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7 Ways to Inspire High School Students with STEM for College and Beyond

Posted by iD Tech on July 6, 2022

At the high school level, STEM goes far beyond Advanced Placement classes, and the latest techie devices. Teachers, counselors, and IECs have numerous tools at their disposal to inspire teens to explore coding, game design, robotics, engineering, and more. The question is: where to start?

In this guide, we’ll walk through seven ways to get high school students excited about the many applications of STEM in a way that’s authentic to their interests and future goals. Whether they’re just dipping their toe in the water or set on landing a career in software engineering, data science, or one of the other top STEM careers, there’s something for everyone in the wide world of STEM!

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IEC Pricing Webinar: Panel Q&A

Posted by Lisa Davis on April 8, 2022

The CollegePlannerPro team was joined by four IECs for a transparent conversation regarding the pricing of college consulting services. During the insightful conversation, our panelists shared their experiences and opinions and attendees chimed in with questions and commentary. The CollegePlannerPro team shared relevant data from the results of our IEC pricing survey. For a more detailed analysis of the survey results, please download the guide below. 

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Topics: Business Tips For Educational Consultants

Why I Offer Comprehensive Package Pricing: A Conversation with IEC, Katie Garrett

Posted by Katie Garrett on April 4, 2022

It could be said that one of the most debated topics in the world of independent educational consultants is how to be compensated for one’s work: hourly or comprehensively. In my practice, Garrett Educational Consulting, I offer comprehensive packages and over the years have been able to tweak my process to make this model work best for me and my practice. A comprehensive model helps me account for the time, effort, and expense associated with gaining and maintaining the knowledge necessary to best serve my clients.

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Topics: Business Tips For Educational Consultants

How to Set Boundaries and Value Your Work as an Independent College Counselor

Posted by Charlotte Klaar on March 29, 2022
"Educators often forget that they have a right to be compensated for their expertise and should not be made to feel badly about that."

In all the years that I have taught and mentored both new consultants and school-based counselors, the one issue that has not changed is their perception that we are somehow not allowed to value our own time or experience. This is probably a result of education having been a primarily female occupation for so many years. We are taught that we must be nurturers and that what we do is more ministry than work. Hogwash!! What we must do is value ourselves and what we offer to others. It all comes down to boundaries.

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Topics: Business Tips For Educational Consultants

High School Research Projects — The Key to Test-Optional College Admissions

Posted by Janos Perczel on December 6, 2021

Insights from the Harvard Admissions Lawsuit

The pandemic has completely changed the college admission landscape. As colleges have gone test-optional, there has been a rise in the importance of strong personal narratives and activities that show evidence of academic creativity and independent scholarship. As educators are looking to help students navigate the ever-changing admissions landscape, it is important to base recommendations on real insights into the admission processes at selective colleges and universities. 

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Personal Assessments vs Aptitude Tests

Posted by Ross Dickie on October 21, 2021

Different paths on the journey to self-knowledge and enlightenment

We’ve all probably “wished we knew then, what we know now” at least a few times in our lives. Especially when it comes to decisions that, in hindsight, we might have approached differently had we had the benefit of insights into our skills, talents, abilities, aptitudes, and preferences.

Luckily, with the advancement of psychometric tools over the past 70-100 years, today’s students don’t have to depend completely on the “school of hard knocks” to gain the personal insight to navigate their complex world. But the question for most time-and-budget-challenged professionals is how to decide between a wide range of options. Hopefully, the rest of this blog will help.

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Quarterly Product Update: September 2021

Posted by Raymond Babul on September 10, 2021

This quarter, we've made some key updates to the software for students and counselors alike. Let's take a look!

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Benefits of Implementing a Student Management Software Platform

Posted by Lisa Davis on September 1, 2021

Most companies—large, small, and everywhere in between—rely on software platforms and online tools in order to run more efficiently. For large companies, these systems are essential and the benefits seem obvious. Sharing information between departments and managing hundreds or even thousands of clients would be near impossible without tools for automation and data storage.

When operating or launching a much smaller business, such as an independent educational consulting practice, there is a greater importance placed on the cost-benefit of each tool implemented. To help with this, we’ve highlighted eight key benefits that a student management platform can provide an IEC practice.

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Topics: Business Tips For Educational Consultants, Organization tips for IEC's

6 Reasons You Need to Be Involved in a Professional Association (and Why I Cannot Live Without Mine!)

Posted by Jason Vallozzi on July 28, 2021

Can you pinpoint one professional experience that changed your life? 

My pivotal moment happened when I was only twenty-four. 

I was asked to attend a professional association admissions conference. I thought, "Great! Just what I need to break up my summer — a run-of-the-mill, ordinary July conference."  

It was anything but ordinary. It was anything but run-of-the-mill. 

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Tools for Independent Educational Consultants

Posted by Sherri Graf on July 14, 2021

One of my favorite gifts my mom has ever given me is a hammer. Yep, I know. Crazy, right?  I think the reason I love it so much is that it is from her, but also I love the creativity behind its design. For starters, it’s shiny gold with a floral print and very light in my hand. Second, it was only $6.99 which makes me love it even more. Finally, it is multi-functional with its many sized little screwdrivers hidden within its handle. I love it.

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