WCAN Statewide Conference - Afternoon Breakout Sessions


Knowing the Students You Serve – How to Access and Interpret Student and School Data

Learn how to access county-level educational health and economic data about children and families. National, state, and local resources that support individuals working in the Washington College Access Network will also be discussed. Hear an overview of the KIDS COUNT Data Center and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction’s Comprehensive Education Data and Research System (CEDARS). Workshop participants will leave with knowledge of online resources and examples of how data can be used to take an in-depth look at the local conditions influencing college access, participation, and success. They will also hear what’s on the horizon for Washington State‘s education-based data.

Washington Kids Count Presentation
OSPI Data Presentation



Connecting with Diverse Student Populations

Learn how to identify strategies and methods that help close the achievement gap. This workshop will connect recent policy decisions regarding the achievement gap, cultural competence, equity, and civil rights with educational practice in our schools. Hear about what cultural competence is as well as effective strategies for engaging diverse students, families, and communities. Participants will be able to utilize cultural competence as an instructional practice and professional standard. They will also create an action plan for engaging diverse students, families, and communities in authentic partnerships with their schools.

Connecting with Diverse Student Populations



Early Engagement Strategies in the College Choice Process

The secrets to effectively engaging potential students in college decision making are revealed by Tacoma Community College staff. This workshop will provide a broad overview of some engagement strategies that have assisted TCC in recruiting a student body that closely represents the diversity of the college’s service area. More specifically, the workshop will focus on community partnerships and services that help potential students. Participate in a discussion addressing the best practices that engage students early and often on the road to making a higher education decision.

Early Engagement Strategies in the College Choice Process



Paying for College - The Role of the Family

Join us to learn how to plan and pay for a higher education. Get tips on completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and information about the federal, state, and private aid programs that help families pay for college. Learn more about the College Bound Scholarship and Passport to College for Foster Youth, and receive an overview of state aid in Washington. Participants will leave with knowledge of the early commitment scholarship, foster youth financial aid programs, and other financial aid programs.

Paying for College: The Role of the Family



KnowHow2Go Curriculum Training

KnowHow2Go outlines four steps to planning and preparing for post-secondary education. Participants will learn strategies for integrating campaign messages and activities into existing programming. The presenters will provide curriculum ideas, web-based tools, PowerPoint presentations, and an assembly/rally tool-kit. This session will also cover the College Bound Scholarship including status updates, available collateral, and statewide strategies for sign-ups.

KnowHow2Go Curriculum Training



Federal/Washington State Education Policy Update

From Race to the Top to the upcoming reauthorization of the No Child Left Child Behind Act, there is more energy and excitement around federal education policy than there has been in years. But that doesn’t mean the folks in “the other Washington” get to have all the fun. Here in Washington State, education advocates are making real progress on reforms that will improve our schools and prepare more students for college and the world of work. In this workshop, hear more about the critical reforms Washington lawmakers have been discussing, straight from the folks on the frontlines of the debate. Learn more about the direction of education policy in Washington and across the nation. Participants will leave this workshop with a strong working knowledge of the current federal and state education policy landscape. From interactive discussion on what reforms will make states competitive for Race to the Top and other federal competitive funding sources, participants will be conversant in the innovative changes other states are making to improve their schools and what Washington schools can do to accelerate student achievement.

Federal/Washington State Education Policy Update



Best Practices in College Access Curriculums – Equipping Students to Act on Aspirations

This interactive hands-on session will introduce the best curriculum practices, strategies, and tools for evaluating student learning materials. The Northwest Education Loan Association (NELA) with the support of Change Systems for Educators is in the process of developing a student-centered college access and success curriculum along with a facilitator's guide. Participants in this session will use the organizational framework for the proposed NELA curriculum.

Best Practices in College Access Curriculums – Equipping Students to Act on Aspirations



Developing Networks to Build Capacity – The Establishment of the Tacoma College Support Network

Hear the testimony of the Tacoma College Support Network’s success in helping students stay in high school, become college-ready and graduate more low income students. In this workshop presenters will also discuss collaborations to improve collegiate success and scholarship opportunities. Presenters will discuss how the TCSN collaboration has matured and how it plans to grow. Participants will leave with the necessary insight to provide support for students in their communities.

Developing Networks to Build Capacity – The Establishment of the Tacoma College Support Network



Marketing and Locating Scholarships – Using theWashBoard.org

TheWashBoard.org is taking the work out of looking for college scholarships. Say good-bye to irrelevant and time consuming searches. TheWashBoard.org matches Washington scholarship seekers with appropriate scholarship providers. This free web-based scholarship clearing house allows students to search and apply for scholarships specific to their needs. TheWashBoard.org only recommends scholarships for which a student is potentially eligible. It is completely advertising and spam-free. To find out more, join the Washington Scholarship Coalition (WSC) for a brief demonstration and to learn how this unique resource will change the face of education.

Marketing and Locating Scholarships – Using thewashboard.org

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950 Pacific Ave
Suite 1250
Tacoma, WA 98402

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