Considering the Whole Student: Better Preparation for Success


Success is multidimensional. Preparation for success should consider this.

For the past 100 years under the common model of education, schools have focused on teaching core academic knowledge in English/language arts and math. Even though this knowledge is still relevant and vital today, new research shows that these skills alone do not prepare students to make a successful transition to college and then to a career.

Learn about the Holistic Framework—a new, multidimensional way to prepare students for college and career success—in these free webinars for stakeholders in K-12, postsecondary education, and workforce development. You'll hear about the 50+ years of research that informs this framework and hear from experts in your field who understand why considering the whole student is critical.
   March 28 - for K-12 Educators & Administrators   See overview & presenters
   March 29 - for Postsecondary Professionals   See overview & presenters
   March 30 - for Workforce Professionals   See overview & presenters
Time: Noon EST / 9 a.m. PST
Duration: 60 minutes


>   Overview of the K-12 webinar (March 28)
What you can do with the Holistic Framework:
  • Ensure student readiness for college from grade 3 to early high school
  • Improve graduation rates and directly reach students with personal feedback
  • Help students understand their options after high school
  • March 28th at Noon ET / 9 a.m. PT
Dr. Alex Casillas is a principal research psychologist at ACT. He has led the research and development of several behavioral assessments that can be used to predict performance and persistence in both educational and workforce settings. Alex received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Grinnell College and his master’s and doctorate in Clinical Science from The University of Iowa.
Dr. Jared Cleveland is a deputy superintendent for the Springdale School District in Arkansas. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Arkansas Tech University and a master’s and doctorate from Harding University. His vision is to build a sustained educational system to support and promote students who think creatively, experience learning, and achieve academic excellence to contribute back to the community.
Melody Morgan is the director of accountability and assessment for Springdale School District located in Arkansas. She holds B.S., M.S. and Ed.S degrees in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University at Jonesboro, Arkansas. Melody has more than 20 years of experience in education including experience as a former state assessment director for the Arkansas Department of Education. She currently serves on various state advisory committees to help inform ESSA planning, state accountability and continuous school improvement.
>   Overview of the Postsecondary webinar (March 29)
What you can do with the Holistic Framework:
  • Properly evaluate and find the students who are the best fits for your school
  • Easily find your at-risk students and provide the help they need
  • Help students navigate through life’s key decision points
  • March 29th at Noon ET / 9 a.m. PT
Kristin Stoeffler is an assessment designer in the Assessment Design department at ACT. Her work involves exploring the identification and measurement of transferrable 21st century skills relevant to successful academic and work outcomes.
Dr. Sherry Copeland is an assistant professor in Educational Leadership & Counseling at Southeast Missouri State University. She has been a teacher, counselor, and administrator, retiring as Assistant Superintendent from Cape Girardeau Public Schools.
>   Overview of the Workforce webinar (March 30)
What you can do with the Holistic Framework:
  • Ensure individuals have the right skills for the right jobs
  • Determine how well individuals align with an organization
  • Help your employees or students develop their skills, attitudes, and behaviors to better perform their job or prepare for the workforce
  • March 30th at Noon ET / 9 a.m. PT
Dr. Jason Way is a research psychologist in the Behavior and Navigation Research department at ACT. He is published in numerous journals and has presented at the Association for Research in Personality Conference and the Conference of the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology. His work involves examining the behavioral and psychosocial skills relevant to successful academic and work outcomes.
Jasen Jones is executive director of the Southwest Missouri Workforce Innovation Board (WIB) in Joplin, Mo., regarded as one of the highest-performing WIBs to successfully integrate economic and workforce development. The Southwest Missouri WIB is well known for its innovation in labor market research, economic development integration, disaster workforce recovery, and digital service delivery.

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