Your school may have a strong guidance department, host a variety of college and career events and maintain a website packed with college and career information—and yet, according to a national survey by Achieve Inc., many parents still feel that schools don’t provide them with enough guidance or information about preparing students for life after high school. What else can schools do?

Consider sending home a survey to find out what topics families are most interested in learning about. Here are some topics to include in your survey:

  • Middle/high school course selection.
  • Higher education options.
  • College entrance requirements.
  • Managing college applications.
  • Writing college essays.
  • College entrance exams.
  • Building skills for success.
  • Paying for college.
  • Filling out the FAFSA.

 

Student behaviors that improve school climate

In a new report, “Positive School Culture Inventory” by Kickboard, educators and researchers identified several student behaviors that are linked to a positive school culture. They include:

  1. Demonstrating kindness.
  2. Showing pride in one’s work.
  3. Using effective communication skills.
  4. Showing leadership.

Share this list with teachers and encourage them to focus on these behaviors in the classroom and to recognize students who demonstrate them.

did-you-know  Did You Know?

Low-income students and students of color are more likely to gain admission to and attend colleges and universities when their parents are involved in their schooling. However, low-income and minority parents often have less access to information about post-secondary options for their children than do higher-income parents. They may not have attended college themselves, and they are more likely to have inaccurate knowledge about college costs and financial aid.

–Sources: M. Baldwin and others, Parent and Community Involvement in a College/Career-Ready Culture: Texas Comprehensive Center Briefing Paper, Southwest Educational Development Laboratory; C. Holcomb-McCoy, “Involving Low-Income Parents and Parents of Color in College Readiness Activities: An Exploratory Study,” Professional School Counseling, American School Counselor Association.

 

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