High School Counselor Week

Weekly stories, facts, trends, and other information from around the country


February 14, 2019

Big Picture

Going to College Should Not Be a Financial Albatross
New York Times – Feb 7, 2019 OpEd

Our country has most of the best colleges in the world. Students should be able to afford them, and borrowers should not be crushed by debts.

These 20 colleges took in 28% of donations to universities last year — they educate 1.6% of undergrads
MarketWatch – Feb 11, 2019
As with many sectors of our society these days, when it comes to colleges there are haves and have-nots.

Active-Shooter Drills Are Tragically Misguided
The Atlantic – Mar, 2019
At 10:21 a.m. on december 6, Lake Brantley High School, in Florida, initiated a “code red” lockdown. “This is not a drill,” a voice announced over the PA system.

The other victims when colleges decline or close: their hometowns
Hechinger Report – Feb 11, 2019
Growing financial woes in higher education threaten surrounding economies

Columns and Blogs

Want More School Counselors in Your State? Do This
Post – Feb 13, 2019

Counselors’ Corner with Patrick O’Connor Ph.D

Senior slump’ could have severe consequences – Part 1
Tribune News Service – Feb 11, 2019
College Admissions Strategies with Lee Bierer 

How a ‘high school profile’ makes or breaks a college application
Post – Feb 13, 2019
The Explorations Blog with Nancy Griesemer

How to Appeal a Financial Aid Letter
Post – Jan 17, 2019
The College Solution Blog with Lynn O’Shaughnessy


Celebrating The 2019 School Counselors Of The Year
Forbes – Feb 9, 2019
“School counselors have the power to make a difference in the lives of students everywhere, and that’s why they’re some of the greatest champions for Reach Higher.

School Counselors Are The Glue In The School
Forbes – Feb 7, 2019
School counselors are an essential part of the educational leadership team within schools and are instrumental in helping to create a safe and supportive school . 

Penn alum uses documentary to raise awareness for lack of Philadelphia school counselors
The Daily Pennsylvanian – Feb 11, 2019
In a campaign to reverse the effects of a 2013 budget crisis that rid Philadelphia School District of all of it school counselors…


These Documents Help You Advocate For Your Teen
TeenLife Blog – Feb 12, 2019
Throughout childhood, you’ve been your child’s advocate, making health-care decisions, picking up prescriptions, making sure medication is taken and that instructions from the pediatrician and specialists are followed..   That all changes when your child turns 18.

Parents: Stop Worrying About Saving Enough For College
Forbes – Feb 7, 2019
Most parents want to save money to help their children pay for college. Since that’s a goal, a lot of parents worry that they won’t be able to save enough to make a difference.

My son’s student loans are killing my retirement. What can I do?
NJ.com – Feb 12, 2019
Q. To assist our son in fulling his dream of becoming an Air Force pilot, we took out a Parent Plus loan to cover his tuition. We borrowed $90,000 over four years. Is there any write-off we can take? It’s tough paying $1,200 per month


Why performance pay is at the heart of Denver’s teacher strike
PBS Newshour – Feb 11, 2019
Denver public school teachers went on strike Monday for the first time in 25 years. Much of the fight comes down to a pay system known that involves a complicated merit and bonus system, and that teachers say is vastly outdated.

Admissions Process & Strategy

5 Resume-Worthy High School Senior Project Ideas
Her Campus – Feb 8, 2019
Social media makes it easier than ever to connect with colleges and admissions representatives because you don’t have to be on campus to make a connection. College admissions officers prefer students who are partial to their particular school.

Love And College Admission
Forbes – Feb 13, 2019
It is mid-February and love is undeniably in the air—as well as the walls, floors and ceilings of my local supermarket. Remember the simpler days, when a valentine was a note one got from a crush at school?

The Benefits of Starting College Early—in High School
Wall Street Journal – Feb 10, 2019
Here’s one way to help students complete college on time, and with less debt: start earlier. As a result, some educators and policy makers are making college-level courses available to more high-school students.

Tips for selecting the best fit college
KTVI Fox 2 St. Louis – Feb 11, 2019
ST. LOUIS – If you have a high school junior or senior it is about that time to start looking at colleges. Studies show more than a third of high school seniors apply to seven or more colleges.

Career & Technical Education

Is career and technical education more than another fad?
The Hill – Feb 13, 2019
Over the past couple years, career and technical education (CTE) has garnered a lot of attention. Politico reported last year that 49 states and Washington DC enacted 241 CTE-related laws

Construction backlog has builders upbeat, but workers are hard to find
Marketplace.org – Feb 11, 2019 (LISTEN)
Construction companies intend to hire more people in 2019 to meet a growing demand for building projects. That’s according to a recent survey of more than 1,300 contractors 

Financial Aid/Scholarships

How to Get Students to Fill Out the FAFSA? Enlist Instagram Influencers
The Chronicle of Higher Education- Feb 11, 2019
Instagram influencers, or people who have a bevy of followers and manicured photos on the social-media website, will try to sell you weight-loss tea, prepared-meal kits, or subscription boxes of dog treats.

Why Getting Too Many College Scholarships Can Actually be a Problem
Wall Street Journal – Feb 10, 2019
When it comes to college scholarships, more could mean less. That is because unbeknown to many families, outside scholarships and grants—which students are required to disclose

Students should take FAFSA verification process seriously
Glasgow Daily Times – Feb 13, 2019
The federal government requires many students who submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to verify the information on the FAFSA. The students are chosen by the U.S. Department of Education.

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Teen Health

Unfit Teens Often Grow Into Sickly Middle Age, Study Shows
U.S. News & World Report- Feb 12, 2019
Teen boys who are unfit and/or obese have higher odds for chronic disease and disability as adults, according to a large Swedish study. Researchers followed more than 1 million boys f

Nearly 1 In 7 Kids & Teens Have Mental Health Condition, Many Untreated
CBS News Boston – Feb 11, 2019
(CNN) — Half of children with a mental health condition in the United States go without treatment, according to a study published Monday in the journal JAMA


4 Myths About ACT, SAT Practice Tests
US News & World Report – Feb 11, 2019
ACT and SAT practice exams are an undoubtedly important component of a student’s test prep plan. They can aid students in more deeply understanding an exam’s content and format, but properly utilizing them involves avoiding certain myths.

The College Board is changing sign-up rules for AP tests. Critics say it’s an undue burden on students.
Washington Post – Feb 7 2019
The College Board, which owns the influential Advanced Placement program, is adding new fees to AP testing and asking students taking the tests to sign up months earlier. 


More Colleges Opening Doors To People With Developmental Disabilities
Forbes – Feb 11, 2019
Many high school students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) dream of going to college, but historically, for most of them, that dream has been dashed against hard realities – colleges were not ready for them.

College Life Today: A learning disability didn’t make me ineducable. It made me unstoppable.
Mad River Union-Feb 10, 2019
HUMBOLDT – Being a freshman in college is not easy, to say the least. Once you tack on the fact that I have a diagnosed learning disability, it seems like college

Students with learning disabilities advise getting help with challenges
The Varsity News – Feb 12, 2019
Classrooms can seem perilous to students with learning disabilities. But increasing numbers of people with learning disabilities are enrolling in two- and four-year colleges and universities.

Gap Year

Is A Gap Year Good for Your Child’s Mental Health and GPA?
Psychology Today (blog) – Feb 10, 2019
“Do you want to take a gap year?” This is a question I never asked my children when they were applying to college. But now I recommend parents consider posing this question as their children contemplate life after high school.

College Visits

Can College Visits Improve College Aspirations?
Psychology Today (blog) – Feb 11, 2019
So what happens when you expose underrepresented students to college visits and allow them to set foot on and experience campus?

When is the best time for college visits? Spring break, admissions officials say
Cleveland Jewish News – Feb 6, 2019
“College visits during a high school’s spring break is ideal,” Dean said. “It allows the prospective student to gain a true picture of campus life.”