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Admitted writer/editor Mary Stegmeir welcomes additional comments and story ideas at mstegmeir@nacacnet.org.

Join Us for Cultural Fluency Conversations at #nacac18

As part of NACAC’s continuing commitment to fairness, equity, and professionalism, the association is dedicated to promoting cultural fluency in the college admission counseling profession.

Under the leadership of the Inclusion, Access, and Success (IAS) Committee, the next stage of NACAC’s work on this topic will consist of training sessions at the national conference that will focus on initiating and sustaining cultural fluency conversations in the workplace.

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#NACACreads Author Offers College Prep Tips for Parents, Students

Students across the country are now back in school, and for many families, conversations about life after high school are just beginning.

#NACACreads author Ned Johnson has some advice for parents as they help guide their children through the college search and selection process. Johnson and William Stixrud, who together penned The Self-Driven Child, shared tips in a recent article published by U.S. News & World Report.

One takeaway for moms and dads: Resist the urge to micromanage.

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ICYMI: Survey of Counselors Reveals Strong Opposition to Arming Educators

School counselors overwhelmingly oppose efforts to arm educators as a response to gun violence in schools, according to new NACAC survey data.

Nearly three-quarters of 2,251 counselors surveyed by the association in May and June reported being either “somewhat opposed” or “strongly opposed” to policies that seek to arm teachers and other school staff.

The data — gleaned from NACAC’s annual Counseling Trends Survey — was released Monday.

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Updated Guide Highlights Options for US Students Seeking Degrees Abroad

Interested in exploring educational options outside the US?

NACAC’s newly updated Guide to International University Admission features country profiles and admission advice for 13 destinations that have proven popular among US students seeking full degrees outside their home country.

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#NACACreads Author: ‘Learning Comes Through Trial and Error’

All parents are eager to help set up their children for success, but in too many cases, they’re going about it in the wrong way.

That’s one message included in the new book, The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives. And increasingly, the trend is impacting the way students embark on the college search and selection process, author Ned Johnson noted during a Wednesday #NACACreads Twitter chat.

“One of the best things to say to kids is that we have confidence in their decisions,” he tweeted. “Learning comes through trial and error.”

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#NACACreads: Transcript from Chat with Author Ned Johnson

On Sept. 12, #NACACreads chatted with Ned Johnson, a NACAC member and one of two authors behind The Self-Driven Child — a new book that takes a look at strategies to help your students develop the inner drive they’ll need to succeed in life after high school.

Couldn’t make the discussion? Use this chat transcript to catch up on what you missed.

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Survey: Gen Z Students Focused on Tech Jobs

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Editor’s note: A version of this post originally appeared on Admitted in January 2016. It’s being republished as part of NACAC’s Best of the Blog series.

The next crop of college students is more likely than past generations to seek careers in the tech field, according to a report by Barnes & Noble College.

The finding is illuminating, particularly when paired with supporting national survey data that suggests today’s middle and high school students view college — and careers — in a markedly different manner than millennials.

“More than 40 percent of Gen Z respondents seek careers that suit their specific interests, and tend to envision careers in technology, such as computer science and video game development,” according to report.

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#NACACreads: Join Us Wednesday for a Discussion of ‘The Self-Driven Child’

Our next #NACACreads discussion is almost here.

On Wednesday, we’ll chat with author Ned Johnson about the sense and science of giving kids more control over their lives.

Johnson, a NACAC member, is one of two authors behind The Self-Driven Child — a new book that takes a look at strategies to help your students develop the inner drive they’ll need to succeed in life after high school.

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