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White House Convening

Strengthening School Counseling and College Advising

The Convening will provide state teams with the opportunity to strategize with states across the nation; review best practice models and receive technical assistance to advance REACH HIGHER goals. Through school counselor leadership and collaborative partnerships, we hope to dramatically increase the number of traditionally underserved students prepared for, entering, and succeeding in postsecondary education by focusing on ways to strengthen, align, and expand the college-going pipeline locally, and concomitantly, at the state and national levels.

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Conference Slide Decks

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Agenda Highlights

  1. Cross Sector Dialogue
    Break out sessions will facilitate interactive discussions with other participants, across states, with similar work roles and functions. These sessions will enable participants to capture best practices and brainstorm ideas to overcome the barriers and challenges of implementing collaborative college advising models.
  2. Technical Assistance
    This session will provide the opportunity to receive customized feedback on strategies, barriers and challenges to MEASURE implementation, while also helping to identify structures and resources required to break down barriers.
  3. Action Planning
    Face to face and intentional team time to discuss and plan a state-wide effort to identify a key metric to be measured.
  4. Best Practice Methods From The Field
    Teams will hear from panels that serve as models of “Measurement, Mobilization and Collaboration”.
  5. Key Discussion Areas/Levers Of Change
    Policy, Research, Pre-Service/In-Service, Standards Credentialing, Higher Ed/K-12 Partnerships, Practice – Student Outcomes.

Download the 3rd White House Reach Higher Convening final agenda and the Session Breakout Menu. Convening attire is business casual, hotel and transportation information is to the right.


We now have information on Pre-Reads to Support the 3rd White House Reach Higher Convening. These can be found here.

Introduction to State Team Planning Templates Webinar

This webinar introduced state teams to Convening Team Planning Templates. These templates will serve as planning guides, to support the identification of a college and career readiness state metric that will impact measurable student level outcomes. Download the companion presentation slide deck and PowerPoint Templates.

Pre-Convening Webinar

A Pre-Convening Webinar was held Monday September 21st, to provide an overview of the 3rd White House Convening, Strengthening School Counseling and College Advising at the University of North Florida. You are invited to view the video, listen to the FAQ’s and download the companion presentation slide deck.


The impetus for this consortium emerged in response to First Lady Michelle Obama's Reach Higher initiative and the call for improvements to school counseling and school-based college and career counseling systems. Beginning with two national convenings in collaboration with the White House's College Opportunity Agenda; this consortium has been established to carry the momentum of the 2014 introduction of Reach Higher initiative and the achievements that followed.

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