To find out more about any of the opportunities below, please contact PSCCN (PSCCN at PSESD.ORG). When registration for an event is active, a registration link will appear in the event description.
Pathways to Drop Out: A Discussion with the Authors of the new book, Why We Drop Out.
February 12, 2018 from 3:00PM to 4:30PM at the Tacoma Public Schools Professional Development Center Duet Room (6501 N 23rd St, Tacoma, WA 98406)
Register for the event here.
Please join the authors of “Why We Drop Out”: Understanding and Disrupting Student Pathways to Leaving School, PSCCN, and the PSESD Early Warning Indicator Systems team for an engaging discussion about the interplay of school-related and personal factors that lead students to drop out of school, common misperceptions about student drop out, and how we can better support student engagement and attendance.
More About the Book:
Through engaging stories and the use of students’ voices, authors Deborah L. Feldman, Antony T. Smith, Barbara L. Waxman correct persistent misconceptions about youth who drop out of high school. Based on research conducted with high school dropouts in both urban and rural communities, the authors argue that, contrary to popular belief, most dropouts are not disengaged from school at an early age. Many have positive memories of their education, both social and academic, that educators and policymakers can draw on to create successful prevention and intervention practices. The narratives and insights presented here will help readers to better understand the interplay of school-related and personal factors that lead students to drop out of school. “Why We Drop Out” is essential reading for K–12 educators, school principals, counselors, psychologists, and everyone concerned with our nation’s dropout crisis.
Sara Goldrick-Rab: Paying the Price:
Thursday, November 30, 2017 from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM at the Puget Sound Skills Center (18010 8th Ave South, Seattle, WA 98148)
One of the most sustained and vigorous public debates today is about the value—and, crucially, the price—of college. But an unspoken, outdated assumption underlies all sides of this debate: if a young person works hard enough, they’ll be able to get a college degree and be on the path to a good life. That’s simply not true anymore, says Sara Goldrick-Rab, and with Paying the Price, she shows in damning detail exactly why.
Please join the Puget Sound College & Career Network for a vibrant discussion of the true meaning of increasing equitable access to postsecondary education. She will share findings from her research nationally and reflect on the unique challenges face by students in Washington State and King County.
Cost: $5 – Light refreshments will be provided.
Pierce County Financial Aid Leadership Cohort:
During the 2017-18 school year teams from Pierce County school districts and community organizations will convene around financial aid completion training, best practice sharing, and action. Tentative cohort training and discussion topics may include:
- Using data to inform and support case management
- Family engagement around financial aid completion
- Early, middle, and late school year financial aid completion strategies
- Supporting undocumented students and families
This fall, the cohort met on October 4 and December 4, 2017. Our next cohort meeting will take place on February 1, 2018.
If you are interested in learning more about the cohort please email PSCCN at the address above. If you would like to register your school or organization for the cohort, please visit the registration page. For more information on the cohort please see our cohort details document.
Financial Aid 101:
September 20, 2017 from 9:00AM-12:00PM at Tacoma Community College
As part of the Pierce County Leadership Cohort, we will offer a “Financial Aid 101” training for practitioners and community partners to learn the basics of the FAFSA and WASFA and discuss strategies for addressing some of the most common issues and questions around financial aid application completion for in-school and out-of-school students and their families. For more information and to register, please visit our registration page. This training is available to anyone supporting students and families to complete financial aid (not only cohort members).
Also be sure to check our the PSCCN Events Calendar for other upcoming regional postsecondary readiness and success related events and training opportunities!