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Blackboard College Planning Activities

Blackboard CourseSites hosts the college planning activities utilized by student participants in College Planning Cohorts®, hosted by schools, school districts, and faith-based organizations. The reference text for the activities is, Show Me The Money: Scholarships, Financial Aid, and Making the … Continue reading

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AP Courses: Good or Bad?

The U.S. is spending a lot of money on expanding AP course taking. The article, “Louisiana gets federal money to help poor kids take AP tests for free,” notes that Louisiana received $158,085 to cover the costs of administering advancement … Continue reading

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How Much “Guidance” Can You Expect From Your “Guidance Counselor?”

In the research study by the College Board Advocacy & Policy Center, “2012 National Survey of School Counselors: True North: Charting the Course to College and Career Readiness” middle school and high school guidance counselors acknowledged that they simply do … Continue reading

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Student Focus—GPA or Friends?

In my book, Empowering African American Males: A Guide to Increasing Black Male Achievement, I recount an encounter with my then ten-year-old son: “Dad, I don’t want to be in Target [the talented and gifted program] this year. Since I’m … Continue reading

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CLEP Exams

The College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP) helps you receive college credit for what you already know, for a fraction of the cost of a college course. Developed by the College Board, CLEP is the most widely accepted credit-by-examination program, available at … Continue reading

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STEM Education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)

Although STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) related careers are considered to represent the most important employment and highest paying job/career opportunities of the future, the recent report by the Fordham Institute, “The State of State Science Standards,” reports that … Continue reading

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What is Your Child Learning?

As we approach the winter break, after the first of the year, most students will be receiving their first semester report cards. Parents should sit down with their children and carefully review their grades and the type of classes that … Continue reading

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Get an Education so That You Can Get a Job!

Do not become one of the thousands of students going off to acquire a very expensive college education only to find themselves 4-6 years later unable to find a job and thousands of dollars in student loan debt. A recent … Continue reading

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Raising SAT Scores or Choosing the Right College?

The New York Times article, “Why Does the SAT Endure?” shares the opinions of students and educators relative to the importance of the SAT and its relevance to college admissions. I would like to examine their comments within the larger … Continue reading

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Counselors Do Not Have Time to Provide Counseling!

If parents and students are relying on their middle school and high school counselors to provide the necessary guidance for college and career preparation then they are likely to find themselves in trouble. The research has long indicated that counselors … Continue reading

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