Professional Development Institute 2020-21

The Professional Development Institute (PDI) is virtual in 2020-21! All workshops are 60 minutes (unless otherwise noted) and focus on providing training, access to tools and resources, and connection to a professional network for high school counselors, college and career advisers, and youth-serving non-profit professionals. This year PDI is open to college access professionals serving students across Missouri and southern …

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 …

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 …

Building Cultural Competency to Strengthen Postsecondary Advising

This workshop took place on Friday, February 22nd at Deaconess Center for Child Well-being Workshop materials: Agenda Essential Elements of Restorative Circles General Circle Format What’s Important to Me  You Don’t Know My Story t-shirts Tools and resources: Racial Equity Tools Social Justice Toolbox Cultural Competency Specialist Materials – American School Counselor Association The Lens of Systemic Oppression – National Equity Project The Six …

Advising Students to Navigate High-demand Career Pathways

This workshop took place on Friday, January 25th at Sheet Metal Workers Local Union 36. Workshop Materials: Agenda MO SCORES Blueprint4Careers catalog PowerPoint slides – Nataly Garzon and Andi Harpring Blueprint4Careers credentialing programs spreadsheet (to use until site goes live in spring) STL Youth Jobs youth application for summer jobs 2019 St. Louis Internship Program (SLIP) PowerPoint slides – Shanise Johnson SLIP flyer STLCC …