When I Grow Up: Designing High-Impact Postsecondary Planning Programs
Conard High School, West Hartford, Connecticut
To prepare all students for postsecondary success in the 21st century, Conard High School’s college and career readiness program provides personalized, student-centered learning opportunities that incorporate student interests, aspirations, and goals. Presenters will use multimedia to illustrate a wide range of interactive, real-world activities and outside-of-the-box strategies that have helped our school strengthen student transitions and increase postsecondary attainment, including exemplars of community partnerships and how they are utilized to enrich school-based and off-site learning experiences. Participants will also learn how parents, teachers, and district leaders at all levels promote a college-going and career-confident culture; how our school’s systemic accountability, support, and intervention program was implemented for all students while retaining a focus on underrepresented student subgroups; and how research-based models and resources were used to engage students and parents in early and ongoing exposure to college and career experiences that have a direct correlation to academic preparation.