Postsecondary Success Toolkit

Welcome! The NCS Postsecondary Success Toolkit is a collection of protocols, reports, resources, and artifacts that can help schools better support students to graduate from high school ready to succeed in college.

The Postsecondary Success Toolkit can provide your school or district with valuable information on how to develop postsecondary teams that are focused on research, data, and successful practices.


Getting Started

Before digging into the Toolkit, explore the About Section to guide your thinking. The About Section contains the Table of Contents and information on the NCS approach to postsecondary success.

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Success Components

The Toolkit is organized around four Components we believe are critical to implementing postsecondary work in high schools. For each Component, you will find a collection of Tool Sets, or bundles of tools (including videos), organized to help you achieve your postsecondary goals.

Understanding Research & Applying Data

The application of research and data is essential to postsecondary work. In this Component, you will find tools to further your understanding of the key research and data so you can implement effective postsecondary plans and practices.

Developing Postsecondary Leaders

Strong leadership is vital to a successful postsecondary plan in your school or district. In this Component, you will find tools to build the capacity of Postsecondary Leaders as well as tools to support team planning and development.

Building School Teams

Effective school-based teams are the anchors of implementing successful postsecondary work. In this Component, you will find tools to develop focused teams and support accountable adult collaboration among team members.

Engaging Students & Families

Students should have multiple opportunities to reflect on their future and engage in meaningful experiences regarding their postsecondary choices. In addition, families should feel welcome and supported to engage in conversations that foster their children’s success. In this Component, you will find tools to connect with students and families on postsecondary goals.

Use the Toolkit

The entire NCS Postsecondary Success Toolkit is available for download. The download includes the About section and the Tool Sets for all four Components.

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