About the November 8, 2012 Workshop Session
Pre-Reading and Reflection
Download three documents:
1. From CBD: Think about the “loss points” at each stage of the “Completion By Design” framework. Think about students you know who have overcome obstacles to post-secondary completion. Can you identify instances when the approach taken by a professional or through an institutional program helped to foster the necessary self-efficacy in a student who may have had significant challenges? Be ready to share a brief example with other participants at PDI.
2. From NOSCA: Read NOSCA’s components 1 and 2 (pages 4-7 of NOSCA’s “8 Components”). Which practices can counselors employ to help students build college aspirations and persist even when academic achievement is hard for them? For additional background on research-based strategies, access the article, “Student Success: Definition, Outcomes, Principles & Practices."
3. From College Counseling Outreach Handbook: Think about a particular student who seems to have a low sense of self-efficacy. Albert Bandura says, ”…people who doubt their capabilities shy away from difficult tasks which they view as personal threats. They have low aspirations and weak commitment to the goals they choose to pursue. When faced with difficult tasks, they dwell on their personal deficiencies, on the obstacles they will encounter, and all kinds of adverse outcomes rather than concentrate on how to perform successfully.” Using the College Counseling Handbook, identify particular tasks the student you are thinking about will likely have difficulty completing successfully. How would you help the student to experience success with the tasks and build upon their sense of self-efficacy?
4. Bring a copy of any contact information for resources or providers you use on a regular basis to refer students and families to those who can offer support in challenging circumstances. (Mental health, employment, addiction, pregnancy/parenting, abuse/neglect, homelessness, etc.) We will use these lists during our asset map activity. (NOTE: Please bring your asset map with you if you have one already.)
During the Session
Questions for Participants
Throughout the session’s case study, research overview and panel, participants will be asked to reflect on the following:
What can be done within your role/institution to promote the following six core principles* that contribute to post-secondary student success?
1. Personal Connectedness
2. High Expectations and Aspirations
3. A Plan and Pathway to Success
4. Effective College Readiness
5. Engaged Learning
6. An Integrated Network of Academic, Financial and Social Support
* Derived from McClenney & Associates’ 2008 SENSE field test
During the Session Handouts
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