As Coordinator of College Planning at a Governor's School in Virginia, I meet with groups of students several times a year to assist them with the major tasks involved in finding suitable colleges and applying to them. I believe my efforts have helped these busy teens fit college planning into their already overscheduled lives, but I've encountered two major challenges. First, there's never enough time. And second, there are several important aspects of college planning that require the active involvement of parents.
Even when I have the luxury of meeting privately with individual families, I find that it's difficult to tell parents all they need to know in the time available. Hence this website. I use the guide section, which you can access by clicking on the Roadmap button from any page, as a sort of electronic textbook, and the blog as a weekly update - an article on a timely topic. I hope you will find it useful as well.
Join the increasing number of schools making use of The Sidelines in one of the following ways:
Place a link to the site on your district, school, and/or school counseling webpage.
If you have a Facebook page or Twitter account, post links to relevant blog articles.
Follow me on Twitter (@sidelinesguide) by clicking on the Twitter symbol on any page of the website, or retweet one of my posts.
I hope The Sidelines will be helpful to you and the parents you serve, and thank you for the difficult, but very important, work that you do.