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What are the best ways to ensure students are ready for post-secondary aspirations and that post-secondary institutions are ready for students? How can states better support school counselors, as they support student populations that face hurdles in pursuing higher education? Join the 2017 Reach Higher Convening at the Arizona State University in Tempe as state Reach Higher teams, former White House staff and invited presenters explore ways to sustain initiatives to support school counselors, who are in a unique position to prepare students for college and career success.

March 6 – 8, 2017
Arizona State University, Tempe campus

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Presentations

Day 1

ASU Reach Higher Welcome, Presenter - Kent Hopkins

Overview of Reach Higher History - Dr. Joyce Brown and Patricia Martin

Engaging Underserved Students in Urban and Indigenous Settings - Dr. Kyle Reyes

Social Justice and Hope in the Face of Change - Dr. Rosemary Pappa

Swiss Apprenticeship Pilot Outcomes Report - Dr .Tracy Dove

Day 2

College and Career Readiness and Completion - Ms. Jessi Gordon, Consultant at Gallup

Reach Higher, Better Make Room and Civic Nation - Don Yu

Revisiting the Path Forward - Dr. Laura Owen

Day 3

NCSCPS Vision and Planning - Dr. Joyce Brown and Pat Martin



Pre-Convening Work

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Reading preparation:

Articles Overview

"Implementation teams: A new lever for organizational change"

"The Empty Bowls Project: Creating, Leading, and Sustaining a Social Enterprise"


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Sustainability in the face of change: Building effective connections and communication with stakeholders.

The goal of the March 2017 Arizona Reach Higher convening is to facilitate the development of state college and career ready sustainability plans reflecting input and consensus by key stakeholder groups through:

  1. Improved communication plans that incorporate a variety of technology methods to reach all stakeholders.
  2. Strengthened collaboration between state school counseling associations, departments of education, and influential groups, such as public universities, state educational organizations and local business partners.
  3. Development of interstate and national support networks to ensure better usage of available resources.
  4. Promotion of policies that support college and career ready curriculum and training for College Access Professionals, K-12 educators, and other stakeholders involved in students’ CCR.

White House Day of Action - Oct. 1

Reach Higher Website

Former President Obama and the First Lady will join college presidents and other leaders at an event focused on expanding opportunity for students.

Previous meetings

Nov. 17-18, 2014: San Diego State University
Nov. 2–4, 2015 – University of North Florida
June 14–16, 2016 – University of Colorado Colorado Springs
Oct. 28-30, 2016 - American University

 

Convening Schedule


Reach Higher

Day 1

Day 1 - Monday, March 6, 2017

8 a.m. Registration
8:45 a.m. Breakfast Convening Overview
9 a.m. ASU Welcome Kent Hopkins, Vice President of Enrollment Management & Services
9:30 a.m. Reach Higher Staff Time: Eric Waldo will address the Reach Higher staff and introduce Joyce Brown, PhD and Patricia Martin.
9:35 a.m. Overview of Reach Higher History: Patricia Martin and Dr. Joyce Brown will provide an overview of the Reach Higher initiative from its inception and its evolution to now.
9:45-10:15 a.m. Shaking Things Up to Build Pathways to Success in Postsecondary Education: Greg Darnieder will discuss a number of college and career readiness topics, including college affordability, K-12 partnerships and collaboration to bridge the college access gap, and the use of data as a performance management tool.
10:15 – 10:45 a.m. Social Justice and Hope in the Face of Change: Dr. Papa will describe how Michelle Obama offered herself as a role model and mentor. Dr. Papa will challenge school counselors and other educational and community leaders to walk Mrs. Obama's path to sustain and make further gains in achieving social justice. In addition, she will describe their necessary work as champions, role models and mentors for their students to help them find hope and courage in their schooling experiences.
11 a.m. Break
11 – 11:30 a.m. Making Room by Building University Readiness for Students and Support for Their Success: Northern Arizona University was one of seven universities that received a grant from the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities for the Acceleration of Adoption of Adaptive Courseware. The principal investigators on the 3-1/2 year grant received in June 2016 are Don Carter and Pauline Entin. The goals are to improve student learning, retention and success in introductory general education courses. The approach is to use adaptive courseware and redesign courses to be coordinated and taught in a blended format. Adaptive learning is an approach to creating a personalized learning experience for students, which takes a data-driven, and in some cases non-linear, approach to instruction and remediation. It dynamically adjusts to a learner's interactions and demonstrated performance level, anticipating the types of content and resources learners need at a specific point in time to make progress. Adaptive courseware encompasses course-related content (learning materials for instructor-led and/or self-directed instruction) and assessments embedded in an adaptive learning application, platform or other technology.
11:30 a.m. – noon Swiss Apprenticeship Pilot Outcomes Report: Dr. Dove will report on the results thus far of the Swiss Apprenticeship pilot at various sites in the United States.
Noon - 1 p.m. Lunch
12:10 - 12:50 p.m. Student Panel
1:15 -2 p.m. Engaging Underserved Students in Urban and Indigenous Settings: Dr. Reyes will describe his experience with innovative programs and initiatives to increase inclusiveness for underserved students.
2-2:15 p.m. Break
2:15 - 3 p.m. Breakout Sessions (choose one)

  • Building and Sustaining Effective Connections - GEAR UP and AVID: Denise Campbell (AVID) and Teena Olszewski (GEAR UP) will help participants learn how the missions and goals of AVID and GEAR UP are related and can work together. Presenters will provide an overview of the similarities and differences of these two postsecondary preparation systems that focus on increasing rigor with support to better prepare all students for success beyond high school graduation. Impact data and sustainability practices will be shared.
  • Coconino Community College Recruitment and Retention: Ms. Hipolito will present on effective recruitment and retention practices with underserved populations in northern Arizona.
  • Getting the Full Value out of CTE: The Western Maricopa Education Center is excited to share its innovative Career and Technical Education Programs. Come see students in action in programs such as Automotive Technologies, Climate Control Technician, Medical Assisting, Pharmacy Technician, Veterinary Sciences and more. Witness firsthand how students are preparing for their future by using state-of-the-art equipment and moving toward certifications that prepare them for the workforce and postsecondary options.
  • Effective Implementation of Adaptive Courseware in Your Educational Setting: Don Carter will review key components of effective implementation of the use of adaptive courseware in educational settings and be available to answer questions.
  • Successful Adoption of the Swiss Apprenticeship in your community: Dr. Dove will review some of the necessary criteria for successful adoption of the Swiss Apprentice program in your community and be available to answer audience questions.

3 - 3:34 p.m. Breakout Sessions (choose one)
  • Building and Sustaining Effective Connections - GEAR UP and AVID: Denise Campbell (AVID) and Teena Olszewski (GEAR UP) will help participants learn how the missions and goals of AVID and GEAR UP are related and can work together. Presenters will provide an overview of the similarities and differences of these two postsecondary preparation systems that focus on increasing rigor with support to better prepare all students for success beyond high school graduation. Impact data and sustainability practices will be shared.
  • Coconino Community College Recruitment and Retention: Ms. Hipolito will present on effective recruitment and retention practices with underserved populations in northern Arizona.
  • Effective Implementation of Adaptive Courseware in Your Educational Setting: Don Carter will review key components of effective implementation of the use of adaptive courseware in educational settings and be available to answer questions.
  • Successful Adoption of the Swiss Apprenticeship in your community: Dr. Dove will review some of the necessary criteria for successful adoption of the Swiss Apprentice program in your community and be available to answer audience questions.

5 -7 p.m. The Graduate Hotel Reception : High School Student Entertainment
Dinner on own

Day 2

Day 2 - Tuesday, March 7, 2017

8 a.m. Networking Breakfast
8:45 a.m. Day Overview
9 - 9:45 a.m. Reach Higher, Better Make Room and Civic Nation: In this presentation, Mr. Yu will reflect on the progress made by the Reach Higher Initiative through the Better Make Room Campaign and Civic Nation, and will identify areas for continued progress.
9:45 - 10 a.m Break
10-10:45 a.m. College and Career Readiness and Completion: Jessi Gordon will report on recent data collected by Gallup regarding college readiness and completion.
10:45 – 11:15 a.m. Revisiting the Path Forward: Amid the growing national recognition of the need for some postsecondary training beyond high school, the school counselor has emerged as a potential campus leader for college and career readiness and success. The National Consortium for School Counseling and Postsecondary Success examined research and emerging practice, and heard voices from the field to better understand both proven and promising practices, especially for first generation college goers. Dr. Laura Owen's presentation is based on findings from this comprehensive analysis, in which the consortium identified 23 recommendations and six priorities for the field of school counseling in its report, The State of School Counseling: Revisiting the Path Forward. These recommendations represent a call to action, particularly for policymakers at the state and federal levels. They highlight key themes of leadership, collaboration, alignment and accountability and are designed to foster stronger communication between research, policy and practice.
11:30 a.m. - noon Training Educational Leaders to Promote College and Career Readiness: Drs. Bosworth, Brunderman and Ylimaki are researchers from the University of Arizona who have developed and are implementing a curriculum for training education leaders in diverse K-12 schools to promote college and career readiness.
Noon - 1 p.m. Lunch

Choose an Option Combination
Option 1 (choose one Bus Tour)
1 – 3:30 p.m.
Western Maricopa Education Center — Bus Tour
GCU Learning Lounge — Bus Tour
NAU Civic Service Institute and ARCC Americorps Panel at the College Depot — Bus Tour
3:45 - 4 p.m. Buses return

Option 2
1 - 1:50 p.m. UTI's White Paper on Preparing Our Students for Career Success and What Parents Should Know: This presentation is based on a paper that argues that the real problem begins with parents, counselors and others—all of us—who embrace old assumptions about college, careers and the path to success. Those assumptions are outmoded because of the dramatic changes that have occurred in the labor market since 2000.
2 - 2:50 p.m. Widening Participation in Higher Education: Sustainability in the UK: During her session Kirsty will: showcase the evidence-led work LSE undertakes to support engagement with, and access to, higher education (HE); contextualize the policy and regulatory environment of this work within the UK; and describe how practice is embedded for long-term sustainability.
3 -3:50 p.m. Team Strategy Presentation

Option 3
1 - 3:50 p.m. Team Strategy Presentation

3:50 - 4 p.m. Break
4 - 5 p.m. Loretta Whitson and Laura Owen, Facilitated State Team Planning

Dinner on own

Day 3

Day 3 - Wednesday, March 8, 2017

8 am Networking Breakfast
8:45 Day Overview
8:50 - 9 a.m. Promoting Student and College Readiness and Meeting 21st Century Employer Needs: Dr. Kain will present on Northern Arizona University's support for initiatives, such as Reach Higher, to promote college and career readiness for all students, and timely college and other postsecondary program completion to meet the needs of 21st century employers. He will share strategies to sustain and further promote these initiatives in an environment of change.
9:45 - 10 a.m. Break
10 - 10:45 a.m. Education in Arizona: Developing Student-Citizens: Arizona’s initiatives that promote college and career readiness and college and postsecondary training completion.
10:45-11:30am Team reflection and further action planning
11:30 a.m. NCSCPS Vision and Planning: Patricia Martin and Dr. Brown will provide an in-depth description of the NCSCPS plan for the future with recommendations for the state teams.
Reach Higher Wrap Up