Upcoming Programs

TO REGISTER FOR ANY ACCIS PROGRAM:
ACCIS programs are open to current ACCIS members (and invited presenters) only. Attendees must have membership accounts to register. In advance of registration, please have your school's primary account holder add additional colleagues (Office Assistants as well as College Counselors) to your school account.  

Are you a college/university interested in hosting an ACCIS program? Email Emmi Harward, ACCIS Executive Director, to discuss!


Scroll for more information on upcoming programs or click on a program below. More information about ACCIS programs can be found by clicking on the "Programs" tab in the header bar above

College Tours
Colloquium
New Counselor Workshop
New Directors Workshop 
Office Assistants Programs
Summer Institute
Post-Summer Institute College Tour


College Tours

ACCIS College Tours will return when we are able to plan beyond current budget, travel, and safety limitations. Stay tuned.

More information about this program is found by clicking on the "Programs" tab in the header bar above.


Office Assistants Programs

ACCIS Office Assistants Program Virtual Edition!
April 15-16, 2021
THANK YOU TO ALL WHO JOINED US!

This unique opportunity for college counseling office/administrative assistants features the discussion of best practices in working with the counselors, families, processes, and the information technology that is all at the heart of our college counseling work. During the program, participants gather for two days of dialogue, idea exchange, and collaboration. Participants depart having gained knowledge and a network of colleagues for continued professional communication and support. Schedule can be viewed here

Virtual program to include:

  • Topical and timely discussions driven by participant survey
  • Session on “Implicit Bias in the College Counseling Office”
  • Breakout/small group discussions to share ideas and crowdsource best practices
  • Option of sessions led by volunteer participants

More information about this program is found by clicking on the "Programs" tab in the header bar above.


New Counselor Workshop

July 27-29, 2021 - Virtual Edition!
Registration fee is $200; DRAFT Schedule linked here

REGISTER HERE!

The New Counselor Workshop is designed for college counselors from 0 to 2 years of experience who are new to the work, whether shifting from another role in independent schools, moving from college admission, or approaching the role from another background or lens entirely. This gathering focuses on essential skills, knowledge, and strategies for guiding students and families through the college search process, learning about college options, and networking resources for continued professional growth. Additionally, the faculty is committed to offering all sessions and facilitating all discussion using a DEI lens by incorporating/focusing on the range of populations in our schools.

Going virtual again this summer allows the program to accommodate more new counselors and this year’s July timing provides more opportunity for member schools to finalize hiring decisions prior to the registration deadline. During each 4-hour day, faculty will combine pre-recorded content and live presentations with energetic and knowledgeable panelists with both small and large group discussions to help attendees increase comfort and confidence with the information, themes, and expectations of college counseling at an independent school. Each day includes time for conversation, periodic breaks, and a 30-minute “lunch” break.

More information about this program is found by clicking on the "Programs" tab in the header bar above.


Summer Institute

Summer Institute - Virtual Edition!
June 28-30, 2021
 
Registration fee is $200; DRAFT Schedule linked here

REGISTER HERE!

ACCIS Summer Institute remains a highlight of the year for our members. Each summer, we *usually* travel to a host college/university campus for intentional time together to share our own experience and expertise with colleagues and friends as they share their own. This is what makes our flagship professional development event different from other conferences; every conversation is relevant to the work of college counseling in independent schools. Join us virtually, once again, as we come together to ask and answer questions, and much more. 

Join us online Monday, June 28 - Wednesday, June 30. We are excited to offer member-led Educational Sessions and Roundtable discussions, Affinity Groups, as well as a fantastic Keynote speaker!

 We are thrilled to introduce our Keynote speaker Nicole Brittingham Furlonge, PhD, Klingenstein Family Chair Professor of Practice and Director of the Klingenstein Center of Teachers College Columbia University. Her keynote, titled Listening as We Counsel: Responsive Practice for College Counseling Leadership, is not to be missed. This session will focus on this question: How might listening play a transformative role in our practices? For this generative session, we will spend a good deal of time collaborating and listening with one another. As we do so, we will tune in particularly to equity, inclusion, social action, and belonging work in our schools and our college counseling practices. Drawing from Zora Neale Hurston's notion of the power of "hungry listening," Nicole will explore this ethical mode of engagement and its potential for creating enduring change in schools and, in particular, the systems and practices we design for student and family engagement in the college search process.

Not only will registered attendees be able to log in and view live sessions, but you will have access to all recorded session webinars and also have the opportunity to participate in live roundtable discussions via Zoom meetings. The registration fee is just $200 per person. We look forward to seeing you online!

THANKS TO COMPASS EDUCATION GROUP FOR THEIR GENEROUS PARTNERSHIP IN THE SUMMER INSTITUTE! 
THANKS TO REVOLUTION PREP FOR THEIR SPONSORSHIP OF OUR KEYNOTE SPEAKER!

More information about this program is found by clicking on the "Programs" tab in the header bar above.


Post-Summer Institute College Tour

ACCIS Post-Summer Institute College Tour will return soon.

More information about this program is found by clicking on the "Programs" tab in the header bar above.


Colloquium

Rec Writers Workshop
July 21-22, 2021 - Virtual Edition!
Registration fee is $200; DRAFT Schedule linked here

REGISTER HERE!

The Virtual Rec Writers Workshop will help ACCIS members sharpen their skills in recommendation letter writing. The program is focused on writing philosophy (why we write), writing practice (how we write), and writing skills (what or how well we write). The Workshop will begin with a conversation centered on letter writing philosophy and positive feedback. The cornerstone of the program comes in breakout groups, a small group of participants who read and review each other's writing. It can be scary to share your writing and let others give you feedback, so we'll focus on building trust within each group through personal connections and a positive, intentional tone. Sessions will offer participants the chance to have a few of their letters reviewed—with warmth and positivity—by trusted professional peers.

Additionally, a session with experienced enrollment leaders will allow participants to hear directly from admission officers about how they are utilizing letters and what is most valuable in their review process. Joy St. John from Wellesley College and Jonathan Webster from Washington and Lee will speak about assessing applications using character or values-based variables. Day two will open with Marie Bigham from ACCEPT who will provide practical tips on letter writing with an antiracist lens.

Finally, there will be some time to apply ideas and suggestions from the peer review to get additional feedback. A small amount of writing time is built into the program. Participants can put into practice what they've learned, maybe even trying out a new approach or letter format.

Workshop members will:

  • Share two pre-written recommendation letters with their group
  • Offer honest feedback to peers without judgment
  • Seek to build confidence in fellow writers
  • Learn from each conversation
  • Support each other as everyone takes risks and tries to get better

THANKS TO NAVIANCE BY POWERSCHOOL FOR THEIR SPONSORSHIP OF THIS PROGRAM

More information about this program is found by clicking on the "Programs" tab in the header bar above.


Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Virtual Colloquium
February 21-23 2021

THANK YOU TO ALL WHO JOINED US!

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee is excited to bring you ACCIS’s first DEI Colloquium to be held virtually Sunday, February 21 to Tuesday, February, 23. There has never been a better time for us to engage together in the important work of equity and justice as an Association. As college counselors who are guiding and advising future generations every day in our work, we too should be allies in the work of diversity, equity and inclusion. Join us for three days of engaging in critical conversations and the important work required for us all to learn and grow together. View the DE&I Colloquium Schedule here!

Colloquium Highlights:

  • Rosetta Lee, DEI practitioner and national speaker, will kick-off the program on Sunday.
  • Keynote sessions will be led by our college counseling colleagues.
  • Cohort discussions will follow each keynote session to allow for more in-depth engagement around these important topics. Cohort groups will provide a more intimate conference experience and sense of community.
  • Affinity group sessions will provide safe and supportive spaces where participants will be able to engage freely in important conversations.
  • Roundtable discussions will take a deeper dive into current issues with a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

General information about this program is found by clicking on the "Programs" tab in the header bar above.


New Directors Workshop

July 13-15, 2021 - Virtual Edition!
Registration fee is $200; DRAFT Schedule linked here

REGISTER HERE!

In order to support new college counseling office directors within our member schools, ACCIS offers the (virtual) New Directors Workshop, an intentional gathering to assist our organization’s directors of college counseling (or equivalent titles) who will start the next academic year with 0-3 years of experience in that role. This program is geared toward those with prior college counseling experience in schools; for directors brand new to college counseling in independent schools, the New Counselor Workshop may be the preferred choice, but is not a prerequisite for this program.

Led by a rockstar ACCIS-member faculty team, the workshop balances presentations and content sharing with group discussion and community-building. Sessions will include topics such as Aligning Philosophy, Mission, and Culture; Internal and External Communication; Budgeting and Other Office Protocols; Accountability re: Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging; Office Systems and Structures; Hiring; Using Data for Board Reports and different audiences; Leading and re-building post-pandemic, . . . and More! There will also be time built into the schedule for one-on-one conversations that are specific to your individual needs and circumstances through office hours.

Registration fee and registration opening date to be announced in early 2021. The New Directors Workshop runs every other year. 
More information about this program is found by clicking on the "Programs" tab in the header bar above.