Kentucky Advising Academy
The Kentucky Advising Academy (KAA) provides a free comprehensive series of professional learning and resources for school counselors, Family Resource/Youth Service Center (FRYSC) coordinators, and all professional educators as well as flexible opportunities to connect with higher education and postsecondary advising leaders.
Helping educators across Kentucky
The goal of the Kentucky Advising Academy (KAA) is to support Kentucky educators in providing students equitable access to postsecondary advising for a successful transition from their secondary education to their desired career. The KAA supports educators serving in advising roles by providing comprehensive professional learning sessions, online resources and networking opportunities centered around postsecondary advising.
College and Career Advising Toolkit
The College and Career Advising Toolkit is a comprehensive collection of tools, information and resources, which will serve as a hub for advisors across the commonwealth. The toolkit goes beyond academic advising to include information on student development, belonging and relationships. Other topics in the toolkit include career exploration, financial aid and literacy, postsecondary opportunities, reducing summer melt and leveraging data in advising. The data section provides advisors with timely, statewide data on everything from FAFSA completion rates to schools’ academic performance to dual credit statistics.
The KAA hosts Well Advised, a brief monthly podcast covering timely advising topics. In addition, monthly webinars coordinate with the podcast topic giving participants the ability to engage with each other on postsecondary advising promising practices. EILA and FRYSC Training credit is available for webinar participants.
Upcoming Professional Learning Series
During this three-hour event, you’ll have the opportunity to determine goals and opportunities for growth within your advising program by utilizing the newly drafted postsecondary advising framework. You’ll also identify milestones from the framework in four key categories: Career Exploration, Postsecondary Opportunities, Financial Aid and Literacy, and Essential Skills. Networking time will also be provided to discuss strategies and determine actionable steps to support students' postsecondary journey. EILA and FRYSC credit will be available.
- BOWLING GREEN: Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024, 9 AM-12 PM Local Time
SKYCTC, 1845 Loop Drive, Conference Center, Building F, Bowling Green, KY 42101-3600
- LEXINGTON: Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024, 9 AM-12 PM Local Time
BCTC, Leestown Campus, Building C, Conference Room, 164 Opportunity Way Lexington, KY 40511
Jan. 18 - Earning Credentials of Value: Register
Join the Kentucky Advising Academy for a one-hour webinar as we dive into data by exploring the Student Right to Know Report and other data sources supporting earning credentials of value and seamless postsecondary transitions. This webinar provides time to interact with colleagues across the state on the topic as well as brief Q&A. One hour of EILA credit will be made available.
March 21 - Striving to Thriving: Success After High School: Register
Join the Kentucky Advising Academy for a one-hour webinar as we discuss the impact social-emotional learning, social capital, and relationships & belonging have on overall student postsecondary success. This webinar provides time to interact with colleagues across the state on the topic as well as brief Q&A. One hour of EILA credit will be made available.
April 18 - Navigating the First-Year Experience: Register
Join the Kentucky Advising Academy for a one-hour webinar as we discuss important transitional steps, first-year expectations, and campus connections students need to navigate their first-year on campus after school graduation. This webinar provides time to interact with colleagues across the state on the topic as well as brief Q&A. One hour of EILA credit will be made available.
May 16 - Summer Melt: How to Keep Students on Track: Register
Join the Kentucky Advising Academy for a one-hour webinar as we learn of the opportunities and types of programs available during the summer months to keep students engaged and on track for fall, as well as promising practices for summer bridge programs. This webinar provides time to interact with colleagues across the state on the topic as well as brief Q&A. One hour of EILA credit will be made available.
More Ways to Participate
In addition to the podcasts, in-person sessions and webinars, the Academy offers other professional development options, giving educators the freedom to take part in learning that aligns with their specific needs and availability:
- Quarterly newsletter relating to real-time topics in the field.
- Face-to-face mentoring and support in schools, FRYSCs and institutions of higher education.
- Development and promotion of a school counselor’s college and career advising toolkit.
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Last Updated: 1/26/2024