How one SoCal District is Giving Students the Power of Storytelling
by Story2, on May 26, 2016 5:00:00 AM
The way writing currently is taught is fundamentally flawed.
The issue is often most visible when it comes to preparing students for college admissions. Students lack a framework to advocate for themselves in all the admissions essays required to cross the bridge from high school to college.Students struggle to describe their experiences. They are unclear about how to write in their own voice. Generally they produce writing that fails in competing for colleges. To make matters worse, most college counselors have little or no training in personal writing and limited time to guide individual students.
To solve this huge problem, which prevents millions of young people each year from getting started in schools where they are able to succeed, school communities like Perris Union School District have stepped up. In partnership with Story2 they are helping students through the complicated and grueling college admission process with resources they need to tell stories and advocate for themselves.
Just in time for the 2016-2017 College Admissions cycle, Perris Union high school students will learn how to tell their stories out loud, while writing authentic admission essays with Story2 EssayBuilder™ Plus platform.
This new partnership will expand students’ ability to plan and organize admission, scholarship and honors program essays through the College Essay Planner, researching colleges’ admission requirements and deadlines. Students will complete eight specific types of essay questions, while being encouraged to complete applications to more selective colleges and scholarships.
Perris Union administrators, teachers and counselors will have access to a data-rich dashboard to track and monitor student progress. This enables educators to intervene where it will make the most difference for students.
“This allows us to provide a consistent, scalable, outcomes-based solution for our schools and their students, helping to expand the capacity of our college counselors,” said Julie Zierold, Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Perris Union.
Students in the college process feel overwhelmed. Give each of them the individual attention they need and deserve. Click here to learn how to give your students the power of storytelling.