Poor postsecondary choices are the consequences of too little college knowledge, too late.
There are any number of reasons why students fall off the postsecondary path -- or worse -- never even pursue a postsecondary education. For many, the unfamiliar and complicated college preparation and application process proves too difficult to manage. Others may fail to grasp the importance of a rigorous college prep until late in their high school years. Some students fail to make any postsecondary plans, or make inadequate plans because they do not fully comprehend the social and financial benefits of college, or understand their postsecondary educational options. Students who select a college that is a poor fit for their academic needs and abilities, and ultimately may not complete their degree.
College knowledge a key element of college readiness and should be part of a student’s education long before high school. Many educational organizations, including ACT, EPIC, AMLE, and the U.S. Department of Education recommend that students begin learning about college as early as sixth grade. Middle school can play an important role in guiding early preparation for postsecondary education through introducing students and their parents to the college prep and the college process, and teaching students the unique language of college. By the time students get to high school, they should be confidently on their personal postsecondary path.
The 21st Century Student’s Guide to College has 15 lesson plans for getting students confidently on to the postsecondary path. This unique (and fun!) student-centered curriculum covers over 100 key terms and concepts including college regions, affiliations, selection, majors, alternatives to a traditional four year college, paying for college, college sports, life on a college campus, degrees, grad school, and more.
Your students will love this introduction to all things college! Ideal for Grades 7-10.
Student workbook is 192 pages, b&w interior; Includes 15 chapters of student text (read-only), 15 Chapter Activities Binders, vocabulary e-flashcards, and chapter vocabulary tests.
What will students learn?
Susan Mulcaire is an attorney-turned-teacher. She holds a B.A. from U.C Berkeley, a J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law, and a teaching credential from Concordia University. She is a member of the California State Bar Association and holds a California teaching credential. She is the author of several college readiness programs.