Free Workshop Links Adolescent Development to College Access


August 16, 2013


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

What role does adolescent development play in a student’s aspiration and preparation to pursue postsecondary education? Drs. Mandy Savitz-Romer and Suzanne Bouffard, authors of Ready, Willing, and Able, believe that fostering developmental tasks and competencies is the missing link in ensuring that each and every student has the opportunity to plan for and succeed in college.

REL Northwest invites you to a free workshop September 29 in Portland, Oregon, where Savitz-Romer and Bouffard will explain how an understanding of adolescent development informs practices for supporting first-generation college-bound students, students who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education, and students who don’t envision themselves as college goers. The pair will share strategies for building certain developmental processes—identity, motivation, self-regulation, and relationship formation—that enable hard-to-reach youth to chart their pathways to college.

In addition, participants will explore techniques for engaging students in planning for college success, generating meaningful support from families, and using data to track the success of college access programs. Savitz-Romer and Bouffard will be joined by REL Northwest researcher Theresa Jahangir for a panel discussion that will respond to audience questions.

“This is an excellent professional development opportunity for administrators, counselors, and teachers who are working to increase the college readiness of middle and high school students,” says REL Northwest’s Vicki Nishioka who is planning and facilitating the event. “While it is the preconference session of the annual GEAR UP West conference, the workshop is open to the public and all college-access practitioners are encouraged to attend,” Nishioka adds.

The 3.5-hour workshop is taking place at the Hilton Portland and Executive Tower.