Destination Equity 2012

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Destination Equity 2012: Charting Bright Futures for All Students

April 13-14, 2012
Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center
201 Waterfront Street
National Harbor, Md.
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With lots of networking opportunities and 42 CEU-eligible conference sessions, attendees left Destination Equity 2012 with the information, knowledge and skills to go back to their schools, districts and states to implement practices that ensure equitable educational outcomes for all students.

Participant remarks

“This was my first NOSCA conference. I was very pleased with the variety of presentations and even more delighted that ALL of the information could be used in my current position.”
Olaniyi Lucas, School Counselor

“Along with all the learning that takes place at this conference, I am grateful for an environment that recognizes me as a valued professional. Pat Martin is an amazing woman and role model. She has surrounded herself with young people who "get it" and I can hardly wait for next year.”
 Claudia M. Griffith, Guidance Counselor

 “In the 3 years that I have attended this conference, there is not one area that needs improvement. It is very well planned and organized.”
 Shontel Roberts, College Access Coordinator

“It changed my way of thinking. Hard to beat that! Very interesting, tons of resources and ideas. Made great connections. Phenomenal accommodations/food/setting!”
 Melissa Buttaro, Guidance Counselor

What I liked best about the conference was the “networking - learning new ways to do things we have been doing for years.”
 Laura DeMoulin

Presentations and event materials

A Systemic, Collaborative Approach to Implementing an Equity-Based College Readiness Program
Uyi Osunde, School Counselor, East Hartford High School, East Hartford, Conn.
Rachelle Pérusse, Associate Professor, University of Connecticut, Neag School of Education, Storrs, Conn.
Frank Staples, Director of Guidance, East Hartford Public Schools, East Hartford, Conn.

Best Practices for Developing College and Career Readiness for K–12 Students
Vernetta Bridges, Lead Counselor, Alamance Burlington School System, Burlington, N.C.
LaJuana Norfleet, Elementary Secondary School Counselor Program (ESSCP) Lead, Alamance Burlington School System, Burlington, N.C.

Bidding Seniors Farewell, Prepared for a Successful Transition from High School to College
Tranita Carroll, Career Exploration Counselor, Spring Independent School District, Houston, Texas
Shontel Roberts, College Access Professional, Houston Independent School District, Houston,Texas

Building an Equity-Focused, College-Going Culture: A Case Study
Tia Brown McNair, Senior Director for Student Success, Office of Engagement, Inclusion and Success, Association of American Colleges and Universities, Washington, D.C.
Catherine Carney, Chief Academic Officer, East Boston High School, East Boston, Mass.
Catherine Chui, Director of Counseling, Boston Public Schools, Boston, Mass.
Sara Melnick, Deputy Director, National College Access Network, Washington, D.C.

Building Mentoring Programs That Work: Using Teams to Guide College and Career Readiness
Andres F. Castillo, Program Coodinator, Applied Technology Center, Montebello, Calif.
Todd Clark, President, Creative Education Partners, Los Angeles, Calif.
Dan Clement, Senior Resource Fellow, Community Partners, Los Angeles, Calif.
Edelmira Sandate, Coordinator, Schurr High School, Montebello, Calif.

Campuswide Implementation of AVID Counseling Strategies for College and Career Readiness for All
Jeff Cranmore, Counselor, McKinney High School, McKinney, Texas
Denise Rupert, Mid-Atlantic States Director, AVID Center, Atlanta, Ga.

Colorado GEAR UP: A Solution to the Achievement Gap
Meghan Cave, Director of Financial Aid, Colorado GEAR UP, Department of Higher Education, Denver, Colo.
Matthew Griswold, Associate Program Director, Colorado GEAR UP, Department of Higher Education, Denver, Colo.

The Completion Arch: Measuring Community College Student Success
Ronald Williams, Vice President, Community College Initiatives, The College Board, Washington, D.C.

Do the Math: The Essential Variable in College and Career Readiness
Frank Coenraad, High School Counselor, Juneau-Douglas High School, Juneau, Alaska
Tom Thompson, High School Math Teacher, Juneau-Douglas High School, Juneau, Alaska

Doing What Works to Help Students Navigate the Path to College
Handout 1 | Handout 2 | Handout 3 | Handout 4 | Handout 5
Yael Kidron, Co-Project Director, Doing What Works Initiative, San
Mateo, Calif.

Growing School Counseling Districtwide: “Owning” the Data for Leadership in College and Career Readiness
Cori Canty, Director of Counseling, Denver Public Schools, Denver, Colo.
Julia Henrichs, Counseling Internship Supervisor, Denver Public Schools, Denver, Colo.
Shanna Henry, Counseling Grants Manager, Denver Public Schools, Denver, Colo.

Help! Our Kids Are Not Attending College
Joyce Brown, Educational Consultant, District Director of Secondary Counselors (Retired), Chicago Public Schools, Chicago, Ill.
Greg Darnieder, Senior Advisor to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C.

Helping Students Get Ready for College: Resources, Access and Equity
Vicki Cabrera, Director, SAT Readiness Program™, The College Board, New York, N.Y.
Monica Roman, Assistant Director, SAT Readiness Program, The College Board, New York, N.Y.

Helping Students Showcase Their Strengths to Colleges
Eliel Gonzalez, Advanced Placement Math Teacher, East Longmeadow High
School, East Longmeadow, Mass.
Linda Liu, Senior Director, SAT Strategy, The College Board, New York, N.Y.

Introducing a New Comprehensive College Planning Resource
Roy Ben-Yoseph, Executive Director, Digital Products, The College Board, Reston, Va.
Joyce Brown, Educational Consultant, District Director of Secondary
Counselors (Retired), Chicago Public Schools, Chicago, Ill.

Latino Americans and the College Completion Agenda
John Michael Lee Jr., Policy Director, Advocacy & Policy Center, The College Board, New York, N.Y.

Let’s Have an Application Party!
Olaniyi Lucas, School Counselor, Henrico County Public Schools, Henrico, Va.

My College Dollars Facebook App: A College Board, MTV and Get Schooled Collaboration
April E. Bell, Associate Director, National Office for School Counselor Advocacy, The College Board, Washington, D.C.
Roy Ben-Yoseph, Executive Director, Digital Products, The College Board, Reston, Va.

National Survey of School Counselors
Mary Bruce, Education Policy Analyst, Civic Enterprises, Washington, D.C.
Patricia J. Martin, Assistant Vice President, National Office for School Counselor Advocacy, The College Board, Washington, D.C.
Christen Pollock, Vice President, Advocacy & Policy Center, The College Board, New York, N.Y.

Obstacles: Ideas for School Counselors Preparing Students to Be College and Career Ready
Pamela Gabbard, Retired School Counselor, Trainer and Consultant, Eddyville, Ky.

Ohio’s College Access Challenge Grant Puts the Spotlight on School Counselor Training
Linda Knicely, Statewide College Access Training Liaison, Ohio College Access Network, Columbus, Ohio

Overcoming Factors That Impede Implementation of the Eight Components of College and Career Readiness
Elizabeth Sessoms, Supervisor of Counseling, Prince George’s County Public School, Oxon Hill, Md.
Sonja Sutherland, Clinical Therapist, Devereux Georgia Treatment Network, Kennesaw, Ga.

 “Own the Turf”: Best Practices for Implementing the Eight Components of College and Career Readiness Counseling with Equity
April E. Bell, Associate Director, National Office for School Counselor Advocacy, The College Board, Washington, D.C.
Vivian V. Lee, Senior Director, National Office for School Counselor Advocacy, The College Board, Washington, D.C.

Planning for Tomorrow … Today: Creating a High School College and Career Crew
Amanda Howell, College and Careers Specialist, Union High School, Tulsa, Okla.
Christi Johnson, Coordinator, College and Career Services, Union High School, Tulsa, Okla.

Preparing Students to Dream — One District at a Time — College Access for All
Brenda Gauthey, College and Career Specialist, Cypress Lakes High School, Katy, Texas
Jacqueline
Hawkins, Associate Dean, Graduate Studies, Institutional Effectiveness
and Outreach, College of Education, University of Houston, Houston,
Texas
Jack Schmit, Director of Grant Procurement and Student Support, Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind.

Principal–Counselor Relationship: Tools to Build a College-Going Culture and Enhance Student Achievement
Jill Cook, Assistant Director, American School Counselor Association, Alexandria, Va.
Dick Flannery, Senior Director, Leadership Programs and Services, National Association of Secondary School Principals, Reston, Va.
Jeffrey Hale, Associate Director, Grants, The College Board, New York, N.Y.
Patricia J. Martin, Assistant Vice President, National Office for School Counselor Advocacy, The College Board, Washington, D.C.

Race to the Top: The Massachusetts School Counselors’ Challenge to “Own the Turf”
Katherine Gray, Consultant and Coach, Unique Potential, Hopkinton, Mass.

School Counseling: Turning Potential Dropouts Toward a College-Going Culture
Jeff Cranmore, Counselor, McKinney High School, McKinney, Texas

The School Counselor: Broker of Services in the “Own the Turf” Community
April E. Bell, Associate Director, National Office for School Counselor Advocacy, The College Board, Washington, D.C.

School Counselor Leadership: What Matters Most?
Joyce Brown, Educational Consultant, District Director of Secondary Counselors (Retired), Chicago Public Schools, Chicago, Ill.
Patricia Martin, Assistant Vice President, National Office for School Counselor Advocacy, The College Board, Washington, D.C.

School Counselors and African American Male Athletes: Enhancing College and Career Readiness
Paul Harris, Assistant Professor, Counselor Education, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

School Counselors Bridging the Gap Between Colleges, Careers and Underserved Students and Their Families
Jennifer Fisher, Master’s Degree Student, Counselor Education, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C.
Nicholas Highe, Doctoral Student, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C.

Senior Seminar: A Model for Increasing College-Going Rates (Handout)
Sheryl Bond, Lead Counselor, George Washington High School, Chicago, Ill.

Skills Up, Scores Up, a High School/College Partnership for Hispanic Students
Jeanne Hutton, Guidance Department Chair, Kennett High School, Kennett Square, Pa.

Strategic Planning: The School Counselor’s Tool for Accountability
Vivian V. Lee, Senior Director, National Office for School Counselor
Advocacy, The College Board, Washington, D.C.

Student Portfolios: Integrating Common Core/ASCA Standards to Demonstrate College/Career Readiness
Sandra Carter, School Counselor, Hospitality High School, Washington, D.C.
Debra Knight, Educational Consultant, Optimal Achievement Educational Consultants, LLC, Laurel, Md.
Lisa Stephens, Instructional Coach, Optimal Achievement Educational Consultants, LLC, Laurel, Md.

Systemwide Implementation of “Own the Turf” Campaign Initiatives
Dominique Jones, Assistant Director, National Office for School Counselor Advocacy, The College Board, Washington, D.C.

Tailoring NOSCA’s Transformative Process Training for Your School Division
Tracy Jackson, Coordinator, Virginia Beach Public Schools, Virginia Beach, Va.

Transforming Student Support to Prepare Students for College/Career Success
Patrice DiNatale, Director, New Practice for City Connects, Lynch School of Education, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Norman Hursh, Technical Assistance Director, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Mass.

Transforming the Educational Experience of Young Men of Color: School Counselor Series
Jennifer Dunn, Director, National Office for School Counselor Advocacy, The College Board, Washington, D.C.
John Michael Lee Jr., Policy Director, Advocacy & Policy Center, The College Board, New York, N.Y.

Using Music, Social Media and Dance to Support the College and Career Readiness of African American Males
William “Flip” Clay, CEO and National Consultant, Rhyming to Respect, LLC, Largo, Md.

Using Net Price Calculators for College Choice
Cindy Bailey, Director, NPC Program, Financial Aid Programs, The College Board, New York, N.Y.