August 1, 2017
Author: Mychal Wynn (Northeastern ’79)
Editor: Mychal-David Wynn (Amherst College ’13)
This month brings important changes to our College Planning Cohort™ Program. Following is an overview of these changes.
On September 1, we will begin our College Planning Cohort Google Classrooms. Each classroom will be designed to support a specific cohort. Please review the overview of the classroom in which you may have the opportunity to participate (listed in alphabetical order).
Crossroads for Teens Cohort
All registered students have been added to the classroom and should receive an invitation to sign into the classroom by August 11, 2017. Mr. Wynn will be the instructor and Mr. Patterson will serve as the classroom facilitator. At the regularly scheduled meeting on Sunday, August 13, Mr. Patterson will fully explain the new format. Students must bring a laptop computer to the meeting. The classroom will officially open on September 1.
Guilford County School First Generation Cohort
Students who have submitted a fully completed ‘My Profile’ form will be added to the classroom and should receive login information by August 15, 2017. The classroom will officially open on September 1. Our goal will be for students to complete the four monthly assignments, prior to the monthly meetings, so that we may focus our meeting time on engaging in large and small group discussions. High school seniors are on an aggressive timeline to engage in college and scholarship research, prepare college and scholarship applications, maintain stellar senior-year grades, engage in leadership and community service, build relationships with their top choice colleges, complete the FAFSA, approach teachers for recommendation letters, write essays, and review financial aid award letters. The classroom will be designed to guide students and parents through this process.
The monthly schedule of meetings for the 2017/18 school year will be announced by the Guilford County Schools Diversity Office.
Florence County School District 3 Cohort
All rising Lake City High School seniors, who participated in the boot camp and confirmed their desire to continue participating in the cohort, have been added to the classroom and should receive their login information by August 15, 2017. The classroom will officially open on September 1. However, students may log into the classroom as soon as they receive their login information and complete the pre-registration activities.
The monthly schedule of meetings for the 2017/18 school year will be posted to the classroom as soon as the schedule is finalized by Mr. Ned Blake, principal, Lake City High School.
Turner Chapel AME Church Senior Cohort
Currently, the following students are enrolled in the Turner Chapel AME Church Senior Cohort:
- Akilah Williams
- Shelby Brown
- Summer Ford
Other interested students (who are members of the Turner Chapel AME Church) may contact the Turner Chapel Education Ministry and apply to become part of the TCC Senior cohort or join the 9 – 11 cohort. All participating high school juniors and seniors are required to attend the monthly Next Episode Teen Bible Study sessions.
Turner Chapel AME Church Girl Scouts Cohort
All students registered with Girl Scout Troop Leader, Mrs. Lisa Willis, have been added to the classroom. Other students will be added to the classroom within 3 days of finalizing their registrations. Mr. Wynn is the instructor, Mrs. Kim Sackey is the small group coach, and Mrs. Lisa Willis is the classroom facilitator. The classroom will officially open on September 1. Registered students may begin completing the pre-registration activities as soon as they receive their login information.
United Ghana Christian Church Cohort
All registered students have been added to the classroom and should receive their login information by August 15, 2017. Mr. Wynn will be the classroom instructor and Ms. Nana Birago Adjepong will serve as the classroom facilitator. Students in grades 9 – 11 will be enrolled in the UGCC Cohort and high school seniors will be enrolled in the Turner Chapel AME Church Senior Cohort.
National College Planning Cohort
Students, in grades 9 – 11, who registered for our national college planning cohort in 2016 will have the opportunity to continue receiving assigned activities via our monthly newsletter throughout 2017 at no additional cost. Students who desire to participate in our College Planning Cohort Google Classroom may register for $199.95 per semester or purchase a discounted registration of $349.95 to cover the 2017/18 academic year. Students who purchased their College Planning Cohort registration in 2017 will automatically be placed into the College Planning Cohort Google Classroom at no additional cost for the first semester of the 2017/18 school year and may renew their registration for the second semester at any time prior to January 1, 2018.
High school seniors who are interested in receiving college planning guidance may contact us to set up a 30-minute consultation during which time we will volunteer to provide our suggestions as to your most viable college options.
What are the benefits of the College Planning Cohort Google Classroom?
Through our research, the Google Classroom platform offers many benefits to our program:
- Documents are securely maintained on the Google server and automatically save
- Documents may be securely shared with parents so that students, parents, facilitators, and cohort leaders are always aware of current actions and student work
- We will cultivate a synergistic exchange of ideas, hopes, dreams, and college/career aspirations between students as they post comments of what they are learning and how their college plans are taking shape
- By serving as facilitators, parents, teachers, counselors, or mentors will become part of a national college planning support support network for students and families
- We will provide more focused guidance as we assign supplemental activities based on each student’s dreams, aspirations, and body of work
- We will provide opportunities for former cohort students to serve as ‘guest lecturers,’ to share their experiences and provide greater insight into the impact of the activities on their college and scholarship outcomes
Would you like to start a cohort?
While individual students may join our National College Planning Cohort Google Classroom, any group of 5 or more students may form a cohort and we will design a classroom for the student group or community-based organization. While students will complete the same activities, the class will be monitored by a facilitator (e.g., parent, coach, mentor, counselor, teacher, etc.) from the sponsoring group. Cohorts may be formed around a grade level (9 – 12), group (e.g., Boy/Girl Scouts, Boys and Girls Club, YMCA, after school program, etc.), or organization (e.g., fraternity, sorority, Jack and Jill, etc.).
Cohort Email Address
The primary email address being used to communicate with participating students and families is firstname.lastname@example.org. The email address through which Google Docs are shared is email@example.com.
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Marietta, GA 30007