ACAC and Reach Higher - College Signing Day 2020

Host a College Signing Day Event

Reach Higher is celebrating College Signing Day! Deadlines to notify colleges where a senior intends to apply are approaching. We invite schools and communities to join Reach Higher and the American College Application Campaign to learn about hosting celebrations for all of your seniors who commit to continuing their education after high school.

Join us on April 7 for a webinar to learn how to host a College Signing Day celebration. This webinar will review templates and examples available to support individuals planning their events. We’ll also hear from a high school counselor who will share their experiences and lessons learned hosting a College Signing Day event. Want to learn more about College Signing Day? Head to www.bettermakeroom.org/collegesigningday.

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Date: April 7
Time: 2:00 pm ET / 1:00 pm CT
Duration: 60 Minutes



Stephanie Sprow OwenStephanie Sprow Owens serves as the director of programming, Reach Higher at the Common App. In that role, she leads campaigns to support students’ efforts to go to and complete college and serves as an advisor to former First Lady Michelle Obama regarding high school and postsecondary completion.  Previously, Stephanie served in multiple roles at the U.S. Department of Education under President Barack Obama’s administration, most notably with Mrs. Obama’s domestic education initiative. Stephanie also served at the Alliance for Excellent Education in Washington, D.C., and at the School District of Philadelphia. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, College Park and a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Kathy DeKeyserKathy DeKeyser has spent 20 of her 25 years in education at Whitmore Lake Middle & High School, a small school just north of Ann Arbor, MI. She started out teaching high school English and French, but after earning her M.Ed. in School Counseling from Grand Valley State University (Go Lakers!), Kathy moved into the role of school counselor. One of her favorite parts of the job is working with students on their postsecondary plans, so she loves planning the College Bound Michigan initiative each year and celebrating the seniors at Decision Day. When she’s not at work, Kathy enjoys hanging out with her husband and three kids.

Laura RossLaura Ross is a school counselor at Five Forks Middle School in Lawrenceville, GA., and was recently named the 2020 School Counselor of the Year by the American School Counselor Association. A graduate of The University of Georgia, Ross has served as a school counselor for nine years. She has been at Five Forks Middle School since 2014. Ross’s prior work as a counselor at an adult men’s correctional facility fueled her passion for restorative justice in her current role at Five Forks. In addition to her school counseling responsibilities, Ross works with several programs to help create a connectedness culture. She is the founding sponsor of the school’s first Gay-Straight Alliance, serves as a cadre trainer for the Dove Self-Esteem Project, and is the school district’s Counseling Steering Committee middle school chair.