Explore strategies for fostering college-going, future-oriented student identities.
How can we best prepare students for life beyond high school? What are the primary limitations to post-secondary opportunity and what role can educators and counselors play in preparing students for post-secondary success?
College-Going Identity and Student Success is an online professional development program for K-12 teachers, school and college counselors, and non-profit college access professionals. Drawing from the research of Senior Lecturer Mandy Savitz-Romer, the workshop begins with an overview of the data and the current practices and conversation about college readiness and attainment. Participants will then learn about the process of identity development and its connection to college readiness and success, exploring the gap between students’ aspirations and expectations. Finally, participants will examine successful programs to discover steps they can take to support students throughout the K-16 pipeline.
This two-week online workshop includes a mix of self-paced learning, group discussion, and job-embedded application. Activities include:
- Video lectures with Senior Lecturer Savitz-Romer
- Research summaries and assigned readings
- Self-assessment and reflection prompts
- Facilitated cohort discussions
- Job-embedded practice where you will apply new concepts and techniques in your classroom or school
A core part of the HGSE experience is cohort learning, and this curriculum is designed to create a community of practice for participants to learn with and from each other.
This online workshop is an asynchronous learning experience with no live components and is designed to be self-paced. All materials are provided at the start of the program and can be completed at times that best fit a participant’s schedule within the two-week program period. Participants should plan to devote a total of 10 hours of work over the two weeks. Participants who complete all individual assessments and contribute to group discussions prior to the end of the course period will receive a certificate indicating completion of ten clock hours of instruction.
- Understand the research landscape about barriers to college readiness and success
- Understand future-oriented identity and its role in supporting college aspirations and achievement
- Apply theories of identity development to find strategies that help students get to and through higher education
Who Should Participate
- School and college counselors
- School administrators and leaders
- Staff and directors of college access organizations