Workshop for College- and Career-Readiness Advisor Training: A Sample Schedule for Virtual Training

Session 1: Opening (Live)

The opening session provides the foundation for the five pre-recorded sessions. This live session features a keynote speaker and other experts who share the latest research and best practices for how to help young people realize their postsecondary dreams. They explain the necessary building blocks for advisors seeking to reach students from diverse backgrounds and provide the tools to carry it out. Format: Live video meeting (one hour).

Content

  • • Welcome and Introductions
  • • Defining CCR
  • • Advisor's Role in Helping Students Become College and Career Ready
  • • Exploring Trends and Changes in the CCR Space
  • • Skills Needed to be a CCR Advisor
  • • Fostering a CCR Culture

Resources

  • • Building Blocks of CCR
  • • What Every CCR Advisor Should Know
  • • College Readiness Timeline

Session 2: The Value of Mentoring

A mentor can significantly improve a young person's quality of life by supporting their pathway to college and career, thus helping them realize their full potential. For example, mentors can inspire personal gains in academic performance and attainment of goals. This session emphasizes the value of mentoring and provides participants with an understanding of mentoring tools and strategies central to the role of a CCR advisor. Format: On-demand webinar (45 minutes).

Content

  • • The Importance of Mentoring and Utilizing Mentors
  • • Developing Partnerships
  • • Mentoring to Support Pathway Exploration

Resources

  • • Mentoring Tips: How to Get Started
  • • CFES Mentoring Handbook
  • • Getting to Know You Activity
  • • Scholar Map Activity

Session 3: Essential Skills™

While there are different paths to college and career, certain skills are vital for all of them. CFES calls these the Essential Skills: Coal setting, teamwork, leadership, agility, perseverance, and networking. Essential Skills are interconnected, overlapping, and indispensable when preparing students for success in college and career. In this session, participants learn about these critical competencies, how to integrate the Essential Skills into the classroom, and ways students can apply these skills in a college and career setting. The pre-recorded session will address how the six skills should be introduced and nurtured by CCR advisors, while providing sample activities and practical application strategies. Format: On-demand webinar (45 minutes).

Content

  • • Defining the Essential Skills and Their CCR Role
  • • Integration of Essential Skills in the Classroom
  • • Sampling of Activities
  • • Practical Application of Essential Skills

Resources

  • • Definitions of Essential Skills
  • • Social Media Scavenger Hunt Activity
  • • Mission: It's Possible Activity
  • • Future Reunion Activity
  • • Evaluation Tool: Rubric for Essential Skills
 
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