Improving Student Performance by Creating a College-going Culture in Your School “Highly successful schools have academically rigorous curricula that also incorporate real-world relevance.” - Dr. Willard Daggett, President International Center for Leadership in Education When students see the connection between doing well in their middle school and high school classes and being prepared for college, they view class work as relevant and their academic performance improves. Everyone from President Barack Obama to Superintendent Mike Flanagan has said that college must be a priority, and while school administrators surely agree with this, their school districts often do not have a comprehensive college-planning program. This workshop provides numerous resources and practical, easy-to-implement suggestions beneficial to administrators, counselors and K-12 teachers. Participants will examine assumptions, myths, and obstacles associated with attending college. They will also be asked to analyze strategies already in place at their schools, and then to make an action plan for improving upon those. Presenter: Teresa Gibbons College Planning Consultant Teresa Gibbons is a former high school English teacher and is currently an affiliate professor of writing at Grand Valley State University where she also works as a faculty advisor at freshman orientation. Teresa has served on the GVSU faculty scholarship committee and is a former board member of the Saugatuck Douglas Educational Foundation, promoting and awarding college scholarships. Teresa has taught college transition workshops to high school seniors, she has developed curriculum for high school senior seminar classes, and has conducted training seminars for AmeriCorp volunteers. Teresa served four years as a member of the Saugatuck Public Schools Board of Education. In addition, Teresa developed college English curriculum at Green River Community College (Seattle) and has worked as a consultant for the College Board, scoring the national AP Language and Composition Exam and evaluating high school AP English curriculum. Teresa has taught high school essay exam workshops and has scored placement essay exams at GVSU. As a result of Teresa's work as a college planning consultant, she has presented at many conferences throughout Michigan, including the 2009 Governor's Education Summit. Teresa has a BS in English and MAE in Reading from Ball State University, has a K-12 Michigan teaching license, is a member of the National Council for Teachers of English and the National Association for College Admissions Counseling. Most importantly, Teresa is a parent of two college students.
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