WACAConversations is moving…

Thank you.  We appreciate all of you who have visited the WACAConversations blog, reading posts over the past year, and contributing to the ongoing discussion about college admission counseling. You all have made the beginning of this blog a success and we thank you as our readership! This is by no means to say goodbye; in fact, we are just getting started!  WACAConversations will continue on the WACAC website.  When on the main site, you will see "Latest from the Blog" and several posts cycling through.  Please click on these posts to read more. You can also still subscribe to the blog through the WACAC website, receiving email whenever a new post is made by scrolling to the bottom of the WACAC page and entering your email address.  This will keep you up-to-date with the latest from our blog. We look forward to continuing our conversations through WACAC and look forward to the discussion to follow! … [Read more...]

The New WACAC Website – Homepage Features

We were excited to launch this week the new WACAC website—a project that has been in the works for over eight months. The main force driving forward this project was a desire to better serve our members. While still housed at www.wacac.org, the site has a new look and feel, includes additional functionalities, and now houses all things WACAC in one place. In the first of several blog posts about the new website, we would like to highlight the website homepage—one of the instantly obvious changes to the website. The committee’s goal was to create a landing page with dynamic, up-to-date content. Starting with what’s at the top… Member Login We recommend that you log in during each website visit in order to see all content. This members-only content includes the High School Counselor Toolkit, Transfer Counselor Toolkit, College Admission Counselor Toolkit, Presentation Archives, the Job Posting Form, and other Forms. You should have received instructions for logging in via … [Read more...]

The Power of Paper

As schools adopt laptop/tablet programs it is important to remember the power of paper. While computers provide amazing opportunities for students to discover and explore beyond the brick and mortar walls of the classroom, a simple piece of paper is still a powerful educational tool. Studies prove there is a hand to mind connection made when students take handwritten notes. Writing information down, in their own words, helps students understand and remember concepts. Paper also allows students to illustrate ideas and draw diagrams which further aide understanding. Students should use technology to help them deepen the learning process, not to do the work for them. For example, when reading Romeo and Juliet, googling a map of 16th century Verona and clothing styles of the time period can help the reader visualize and give context to the text. However, it is important for student’s to absorb what they are reading and form their own opinions before being influenced by online summaries. … [Read more...]

Counselors: Cure for the Common Core

Two developments have seismically shifted K-12 education in California - the adoption of the Common Core State Standards and the Local Control Accountability Plan.   These developments are important to our membership because they both have significant college and career readiness components. While most of the chatter about Common Core has revolved around the changes in English Language Arts and Math, the fact that college and career readiness is anchored in the standards compels our members to take the lead in districts and schools regarding implementation. In addition to Common Core, the  LCAP mandates that schools focus on 8 priorities:  student achievement, engagement, school climate, course access, basic services, state standards, parental involvement, and "other."  Additional funding is provided for foster youth, English learners, and low-income students. This presents a prime opportunity for school counselors to serve as leaders and managers of programs and interventions … [Read more...]

#WACAC2014…Watch to Find Out!

Check out our intro video to this year's WACAC conference. Grant Cushman from Chapman University and Sam Schreiber from the University of Southern California explain the social media activities that will take place during the event and how you can participate. Make sure you watch to learn more about how to participate and win Amazon gift cards at this year's conference!  See you all next week! … [Read more...]