Professional Development & Resources
Become Dual Enrollment Certified
Interested in becoming Dual Enrollment credentialled? Check out this new opportunity to grow the dual enrollment instructor pipeline. ASU and NAU recently developed their websites and launched their programs that allow high school teachers access to the Arizona Teachers Academy scholarships to become (or maintain) dual enrollment credentialed.
For more information, please visit their websites:
Counselor Training Events
2023 FAFSA Spring Training
See the full playlist of recorded sessions here or select a video below.
The National College Attainment Network (NCAN) Spring Training 2023 Webinar Series
- Engaging All Staff in CCR Student Supports
- Building a College and Career Readiness Team and Monitoring the Work
- Have a Plan: Implementing a College and Career Readiness Curriculum
- Many Paths to Success: Navigating Among Students’ College and Career Choice
- Serving and Supporting Undocumented Students
Implementation of Tuition Equity for Undocumented Students in Arizona
Learn more about the crucial role that colleges and universities can play to effectively implement tuition equity policies in Arizona and elsewhere and the importance and challenges in implementing Proposition 308. Watch the recording and access resources here.
Wild Out Wednesdays (2022)
- Dual Enrollment & College Courses Assessment Prep (February 2023)
- Tri-University Priority Deadlines & Next Steps (January 2023) | Slide deck
- Mental Health | passcode: 5t?7!@Ee (November 2023)
- Youth Summit | passcode: g877%YA% (October 2023)
2024-2025 FAFSA Train-the-Trainer Sessions
FAFSA Train-the-Trainer for College Access Professionals
FAFSA Train-the-Trainer for School Counselors and Educators
FAFSA 2024-2025 Bootcamp Series
Education Power Hours
Arizona College Application Campaign (AzCAC) Toolkit
AzCAC is designed to encourage schools to support graduating seniors as they navigate the admissions process and provide students the opportunity to complete at least one college application during the school year. AzCAC can open the door for students by encouraging them to take significant steps toward college in their senior year and ultimately ensure that every student has a chance to reach their potential and bring Arizona closer to 60% postsecondary attainment by 2030.
AzCAC is an initiative of the Arizona Board of Regents and is part of the American College Application Campaign. The first 100 schools that register to participate in the Arizona College Application Campaign and the Arizona FAFSA Challenge will receive a College Ready AZ toolkit that includes campaign posters, stickers, folders, and pins. Schools can customize the timing and number of events to meet the needs of their campus and students. Download the Site Coordinator Toolkit to help kickstart and plan a school-based program.
Arizona Decision Day Toolkit
Arizona Decision Day recognizes and celebrates seniors for their postsecondary plans. It also encourages younger students and their families to prepare early for college. It is important that we celebrate this big step for seniors, and involving all your students will help build a college-going culture at your school. Arizona Decision Day is held in conjunction with National College Signing Day and takes place on May 1. May 1 coincides with the date many seniors must inform a college of their plans to attend.
Use the AZ Decision Day Tool Kit to help implement your Decision Day celebrations. Please use this as a guide for your celebrations and alter them to fit the needs of your school and seniors. Adjust your planning to accommodate your event on or around May 1.
Engage staff, students, and families with official Ask Benji assets to promote awareness and engagement.
Senior Launch Guide
The Senior Launch Guide includes a wealth of information about career exploration, FAFSA help, scholarship and job tips, selecting and applying for colleges, and more. Whether headed to a 4-year university, community college, technical school, the workforce, or the military, the Senior Launch Guide helps with every step along the way.
- Senior Launch Guide (Printable PDF)
- Senior Launch Guide (Fillable PDF)
- Spanish Senior Launch Guide (Printable PDF)
- Spanish Senior Launch Guide (Fillable PDF)
- Senior Launch Guide Testimonial Video
The Discover Guide provides middle-grade students with an interactive way to explore how their interests, passions, abilities, and cultural influences can influence life after high school. As students investigate these things, they will discover careers that fit their lifestyle and personality—and how to get there. The Discover Guide also helps students develop an Education and Career Action Plan (ECAP) by the time they reach the 8th grade.
The Discover Parent Guide can help you support your child’s college and career readiness.
Billions to Gain
A report from Education Forward Arizona and the Helios Education Foundation details the benefits of education after high school for students, our communities and state. Learn more from the Billions to Gain Convening speakers about the ways our communities can increase attainment.
Arizona Virtual Teacher Institute
The Arizona Virtual Teacher Institute, created by ASU Prep Digital with generous investments from the Arizona Department of Education, the Governor’s Office, Helios Education Foundation and Arizona State University supports Arizona teachers to thrive post-pandemic by offering extensive training and professional development opportunities at no cost.
School-Specific FAFSA Application Data
Arizona College Connect is an interactive, customized communications portal providing high school leaders with access to students’ FAFSA data and other college attainment information. This innovative new tool is made possible through funding through Helios Education Foundation and a data partnership with the Arizona Department of Education.