Last updated Tuesday, August 4, 2020
Even with schools closed to prevent the spread of coronavirus, educators across Alabama continue to help students prepare for life after high school.
Alabama Possible compiled this list of resources to support counselors and other educators during this transition time. Many of the linked resources are continuously updated so make sure to bookmark them!
Please let us know what we can do to partner with your school in order to promote a college-going culture during school closures. Comment below or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- COVID Communications Toolkit: Planning for Fall – Over the next few weeks, Signal Vine will release a toolkit packed with guides, checklists, and other resources to help you with your communications planning for fall.
- 5 Actions to Take Right Now to Help Seniors Transition After Graduating – This guide provides a rationale, questions to ask, key next steps, and the best available resources for 5 actions districts and schools can take to improve students’ chances of postsecondary success amidst COVID-19.
- Alabama Possible’s “Navigating College Counseling, FAFSA, and the Admissions Process During COVID-19” – This video includes updates from high school counselors, college admissions and financial aid offices, and the Alabama State Department of Education as of 03/30/20.
- Alabama State Department of Education Updates – This webpage serves as a timeline of the department’s communications around COVID-19.
- How the Education Field is Responding: A Roundup of COVID-19 Resources – This blog post is a comprehensive list of resources compiled by the National College Attainment Network. This blog post includes articles, updates, webinars, and communication templates. We’ve linked some of the most important resources below.
- CollegeGreenlight.com: COVID-19 Counselor Resource Kit – This kit is intended to update the admissions and advising community about available resources, opportunities, information, and updates to better assist and inform students and their families.
- Communication Options for Working With High School Students – This list of tools gives options for working with students remotely.
- Southern Regional Education Board COVID-19 Resources – This webpage contains resources for educators, districts, and states.
- Common App Coronavirus Resources and Solutions – This webpage contains resources and solutions to help students and those who support them during this unpredictable time.
- College Promise COVID-19 Resources: Supporting Students, Educators, and Programs – This guide contains COVID-19 resources for students, families, K-12 teachers and administrators, college faculty, post-secondary institutions, and non-profit organizations. To help you identify the pieces of information that best meet your specific needs, the guide is organized into sections based on most likely target recipient and type of resource.
- The New Admissions Roadmap: Navigating a Newly Digital and Competitive World E-Book – This E-Book includes information like how COVID-19 will impact the admissions process and how to support your students throughout the admissions process with their preferred forms of communication
- How to Reconnect with Students and Strengthen Your Remote Course – This article gives tips for creatively adjusting to remote instruction.
- The Coronavirus Is Upending Higher Ed. Here Are the Latest Developments – This article discusses policy developments including financial aid, entrance exams, and study abroad.
- How the Government is Responding to COVID-19 – This article from the National College Attainment Network notes important federal education policy updates, mostly related to financial aid.
- AUM Waives ACT/SAT Admission Testing Requirements – This article details decisions made by Auburn University at Montgomery to adapt to the circumstances presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- How has FAFSA completion changed nationally and in different kinds of high schools during the COVID-19 pandemic? – This data report shows details of FAFSA decreases due to the pandemic
- College-Going Culture in a Digital Era – A report by the Pullias Center for Higher Education, University of Southern California
- How Is Technology Addressing the College Access Challenge? – A report by the Pullias Center for Higher Education and Get Schooled, see pages 10-23 for online tools
- Navigating Social Justice Issues in College and Career Advising – This webinar will explore approaching your students with empathy, conversations you may need to have before digging into college and career planning, and how advising students on issues related to racial justice can fit within your current college and career planning efforts. The webinar will take place on Tuesday, August 11 at 10:00AM Central.
- Making the Case for College During COVID-19L Equity in Action – This webinar will discuss how K-12, higher education, and business community leaders can work together to provide a unified voice that education beyond high school is for everyone and college is still a priority. The webinar will take place on Tuesday, August 4 at 3:00PM Central.
- College Students’ Perspectives in the COVID-19 World: Fall 2020 Follow-Up – Join our next webinar to hear from our panel of college students across the country. What are they thinking about? How have their plans changed? How are they rethinking their options? The webinar will take place on Thursday, August 6 at 12:00PM Central.
- NACAC Virtual College Fairs
- Wednesday, Aug. 19: Counselors Preview
- Sunday, Sept. 13: September Kickoff
- Monday, Oct. 12: October Virtual Fair
- Sunday, Nov. 8: November Virtual Fair
- Beyond the College Bill: The Hidden Hurdles of Indirect Expenses – on demand
- Building Your Fall 2020 COVID Communications Plan: Assessment and Planning – on demand
- Communicating Through COVID-19: Supporting Students’ Mental Health – on demand
- SUPPORTING STUDENTS’ TRANSITION TO POSTSECONDARY: The New National College Attainment Network Resource Guide for K-12 – on demand
- The Students Are Not All Right: Using the Science of Social Media Listening to Understand and Meet Students’ Needs – on demand
- Country Roads Take Me…To College: Meeting Unique Needs of Rural Students – on demand
- Supporting Low-Income Students During College Admissions and Enrollment: The New NACAC Deposit Fee Waiver Form and Other Helpful Resources – on demand
- The New Swift Student Tool: Help for Guiding Students Through Financial Aid Appeals – on demand
- Alabama Possible’s College and Career Decision Week 2020 Webinar – on demand with slides
- Meeting Students’ Basic Needs and Keeping Them Enrolled During COVID-19 – on demand
- School Counseling From a Distance: Supporting Students During COVID-19 – on demand
- Student Loan Repayment Options During the Coronavirus Pandemic – on demand
- COVID-19 and Federal Student Aid: What We Know – on demand (free 2-week membership trial)
- COVID-19 and Federal Student Aid: What We Know Follow-Up – on demand (free 2-week membership trial)
- What College Admissions Professionals Want You to Know: Advice for School Counselors and Access Advisers During COVID-19 – on demand
- Current College Students’ Perspectives in the COVID-19 World – on demand
- Current High School Students’ Perspectives in the COVID-19 World – on demand
- Online College Block Party –
Wednesday, April 29 from 5:00 – 8:00PM Central
- Virtual College Panel –
Thursday, April 30 at 6:00PM Central
- Virtual Event for Counselors: Helping Students through the Pandemic –
Wednesday, May 6 at 3:00 PM Central
- Supporting Postsecondary Transitions During COVID-19 –
Thursday, May 14 at 2:00PM Central
- Maintaining Student Connections and Reducing Anxiety during COVID-19 – A Professional Development Workshop –
Friday, May 29 at 12:00PM Central
- MyCoalition Platform: Helping 9th-12th graders prepare for college in a virtual environment –
Thursday, July 16 at 1PM Central