Helping kids to get into the best college for their career

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Helping kids to get into the best college for their career

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Parents should start talking to kids about career and college exploration really early. One of the things that kids are not really fully able to do as children and even as adolescents, it to look ahead and to see the consequence of their actions. So what we don’t want as parents is for kids to close doors for themselves in terms of career and college. So we want to help kids look at the target of where they want to go and then develop a plan beyond the four-year plan, just the high school plan. But what does it take before high school? Map out that plan and say, “This is where you want to get. What’s it going to take to get there? What’s it going to take in terms of test scores, course selection, your grades in that course?” Because college entrance is pretty competitive nowadays and it’s really important that kids have all those things lined up. They’re not necessarily thinking of those things at 12 and 13 years old, so that’s how parents can really help. And helping kids tie into where they want to go, where their interests are for career and college majors and that sort of thing can also help kids see relevancy in what they’re learning right now for the future.

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Kelley King

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Kelley King has been a K-12 public school educator for over 25 years with work in the areas of school administration, gifted education and special education. Kelley is currently the Associate Director of the Gurian Institute and provides on-site and online workshops for parents and teachers internationally. Kelley is a co-author, with Michael Gurian and Kathy Stevens, of two books on education: Strategies for Teachings Boys and Girls: A Workbook for Elementary Educators and Strategies for Teaching Boys and Girls: A Workbook for Secondary Educators. Kelley finished her third book entitled Writing the Playbook, a guide for principals on creating schools that honor the unique strengths and characteristics of boys. Kelley is the mother of an 18-year-old son and a 16-year-old daughter.

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