ABAFAOILSS College Access Workshop & Fair

The Association for Black Admissions and Financial Aid Officers of the Ivy League and Sister Schools (ABAFAOILSS) invites your students to attend their Signature College Access Workshop & Fair, hosted by Barnard College:

Saturday, May 10th
9:30am-1:30pm
Barnard College
3009 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

College representatives from highly selective institutions will provide invaluable insight and advice on the college application and financial aid process.

Meet admissions representatives from all ABAFAOILSS member institutions and 80+ colleges and universities from the tri-state area at our college fair. Bring friends and family members and get ready to ask lots of questions!

Check in and Registration
9:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Barnard Hall, 1st Floor Lobby

Breakout Sessions
(EACH SESSION WILL BE HELD TWICE)

Selective College Admissions
9:30 AM — 10:20 AM or 10:30 AM — 11:20 AM
Barnard Hall, Rm 304

Financial Aid Literacy
9:30 AM — 10:20 AM or 10:30 AM — 11:20 AM
Altschul Hall, Rm 202

College Fair
11:30 AM — 1:30 PM
LeFrak Gymnasium, Barnard Hall

RSVP here by May 7

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12-Day Summer Program at Hunter College

APPLY NOW for an early admission to the program.

Click HERE to Download an APPLICATION!

Our FREE 12-DAY LEADERSHIP AND DEBATE TRAINING program includes workshops in debate techniques, public speaking, critical thinking, policy research, writing speeches, articles, and developing the skills to analyze contemporary public policy issues.  Highly accomplished female professionals, who work in the top echelons of the corporate, business, government, and not for profit sectors as well as women business owners, elected officials and diplomats,  come as guest lecturers and also conduct workshops.

An example of the accomplished speakers and inspirational role models who participated in our 2013 training programs are: youngest female New York Assembly Member Nily Rozic; Josephine Ojiambo, Deputy Ambassador to the UN Mission for Kenya; Kai Brown, Director of Production at Black Entertainment Network (BET); Zenaida Mendez, president of the New York State chapter of the National Organization of Women (NOW); Kathleen King, founder and president of the highly successful, national company, Tate’s Bake Shop; and Dodai Stewart, a deputy editor at Jezebel (the online blog). After mornings full of motivation and affirmation, our non-profit debate training partner the New York City Urban Debate League works to help our trainees to become confident public policy debaters.

We also provide breakfast and lunch during our FREE 12-Day Leadership and Debate Training Program with reading materials and graduation gifts.

Important Dates

Wednesday, April 30th 2014
If you apply by this date and your application is selected, please save Saturday, May 10th for an interview and the final decision will be emailed to you by Friday, May 16th.

Monday, June 30th 2014
If you apply by this date and your application is selected, please save Wednesday, July 2nd and Thursday, July 3rd  for an interview and the final decision will be emailed to you by Tuesday, July 7th

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT US  at 212-650-3071 and EMAIL YOUR APPLICATION to bali.intern@abzuginstitute.org.

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College Counselors: The Unsung Heroes of American Education

From Huffington Post:

At this time of year on America’s college campuses, seniors are counting the days until graduation — always a multi-layered moment filled both with celebration and with sadness.

But what our seniors may not realize is that their professors, coaches, and mentors are counting down too, often with similarly mixed feelings.

It’s still March, but already I find myself feeling wistful about the approaching graduation of students I first met three short years ago during their first year at Franklin & Marshall College. There’s the young man whose passion for astrophysics led him to discover a rare extragalactic pulsar. There’s the young woman who founded a new forum for students to pursue intellectual inquiry. There’s the sociology major teaming up with a professor to present papers on criminology at scholarly conferences.

Each of these students — and countless more — have taken full advantage of our academic resources while developing themselves personally through community life in our College Houses, performing arts, sport, work, study abroad, and campus citizenship.

When I reflect on the meaning they have made from these experiences, I feel a great deal of gratitude for the many influences that brought them here.

Read the full article here.

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NYU Steinhardt Education Policy Breakfast, April 18

Dean Mary Brabeck cordially invites you to NYU Steinhardt’s three-part

Education Policy Breakfast Series

Testing Today: Assessment to Enhance Learning, or Just Testing our Patience?

Part III: Testing and Policy: What is best for our city and our nation?

RSVP Now!

Friday, April 18, 2014
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Rosenthal Pavilion
Kimmel Center for University Life, 10th Floor
60 Washington Square South
(Map)

New Speaker Added
We are pleased to announce that Philip Weinberg, Deputy Chancellor of Teaching and Learning, New York City Department of Education is joining the panel.

Introduction
Testing made the headlines recently when the College Board announced big changes for the SAT exam. At NYU Steinhardt, testing has been on our radar all year as part of our 2013-14 Education Policy Breakfast series. You can watch videos of the previous sessions here.

For our final session, we will speak with practitioners and policy makers about how testing can be used in service of teaching. The Common Core Standards require high quality teaching—what testing/assessment policies would best serve teaching? At a time when testing is driving instruction, should the emphasis be turned toward data-driven instruction and decision-making? We will consider policies in New York City and the U.S., and engage in a meaningful dialogue about what methods will best serve our students and teachers in the years ahead.

Seating is limited. Please RSVP by April 14.

Guest speakers are:

  • Ann Cook, Executive Director, New York Performance Standards Consortium
  • Philip Weinberg, Deputy Chancellor of Teaching and Learning, New York City Department of Education
  • Frank Worrell, Professor, Graduate School of Education, University of California, Berkeley

Moderator:

  • Pedro Noguera, Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education, NYU Steinhardt

RSVP to the April 18th Education Policy Breakfast

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6 Tips for Parents of Future First-Generation College Students

From College Countdown:

I often have the chance to speak to parents whose children will soon embark on the path toward college. This can be a scary time no matter where the student comes from and especially if his or her parents have not had their own college experience. There is much to learn about the processes, the culture, and the financing of college and how to achieve the ultimate outcomes of a college career and a successful life after.

Try these tips that other parents have found interesting and useful.

Read the full list here.

I often have the chance to speak to parents whose children will soon embark on the path toward college. This can be a scary time no matter where the student comes from and especially if his or her parents have not had their own college experience. There is much to learn about the processes, the culture, and the financing of college and how to achieve the ultimate outcomes of a college career and a successful life after.

Try these tips that other parents have found interesting and useful:

- See more at: http://www.collegecountdown.com/blog/college/6-tips-for-parents-of-future-first-generation-college-students.html#sthash.3l33Wgid.dpuf

I often have the chance to speak to parents whose children will soon embark on the path toward college. This can be a scary time no matter where the student comes from and especially if his or her parents have not had their own college experience. There is much to learn about the processes, the culture, and the financing of college and how to achieve the ultimate outcomes of a college career and a successful life after.

Try these tips that other parents have found interesting and useful:

- See more at: http://www.collegecountdown.com/blog/college/6-tips-for-parents-of-future-first-generation-college-students.html#sthash.3l33Wgid.dpuf

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Student Aid and Opportunity Programs see increases in the 2014-15 New York State Budget

In this year’s New York State Budget, the Governor and state legislators supported TAP and Opportunity Program increases. Thank you for your efforts in standing up for student aid and sending messages of support for TAP. This grassroots support contributed to a positive outcome for our students. More than 25,000 messages from nearly 1,700 student aid supporters went to elected officials in Albany over 10 days in support of TAP! In this  40th anniversary year for TAP, lawmakers responded by increasing the maximum award by $165. This is the first TAP increase in more than 10 years and it helps to provide access and make college more affordable for New York State residents. We will use this improvement as the foundation for a sustained campaign to further increase the maximum award in the coming years. Additionally, Opportunity Programs including HEOP, STEP/C-STEP and Liberty Partnerships were also increased in this year’s budget.

Please send a thank you email to your legislators for their support of student aid!

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SUNY Re-launches All-New Admissions Website

SUNY has a bigger, bolder new website!  Your resources can be found in the same place:  www.suny.edu/counselor and our website has been reorganized so your students can more easily find what they need.  Students can access their applySUNY portal by clicking on the “Apply” button on the top right corner of every SUNY website page using the same email address and password they used the last time they logged in.

Check it out:  www.suny.edu/attend                 

Questions about our new website or school counselor resources?  Let us know!

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