High School Counselor Resources
- ASCA Toolkit: Virtual High School Counseling
- CTE Without Limits: A Shared Vision for the Future of Career Technical Education!
- Virtual Reality Career Exploration and College Tours: Helpful Spreadsheet
- Inspiring Students to Attend College With Google Expeditions
- Google Expeditions
- Campus Tours
- The Princeton Review – Career Quiz – Enables you to create a profile of your career styles and interests
- Planning a Career: A Guided Tour – Discusses steps involved in career exploration process, from developing a career plan to job-hunting on the Internet.
- Learn How to Become – Provides detailed insight into 45 of today’s most popular career fields, including accounting, engineering, medical assisting, nursing, firefighting, financial advising and teaching.
- Rutgers University Online Career Planning – A simple interest assessment exercise that may help you learn more about your preferences.
- Missouri Guidance eLearning Center – Career resources
- ASVAB Career Exploration and Sample Test Questions
- Nebraska Career Education Career Readiness Toolkit
- My Next Move – for direct use with students.
- O*Net Online – Career searches and information, as well as inventories using Holland Codes.
- FWISD College and Career Readiness – YouTube video from the Fort Worth Independent School District
- ASCA Position Statement: The School Counselor and LGBTQ Youth
- College Scholarships for LGBTQ Students
- Intersectionality – What is it, and why is it important? This article answers those questions to support lessons on that topic.
- New Resource on Supporting Transgender Students – from the National Association of Elementary School Principals
- Welcoming Schools – The mission of the organization is to create safe and welcoming schools for all children and families. There are many free resources, and they offer speakers to deliver professional development to improve school climate.
- Genders & Sexualities Alliance (GSA) – information about how you can create or support the student-run club in your school
- Transgender Etiquette – a succinct, downloadable handout
- Trans Ally Materials – from the Straight for Equality organization
- Gender Pronouns – A How To Guide and FAQs
- Pronouns: A Resource – from GLSEN
- How Addiction Affects The Transgender Community
- Gender Terms and Definitions
- Gender Dysphoria – information from the American Psychiatric Association
- Being Transgender is Not a Mental Illness, World Health Organization Says– Article/video from Newsweek
- Interviews with Non-Binary Students – video from CBS News
- The Common Black Application – Students pay one $20 application fee to apply to any/all 66 HBCU member institutions.
- 🔥 Senior College Seminar: A FREE College Counseling Curriculum
- Ask the College Experts YouTube Video Series – “Small bites of information will be a helpful starting point for you, your students, and your families as the college search process is navigated.”
- 🔥Michelle Obama’s New Instagram Series Will Follow Four New College Students as They Maneuver Higher Education
- The College Admissions Knowledge Evaluation (CAKE) is an interactive quiz assessing the knowledge students and families need to make informed college decisions. Shelly Kraus’ Wiki contains extensive information about upcoming tours and tour contacts.
- National College Access Network – Downloadable resources categorized by grade level, 9-12
- KnowHow2Go – The four steps to get to college
- Educational Credit Management Corporation College Planning Guide – Downloadable workbook to help students through the college process
- College Material Request Center – Due to popular demand on the NACAC listserv, Cappex has offered to manage a central clearinghouse for counselors requesting materials from colleges. Cappex will send the names of counselors to any college that requests them. School Counselors can request pennants, posters, pencils, pens, printed materials for dissemination to students and parents and school visits from college representatives in the area.
- The Ultimate Guide to Financial Aid and FAFSA for College Students from Study.com
- NASFAA – National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators provides Resources for Counselors and advice on preparing their own Financial Aid Night.
- Project on Student Debt: What’s the Bottom Line? – The Project on Student Debt is an initiative of the Institute for College Access & Success, a nonprofit independent research and policy organization dedicated to making college more available and affordable to people of all backgrounds.
- Financial Aid Guide – Official government guide to financial aid.
- Federal Student Financial Assistance – Variety of financial aid resources and information for students.
- Fin Aid! – A comprehensive guide to a wide variety of financial aid.
- Scholarships for Women and Girls in STEM
- Common Black College Application: How to Apply to 53 HBCUs for $35
- College Scholarships for LGBTQ Students
- NJHESAA – Grants & Scholarships
- UNCF Scholarships – for Minority Students
- Black Excel Scholarships – for African American Students
- Fastweb! – Scholarship, college, and financial aid searches
The College Search
- College Board’s College Guidance resources and links – Excellent articles covering topics like,”The Counseling Profession, Facilitating the Application Process, access to Opportunity and Preparing Students for College.”
- The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success – The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success was developed to improve the college application process for all students as they search for and apply to their perfect college. The platform provides a single, centralized toolkit for students to organize, build, and refine their applications to numerous institutions.
- WACAC Toolkit Documents – 30 free, downloadable tools for the college counselor
- Colleges Accepting Self-Reported Test Scores – Compiled by a School Counselor during the summer of 2018
For Students with Learning Differences
- ACT Services for Students with Disabilities
- College Board Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD)
- Colleges with Programs for Students with Learning Disabilities
- National Center for Learning Disabilities
- Think College – College options for people with intellectual disability
- Speech Disorder Resources for College Students
Gap Year Information
- Americorps – Corporation for National and Community Service
- Center for Interim Programs – Gap Year consultant service
- Gap Advice – Guidance and advice for those considering a Gap Year
- Gap Year Guidebook
- Benefits of a Gap Year (Free downloadable guide)
- If you are considering a gap year (a year of exploring interests before or during college) for your students, here are compelling reasons to pursue this great option.
- Princeton Review Gap overview
- Projects Abroad Webinar
- Gap Year Programs
- Gap Year Planning
- City Year
- Teen Life, Gap Year
- Global Citizen
- Taking a Gap Year – from the National Association for College Admissions Counseling
- Selective Service System
- United States Air Force
- United States Army
- United States Coast Guard
- United States Marines
- United States Navy
- Looking for some FREE Digital Citizenship & Cybersecurity curriculum? Check out CYBER A.C.E.S. from Palo Alto Networks. Differentiated by age & by topic!
- Meditation and Mindfulness Apps from Common Sense Media
This list was compiled by the New Jersey School Counselor Association. Check their full list out here: https://www.njsca.org/high-school