College and Career Readiness in High School: Rural and Urban Challenges and Opportunities
With increased focus on college and career readiness from First Lady Michelle Obama, high school counselors within rural and inner city schools are reaching higher to deliver college- and career-readiness skills to all students through comprehensive school counseling programs. However, each school setting has its own set of challenges and barriers that high school counselors face on a daily basis. Explore and identify some of these specific challenges that exist within both the rural and urban school settings. Discover how to turn those challenges  into opportunities. Focus on best practices of current high school counselors making connections with students, staff and parents at both urban and rural school settings. Discover new and creative ways to collaborate with your school counseling, teaching and administrative staff to keep your high school focused on the culture of college and career readiness.

Learning Outcomes
• Identify unique challenges and solutions to helping rural students become college and career ready through school counseling curriculum and schoolwide initiatives.
• Identify the challenges inner-city students face when embracing the culture of college and career readiness.
• Obtain knowledge of best practices by current high school counselors on what works best within their own demographic settings.

• Explore creative ideas school counselors can implement and share with educational stakeholders as you prepare and plan to deliver college- and career-readiness skills to all students grades 9-12 for the 2015-16 school year.

Speakers
Cory Notestine is the 2015 School Counselor of the Year and a school counselor at Alamosa High School, Alamosa, Colo. Tawnya Pringle is a 2015 School Counselor of the Year finalist and a school counselor at Hoover High School, San Diego, Calif.

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