Advancing College-Going Culture

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Building college-going for parents and families

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It is important that parents and families be part of the process to build a college-going culture, and that connections are made between schools and students’ families and their community. Many parents:

  • Do not have extensive experience with higher education (or come from other countries with different educational systems)
  • Believe it is too expensive for their children to attend
  • Lack information about college readiness and the preparation they need to support the dreams they have for their children

See below for resources in English and Spanish to help establish a strong parent and family component to develop college-going culture in your school.  These materials are easy to use, very clear and to the point. There also are additional resources that speak directly to parents and families in the "More Resources" section.  Please encourage parents to visit that section of the web site.

Resources

Sample Parent Workshop Series

Think College Now Elementary School and UC Berkeley Center for Educational Partnerships

Sample workshop series on college-going issues for an elementary school in a low-income, immigrant community in Oakland, California. Workshop_Series_flyerTCN.doc (44.03KB)

Parent University

Tennyson High School, Hayward, California

An outline of a "Parent University" series of evening workshops using the Realizing the College Dream curriculum (full curriculum is in section #9 on Best Practices from the Center for Educational Partnerships). ParentUnivSchedule_(3).doc (32.77KB)

Realizing the College Dream, a guide that includes workshops and information for parents

UC Berkeley, Center for Educational Partnerships

In this college-going curriculum there are specific resources for parents and families. The curriculum includes a presentation called "Preparing for College: a Guide for Families" that reviews the basics of why go to college, the different college systems, and college preparation; and another workshop on "Planning a Financial Aid Night for Students and Families" that reviews the ins and outs of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that can be used along with the presentation on Debunking the Myths of Financial Aid. In addition, "Realizing" has a financial aid terminology chart in its Appendix. Realizing_the_College_Dream_Curriculum_Oveview.ppt (40.45KB)

Why College (in English)

UC Berkeley, Center for Educational Partnerships in collaboration with Think College Now

PowerPoint presentation that helps parents begin the conversation with children about why college options are important. Why_College.ppt (29.18KB)

Why College (Spanish version)

UC Berkeley, Center for Educational Partnerships in collaboration with Think College Now

PowerPoint presentation that helps parents begin the conversation with children about why college options are important. Why_College_Spanish.ppt (32.26KB)

Different Educational Systems and Requirements

UC Berkeley Center for Educational Partnerships in collaboration with Think College Now

A PowerPoint presentation on the basics of the different higher education systems in California and the requirements for eligibility and selection. Different_highered_systems_and_requirements_English.ppt (509.95KB)

Different Educational Systems and Requirements in the US compared to Latin America (Spanish)

UC Berkeley, Center for Educational Partnerships in collaboration with Think College Now, OUSD

This PowerPoint presentation explains the American higher educational system in comparison to the Latin American educational system, as well as describing the requirements for each higher education level in California. Different_highered_compared_to_LatinAmerican__systems_and_requirements_Spanish.ppt (655.36KB)

Promoting Student Achievement (Handout for Families)

UC Berkeley, Center for Educational Partnerships

Handout for families on how to support the academic achievement of their children. PromotingStudentAchievement_K-12.doc (30.21KB)

Promoting Student Achievement (Handout for Families in Spanish)

UC Berkeley, Center for Educational Partnerships

Handout for families on how to support the academic achievement of their children. PromotingStudentAchievement_K-12_Spanish.doc (32.77KB)

College Information Chart (English)

UC Berkeley, Center for Educational Partnerships

Two-pager: Page One is an easy-to-use chart that describes each higher education system in California, requirements, and cost; Page Two has the Freshman Admission Requirements for UC and CSU in more detail. CollegeInfoChart_Requirements_08-09.pdf (139.56KB)

College Information Chart (Spanish)

UC Berkeley, Center for Educational Partnerships

Two-pager: Page One is an easy-to-use chart that describes each higher education system in California, requirements, and cost; Page Two has the Freshman Admission Requirements for UC and CSU in more detail. CollegeInfoChart_Requirements_Espanol08-09.pdf (78.59KB)

Historically Black Colleges and Universities List

East Bay Consoritum, UC Berkeley

A quick reference guide to the Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the US. HBCU_ReferenceChart.pdf (35.43KB)

What Can You Do to Help Prepare Your Child for College

UC Berkeley, Center for Educational Partnerships

A PowerPoint on ideas for how parents can help prepare their child for college, and the different educational options in California. Prep_for_College_And_Diff_College_Systems.ppt (474.62KB)

What Can You Do To Help Prepare Your Child for College (Spanish)

UC Berkeley, Center for Educational Partnerships

A PowerPoint on ideas for how parents can prepare their child for college and the different educational options in California. Prep_for_College_And_Diff_College_Systems_Spanish.ppt (494.59KB)

Parent Guide: Does this school have a College-Going Culture?

UC Berkeley, Center for Educational Partnerships

A guide for parents to use as they visit schools to determine if the school has a college-going culture. Parent_Questions_about_CGC_(4).doc (22.53KB)

College Readiness Calendar for 9th and 10th Grades

Early Academic Outreach Program, 2008

Comprehensive guide for parents and students on how to prepare for college in the 9th and 10th grades. Includes tips, FAQ's, and a glossary of important information calendar_9-10m.pdf (654.54KB)

College Readiness Calendar for 11th and 12th Grades

Early Academic Outreach Program, 2008

Comprehensive guide for parents and students on how to prepare for college in the 11th and 12th grades. Includes tips, FAQ's, and a glossary of important information calendar_11-12m.pdf (211.43KB)

The Four Keys to Unlocking High School Success and the Path to College

Early Academic Outreach Program, 2008

Guide to the four primary elements for success in high school and preparation for college. Includes a-g requirements, academic planning, why go to college, useful web sites, summary of CA highed education systems, frequently used terms, information for non-English speaking families, and FAQ's. four_keysm.pdf (452.73KB)

Paying and Saving for College: College Education is a real possibility for your family

Early Academic Outreach Program, 2008

Outlines the basic information families and students need regarding financial aid including: information on saving for college, types of financial aid, useful web sites, FAQ's, and tips. pay-savedm.pdf (416.9KB)

 

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Last modified on 9/10/2009