Redefining Ready: Connecting Adolescent Development to College Readiness

Presenters Suzanne Bouffard and Mandy Savitz-Romer
Presenters Suzanne Bouffard and Mandy Savitz-Romer

What does it take to ensure that each and every student has the opportunity to aspire to, plan, and prepare for college success? School administrators, counselors, and teachers working to increase students’ college readiness found out at this interactive workshop. Participants learned ways to engage students in planning for their own college success, generate meaningful support from families, and use data to track the success of college access programs.

The event featured Drs. Mandy Savitz-Romer and Suzanne Bouffard of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. REL Northwest’s Theresa Jahangir also presented.

Event resources

PowerPoint slides

  1. Keynote by Savitz-Romer
  2. Presentation by Jahangir on using indicators
  3. Presentation by Bouffard on engaging families
  4. Presentation by Savitz-Romer on building capacity


Event co-sponsors

REL Northwest is one of 10 regional educational laboratories funded by the Institute of Education Sciences to conduct research and technical assistance in our region (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington). It is a program of Education Northwest, a Portland, Oregon-based nonprofit that works to improve teaching and learning.

GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) believes that young people who start planning in middle school have a better chance of entering college and completing their degrees. GEAR UP West is the premier event for college-access practitioners from across the western states to learn the latest in helping low-income and underserved students prepare for and succeed in college.