Prepping first-gen college students begins in high school

educationdive | March 13, 2019

Prepping first-gen college students begins in high school
While first-generation college students make up about a third of undergraduates, they complete their bachelor’s degrees at a rate that is less than half than that of students with a college graduate parent, Edutopia reports. That's why some high schools are developing specific strategies to prepare these students to survive the rigors and structure of the college environment.Early College High School, a public charter school located on the campus of Delaware State University, for example, works to prepare freshmen for college classes by their sophomore year so they can begin earning college credit. The teachers also incorporate strategies, such as assigning engaging but academically challenging projects and frequently assessing students not only on academics, but also on factors that can impact college success, such as work ethic, attendance and behavior.Impact Academy of Arts and Technology in Hayward, California, another example, is not on a college campus, but educators there organize field trips to different types of colleges and provide instruction on topics such as college financing, roommate conflict resolution and accessing academic resources on campus. School leaders also incorporate project-based learning to teach collaboration and hold office hours so students learn how to ask for help when they need it.

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Summer is nearly here, which means that students are eagerly awaiting long days of nice weather, relaxed schedules and time spent with friends instead of schoolwork. And while everyone can appreciate a good lazy day, the academic consequences of an entire summer off is not something to take lightly. In fact, ASCD reports that, on average, elementary students lose one month of learning over the summer.

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Summer is nearly here, which means that students are eagerly awaiting long days of nice weather, relaxed schedules and time spent with friends instead of schoolwork. And while everyone can appreciate a good lazy day, the academic consequences of an entire summer off is not something to take lightly. In fact, ASCD reports that, on average, elementary students lose one month of learning over the summer.

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