West & North Suburban District Seminar
Region 2 (Northern)
Friday, March 8, 2019
8:00 am – 12:45 pm
Register by March 1
$25 IACAC Members
Breakfast and lunch are included
ISBE PD hours will be available
Registration, Continental Breakfast, and Welcome
Participants choose one:
A. Preparing “Generation AnZiety” for College — How do we prepare Generation Z for the unknown? How do we do this, especially for those with Anxiety diagnoses? A panel of professionals from the college and high school environments will share their experience and perspective on supporting anxious students in their decision-making process, self-advocacy skill building and accessing common supports on a college campus. While the panel will present information, this session will also allow for discussion time.
B. Guiding Gender Fluid Students in their College Search — The transition to college can be difficult and overwhelming for any student, but for a student who has gone through or is going through sexual identity changes the nuances can be a bit more involved. Some applications or institutions are more prepared for those situations, while others might be new to a student who has changed names or identifies differently than previous school records. Housing preferences, bathroom facilities, clubs and organizations, school records are just some of the things to consider. This session will focus on transgender issues as they relate to recommendations for how high schools should/can handle student records with regard to transitioning into college, and any recommendations for colleges on how they might adjust their systems to best meet those students’ needs. The session will update the audience on the most up-to-date terminology, as well as how counselors on both sides and can help students comfortably navigate the college process by asking the right questions and finding a good fit for the student
C. DACA Update and Support for Undocumented Students — This session will provide valuable information regarding the current situation affecting undocumented students, as well as resources for support and assistance.
Participants choose one:
D. The Bi-Literacy Seal — The Seal of Biliteracy is an award given by a school, school district, or state in recognition of students who have studied and attained proficiency in two or more languages by high school graduation. Linda Egnatz the Executive Director for the Global Seal of Biliteracy will present on the process of obtaining a Seal of Biliteracy, how to interpret application results, what it is being utilized for at both the high school and college levels.
E. Preparing “Generation AnZiety” for College – Repeat — How do we prepare Generation Z for the unknown? How do we do this, especially for those with Anxiety diagnoses? A panel of professionals from the college and high school environments will share their experience and perspective on supporting anxious students in their decision-making process, self-advocacy skill building and accessing common supports on a college campus. While the panel will present information, this session will also allow for discussion time.
F. Providing Comprehensive Services for First Generation Students — Addison Trail High School Counselors will explain the services provided for first generation students, low-income students and the forgotten middle 50 % student. Topics that will be covered include Blazers Edge, College Visits, FAFSA Assistance, Parent Programming, College Fairs and the relationships between college representatives and high school counselors.
G. Admission 101 (Mock Admission Review Panel) — Curious about the admission process for elite institutions? This interactive session will give high school counselors the opportunity to learn what institutions are looking for in prospective students during the admission process. Sit down with an admissions counselor to experience a mock admission session and discuss how you can encourage your students to pursue their higher education goals.
Participants choose one:
H. Providing Comprehensive Services for First Generation Students – Repeat — Addison Trail High School Counselors will explain the services provided for first generation students, low-income students and the forgotten middle 50 % student. Topics that will be covered include Blazers Edge, College Visits, FAFSA Assistance, Parent Programming, College Fairs and the relationships between college representatives and high school counselors.
I. College Financial Literacy — College is a time of newfound freedom for many students. However, college debt can spell trouble for many students and families. This workshop will address the financial aid system, how to assist students and families navigate the college search and selection process while being fiscally responsible.
J. College Athletes and Finding the Right Fit College — Not every student-athlete we counsel will be headlining on ESPN and receiving full rides for their athletic talent if they decide to continue with athletics into college. Student-athletes compete at a wide variety of levels in college, and they all take different paths to find that perfect team and University fit. Playing at a DIII or lower level programs offers unique opportunities for students. However, the recruitment process and philosophy of DIII programs is different by necessity as compared to the high stakes and highly regulated DI and DII systems. This session will help school counselors better understand the process and timeline that student-athletes and coaches go through when working under the different divisional systems. Helping families to ask the right questions and making sure that student-athletes are exploring all of their options throughout the evolving recruiting process will help counselors better advise students who are looking to continue competing in athletics.
12:00 – 12:45 p.m.
Lunch, Evaluations, & Closing
12:45 – 1:30 p.m.
Optional Campus Tour of Dominican University
District Seminar Co-Chair
Homewood-Flossmoor High School
Kara Dollaske,York Community High School
Jon Tomaso, Dominican University
Christine Beeftink, Niles North High School
Larissa Petrakis, Niles North High School
Ashley Tucker, York Community High School
Trisha Weber, York Community High School
Rebel Campbell Barber, Oakton Community College
Shane Cole, Addison Trail High School
Kevin Redding, Addison Trail High School
Ricardo Aguilera, Dominican University