Newsletter: September 1, 2020
Mychal Wynn (Northeastern ’79)
Welcome to our 2020/21 College Planning Cohort
COVID-19 has created disruptions to school districts and college campuses, and in response, we have developed a completely virtual 2020/21 College Planning Cohort Program for students in grades 9 – 12 AND for middle school 8th graders. Our program will provide step-by-step guidance for high school seniors navigating the many changes to college admissions, and will provide students in grades 8 – 11 with guidance in developing the ‘body of work’ that will open doors to top colleges and large dollar scholarships.
We are excited to continue working with our school district partners (Florence County School District 3, Guilford County Schools, and Pinellas County Schools) and community-based partners (Ghana United Christian Church, Kappa Alpha Psi ASA Guide Right, Turner Chapel AME Church, and World Victory International Christian Center).
We are particularly excited to have so many returning and new students represented in our Atlanta-area and national cohorts from California, Georgia, Indiana, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas. Whenever their schedule permits, our extraordinary group of college interns from Amherst, Bowdoin, Dillard, George Mason, George Washington, Howard, North Carolina A&T, North Carolina Central, Northeastern, Spelman, University of Chicago, University of Georgia, and Williams will be joining our monthly sessions to share their pearls of wisdom and provide insight into their respective campuses.
If you are one of our former cohort students, currently attending college, and interested in volunteering as an intern at one or our monthly sessions, please contact us.
Our College Planning Cohort Program is designed around a comprehensive college planning curriculum. Our curriculum is student centered and future focused. The core questions are, “Who am I?” and “What do I aspire to do?” What are the college/career aspirations aligned with each student’s gifts, talents, and personality? What are the opportunities available to each student within his/her high school and community to nurture their gifts and support their aspirations? What are the attitude, skills, and work ethic consistent with each student’s college and career aspirations?
Engaging in authentic self-reflection, ongoing self-assessment, and setting goals consistent with each student’s college and career aspirations are the cornerstones of success in school today and successfully pursuing college and careers in the future. Consequently, our curriculum provides a context for conversations around personality types, interests, strengths and weaknesses, gifts and talents, leadership, service, and grit. Students learn more about themselves, become vested in their own success, and engage in ongoing goal setting in their pursuit of exceptionality.
To accomplish this ambitious undertaking, students are expected to complete the monthly lessons between sessions; prepare a final presentation for each month; and be prepared to participate in small group discussions. The program developers/advisors, Mr. and Mrs. Wynn, will conclude each monthly meeting with a question and answer session for parents and students.
You Must Register to Attend The Live Virtual Sessions
To ensure security and protect student privacy, only registered students and parents may be admitted into the virtual sessions.
Pre-registration is required:
- All participants must register in advance with the link provided.
- Participants will only be allowed into the session with a valid first and last name.
- Participants using cell phones must identify themselves so that our staff may replace their cell phone number with their name.
- Participants who violate any of our policies will be permanently removed immediately from the session.
Online Classrooms Open Today
All registered students have been assigned to a grade-level appropriate online classroom:
- 2020-21 Middle School Classroom (Grade 8)
- 2020-21 9th – 10th Grade Classroom
- 2020-21 High School Junior Classroom
- 2020-21 High School Senior Classroom
The final lesson in most monthly modules for students in grades 8 – 11 require students to create a presentation summarizing what they learned. These presentations will be discussed during the following month (i.e., September Presentations will be discussed during the October Session).
Important Actions for New Students
All participating students must develop a narrative document, profile, and academic résumé in the format used by our program. New students must complete the ‘Welcome to Our Program’ activities prior to being enrolled into an online classroom. You may read more about these actions in the Welcome – Registration Packet (Section IX: How to Begin).
Would you like to join a cohort? Click here to register…
Mark Your Calendar
September 1, 2020: 2020/21 Online Classrooms open to all registered students in grades 8 – 12.
September 5, 2020: Guilford County Schools (Note: We are awaiting final confirmation from the district) Pre-registration Required…
High School Juniors
- 9:00 am – 10:00 am: Large Group Presentation for Seniors.
- 10:00 am – 11:00 am: Small Group Breakout Sessions (Seniors)
- 11:00 am – 11:30 am: Large Group Wrap-up (Seniors)
- 11:30 am – Noon: Parent/Student Q&A
High School Seniors
- Noon – 1:00 pm: Large Group Presentation for Juniors.
- 1:00 pm – 2:00 am: Small Group Breakout Sessions (Juniors)
- 2:00 pm – 2:30 am: Large Group Wrap-up (Juniors)
- 2:30 pm – 3:00 pm: Parent/Student Q&A
September 12, 2020: Pinellas County Schools and National Cohort Students (Grades 9 – 12). High School Students (Grades 9 – 12) will meet from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm. Only opened to registered students. Pre-registration Required…
- 9:00 am – 9:45 am: Large Group Presentation for Grades 9 – 11.
- 9:45 am – 10:30 am: Small Group Breakout Sessions (Grades 9 – 11)
- 10:00 am – 10:45 am: Large Group Presentation for High School Seniors
- 10:45 am – 11:30 am: Small Group Breakout Sessions (Seniors)
- 11:30 am – Noon: Student Q&A
- Noon – 12:30 pm: Parents Only Q&A
September 19, 2020: Pinellas County Schools and National Cohort Students (Grade 8). Pre-registration Required…
- 10:00 am – 10:45 am: Large Group Presentation for 8th Graders
- 10:45 am – 11:30 am: Small Group Breakout Sessions (8th Graders)
- 11:30 am – Noon: Student/Parent Q&A
Need to Register?
- 9 – 10th Grade New Students
- 11th Grade New Students
- High School Seniors
- Returning students receive a $100 discount, to register click here...
Nationally Recognized | 2020 Magna Award First Place Winner | National School Boards Association. 2020 Full Scholarships: Appalachian State; Benedict; Bowdoin; Carleton; Claflin; Johnson & Wales; North Carolina A&T; North Carolina Central; Tuskegee; UNC – Pembroke; University of Chicago; Wake Forest; and Williams.