Michelle Obama to guide students through first year of college in new YouTube series

The first year of college can be stressful, scary, and overwhelming, but this video guide is here to set you up for success. From creating smart study habits to building a support system, it’s got all the college tips a freshman needs to calm those nerves. A Student’s Guide to Your First Year of College is a crash course for first-year students, offering tools to help you succeed in college. This playlist will help you: Learn how to pay for college Build a budget while at school Live on your own for the first time Build a community Find mentors to support you Teach you mental health and wellness tools to stay balanced at school Achieve academic success

In the trailer, Obama described the 10-episode learning playlist, called "A Student’s Guide to Your First Year of College," as a "crash course on how to succeed in the month ahead."

She added that the series will teach students about topics including time and money management, personal wellness, the importance of mentors and peers and concepts helpful for class.

The guide is a collaboration between Obama's Reach Higher education initiative, YouTube Originals and NowThis. 

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Counselor News
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National School Counseling Week Feb 3 - 7, 2020

National School Counseling Week 2020, "School Counselors: Helping Build Better Humans," will be celebrated from Feb. 3-7, 2020, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by ASCA, highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. National School Counseling Week is always celebrated the first full week in February.

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Back-to-School Resources from ASCA

The start of a new school year is always a busy time. To help you hit the ground running, the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) pulled together a number of resources for you to use at back-to-school nights and in other meetings. You're welcome to reprint/use any of these documents without requesting special permission from ASCA.

Link to resources

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Fast Facts: Back to School Stats from the National Center for Education Statistics

Question:
It’s back to school time—what do we know about our nation’s students and schools?

Response:
Across the country, hallways and classrooms are full of activity as students head back to school for the 2019–20 academic year. Each year, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) compiles some back-to-school facts and figures that give a snapshot of our schools and colleges for the coming year. Scroll through below to learn more.

Back to School by the Numbers: 2019–20 School Year

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FREE Digital Citizenship/Cybersecurity lessons for ALL grade levels!

Looking for some FREE Digital Citizenship & Cybersecurity curriculum? Check out CYBER A.C.E.S. from Palo Alto Networks. Differentiated by age & by topic!

The Cyber A.C.E.S. – Activities in Cybersecurity Education for Students – program aims to demystify cybersecurity through interactive learning, equipping kids ages 5 to 15 with an understanding of how to protect their digital future.

Cyber A.C.E.S. provides the cybersecurity basics students need to have safer online experiences and become good digital citizens. Lessons are designed so they can be facilitated by anyone, regardless of their knowledge level, with each module tailored to a specific age group.

Click here for more information and to download the free lessons.

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