Professional Development Institute 2020-21

The Professional Development Institute (PDI) is virtual in 2020-21! PDI connects high school counselors and college and career advisers to strategies, tools, resources and information so you can support student postsecondary planning. Join us! Fridays at 10 AM 60 -90 minutes Open to college access professionals serving students across Missouri and southern Illinois Participation is FREE thanks to support from …

Degrees with Less Debt

Two-thirds of all jobs require a postsecondary degree or certificate, but when it comes to education beyond high school, opportunity is not equal. Many barriers hold back low-income students and Black students. Degrees with Less Debt: Postsecondary Strategies that Enhance Low-income and Black Student Success highlights how five colleges and universities are supporting low-income and Black students so they graduate …

Working Together Toward Justice and Equity

We are living in unprecedented times. How many times have we said or heard this in recent months? While the COVID-19 pandemic is indeed unprecedented in its scope and impact, racial injustice in this country is nothing new. The recent unwarranted deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery are tragic reminders. As a network of partners, St. Louis …

Brown Bag Virtual Lunches

Amidst the stay-at-home virtual environment, we are hosting regular Zoom calls for high school counselors and access advisers to connect with one another, learn updates, and share resources. In August we will start our Professional Development Institute workshops for the year – all virtual and every other week! Join us for our upcoming virtual lunches: July 31 at 12 Noon: …

Connecting Students to High Demand Career Pathways: Final PDI of 2019-20

Our final Professional Development Institute workshop of the year focused on postsecondary opportunities that connect students to high demand career pathways. Our program included a walking tour of the new health sciences building at STLCC and site visits focused on careers in finance, IT and advanced manufacturing. Friday, February 21, 2020  St. Louis Community College-Forest Park Materials from the workshop: …

PDI Workshop on Parent/Family Engagement

A capacity crowd participated in our Professional Development Institute Workshop on Parent and Family Engagement! Thanks to all who attended. Friday, January 24, 2020 Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being Materials: AGENDA Parent and Family Engagement PDI Jan 2020 Social Media Dos and Don’ts – Jess Pupillo, Mehlville School District presentation Cultural Competency handout – Shenekia Weeks, EducationPlus presentation Observations in …

Advancing Racial Equity in Higher Education Institute

What if the outcomes in higher education were no longer predictable by race or socio-economic status? Over two days in November, 85 administrators and more than 50 students from over a dozen colleges and universities came together in St. Louis to delve into data, examine strategies and plan for greater equity in higher education. Facilitating the two-day Advancing Racial Equity …

Professional Development Institute: Financial Aid Advising for Student Success

Thank you to all who joined St. Louis Graduates, EducationPlus, MASFAP and counselor colleagues as we discussed effective ways to support students to make informed financial decisions in postsecondary planning. The workshop took place on September 13, 2019. Materials from the workshop: PDI Financial Aid 2019 Agenda Sample award ltr packet PDI Sept 13 Financial Aid PDI PPT FAFSAApp20-21 Now …

Supporting Student Success through Flexible Financial Aid Strategies

How colleges and universities are using emergency grants, completion grants, debt forgiveness and other flexible financial aid strategies to increase retention and completion for low-income students, first-generation students and students of color. We had a terrific discussion on August 7th at the University of Missouri-Columbia on how to strengthen financial aid so it better supports low-income students, first-generation students and …