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FIVE TAKE AWAYS FROM NACAC 2018

FIVE TAKEAWAYS FROM THE NACAC 2018 CONFERENCE

By Aaron Andersen, President International ACAC
   
 
1. Our Voices Matter: Proposed Membership Plan Withdrawn.
 
The proposed membership plan that NACAC Board & Staff had developed over past 16 months was sent back to the drawing board after it faced considerable pressure at the General Membership meeting. The amendments to the NACAC bylaws, that would have set the plan in motion, even after adjustments to individual counsellor & retiree categories in the days before and a delayed rollout to 2021, met numerous friendly amendments on the Membership floor. After nearly 90 minutes of debate on the floor, it became clear that there would be trouble with the numerous changes, and lengthy deliberation exposed the concerns many members felt about the process. Finally, a NACAC Board member made a motion to withdraw the entire amendment… and that motion was nearly unanimously passed on the floor.
 
2. International ACAC: Making Noise on the Assembly Floor
 
Earlier on Saturday, your International ACAC delegates were very active during the five-hour Assembly Meeting. “The NACAC Assembly functions as a governing body that initiates, advises and provides consent on association and professional issues. Assembly delegates are elected for three-year terms by the NACAC voting members in the Affiliates.” It is during Assembly that the NACAC Board of directors and president is elected, and changes to the SPGP: CEPP are debated and voted. International ACAC made two formal motions. The first involves a request to NACAC to review the affiliate jurisdiction of the Admission Practices Procedure - to better allow a voice for our AP Committee team to represent our members in National AP cases. The second motion made was to form a NACAC Commission to review standardized testing access and barriers to International students. After considerable debate, which helped to draw the attention to both, particularly the testing access issues international students, both motions passed!
 
3. Diversity: Three Year Training Commitment
 
During the International ACAC Membership meeting the Association announced that we will be providing diversity training workshops in advance of the annual conference, free of charge to all members. The Executive Board, HQ staff, and committee members will be all required to participate. For those who cannot attend, and/or also want to engage throughout the year, we are researching an online training program. To fund this commitment, we have added $50,000 in the 2019 to cover costs of the program to ensure all members will have access.
 
4. Opportunity Grants: Launching This Month
 
Those in attendance at the International ACAC Membership Meeting learned that the latest initiative of the Global Fund, Opportunity Grants, will be launched in October. It was announced that members would be able to apply for funding for projects and events for a total of $3,000 each. Funding requests will be made online through the Association website, and can cover anything from local student information events, bus programs for college fairs, or professional development requests.
 
5. Collective Power of NACAC
 
Overall this was one of the most powerful NACAC Conferences i have ever attended. Likely it had much to do with my position this time as a President of an affiliate, but in addition, it was something else that I know many others felt. It was the inspiring opening speech by NACAC President David Burge and the high quality of sessions (many focusing on student access and a growing number on international issues). It was the energy in our own membership meeting attended by well over 200, and above all it was the buzz throughout the week collectively knowing that we can make a difference, not only by having a voice in our own profession, but helping our students who will be the change for tomorrow.
 
Yet I am reminded that many of our colleagues have never experienced the National Conference. So let’s continue to find ways to share our collective voice and power with one another. And as my fellow President Class friend and SACAC president Jessica Jaret Sant put it: “I’m inspired by so many of you who are as committed to supporting the new faces in our ranks as you are the kids you serve each day.” She put out a challenge for all of us to how we might serve and support one another better. Let us all take up that challenge, and focus on just being the best you can be to one another.
 
I’m deeply grateful for the chance to represent International ACAC and am all the more committed in the continued work we will do together!

TOP TEN 2018 CONFERENCE MOMENTS

Top Ten 2018 Conference Moments

By Aaron Andersen
President, International ACAC 

In July 2018, International ACAC hosted our 25th annual Conference at Tulane University and Loyola University New Orleans.  It was an incredible week of learning, sharing, connecting with friends, and southern hospitality in New Orleans.  You can read the official Press Release HERE... but I thought I'd take a minute to share my personal favorite moments from the conference...in no particular order...

Top Ten 2018 Conference Moments

1.  Dr. Michael White creating and performing a song for our conference on the topic of Peace, right on the spot during our Conference Opening session.


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CONFERENCE PIN TRADING - HISTORY & TIPS

Conference Pin Trading - History & Tips

This year for the first time we are inviting all attendees to bring lapel pins from their home country or state or institution to kick-off a tradition of conference pin trading.  Collect and exchange pins from new-friends you meet during breaks and sessions, and wear them on your ID lanyards.  Another great way to connect with colleagues around the world.

Pin trading has a history that dates back to the early modern Olympics. In advance of the 1896 Games, three pins were designed, one for judges, one for athletes, and one for officials.  Since then, pins have become highly collectible and a favourite tradition of the Olympics. Spectators and athletes come prepared to share and trade pins from their home countries, a custom of exchanging international greetings and a simple pin as an gesture of friendship.

For the International ACAC Conference, pin trading can serve the same role... with over 70 different countries represented our annual event can rival an Olympics for global scale.  With the number of new comers each year to the summer conference Pin Trading can also serve as an excellent way to 'break the ice' with a stranger as the exchange of collectibles can lead to a great conversation.

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WHY THE FACEBOOK GROUP IS MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED

As Strong As Our Membership - Why The Facebook Group is Members Only

by Aaron Andersen
President-Elect, International ACAC
University of British Columbia


Recently there has been questions raised regarding the International ACAC policy enacted several years ago to restrict the Facebook Group to a closed group that requires membership in the Association. 
 As the VP Communications during the years the Board adopted this policy for the Facebook page, I wanted to address the reasons behind this approach. 






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CONFERENCE FUNDING REQUEST TEMPLATE

Conference Funding Request Template

Many counselors attend the International ACAC Conference thanks to the support of their school's administration. However, sometimes just finding the time to write a letter of request can be a challenge.
 
If you need help requesting funding for this valuable professional development opportunity, International ACAC has drafted the following letter template to get you started. 

INSTRUCTIONS: Simply access the template from this blog post, copy the content into a word document, edit and personalize, mail to your principal/superintendent, cross your fingers ... 
 

 

Click HERE to download the Conference Funding Request Template





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CONFERENCE NETWORKING TIPS

Conference Networking Tips

 

"Best part of the conference - - oh the NETWORKING!"  This is often a common refrain by conference attendees, not just International ACAC's annual event, but most professionals will often claim the No.1 aspect of a given proffesional development event is the chance to meet and share with colleagues.  Now the benefits of networking are not disputed, however it is the act of networking that often is taken for granted.  In fact just as many people likely will say how exhausting a conference is because of all the networking.  If the very thought of talking and puting yourself out there is making you sweat, here are a few helpful tips to get you prepared for the next International ACAC conference.

1. Do Your Homework

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HOW TO WIN IN DODGEBALL

How to Win in Dodgeball
-or-
at least look cool trying

By Tracey Grimm
Lincoln School, Costa Rica

It can be said, in no uncertain terms, that the International ACAC Dodgeball Tournament is a highlight of the annual conference. What started with only 12 rag-tag teams at the TCU conference in July of 2006 has morphed into the epicenter of entertainment for higher ed folks and college counselors alike. Seriously, where else will you find cow costumes aplenty, David Zutautas on the mic and a gaggle of overly-competitive Jesuit university reps eager to trash talk anyone who mentions the fact that they were out in 1st round last year? 
   

{ Read the official #IntlACAC2017 Dodge Ball rules and sign up a team }





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SOCIAL MEDIA TIPS FOR YOUR NEXT CONFERENCE

Social Media Tips For Your Next Conference

The Case for Social Media at Case Western 

By Kelley Ferrante  &  Aaron Andersen
National ACAC            University of British Columbia

The world we live in is drastically influenced by social media. Social media for business and at conferences is no different. Here are some tips to encourage the use of social media at #IntlACAC17 !

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GET TO KNOW CLEVELAND OHIO

Top Ten Things to Know about Cleveland

1. Location
Cleveland, Ohio’s thriving city scene includes the corporate headquarters of Fortune 500 companies and world-class healthcare institutions. Cleveland is located on the southern shore of Lake Erie, one of the five Great Lakes.

2. University Circle
University Circle is home to Case Western Reserve University and is the densest concentration of arts, culture and education in the world. Located in the one-square-mile neighborhood are world-class facilities, including Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland Institute of Art, Severance Hall and more.

3. World-class healthcare
Cleveland is home to some of the finest medical facilities in the country, including Cleveland Clinic, the No. 2 hospital in the U.S.; University Hospitals; St. Vincent Charity Hospital; and MetroHealth Hospital.


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INTERNATIONAL ACAC SCHOLARS 2017

INTERNATIONAL ACAC Scholars 2017

By Joan Liu
University Advisor, United World College of South East Asia


 Shabana Basij-Rasikh dressed as a boy to go to school, because under the Taliban, educating women was forbidden. When Shabana was at Middlebury College, she founded the School of Leadership, Afghanistan (SOLA). One of reasons why was because she wanted girls to have the access to secondary education that she did not have.

A humanitarian, educator, and women's rights champion, Shabana is just one of the 12 incredible educators joining us this year in Cleveland, as part of the Scholars Program. The International ACAC Scholars Program supports high-impact counselors working with academically talented, but under-resourced students as they seek to gain access to higher education outside their home countries. This program is one key way that International ACAC actively promotes access to higher education for international students around the world.

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EARI FAST FACTS

East Asia Regional Institute Fast-Facts Update:

Registrations, fairs, curriculum, grants, networking and additional events (as of June 10th), basic information and practicalities

Registrations

  • Over 100 now! Including…
    • 55% who represent high school students
    • 75 institutions, made up of high schools, universities, organizations
    • Universities from 14 countries
    • Counselors from Republic of Korea, The People’s Republic of China, India, Vietnam, Canada, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Nepal
    • Hurry registration deadline is July 20th - - but past institute data indicates we will reach capacity before that time
          REGISTER FOR EARI

    

Fairs

The East Asia Regional Institute Fair takes place on Saturday August 12th

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FIRST TIMERS FAQ

Conference First Timers FAQ

By Johanna Fishbein and Michael Maki

Q: Where is the conference information?

A:
You can access all of the conference information from internationalacac.org/conference   Everything you need to know (schedules, sessions) is on here so visit it frequently!

Q: Do people really stay in the dorms?
A:
Yep! Reliving your younger years in a dorm room is part of the International ACAC experience, but it is not a requirement. You can find information about on campus and off campus housing here: case.edu/iacac2017/lodging

If you do decide to stay in the dorms (most attendees do), it can be a really great way to meet people. You can put down the name of someone you’d like to stay with or be randomly assigned which can be fun too. Everyone in the dorms is very friendly and welcoming and you will always have your own bedroom, although you may be sharing a bathroom.




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GIFTS FOR THE GLOBALLY MOBILE HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE

7 Stellar Gifts for the Globally Mobile High School Graduate

By Barbara C. Chen

China Admissions Representative, The University of Tulsa

In this on-going series of articles on students 'returning home', Barbara Chen speaks about supporting third-culture students who may be 'returning' to a home country they have never lived in.  Check out her first article on Tips for Parents of College Bound Expatriate Student.

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COUNSELING OFFICE MODELS AT INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS

Finding the Right Fit: A Look at Counselling Models at International Schools 

By Robbie Jefferiss
United World College South East Asia, Singapore
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Counseling international students on university options is an increasingly complex and challenging role. The breadth and diversity of university choices continues to expand as a steady stream of new opportunities emerge; from new joint global ventures between established universities, to the ever expanding list of programs taught in English throughout Europe. The expertise and depth of knowledge needed to “master” multiple higher education systems, and provide advocacy and support for students and families is often more than a full time job. 


However, the diversity of options that stand before our students, is often matched by the diversity of ‘hats’ we wear at our schools. Depending on the size of your school, you may also be the social emotional counselor, a teacher, IB coordinator, assistant principal, registrar, house parent, homeroom advisor, coach, etc. etc. The breadth  of our experiences and the diversity of our schools is what makes working at international schools fascinating; no two schools or programs are alike. Similarly, the role of college counselor at your school may have emerged from various groundings. It may have grown organically from a teacher’s part time additional role, or perhaps from a British, American, or mixed international foundation, sometimes with various heads of school carrying their own perception of the role. A recent article published by Shaun McElroy in The International Educator has prompted discussions on Facebook and beyond, looking at the various models used at international schools.  So we decided to explore these in more depth with some insight from some experienced counselors who have worked in different models.







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INTERNATIONAL ACAC 2017 PRE & POST-CONFERENCE

International ACAC 2017
Pre and Post-Conference Offerings: The Power of Three


Hone and enhance your summer learning! Join us for an extended stay in Cleveland this summer by adding on a pre or post-conference offering:


The Professional Development committee has worked this year to offer engaging and energetic programs that will compliment the annual summer conference:

  • For admission professionals with five or more years of experience we have collaborated with Case Western Reserve’s Weatherhead School of Management to offer a custom leadership program for a small cohort of individuals wishing to focus on developing their leadership potential. 
  • For school counselors, educational consultants, and your inner Jedi - The Pre-Conference Institute; International University Counseling 101 has returned for those with 0-2 years of experience.  Come network with other international school counselors and superhero admission professionals - learn from the most charismatic and fun-loving people in the profession!
  • Go Athletes! A special post-conference workshop on advising student athletes will take place to wrap up your time in Cleveland, OH.  Learn how to best advise your burgeoning athletes in the university process!
     

Pre-Conference Institute: Monday, July 10 & Tuesday, July 11
International University Counseling 101

Are you an international school counselor or educational consultant who is new to guiding students in international admissions and university counseling? Do you feel that you would like to learn more about fundamental topics in the field of international admissions? If so, be sure to sign up for the Pre-Conference International Counseling 101 workshop created especially counselors and consultants with 0-2 years experience. In the two days that lead into main International ACAC Conference, experienced counselors and university admissions representatives will present on a wide variety of topics to help you feel more comfortable, confident, and knowledgeable in your work with students as they prepare for post-secondary life and studies. See more detailed information here





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SECOND ANNUAL VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITIES FAIR

Second Annual Vancouver International Universities Fair

By Tatjana Guadalupe 
NACAC International Initiatives Coordinator

The Vancouver International Universities Fair (VIUF) will be held this coming April 30 at the Vancouver Convention Centre-East from 1pm-4pm (PDT). Registration for exhibitors and students is now open through the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) Fairs website.

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VOLUNTEERING FOR THE BOARD: MY STORY

Volunteering for the Executive Board: My Story

By Joe Giacalone
Immediate Past President, International ACAC
Chair, Governance and Nominating Committee
Executive Director, International Admission, Marist College

This is the first in a three-part series on contributing to the Association through Executive Board Service.   
  Be sure to visit the Board Elections page on our website for complete details. 


When considering a new job or career, people tend to develop a pros and cons list. Under the pros, you’ll generally find: professionally fulfilling, challenging, dynamic team, and ability to make a difference. Becoming an International ACAC board member checked all of those boxes for me.

Running for the board demands a lot. It requires a decent amount of self-reflection on a professional and personal level. The basic questions that require examination are: Is this the right time in my career? Is this the right time for me or my family? You are taking a risk by putting yourself out there, but you know there is an even greater reward if it is successful. I would like to share my story and shed some light on how the board election process works.








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VOLUNTEERING FOR THE BOARD: FIVE STEPS

Volunteering for the Board: The Five Steps

By Joe Giacalone
Immediate Past President, International ACAC
Chair, Governance and Nominating Committee
Executive Director, International Admission, Marist College

This is the second in a three-part series on contributing to the Association through Executive Board Service.
  Be sure to visit the Board Elections page on our website for complete details. 

So you are considering board service, maybe for this year or the next…how does it work?





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VOLUNTEERING FOR THE BOARD: YOUR VOICE

Volunteering for the Board: Your Voice 

This is the third in a three-part series on contributing to the Association through Executive Board Service.  
  Be sure to visit the Board Elections page on our website for complete details. 


As we head into a new election cycle for the International Association for College Admission Counseling Board, members of our community will be considering a Board position.
No doubt they will be focused on our mission:

To facilitate global interaction among counselors and institutions in support of secondary students transitioning to higher education, while promoting professional standards that foster ethical and social responsibility.

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PUTTING YOUR MASK ON FIRST

Putting Your Mask on First

By Kelly Braun
International School of Sacred Heart, Tokyo


We’ve all heard the announcement. It comes after learning how to fasten our seatbelts for the millionth time, just before we’re told where our floatation devices are located beneath our seats:

“Oxygen masks will drop down from above your seat. Place the mask over your mouth and nose, like this. Pull the strap to tighten it. If you are traveling with children, make sure that your own mask is on first before helping your children.”



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