Arizona College Access Network (AzCAN) — Online Professional Development, Networking and More

| February 25, 2020
Opportunities for Professionals:
Webinar: Establishing a College and Career Culture in K-12
March 30, 2020, 10 AM – 11 AM
The state’s first “Arizona Early College and Career Awareness District” will share their journey and passion for creating a college and career culture. The webinar will include information about classes and free resources you can access for building your own college and career ready school. Additionally, the webinar will include district created materials and practices that have elevated their ability to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed for a successful future beyond high school. Register now.
Webinar: Robot Rising: Leveraging Artificial Intelligence is Changing FAFSA Completion in Arizona
April 6, 2020 2 PM – 3 PM
Students and counselors are overwhelmed with the intricacies of submitting a FAFSA as well as the number of students needing one-on-one assistance with complex family or financial situations. If this sounds familiar, may we introduce Benji, a fully conversational FAFSA chatbot programmed to respond 24-7 to hundreds of FAFSA and financial aid questions. It’s not an app, there’s no download required. Students, parents, or educators simply start texting their FAFSA questions and Benji responds. Learn how to incorporate Benji into your college readiness efforts, and how to implement Benji to engage students individually. With Benji on your team, you can leverage technology to more effectively support students towards FAFSA completion. Register now
National College Attainment Network Annual Conference
The NCAN 2020 Call for Proposals is now open! Do you have effective practices, research, or experiences to share with your peers in the field of college access and success? If so, consider applying to present at this year’s conference, “Marching Toward Equity: NCAN’s 25th Anniversary Conference.” The 2020 conference will take place Sept. 14-16 at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana.
College Access Professional (CAP) Trainings:
Maximizing School Counselor Impact on Student Success: A Module for School Leaders
March 23 – April 24
This module, developed for school leaders such as principals, assistant principals, and directors of counseling, helps school leaders understand how to engage effectively with school counselors to take the steps needed to achieve your goals in school improvement. The course was developed in collaboration with the National Association of Secondary School Principals. Register now.
AzCAN 2020 Summer Series 
May 18 – August 28
AzCAN is offering another 15-week hybrid summer course, which provides participants with resources to help students prepare for their future beyond high school. The series includes Arizona-specific course content that aligns to ECAP guidelines and A-F Accountability plans. To date, more than 110 educators have completed the course series and have earned their Arizona College Access Professional certificate. Register now. 
FAFSA Summit:
Rural College Access and Success Summit
The Rural College Access & Success Summit is coming to Arizona! The Summit is a great opportunity for Arizona’s education-focused community to join a national discussion on best practices and learn about innovative strategies that can transform the educational experience of rural students on April 26-28, 2020. 
After the Summit, join College Success Arizona and Partners for Education at Berea College on a tour of rural Arizona. The exciting one-day bus tour will feature Mingus Union High School in Cottonwood. The school received a GEAR UP grant in 2012, which they consider a catalyst for numerous systematic changes that continued to evolve beyond the grants end in 2018. Now the school has multiple initiatives that work through the lens of love, hope and optimism including AVID, Power Hour, Academic Overtime, and a new advisory structure focused on social/emotional learning and college and career readiness. Participants will be hearing from Mingus administration about what they’re doing to change the needle on student achievement. After touring the school, we will be heading to the beautiful desert town of Sedona, located in central Arizona. Sedona is known around the world for its beautiful red sandstone formations and its spiritual vortexes. In Sedona, attendees will be free to roam the city’s downtown and treat themselves to lunch before we head back to Scottsdale. Register today as seats are limited
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job openings or anything that you would like for us to share with the Arizona College Access Network to Shaylinn Aleman


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