Spring Counselor Workshops

About the Workshops

The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC), and the Washington College Access Network (WCAN) are teaming up for the second year of Spring Counselor Workshops across the state. This year, these free workshops will include financial aid training offered in partnership with the Washington Financial Aid Association (WFAA). These workshops are for:

  • School Counselors
  • Career Counselors/Specialists
  • District-Level College/Career Staff 
  • College Admissions Staff
  • Nonprofit Organization Staff

Workshop Objectives and Outcomes

  • Learn about upcoming policy and system changes in the school counseling program model around evidence-based school counseling and personalized planning. Share and strategize with regional staff that have effectively used statewide resources for postsecondary pathways.
  • Engage with regional colleagues and learn how schools and communities work together across complicated systems to improve student success and strengthen the college-going culture in schools.
  • Grow with us as we delve into the world of financial aid and understand ways that students can finance their postsecondary education (including: types of financial aid, troubleshooting special circumstances, and how to read award letters).
 

Agenda

Tentative Agenda

8:30:  Check-in

8:45:  Check yourself before you wreck yourself--Updates to state systems and policies

Participants will have the opportunity to get updated on changes to the statewide High School and Beyond Plan (HSBP) and learn about the 24-credit diploma.  Be ready to participate by sharing how you have effectively used state-wide policies to improve college-going rates in your building.

9:45:  Break

10:00: Keep it at 100 percent--Regional best practices panel

Hear from experts in YOUR region on how they have implemented the use of HSPB or financial aid, and how it significantly helped a student persist throughout high school and continue on to college. Panelists will also share ways that they successfully scaled practices from one-on-one student interventions to all school college and career initiatives.

11:00: Lunch--It's OK to talk and eat

It’s your turn! Talk with your neighbors and share how you have been successful implementing CCER strategies in your building. Need help? Ask attendees for help thinking through how to scale CCR practices for your whole school or district.

12:00: Share out

We’ll take a moment to share ideas and plans on how you hope to implement CCR strategies in your building.

12:30: Financial Aid is an Umbrella

Bring your questions! There isn’t just one type of financial aid or way to pay for college. Learn about the most common types of financial aid and options that may be available to students to help pay for college. We will also cover situations that can be a little complicated such as “which parent do I list on the FAFSA?” and “am I filing as a dependent or independent student?” Free resources available to help you and your students will be shared.

1:30: Break

1:45: Understanding Award Letters Presentation and Activity

Bring those pencils! Comparing financial aid award letters as part of a student’s college decision can feel like a daunting task. We will practice walking through different award letters and understand how all the different types of aid and costs come together. You will leave with tools and resources to use with students and families.

2:45: Wrap up and clock hours

3:00: Optional campus tours (if offered) 

 

Regional Panelists

Regional Panelists - Details Coming Soon

Hear from experts in your region on how they have implemented the use of HSBP and financial aid, and how it significantly helped a student persist through high school and continue on to college. Panelists will also share ways that they successfully scaled practices from one-on-one student interventions to all-school college and career initiatives.

 

Locations

Conference Locations
  • February 28: WSU Vancouver (Vancouver)
  • March 1: ESD 189 (Anacortes)
  • March 6: St. Martin's University (Lacey)
  • March 14: Peninsula College (Port Angeles)
  • March 15: UW Tacoma (Tacoma)
  • March 19: Digipen Institute of Technology (Redmond)
  • March 20: Whitworth University (Spokane)
  • March 22: WSU-Tri Cities (Richland)
  • March 28: ESD 171 (Wenatchee)
  • March 29: Central Washington University (Ellensburg)

 

Registration

Registration 

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Clock Hours

Clock Hours

More information coming soon.

Pre-Work

Pre-Work

Check back ahead of the workshops for helpful resources to read before attending.