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Webinar Opportunity for KY School Counselors

There will be a webinar opportunity at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET March 27 titled "Creating and Videoing School Counseling Curriculum Lessons During School Closures " with Damien Sweeney, the Kentucky Department of Education's program coordinator for Comprehensive School Counseling..

This webinar promises to be distraction free.

Sign up using this Google Form.

Big News from College Board

On Friday, the College Board released an update on how the Advanced Placement (AP) program is supporting this year’s AP exam administration. Within this email, College Board called out a few bullets that are within the AP Central update page that you can find College Board website. Please be sure to read the entire update, as I’m only including a snippet below.

The AP program will invest heavily over the next month in the following ways:

  • For the 2019–2020 exam administration only, students can take a 45-minute online exam at home. Educator-led development committees are currently selecting the exam questions that will be administered. Traditional face-to-face exam administrations will not take place.
  • AP curricula are locally developed and we defer to local decisions on how best to help students complete coursework. To be fair to all students, some of whom have lost more instructional time than others, the exam will only include topics and skills most AP teachers and students have already covered in class by early March.
  • Colleges support this solution and are committed to ensuring that AP students receive the credit they have worked this year to earn. For decades, colleges have accepted a shortened AP exam for college credit when groups of students have experienced emergencies.
  • Students will be able to take these streamlined exams on any device they have access to —computer, tablet or smartphone. Taking a photo of handwritten work also will be an option.
  • Free AP Review Classes
    • Beginning on March 25, you can attend free, live AP review courses delivered by AP teachers from across the country. These courses:
      • Are optional, mobile-friendly and can be used alongside any work an AP teacher may give.
      • Will be available on-demand, so you can access them any time.
      • Will focus on reviewing the skills and concepts from the first 75% of the course. There also will be some supplementary lessons covering the final 25% of the course.
  • College Board recognizes that the digital divide could prevent some low-income and rural students from participating. Working with partners, College Board will invest so that these students have the tools and connectivity they need to review AP content online and take the exam. If your students need mobile tools or connectivity, you can reach out to College Board directly to let them know.
  • Keep your Advanced Placement teachers connected by reminding them about the AP Community. AP teachers can learn about ways to support student learning during school closures using this resource .

Letter to Seniors

With so much in the air right now, many high school seniors are heartbroken at the thought of missing traditional senior year events. This may mean that their senior athletic season was cut short or canceled, their spring break plans got canceled or their prom got canceled (among other things).

Here is a great letter to all high school seniors - scroll past the header - from an educator that lost his senior year due to Hurricane Katrina. Not only should this letter help us relate to our suffering seniors, but it also may help them work through their grief. 

#KYGoesToCollege Twitter Chats from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority

The Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) is helping answer questions from students and families on Twitter at 3 pm ET on the @KHEAA Twitter page. The themes KHEAA will discuss are:

  • March 23: The College Experience
  • March 24: Focus on FAFSA
  • March 27: The Verification Process
  • March 30: Visiting Colleges 101
  • April 1: Overcoming Obstacles
  • April 3: Next Steps to College

March 23, 2020

Virtual Counseling Webinars

Check out these webinars from last week about virtual counseling in Kentucky during school closures.

Video 1

Video 2

Padlet with Corona Virus Resources

Padlet for Social and Emotional Learning:

I strongly suggest you start with the Kernels of Practice article!

Check out how one counselor from Marshall County High School is remaining accessible and connecting with her students during this time. 

Courier Journal: "I'm really scared": What if feels like to be a kid during the coronavirus pandemic.

KDE: "Teaching Students about Health Promotion and Disease Prevention"

Everybody Hurts: The State of Mental Health in America is designed to help you understand crisis trends in your state and the United States as a whole. This data— comprised of 129 million message collected from our launch on Aug. 1, 2013, until Dec. 31, 2019, — busts myths.

Text CRISIS to 741741 for free, confidential support.

Nourish to Flourish

Are you overwhelmed by the alarming news you see on the television, social media and Internet each day? Check out the Good News Network to brighten your day!

Worry Much? Check out this article about four ways you can stop worrying.