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IECA's educational Webinar Series will focus on the issues affectingIndependent Educational Consultants and allied admission professionals. IECA's monthly webinars will provide professional development covering admission issues in college, secondary school, and therapeutic placements, as well as learning disabilities and broad adolescent issues including depression, anxiety, and more.

Our webinars are designed to meet the needs of Independent Educational Consultants and we believe many school-based counselors will find the topics equally compelling, as well as admission representatives, school administrators, and program and private therapists. The presenters are chosen for their expertise and experience as online instructors. Webinars will be offered live on the second Tuesday of each month at 12:00 noon EST, 9:00 a.m. PST. All sessions will last one hour, including a question and answer segment with the presenter. In addition, IECA will archive all webinars, which will then be available for one year. Those who register for the live broadcast, or for an archived segment, will be able to view the presentation up to three times over the course of the year. For more details, check our webinar FAQs.

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2016 Webinars

August 9: Resilience and Healthy Coping

Educators cannot control all risk factors that impact students, but by increasing protective factors related to resilience we increase the opportunity for students to engage in confident coping in the face of adverse events leading to a healthier, happier, more successful college experience. The presenter will provide specific constructs that can be taught to help foster resilience. By building on the individual’s strengths, this resilience model takes a holistic approach to overcoming life’s challenges. Everyone can live a happier, healthier life when provided with the proper information and guidance to realize their resilience. In this webinar, participants will:
• Examine the research behind resiliency relating to college students
• View one academic resilience model and its seven building blocks of resiliency
• Understand how this approach leads to a healthy student body and higher retention.

Delvina Miremadi-Baldino
, Ph.D., Ed.M., CAPP
Miremadi-Baldino is director of Research and Program Development at Life Advantages LLC, where she applies over ten years of experience specializing in resilience education and program development. Her extensive training in education and psychology (human development and positive psychology) places her at the forefront of promoting resilience. She has dedicated her career to being a change agent through education, research, and developing innovative tools to help increase resilience and improve the lives of adolescents and young adults. She received her EdM from Harvard University in Human Development and Psychology; earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership at Simmons College, focusing her research on academic resilience in higher education; and recently completed her Certificate in Positive Psychology (CAPP).

September 13: Prior-Prior Year—What it Is, Why it Happened, and How Things Will Change

Jeff will unveil the results of a survey sent out to hundreds of admission officials and financial aid administrators asking how PPY has altered their timelines and policies. He will explain why PPY came into being, how it changes the current financial aid timeline, and what our families need to know to benefit from the new landscape.

Jeff Levy, IECA (CA)
Jeff joined IECA as an Associate member in 2010 and became a Professional member in 2012. He serves on the College Committee, is vice chair of the College Affordability Subcommittee, and has recently been elected to the Nominating Committee. He just completed his third summer as a guest instructor at IECA’s Summer Training Institute teaching “The Principles and Practice of College Affordability” and has been an instructor at UC San Diego Extension’s Certificate Program.

October 11: “Test Optional” with Strings Attached

Fair Test now lists more than 850 test optional schools.  As independent educational consultants, how do we advise students to submit scores or not? Do we ask them to prep for the SAT and ACT and invest both time and money because we feel that they will be hurt in the admissions process if they don't provide any score at all? It has become apparent that “test optional” no longer always means that non-submitters will be treated equally in the admissions process to those who submit scores. Colleges have jumped on the “test optional” bandwagon at once declaring that scores don't define an applicant, at the same time adding caveats to those who don't supply those scores. Test optional colleges can exclude students from merit scholarships, ask students for numerous additional admissions essays, or require students to provide scores upon admission. One liberal arts college, for example, gives an automatic score of 20 on the ACT for any student who doesn't provide their own score. This webinar will highlight examples of “test optional” colleges that penalize students for not submitting scores, require additional essays, or evaluate students using different measures and explore strategies for advising students. 
Learning Objectives:
1) Understand the historical context of the use of admissions exams in colleges
2) Understand the differences between test-free colleges, test-flexible, test-optional colleges, and post-admission test requirements.
3) Using case examples, learn how institutions evaluate applicants differently for admissions and scholarships (for example, Temple University, Lake Forest College, University of Delaware, Mount Holyoke, Smith, DePaul, Wake Forest, and others)
4) Gain strategies for advising students on submitting scores, or even taking tests.

Elizabeth Stone, IECA (CA)
Elizabeth is the executive director of Campanile College Counseling, Inc., a comprehensive educational consulting program serving students across the U.S. and internationally. Campanile works with students of all ages and abilities, and their parents, with a focus on school counseling and college admission.  She holds a PhD in Special Education from U.C. Berkeley and taught in the U.C. Berkeley Certificate Program in College Admissions and Career Planning. She received the IECA Foundation’s Irving Katz Memorial Award for community service in 2011.  She has published widely on higher education and is the author of “The Better College Essay: Fitting in and Standing Out” (Wintergreen Orchard House, 2014).

December 13: A Beginner’s Guide to Self-Publishing

Many educational professionals have knowledge and experiences they wish to share with a wide audience. They think “I should write a book,” but are intimidated not only by the writing process, but by the inner-workings of the publishing industry. Self-publishing offers a ready opportunity to control one's own intellectual property but also comes with additional considerations, steps, and hoops to jump through before a book becomes reality. This webinar will present the basic steps and considerations through the experiences of someone who successfully self-published and survived.

Randi C. Heathman, IECA associate (MI)
Randi is The Equestrian College Advisor, an independent educational consultant with more than a decade of experience in higher education and a lifetime of involvement with equestrian sports. She holds a BA in English and an MA in communication studies. Her professional writing career began with her undergraduate honors thesis and her career in admission and athletic recruitment began shortly after graduation. She has been an IEC since 2011 and is the only one who specializes in meeting the needs of college-bound equestrians. She is a member of NACAC, the United States Equestrian Federation, and the United States Dressage Federation. In 2014, Randi self-published her debut book, Horses for Courses: The Definitive Guidebook for the Prospective College Equestrian through Amazon’s publishing service.

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