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How the Denver Scholarship Foundation Partners with Denver Public Schools to Support College Access . Leveraging Success . Colorado ACT Conference Sept. 7, 2012. Panelists. Cori Canty-Woessner, Director of Counseling, DPS Office of College and Career Readiness

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How the denver scholarship foundation partners with denver public schools to support college access

How the Denver Scholarship Foundation Partners with Denver Public Schools to Support College Access

Leveraging Success

Colorado ACT Conference

Sept. 7, 2012


Panelists

Panelists

  • Cori Canty-Woessner, Director of Counseling, DPS Office of College and Career Readiness

  • Laura DeMoulin, Counselor, John F. Kennedy HS

  • Renae Bruning, Lead Advisor, Denver Scholarship Foundation at John F. Kennedy HS

  • Curtis Esquibel, Director of College Access Services, Denver Scholarship Foundation

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Mission

Mission

Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF)

  • The Denver Scholarship Foundation inspires and empowers Denver Public Schools’ students to enroll in and graduate from postsecondary institutions of higher education, by providing the tools, knowledge, and financial resources essential for success.

    DPS Office of College and Career Readiness (DPS OCCR)

  • To ensure that all Denver Public Schools students graduate

    and successfully pursue post-secondary opportunities that

    prepares them to be productive world citizens.

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Collective impact

Collective Impact

  • Since 2007, the number of DPS graduates who have enrolled in college has increased by 30 percent.

  • DSF has awarded $13.3 million in scholarships to 2,683 DPS graduates – 81 percent of those students have either completed their degree program or are still enrolled in college today.

  • Between 2006-11, the number of DPS students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses has increased from 1322 to 3259, an increase of 246 percent.

  • Between 2006-11, the number of DPS students enrolled in concurrent enrollment courses has increased from 658 to 2,529, an increase of 384 percent.

  • Increased focus on financial aid and FAFSA Completion -- from 2010 to 2011, FAFSA completion rose from 41 percent to 45 percent.

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History of collaboration

History of Collaboration

  • Denver Scholarship Foundation MOU with Denver Public Schools

  • DPS OCCR

    - Overview

    - Initiatives and Programs

    - School Counselors

  • DSF

    - Overview

    - Three Part Program

    - Future Centers and College Advisors

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Strategic shift

Strategic Shift

THEN: DPS and DSF Process-focused

(Student)

  • Apply to college, scholarships

  • FAFSA Submission as goal

  • Lack of district data-tracking system for college access milestones

  • Emphasis on high school graduation

  • Lack of college access program collaboration

  • Personal Education Plan (PEP) as a suggested practice

    20072012

    TODAY: DPS and DSF Outcome-focused

    (Student + System)

    • College enrollment emphasis

    • FAFSA Completion Project and DSF Workshops

    • College readiness coordinators and planning

    • Data-tracking system for college access milestones

    • College access collaboration across the district

    • Evolution of PEP: Closely-monitored best practice

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School level collaboration

School-Level Collaboration

  • Beginning and end-of-year college readiness goal setting and planning

  • DPS Counselor and DSF Advisor: Delineation of roles through the college application process

  • Tracking individual student college application milestones (FAFSA, Scholarships, college applications)

  • Collaboration with other pre-collegiate programs

  • Joint programming

  • Sharing DSF Scholar college data with school leadership and counseling teams

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District level collaboration

District-Level Collaboration

  • Shared professional development

  • Communication across college access programs

  • Data integrity across high schools related to college access milestones

  • College enrollment as benchmark: Working with Colorado Department of Education and National Student Clearinghouse

  • Ongoing meetings and communication

  • Strongest impact: Schools with DPS Counselors and DSF Advisors

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Shared accountability growth opportunities

Shared Accountability: Growth Opportunities

  • DPS turnaround schools and reform strategies

  • 030 developmental education/remediation courses no longer covered by federal or state aid

  • Importance of testing – Accuplacer, PLAN, ACT

  • PEP Redesign

  • FAFSA verification changes

  • Undocumented students

  • GEAR UP Partnership Grant

  • Continuous collaboration among all school stakeholders

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Questions and discussion

Questions and Discussion

  • Denver Scholarship Foundation

    www.denverscholarship.org

  • DPS Office of Post-Secondary Readiness

    http://psr.dpsk12.org/

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Appendix

Appendix

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Class of 2011 college enrollment

Class of 2011 College Enrollment

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Dsf and dps pre collegiate partners

DSF and DPS Pre-Collegiate Partners

  • College In Colorado

  • College Summit

  • Colorado I Have A Dream Foundation

  • Colorado State University Upward Bound Program

  • CU-Boulder Pre-Collegiate Development Program

  • Colorado UpLift

  • Colorado GEAR UP

  • Goodwill Industries

  • Hispanic Scholarship Fund

  • Metropolitan State College of Denver EXCEL Outreach Program

  • Metropolitan State College of Denver Upward Bound Program

  • Minds Matter

  • TRiO Educational Talent Search at Arapahoe Community College*

  • UC Denver Pre-Collegiate Development and Scholars Programs*

  • University of Denver Volunteers in Partnership Program (VIP)

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