Organizing Schoolwide Events

When Counselors involve a broad range of educators to implement schoolwide postsecondary events, they leverage the social capital of the school to better serve students. 

Chicago is a city segregated by race and further segregated by educational attainment. Thus, in schools located in areas with low social capital, involving teachers and other school staff - after they receive professional development on how to advise students - is essential to creating a college-going culture. Tool Set C includes examples of school-wide events from Network for College Success partner schools. Counselors and other educators can use these tools to create school-wide events in their communities.

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The full Organizing Schoolwide Events Tool Set is available for download. The download includes the four tools in this Tool Set.

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Senior Presentation on College Planning

A Network for College Success presentation for seniors as they choose their best fit college option.


Washington College Café: Schedule, Conversation Template, and Student Form

A collection of artifacts from Washington High School’s College Café. Counselors and other educators organized a two-day event where students planned for the future and discussed their thoughts with school staff in one-on-one interviews.


Senior Day of Action Guidelines

A set of guidelines from Tilden High School and Umoja Student Development Corporation on how to engage in one-on-one interviews with seniors as they navigate the college application process.


College Decision Day Materials

A collection of artifacts from Tilden High School on their College Decision Day event.