Professional Development Series

2017 Professional Development Series

Exploring Paths to Higher Education

Many roads lead to college. This year’s GuidedPath Professional Development series took a look at various roads students take to higher education. We interviewed subject matter experts from across the globe, asking them to share thoughts on guiding students as they explore different paths to higher education.  

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Audience: All sessions are appropriate for teachers, administrators and advisors in schools, organizations and in private practice.  Parents and students can benefit from these sessions as well.

Recent Interviews:

Edward Fiske
Former NY Times writer, author of The Fiske Guide
Trends in Paths to Education: Using the Past to Build the FutureEdward Fiske has seen many trends in college education over the years he has covered this topic. What trends does he see for the future? How can we learn from the past? Join us for the conversation with Ed Fiske, led by Cyndy McDonald.Wed. June 7
10 am PST/1 pm EST
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Chris Andersson
Theater Education Specialist
Choosing the Right Path as a Visual or Performing Arts StudentStudents interested in pursuing a path in college as a visual or performing arts major have lots of choices to make. Cyndy McDonald interviews Chris Andersson, Theater Education Specialist, with experience at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. How is this path different? What is the difference between a conservatory and non-conservatory experience? What students/parents should be aware of if they choose this path? Interview will include time for audience questions.Wed. June 28
10 am PDT/1 pm EDT
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Other Interview Recordings:

Maria Furtado
Executive Director of Colleges That Change Lives.
The Value of a Liberal Arts Education for Generation ZGeneration Z was raised with Xbox and cell phones. Why should this generation study at a Liberal Arts college? Cyndy McDonald interviews Maria Furtado, Executive Director of Colleges That Change Lives, about the value of a Liberal Arts education for generation Z.Wed, Jan.25View Blog & Video
Joyce Vining Morgan
Author of Admission Matters, and college counselor
Guiding the Undecided Student. Is Declaring a Major Imperative?Does selecting the “right” college for a student require the selection of a specific major first? Many students are undecided about the direction they want to go for a major. How does being “undecided” affect a student's path to Higher Education. What should be a part of their consideration as they move toward going to college? As counselors, how can we best guide our undecided students? Cyndy McDonald interviews Joyce Vining Morgan, author of Admissions Matters to get insights.Wed. Feb. 22View Blog & Video
Kristina Dooley
Founder Estella Consulting
Global Student Exodus to American Colleges: Implications for CounselorsLeaving their home country to study at an American university is a growing trend. With the number of American students entering the education system leveling off, this is the area where most colleges will experience growth in upcoming years. Guiding International students who want to study in the United States can be complicated. Cyndy McDonald interviews Kristina Dooley, Estrella Consulting, a consultant with vast experience guiding International students.Wed. Mar 22View Blog & Video
Maria Schwartz
CEO & Founder
TeenLife Media
Choosing the Path Less Traveled: How a Gap Year Can Enhance Your College ExperienceRecent years has seen a growing number of students choosing not to attend college right out of high school. Increasingly, students and parents are seeing the value of taking time to learn and grow before launching into college. In an interview with Marie Schwartz, Cyndy McDonald explore the reasons students choose to do a gap year, and why it is growing in popularity. Understanding how to evaluate programs for quality is an important skill parents, students and counselors must develop.Wed. Apr. 26View Blog &
Robin Goldberg
Chief Experience Officer
Minerva Project
Minerva: Experience College with the World as your ClassroomStudying abroad is increasing in popularity (doubling in recent years.) What if students could take the study abroad experience one step further? With an eye to how students learn best, Minerva has done just that. In an interview with Robin Goldberg, Chief Experience Officer, Cyndy McDonald will discuss how Minerva “offers an innovative undergraduate program” combining world travel with a challenging, inquisitive approach to learning. How does this serve students better? Educationally, how does it compare to traditional undergraduate experiences? How do prospective employers view this innovative path? Join us to hear answers to these questions and more.Wed. May 31View Blog &

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