors can incorporate into their work immediately
  • pre- and post-assessment to gauge what counselors have learned
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Building a College-Going Culture for All Students

This module, developed for practicing professional school counselors, pre-service school counselors, and college access advisers, includes four sessions that are designed to help them increase the postsecondary success of the students they serve, particularly those in poverty or students who face barriers in postsecondary planning. The sessions help school counselors and college access advisers develop approaches for communicating and working with high-poverty students and diverse populations to remove barriers to high aspirations and achievement.

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College, Career and Academic Planning
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This module, developed for practicing professional school counselors, pre-service school counselors, and college access professionals, includes four sessions that focus on engaging students in early career awareness and development; supporting students in career and postsecondary planning; using data to address equity and to guide academic and career planning; and the importance of postsecondary choices and finding the right postsecondary fit.

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Financial Aid and College Applications

This module, developed for practicing professional school counselors, pre-service school counselors, and college access professionals, includes four sessions that address financial aid literacy, completing the FAFSA, and preparing college applications. Parents and students need assistance in navigating the complexities of financial aid and the college admission process. School counselors, in collaboration with principals, teachers, and college access professionals, can guide parents and students through these processes to increase student access to education after high school.

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College and Career Counseling for Special-Population Students

The College and Career Counseling for Special-Population Students module was developed for practicing professional school counselors, pre-service school counselors and college access professionals. It includes six sessions that address the skills and knowledge required to help special-population students prepare for college and careers.

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College and Career Advising for Educators: A Model for Teacher Advisors

The purpose of this module is to help teachers-as-advisors and classroom teachers understand their roles in working with school counselors and others to develop a college-going mission for all students. Additionally, the sessions help participants develop approaches for communicating and working with low-income students, those who would be first in the family to attend college, and diverse student populations in order to remove barriers to postsecondary aspirations and achievement.

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Advancing College & Career Readiness Through a Comprehensive School Counseling Program
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This module includes four sessions that help school counselors analyze their current practices and redesign their school counseling programs to more effectively help students prepare for postsecondary education and careers. Participants will build knowledge and skills in several areas, including how to advocate for school counseling services; how to evaluate postsecondary education and career advising practices; how to build school-based, community-based, and postsecondary partnerships; and how to maximize counselors’ time and effectiveness. Participants will engage in constructive discussions in a learning community with their colleagues during each session and complete practical, hands-on activities while working toward a Final Action Plan throughout the course.