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Essentials of Professional Development

The purpose of Essentials of Professional Development is to provide training and professional development experiences for secondary school counselors, pre-service counselors, other school-based professionals and external partners providing support for college admission counseling in public school systems.

The program objectives of Essentials of Professional Development are the following:

  • Collaborate with counseling leaders within public school systems to create conditions for the success of counselors, ultimately students and their families.
  • Deliver rigorous, relevant and timely professional development content to counseling professionals, advisors and volunteers.
  • Foster capacity-building and innovation in the area of college counseling, readiness, access and success.
  • Increase and strengthen professional networks among the public school systems and NACAC, NACAC-affiliates and postsecondary education institutions.
  • Identify and support opportunities for continued and future professional development experiences, through the cultivation of sustainable pathways and relationships.

2017 Essentials Program Locations & Dates:

  • Syracuse, NY– January 30
  • Alexandria, VA – March 10
  • Montgomery County, MD – November 10
  • Washington, DC 
  • Baltimore, MD
  • New York City, NY
  • Louisville, KY
  • Cincinnati, OH

Sponsorship opportunities are available for this program. Vist our sponsorship page for more information.

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Sponsorship Opportunites

Essentials of Professional Development Sponsorship Opportunities

Promote your organization and brand to high school counselors and other school-based professionals who support college admission counseling in public school systems around the country.

GWI Sponsorship Opportunities

Promote your organization and increase your brand recognition with an audience of 100-150 admission and enrollment professionals involved in the recruitment of underserved populations of students (low-income, first-generation, students of color, international, LGBTQ).

Webinar Sponsorship Opportunties

Webinar sponsorship includes a 1-2 minute commercial, and use of 1 slide before the educational content presentation.