College Readiness Competencies – Podcast Episode 141 | Classnotes Podcast Episode 141

Classnotes Podcast (June 3, 2014) Building college readiness involves more than focusing on cognitive learning. The affective domain also must be cultivated to enhance teaching and learning. In this episode Nilka Avilés, Ed.D., an IDRA senior education associate, discusses the importance of creating a school-wide culture of college readiness. She outlines a number of key competencies that educators can cultivate to prepare students not just for entering college but also for successfully graduating from college. Nilka is interviewed by Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed., IDRA senior education associate.

Show length: 14:58

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Creating a College Readiness Culture (presentation)
Nilka Avilés, Ed.D.

The Cognitive and Affective Dimensions of College Readiness
Rosana G. Rodríguez, Ph.D., and Nilka Avilés, Ed.D., IDRA Newsletter

Defining Student Success in the Context of College Readiness
Rosana G. Rodríguez, Ph.D., IDRA Newsletter

Preparing College- and Career-Ready Students: Elements of Successful Programs (pdf)
Sarah Hooker, American Youth Policy Forum, webinar presentation

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Show Notes

  • Nilka offers an overview of the educational “achievement gap” between major ethnic groups in the United States. And according to the 2010 census, Hispanic students have the lowest rate of attaining college degrees among those groups, at just 19 percent nationally and 17 percent in Texas.

  • Nilka stresses that all high school staff – from teachers and counselors to administrators and secretaries – must be responsible for communicating college-readiness information to students on their campuses.

  • Nilka refutes the oft-used refrain that “college is not for everybody.” She recounts her experience administering at a school where college-going expectations were set for all students and an array of services were provided to help meet that goal.

  • Nilka talks about the use of goal setting and inquiry in the classroom – asking deep questions, communicating with expression, trying things out, collaborating – to strengthen critical thinking and college-readiness competencies in students.

  • Nilka and Aurelio explain the critical role parents can play by being as persistent and resilient in supporting their children’s intellectual development as they are in providing food and clothing