Is Kids2College available for distance education, homeschool families, and extra-curricular programs?
Curriculum is available to families, extra-curricular programs and schools, in both print and digital format. Our website includes separate resource sections for Students, Teachers/Program Leads, and Parents. The student workbook, teacher guide, Google Slide presentations for each lesson, pre-/post-surveys, pre-recorded college & career panel videos, virtual campus tours and events, evaluations, and family survey forms with a scholarship contest can all be found online. ACPE staff are available to coordinate n-person and virtual panels, and assist with program success.
How do I bring Kids2College to my students?
Interested educators are asked to complete the program application as early as possible during the school year, ideally prior to the priority deadline. After review of all applications, schools accepted into the program will receive a Letter of Agreement sent through Constant Contact which must be signed electronically prior to participation. Participants will have access to hard copy and/or digital curriculum and program support from ACPE staff.
What is the application deadline?
The Priority Application Deadline is October 1st. This will ensure timely shipment of materials. Applications will also be accepted throughout the year. Early applications are encouraged to ensure ample time to receive materials and training, and to teach all six lessons.
When does the program begin?
The application allows educators to include their preferred start date. We strive to ensure sites receive materials in time to teach lessons on a timeline that works for them. Some programs begin early in the year, with others beginning after winter break, and some teach over summers and school holidays. We do our best to accommodate sitess that require an earlier start in the fall.
When does curriculum ship?
Shipments will be sent in order of when programs are scheduled to start, with an emphasis on ensuring materials arrive in time for educators to teach on their preferred timeline.
Are all applicants accepted into the program?
Although campus partnerships and physical curriculum may be limited in supply, digital resources and program support are available to all applicants. Educators are encouraged to apply early, submit complete applications, and have full support from educators who will teach the curriculum.
Is there a curriculum training?
Curriculum trainings are available throughout the year, with particular focus September through February. Educators select their preferred training date in the application. Applicants are asked to indicate in the Notes section of the application if they require a different date/time. The training highlights program resources, updates, and requirements.
Is the curriculum training a requirement?
All participating educators are asked to complete one curriculum training, as a refresher or to learn new program updates, resources and requirements.
If there is no nearby campus, can we still participate?
Curriculum is the core of the Kids2College program. Where available, we partner schools/families with a campus or training center for an in-person or virtual campus event. We also offer pre-recorded virtual campus tours and events online and program support for all participants.
Why are the Pre- & Post-Surveys so important?
Program surveys help us understand what students are thinking about career interests and postsecondary education options both before and after the program, helping us gauge and improve program effectiveness.
What are the Supplemental Activities?
The Kids2College curriculum includes optional supplemental materials to enhance what the students gain from each lesson. In fact, multiple Supplemental Activities help prepare students for their own presentation in Lesson Six. Supplemental Activities make great homework activities too!
Do coordinators need to be affiliated with a campus?
Local coordinators may be campus or training center personnel, or even staff of native corporations and other local business entities. Anyone interested in coordinating the program for their community is encouraged to contact ACPE and apply.
Does ACPE cover the costs of transportation to a campus visit?
In order to offer the program to more schools, all schools are asked to indicate on their application whether or not they can cover the cost of transportation to a campus visit. ACPE has limited funds to help with local transportation and unfortunately cannot cover high cost long distance travel fees. Rural schools are encouraged to participate in virtual campus events and/or seek grant funding and local or corporate donations to fund a campus visit if so desired.
Who provides meals during field trips?
In order to offer the program to more students, all schools and campuses are asked to indicate on their application whether or not they can cover the cost of meals during the campus visit. Some campuses provide meals for students. If both the campus and school are unable to provide meals to the students, ACPE may be able to provide assistance, however we have found that with advance notice, Title I schools are able to provide sack lunches for their students. Students are asked to carry their own individual lunches onto campus when provided by school cafeterias.
How many volunteers are needed for the College & Career Panels?
Each College & Career Panel is typically made up of 3-5 panelists. Each panelist is encouraged to speak for 5-10 minutes about their college/career stories and take questions as they come. After all panelists have shared, students are encouraged to ask additional questions of the panelists.
Who arranges the College & Career Panels?
Local or Campus Coordinators are asked to work with educators to select a panel date that works for the school prior to recruiting volunteers. Virtual College & Career Panels will be arranged by the Statewide Coordinator for schools that do not have a local or campus partner. We do our best to identify virtual panelists with connections to participating communities.
Are there any requirements for the College & Career Panel volunteers?
Ideally volunteers should have completed one of the following: college, career training: vocational or apprenticeship program, licensure or certification, or military training. Other volunteer options in smaller, rural communities could include: elders, partner organizations, high school students planning to apply to college, or current college students.
Is there a training for College & Career Panel volunteers?
A 6-minute web-based training presentation located under Career Panel & Volunteer Resources on our website helps volunteers better understand program details and what is expected in the classroom. In addition, a volunteer packet and sample discussion questions are also available. This brief training is helpful for panel volunteers and educators.