High School Counselor Resources

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Homeless Youth
The child welfare system continues to fail homeless kids.  This article gives a good feel for the despair of homelessness and presents in the viewpoint of homeless youth. 

Resources for homeless youth in Philadelphia 
The needs of homeless and runaway youth in Philadelphia exceed the ability of the city to meet them. These programs provide support services and basic necessities.

Getting In: A podcast about the college admissions process  
Getting In is a real-time podcast following a diverse group of New York–area high school seniors through the exhilarating and harrowing process of applying to college.

College Board's College Guidance resources and links  
Excellent articles covering topics like,"The Counseling Profession, Facilitating the Application Process, ccess to Opportunity and Preparing Students for College."

The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success 
The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success was developed to improve the college application process for all students as they search for and apply to their perfect college. The platform provides a single, centralized toolkit for students to organize, build, and refine their applications to numerous institutions.

High School Counselor Week
Free weekly update of articles of interest to high school counselors

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Counselor Association
A professional organization for college admissions counselors who recruit and live in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, D.C. and Virginia. The counselors assist college bound students, families, and high school guidance counselors in navigating the path to college....   HS Counselors: From Mini-fairs, case studies, college application workshops, essay and interview workshops, instant apps (offered by some of our members), counselor fairs or luncheons, MARCA is available to serve and collaborate with you in a variety of ways. Share information on your upcoming college fairs and events to a diverse group of colleges from across the country that are more accessible to you than you may think

Leading Success  
Free online toolkit for principals and school leaders to help raise student achievement and promote college and career readiness  

Benefits of a Gap Year (Free downloadable guide)
If you are considering a gap year (a year of exploring interests before or during college) for your students, here are compelling reasons to pursue this great option.
Click here for more Gap Year resources.

Personalized Student Learning Plans
Proposed Definition of Personalized Student Learning Plan, Portfolio Description and much more

Missouri Guidance eLearning Center

Missouri Comprehensive Guidance Curriculum

Missouri School Sample Lessons

Educational Credit Management Corporation College Planning Guide
Provides a detailed checklist for students

College Material Request Center
Due to popular demand on the NACAC listserv, Cappex has offered to manage a central clearing-house for counselors requesting materials from colleges. Cappex will send the names of counselors to any college that requests them. School Counselors can request pennants, posters, pencils, pens, printed materials for dissemination to students and parents and school visits from college representatives in the area.

Intervention Central
This site offers free tools and resources to help school staff and parents to promote positive classroom behaviors and foster effective learning for all children and youth through Response to Intervention.

K-12 Comprehensive School Counseling Program Curriculum
This pdf has sample lesson plans from North Carolina to help students achieve academic success.

Study Skills Checklist 
A resource for students to better understand their study skills.

Navigation 101
A Washington State Guidance and Life Planning Program

College Planning Resource Directory
Resources for helping middle & high school students and their families plan and prepare for college.

The fours steps to get to college

The Center for Excellence in School Counseling
The Center's mission is to promote excellence in the field of school counseling and to assist school counselors, their site and central office administrators as they design, implement and evaluate their school counseling programs.

WACAC Toolkit Documents
30 useful tools for the college counselor!

Project on Student Debt: What's the Bottom Line?
The Project on Student Debt is an initiative of the Institute for College Access & Success, a nonprofit independent research and policy organization dedicated to making college more available and affordable to people of all backgrounds.

National Office for School Counselor Advocacy
The College Board established the National Office for School Counselor Advocacy to publicly support school counselors.

The New Jersey Student Assistance Rewards Scholarship
(NJ STARS) is the first state sponsored scholarship program in the nation that is specifically designed for community college students. NJ STARS covers the cost of tuition and approved fees at New Jersey's 19 community colleges.

Chronicle of Higher Education-Almanac:
The Chronicle's 2004-2005 Almanac of Higher Education is now available online. The Almanac contains national and state-by-state data on colleges and universities, their students, faculty and staff members, and finances. The Almanac includes information on: the proportion of colleges who use various selection criteria for admission; national data on enrollment, faculty salaries, test scores, degrees awarded, tuition and fees, spending on research and development; and profiles of all 50 states.

The New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities
NJASCU based in Trenton, is a nonprofit higher education association serving New Jersey's nine state colleges and universities.

National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators provides Resources for Counselors and advice on preparing their own Financial Aid Night.

Public Speaking: Tips for School Counselors 
3 out of 4 Americans fear public speaking. Learn how to get into that 25% that doesn't with these tips.

International Grade Conversion Guide for Higher Education 
Great resource for evaluating international transcripts.  This guide, provided by World Education Services, contains suggested grade conversions for higher education in more than 120 countries.