Getting the School Year Off to a Strong Start in the Midwest
Getting the School Year Off to a Strong Start in the MidwestGreg Walker, Vice President, Midwestern Regional Office
Ready Set Go! We are now in the full swing of another school year. Educators and school communities are all very eager to see what a new school year will bring. Many think of a new school year as simply a new start or a continuation of the same. When we look at the hard work that occurs over the summer, we really see that there is a focus on strengthening our craft and sharpening our skills to be more effective in delivering opportunities to students both now and in the future.
The College Board Midwestern team has spent a great deal of time working alongside educators in the Midwest to review data, learn new and best practices to increase student achievement as well as plan activities designed to support educators as they work with students on a daily basis. Currently there are 26 Counselor Workshops scheduled that will support over 950 counselors in their work. These workshops are designed to provide school counselors with the information they need to help students prepare for college and career success. These workshops will provide updates on the SAT, the PSAT/NMSQT, and AP programs. Counselors will also receive an in-depth presentation on financial aid and tips from seasoned professionals in the field.
Our team is excited to see that each year more and more students in the Midwest continue to gain access to advanced level courses such as Advanced Placement. Our team has spent a lot of time working at the district level helping school leaders use effective tools, such as AP Potential, to find students who exhibit potential for more challenging coursework and strategically working to provide those students those opportunities they deserve. This work is part of our Access to Opportunity Agenda. We are very proud of this work and partnerships with school districts in the Midwest who are focused on increasing both access and student success.
As we reflect on the close of a summer and the start of another school year, we are excited about the emphasis and momentum for student success in the Midwestern states that has been built through the behind the scenes work of educators in preparation of turning student dreams into real realities.