college application week
Thank you to everyone who was able to participate in one of the coordinator training webinars this week. For those who weren't able to join us, you can do so here or from a link on the Coordinator Resource page. As promised, I took note of all the questions that were asked during those sessions, and I present you with a compilation of those questions and the best answers we've got, arranged by topic. Please don't hesitate to continue to ask questions!
We think having parents volunteer is a great idea! In fact, we know sites have encouraged parents to participate since our pilot year in 2012. This year, Lincoln High School in Portland offered another way to get parents involved: ask one or two to be co-coordinators for your event!
Please share your ideas for planning & implementing CAW. We'll post your tips & tricks on the blog. You can find all the shared ideas by clickling on the green "Ideas that Work" icon to the right.
Here's a tip from Hillsboro High School for getting your colleagues engaged and helping to build excitement for your event:
Another great idea from Benson High School in Portland:
They'll be promoting their CAW event during their Back to School Night next week. Ensuring that parents know you're participating in this statewide event is critical to your success - and the earlier, the better! In addition to sharing the information at any parent ngiht events, consider also sending a Student and Family Letter home. Remember to encourage parents to volunteer at your event.
Last year, Newport High School used the Donation Request Letter template to ask their area businesses to support their CAW event. They had no idea they'd be overwhelmed with positive responses. So what do you do when you have more prizes than you know what to do with? Make baskets! Gather several smaller prizes together to create one (or more) super enticing raffle prize. Check these out:
Great idea from Benson HS in Portland!
They'll be hosting their event through their CTE classes, and they're thinking about throwing a celebratory party for the class that has the highest attendance during their scheduled CAW event. We suggested using the Donation Request Letter template to ask local businesses to provide treats for the bash.
The start of the school year means it's time to begin planning College Application Week events. For Oregon CAW "headquarters," it means supporting your efforts. One of the ways we do that is by sponsoring an inspirational social media campaign each year.
This year, the theme is #whyichose. As in, "why did you choose to continue your education beyond high school" or "why did you choose the college you attended?" or "why might a student choose a particular college?"
Here's a great idea from Hermiston High School:
They'll be hosting a mini-CAW event in the next few weeks with a special focus on reaching out to students whose best postsecondary match is a two-year community college or trade school.
The following is a guest post from Cindy Pogwizd, site coordinator at Pacific High School.
The goal was to assist all seniors as they apply to some type of post secondary education option, including certificate programs, two-year degree programs and four-year degree programs. GEARUP helped sponsor the event.