Workshops Season 2012
We began our 11th workshop season in June by holding our Staff Orientation and Alumni Training. It was an opportunity for our Summer Workshop team to meet each other, learn more about our work throughout the school year, and get prepared for the Workshop Season.> Read more
Deloitte Impact Day
On June 8th, our Advisory Board member, Tania Adams-Webb and her team at Deloitte led “Deloitte Impact Day” at Castlemont High School in Oakland. The Deloitte team of over 20 volunteers facilitated Workshops for the entire junior class.> Read more
Peer Leader of the Year Profile
Claudia Suarez won the distinguished 2012 Peer Leader of the Year Award at our Heart, Mind and Spirit Awards ceremony at Scott’s Seafood in Oakland this past spring. The Peer Leader of the Year exemplifies all three of our values: the heart of a great teacher, the mind of an innovator, and the spirit of an inspired student. Claudia comes from a Spanish-speaking family that is unfamiliar with the requirements to get into college.> Read more
I actually love research in the social sciences, and like many I am currently enjoying Paul Tough’s book “How Children Succeed” – a book about the skills and character traits like perseverance that transcend academic & cognitive skills and, when developed, can lead to better outcomes in college and beyond for students. For our children.> Read more
Report Cites College Summit as Successful Model for improving College Readiness
Independent think tank Education Sector released a new report about needing an education system in California that is “truly focused on postsecondary readiness.” Specifically, they argue that a new system should give educators “detailed information about how their students fare after graduation so they could learn whether those students were ready for college or the workforce, and if they weren’t, how they could be served better.”> Read more
Executive Director’s Corner
Dear Partners & Supporters of College Summit’s Work:
Access. Persistence. Success.
How are they going for you? Was access something you fought for, or were born with? Or in between? How’s your capacity to stick with it, and how did you develop it? And when did it really kick into gear … or has it? And, are you successful? Sort of, or very? Were you? Will you be again?
And how do you measure all that? … Take your time, please. Think about it.> Read more
College Summit Selected for BlackRock’s “Connectivity and Giving Day” Donation
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland and College Summit are Recipients of “Connectivity and Giving” Program Donation Led by BlackRock, Inc. and its Partner Firms.> Read more
Letter from Executive Director
Dear Partners & Supporters of Increased College Access & Success in Northern California,
As we at College Summit enter our 10th Year (!) of service to high schools in several Bay Area communities, we continue to be inspired by the dedication and brilliance of students, educators and administrators in so many different high school settings and school systems. Hints of their great body of work are found in these pages.
MetWest Sets a High Bar for Excellence
By Damien Basey, School Partnership Manager
In my professional experience working as a college access partner, some of the most critical questions schools face, particularly in public education include, “What do young people need in order to successfully transition into a relevant post-secondary plan after high school?” The leadership, faculty, and staff of MetWest High School in Oakland, CA seem to have a few answers for us that should leave little to no doubt in the minds of critics. And if it does, the numbers don’t lie.> Read more
Peer Leadership Runs in the Family
By Jasmine Abele, College Summit Northern California Intern
In late June, Tony Srimoukda of Media College Preparatory Academy attended the first of four College Summit Summer Workshops to be trained as a peer leader at the University of California, Berkeley. Tony was recruited into the organization by his older siblings, Johny and Emely Srimoukda who have both successfully completed the program as peer leaders, graduated from high school, and gone onto college. Johny is 19 years old, has just completed his first year at Chico State University, and Emely is 20 years old and entering her 3rd year at Chico State as well. She was the first to learn about the College Summit program.> Read more
Peer Leader in the Regional Office
Monica Buenrostro completed a College Summit workshop in the summer of 2008 as a peer leader at the University of California, Berkeley. In 2010 she returned to work as an Alumni Leader and again this summer as the Northern California Regional Intern. When asked what was your biggest challenge in working with College Summit, her response: “I’ve been through a lot with College Summit, but the biggest challenge I’ve experienced was being convinced of every single good thing that College Summit staff has said about me. I think they see ‘success’ in me.”> Read more
College Summit Value Awards Given to Outstanding Peer Leaders and Educators
On April 27, 2011, College Summit Northern California celebrated the Annual Heart, Mind & Spirit Awards and Dinner at Scott’s Seafood Restaurant in Jack London Square, Oakland. More than 170 students, educators, business partners, funders and staff attended the event to honor outstanding peer leaders and educators.> Read more
Nominate Peer Leaders from Your School Who Are Doing Great work!!
Do you know of a College Summit Peer Leader who has inspired, helped, supported, and/or pushed you or any students at your school (9th-12th grade) to think about or work on their plans for life after high school? Is there a College Summit Peer Leader who comes to mind when you think about all the great things happening at your school in increasing awareness around college applications, financial aid, personal statements, thinking about colleges to apply to etc.? Wouldn’t it be GREAT to help get them acknowledge by nominating them as our 2011 Peer Leader of the Year (as well as 3 other potential awards)?
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East Oakland School of the Arts: Using Data to Influence College-Going Culture
Just two weeks after the California State University and University of California application deadline of November 30, 2010, the East Oakland School of the Arts (EOSA) team sat together for two hours to reflect on where each of their seniors were in their post-secondary planning. Did everyone who was eligible submit? If yes, what systems and support structures were in place that set up the young person for success? If not, why not? And what needs to happen next? Taking the time to reflect and be intentional “was incredibly helpful,” educator, Kateri Dodds Simpson noted.> Read more
Educators Know Best: Northern California Educators Best Practices Event
January 26, 2011- Nearly 20 partner educators gathered in Oakland to learn and teach about supporting students in the second semester, building strong Peer Leader cohorts and how to support AB540 students through the college admissions process, along with financial aid awareness and literacy for the diverse communities educators serve.> Read more
Volunteerism And Corporate Partners
College Summit Northern California is thankful for the corporate partnerships we have, which generate both cash contributions as well as in-kind support hosting events, facilitating informational sessions and volunteering at workshops.> Read more
Regional Overview-Letter From The Executive Director
As we begin another school year, we wish all of our high school partners a strong, productive and impactful year - even as we acknowledge how they continue to perform for their students under severely constrained funding environments. We at College Summit have the privilege to witness the work of very dedicated educators, counselors and administrators everyday, and we Californians need to continually advocate for increased school funding to support and expand the hard work of so many California educators who are investing so much of themselves in our students, and in our future.
Heart, Mind, and Spirit Awards: Celebrating Peer Leaders, Educators and Community
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Under the sponsorship of Darden Restaurants, the Northern California region held its first ever regional awards ceremony on May 26, 2010. Nearly 200 Peer Leaders, parents, educators, and College Summit supporters gathered at Scott’s Seafood Restaurant in Oakland’s Jack London Square. We celebrated whole school achievements, announced the 2010 Wall of Honor winners, and honored Educators of the Year, all while breaking bread together as a regional community. The evening of celebration culminated with our Peer Leader awards, acknowledging their work towards creating college-going culture in their schools.
Wall of Honor
For the third straight year, partner high schools were given the challenge to create the best Wall of Honor celebrating their students applying and being accepted to college. We’ve seen spray painted lockers, floor to ceiling pennants, and photos of students enlarged to poster size. Each year the schools get more competitive and creative. Those attending the Heart, Mind and Spirit Awards on May 26, 2010 were treated to a slide show and able to appreciate the fun and creativity evident in each entry. The winners were announced and presented with awards at the ceremony.> Read more
Partner Educators Share Best Practices and Collaborate
Seventeen educators gathered at Studio One in Oakland in the late afternoon on April 20, 2010 to share their successes and challenges in regards to empowering and supporting Peer Leaders to make change and utilizing CSNav, and The Navigator.> Read more
Educators' Academy: Our Educators' Academy Season is underway. We kicked it off on July 26th at Lionel Wilson College Prep and have held four Educators' Academies since then. Our Program Team trains educators at school-site-based Educators' Academies, which are professional development sessions that are tailored to meet the needs of each school. At these sessions, we provide in-depth training on our curriculum, our student data portals (CSNav and Naviance), instructional strategies, and on ways to engage peer leaders, all in support of strengthening college-going cultures and increasing access to college. So far we have trained 32 educators and counselors and look forward to the rest of our site-based Educators' Academies.
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