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OnTrack eLearning and Workshop Curriculum An overview of programs and resources

OnTrack eLearning

OnTrack to Post-Secondary Education is an eLearning college and career readiness program designed to help 9th-12th grade students successfully navigate high school, understand the process and requirements to obtain some type of post-secondary education and how to access and receive financial aid.

OnTrack is delivered through grade specific short videos, covering topics such as: Developing Strong Study Skills, ACT/SAT Prep, Resolving Conflict, FAFSA Completion and Paying for College.

Over 200 Modules to choose from!

Examples of Grade Specific Modules

9th Grade Modules:

  • Discipline and Conflict Resolution
  • What is GPA and Why Is It Important
  • Getting to Know Your Teachers
  • How High School is Different Academically
  • Note Taking
  • Developing Strong Study Skills
  • Math and Science Study Tips
  • Learning Styles
  • How to Succeed in Classes You’re Struggling Within

10th Grade Modules:

  • PSAT Overview
  • ACT Aspire for 10th Graders
  • How to Handle Bullying
  • Developing Peer Leaderships Skills
  • Internal Barriers to Success
  • First Generation College Students
  • Public Colleges
  • Private Colleges

11th Grade Modules:

  • Sharpening Writing Skills
  • ACT Essentials
  • SAT Essentials
  • Registering for the ACT/SAT
  • SAT/ACT Fee Waivers
  • SAT/ACT Scoring

12th Grade Modules:

  • Are You Independent or Dependent?
  • Creating an FSA ID
  • FAFSA Overview
  • What do you Need to Complete the FAFSA?
  • Completing the FAFSA: Student Section
  • Scholarships
  • Grants
  • Loans and Work Study (general info and initial steps)
  • Role of the Financial Aid Office
  • Preparing For Living On Your Own

OnTrack Workshop Series

As a supplement to the OnTrack program (ontrackpse.com) the Uncommon Individual Foundation is now offering in-person mentoring and workshop facilitation for students and/or parents during or after-school hours. Workshops are offered as individual sessions or in a series, tailored to the needs of the requesting organization. Here is a description of our OnTrack Workshops

Topic #1: Essay Writing

(College Admissions and/or Scholarships)

From learning how to write their names, to writing biographies and research papers, most students know the basics of writing. They know how a paper should be structured, and what a supporting detail is, but many students lack, or have not developed, the skills necessary to write excellent college admissions and/or scholarship essays. These essays are influential during the admissions process and when applying for scholarships.

In this interactive workshop, your students will learn:

● The Importance of College Admissions and Scholarship Essays

● What makes an excellent essay

● Strategies for writing college and/or scholarship essays

● The Do’s and Don’ts of college and/or scholarship essay writing

Topic #2: Navigating High School

The transition from middle school to high school is critical to students’ success throughout high school. It is at this point along the Pre-K-16 pipeline that students are exposed to various factors (more peers, possible bad habits, larger school environment, etc.) that could all have an impact (positive or negative) on his or her success.

In this interactive workshop we hope to keep students and/or parents on track by discussing:

  • Habits of Highly Successful Students
  • What to expect when entering high school (for 8th graders)
  • What do you do when unexpected things happen? (Personal, academic, social, and psychological)

Topic #3: Goal Setting and Planning

“A goal without a plan is just a dream.” It is not enough to simply want to do something --whatever that “something may be.” In order to make a goal reality, one must take action. Taking action means creating a plan to carry out the tasks necessary to complete the goal. Let us support your students by giving them the basic tools necessary to not only set goals, but to accomplish them!

In this interactive workshop students will learn:

● The importance of goals and goal setting

● What is a “SMART” goal?

● Different approaches for goal setting

Topic #4 College Planning

This interactive workshop provides a framework for how sophomores and juniors should begin navigating the process of “going to college.” Planning for college starts long before students enter their senior year. Now is the time to urge students to deeply consider and begin thinking about college costs, colleges they want to attend, and even requirements for going to college. It is our hope that this interactive workshop will spark additional conversations between students and parents upon receiving this information.

During this interactive workshop, students will develop a deeper understanding and knowledge of:

● What it means to make the decision to go to college

● Early steps to take in the college planning process

● How to be proactive in their pursuit of postsecondary education attainment

Topic #5: Understanding Financial Aid

Knowing about financial aid is just as important as applying to colleges when it comes to the college application process. After all, most people cannot afford to go to college without applying for federal assistance to do so. In this interactive workshop, we will provide foundational knowledge about financial aid that will be beneficial as parents and/or students develop financial plans to fund their college education(s).

The conversation will revolve around the following topics:

● What is financial aid?

● How do you get financial aid?

● The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

● The role of the FAFSA in the financial aid process

● Your financial aid award letter

Topic #6: FAFSA Walkthrough and Completion

In an attempt to demystify the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), we have designed this interactive workshop to assist parents and/or students with understanding FAFSA. Through a comprehensive walkthrough of fafsa.gov (the official FAFSA website), both parents and students will leave with a greater knowledge of what FAFSA is, why it is necessary, and how to complete FAFSA.

During this interactive workshop students and/or parents will:

● Get a detailed walkthrough of the FAFSA website

● Learn what the FAFSA is and why it is important to complete regardless of income status

● Receive additional resources for understanding and completing the FAFSA

Topic #7: The Transition to College

Applying to college (and getting accepted) is only the beginning of the journey to postsecondary education attainment. After getting accepted to college there are additional steps that need to be taken in order to ensure a smooth transition to college. It is often during this period that students fail to complete the necessary requirements and as a result, do not enroll into college the following Fall.

In this interactive workshop students will learn:

● What is needed from most colleges after being accepted

● What to expect in college

● Ways to make sure that you do not “melt away” during the summer before college enrollment

Topic #8: Social Media Usage

In today’s society, advances in technology have made social media a popular form of communicating with others, sharing information and expressing ideas. While created for positive use, oftentimes the original intent of social media is misconstrued and it is often misused. Students should be aware of the useful purposes of social media and how misuse could negatively impact their reputations, and even their futures.

In this interactive workshop students will learn:

● The original intent of social media and how it has changed over time

● The Do’s and Don’ts of Social Media

● How social media can be used positively

For more information or to schedule a workshop contact Shakia Kirksey; OnTrack Assistant Director of College Readiness Programs

Also visit ontrackpse.com and uif.org to learn more

All workshops are available for customization according to the wants and/or needs of the requesting organization. Information can be provided as one individual workshop, or as a series of workshops. Other topics not listed can also be covered. If you have a specific topic you would like for us to cover, please let us know.

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