The nonprofit Let’s Get Ready provides low-income and underserved high school students with freeSAT preparation, admissions counseling, and other support services needed to gain admission to and graduate from college. Let’s Get Ready programs run in the fall, spring, and summer. Each program is approximately nine weeks and meets for three hours at least twice a week. The core program includes 30 hours of intensive instruction on the foundational math and critical reading and writing skills that the SAT covers and that are necessary for success in college. The program provides two diagnostic SAT tests, which students can take for practice and teachers can use to gauge student progress, along with 15 hours of comprehensive information and guidance regarding college selection and visits, applications, financial aid, and scholarships. The classes are small (approximately five students per coach) and are led by college student coaches who mentor and inspire the high school students. Let’s Get Ready also offers EnrichmentWorkshops (College Application Completion Day, Career Day, and others) and ongoing support throughout the year, as well as additional college success support into and through college.
As teachers, we must check our systems for
equity each time we walk into our classrooms. The key word here is “systems,” for
without thoughtful practices, even the most well-intentioned among us fall into
the old traps of expediency, implicit bias, and tradition. Here are a few
practical structures I use as equity checks that take very little time to
FreshGrade has launched FreshGrade Next, a learning network for the age of instant access, combining elements of lesson planners, portfolios, communication systems, and gradebooks into a seamless experience.
The MAP Suite brings learning into focus—so educators can support growth, skills mastery, and early literacy for every student. This cohesive assessment system from the nonprofit NWEA illuminates student learning, helps teachers target instruction, and gives administrators what they need to help their districts thrive.