Webinars

Join us throughout the year as TACAC brings you dynamic speakers and interesting topics. Whether you are on the high school or college side, we have webinars to benefit you. It's professional development from the ease and comfort of your own office. 

Upcoming Webinars:   

January 21
12 PM

Supporting Undocumented Students in Accessing and Succeeding in College: Join TheDream.US and Texas A&M University San Antonio to learn how we are working together to help undocumented students access and succeed in college. We will give an overview of these students’ profile, the current laws and barriers impacting their access to higher education, the challenges they face in successfully navigating and completing college, and effective practices to support these students in their college journeys. We will share resources and information on TheDream.US Scholarship for Texas DREAMers.

Presenters: Tania Wilcox, Director of College Scholars Program at The Dream.US and Kimberly Nanez, Executive Director, Student Success Center at Texas A&M at San Antonio

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February 5
12 PM

Perfectly Queer: Providing a Clear Message on Your Support of LGBTQ+ Students: A guide to help both sides of the desk build and assess structures of support for LGBTQ+ youth.

Presenters: Yanadira Mendez-Magana, Manager of College Access and Financial Aid at Uplift Education and Tamara Siler, Deputy Director of Admission – Access and Inclusion at Rice University

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February 25
2 PM

Don’t ‘Dis’ My Abilities!: From the college search to ACT/SAT testing, the college admissions may look a bit different for students with learning differences than for their peers. Join us to learn more about how their process differs and what you can do to help support them and advocate them throughout their journey!

Presenters: Toni Schexnyder, College and Career Counselor at The Winston School of San Antonio and Steven Yocham, Head of Middle/Upper School at The Winston School San Antonio

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March 10
11 AM

Counseling Jewish Families Through the College Search: Like other historically marginalized groups, Jewish families seek inclusive college communities and are sensitive to the ways they are kept on the fringes, either explicitly or implicitly, by intent or ignorance. Moreover, Jews are not a monolith. Learn from and share with colleagues who have decades of experience working with Jewish families. Walk away knowing what questions to ask Jewish families when it comes to religious practice, dietary restrictions, gap years in Israel and more.

Presenters: Heath Einstein, Dean of Admission at Texas Christian University; Jenny Fisher, Director of College Counseling at Greenhill School; Dr. Chris Teel, Director of College Counseling at the Emery Weiner School

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March 18
12 PM

What School Counselors and Admissions Officers Need to Know When Working With and Recruiting Muslim Students: Understanding the religious and cultural norms surrounding Muslim students can greatly improve the relationship and communication between students, counselors and admissions officers. This can help ensure students are being matched with colleges, universities, and career paths that are aligned with their beliefs.

Presenters: Mehnaz Kafray, Academic Guidance Counselor at Brighter Horizons Academy College Preparatory (Garland, TX)

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April 16
12 PM

What your AAPI Students and Colleagues Might Not be Telling You: This webinar will address and discuss topics ranging from AAPI 101 and the pain of microaggressions to the Harvard affirmative action case and mitigating bias in recommendation letters and admissions recruitment effort.

Presenters: Jamie Kim, Director of College Counseling at St. John’s School,  Alyson Tom, Associate Director of College Counseling at Castilleja School (CA) and Sonam Aidasani, Academic Program Manager at EMERGE

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April 20
11 AM

Counseling Black Students in White Spaces

Presenters: Dr. Ashley Bennett, Director of College Counseling at KIPP Sunnyside High School and Kelli Emerson, Student Support Advisor at Lee College

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April 27
11 AM

Counseling the Non-College Ready: How do we help the high school student who is not ready for postsecondary options? In this presentation, we'll discuss the types of students we meet every day in our offices, and we'll look at how to identify the underlying obstacles that prevent success. With every obstacle, we'll have a discussion of options and strategies to work toward a plan - which can involve parents, high schools, community organizations, and higher education. If you've ever had that student you didn't know how to reach, we hope you'll join the conversation.

Presenters: Laura Willard, Professional College Readiness Specialist at Conroe ISD

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 May 4
12 PM

Getting Comfortable with Discomfort: How White Educators Can Work Toward Talking About Race: Using a case-study approach, this webinar will walk you through how one school started having regular, organized conversations for white educators about white identity, privilege, fragility, and anti-racist practices.  The story will likely have examples of more missteps than successes, and we'll discuss the numerous professional development opportunities that exist for white educators.  Though this webinar is targeted toward those who self-identify as white, TACAC members of all races are invited and welcome.

Jonah O’Hara, Director of College Counseling at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School

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 June 28
1 PM

Supporting Native American and Indigenous Students During Times of Uncertainty: You are invited to join a discussion about serving Native American and Indigenous students during times of uncertainty and beyond. The goal is to provide tangible ways to utilize in helping to create, build and reframe relationships to best serve Indigenous and Native American students in secondary and higher education. Learning about Indigenous land acknowledgement will be one of several examples presented.

Presenters: Danielle Yepa Gunderson, Associate Director of College Counseling at Sandia Prep in NM and NACAC SIG Leader and Steven Abbott, Associate Director of Admissions/Coordinator of Native Outreach at Dartmouth College 

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Archived Webinars: 

Members can view a library of archived webinars from their member login here.


Webinar Content:

Do you have a great idea for webinar content? Do you know a great presenter? Do you have a presentation developed that would benefit your colleagues? We want to hear from you. Submit your ideas here

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Co-Chairs: Charlie Runyan, The Hockaday School and Perri Watts, University of Colorado Boulder

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