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At MCAN's discretion, webinar recordings may be archived for continued professional development. Archived webinars are not eligible for SCECHs and may be removed at any time.

Single Session Webinars

Leveling Up Your EDPs for the 2023-24 School Year
Skye Dempster, Xello and Oliver Browne, Xello

Kick off the 2023-24 academic year by learning some of the biggest Xello releases and smaller improvements that will make engaging students with their EDPs easier. Become familiar with the main Xello features for EDP delivery, including the launch of the new Xello 6-12 pathway planning tool, and feel confident in how you’ll prioritize engaging students to enhance their EDPs and help them better prepare for their futures. A Xello product expert will also dive into practical examples of lessons and a talent portfolio that will inspire your own activities.

Michigan Merit Curriculum and the Personal Curriculum Flexibility
Rashell Bowerman, instructional intervention consultant, Michigan Department of Education

The Personal Curriculum is a tool to modify Michigan Merit Curriculum requirements, individualizing a student's high school experience.

Starting Early: What is Future Readiness in Middle School?
Skye Dempster, Xello and Courtney McKenzie, Xello

Join Xello and learn how to excite and engage middle schoolers. Develop and nurture crucial social-emotional and future-ready skills in these early years and create the necessary foundation for robust and effective educational development plans for their later years.

Minority Serving Institutions: Bridges to Postsecondary Success
Celia Chavez, partnership director, Midwest, College Advising Corps; Shameek Robinson, partnership director, Northeast, College Advising Corps

This session introduces attendees to the various types of federal designations associated with Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs). This comprises Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs). In addition, there will be a specific focus on identifying these institutions within the state of Michigan, and attendees will gain strategies for incorporating MSI information in Match & Fit discussions with students.

Preparing for the Better FAFSA
Meghan McComb, training specialist, UAspire

In this webinar, attendees will learn about key changes coming to the 2024-25 FAFSA and how to best prepare to support students, families, and other stakeholders. Topics include the change from Expected Family Contribution to Student Aid Index, creating Federal Student Aid IDs for multiple parents, giving consent to use federal tax information, and more! Whether you fill out hundreds of FAFSAs every year or help with other parts of the postsecondary preparation process, it is essential to understand how students and families will experience and be impacted by changes to the updated FAFSA.

The Evolving FAFSA: Supporting Students and Families
MCAN staff and guests

To address the need for actionable information related to the 2024-25 FAFSA, MCAN is hosting a webinar to share more about the latest Federal Student Aid updates and their implications for students and families. Participants will learn best practices to employ while families await financial aid information. The webinar will also include a question and answer period.

Introduction to the Golden Apple Scholars Program
Callie Kirk, director of geographic expansion, Golden Apple Foundation

Michigan's Golden Apple Scholars program is a teacher preparation program that recruits high school seniors through college sophomores who have the potential to be outstanding teachers in Michigan pre-K-12 schools. Webinar participants will learn more about the program's benefits and how to support students in completing the application.

Mid-Year Check-In: How Are You Reporting on Student Work and State Mandate Compliance?
Skye Dempster, Xello and Courtney McKenzie, Xello

The latest webinar from Xello will help participants tackle EDP reporting and ensure meaningful compliance. View a demonstration on how to help identify EDP, Talent Portfolio, and four-year-plan progress and completion, while also learning strategies on how to support further progression through the remainder of the year.

College Confidence: What America Knows About Paying for College
Jenny Chandler, director relationship manager, Sallie Mae

Every year, college-bound students and their families ask, "How will we pay for college?" For many, this subject is filled with confusion and stress. Join us as we discuss Sallie Mae’s new research study, College Confidence: What America Knows About Paying for College. We’ll examine how much families really know about financial aid, the FAFSA®, scholarships, and student loans; and evaluate perceptions and common misconceptions about college financing. Finally, we’ll highlight possible solutions to help families prepare for this vital step in accessing and attaining a college education.

The Real Scoop on Paying for College: Students' and Families' Expectations vs. Reality
Jenny Chandler, director relationship manager, Sallie Mae

While most families agree college is an investment in their student’s future, many are confused and stressed about paying for that education. Join this webinar to explore what college-bound high school families know and expect about paying for college, and how that compares to the realities experienced by currently enrolled undergraduates. We will investigate how families’ understanding of available funding sources, attitudes, and behaviors change as they begin and follow the higher education journey.
The insights shared are based on two new research studies by Sallie Mae and Ipsos, College Confidence: What America Knows About Paying for College and How America Pays for College 2022.

Using FAFSA Challenge Grant Funds to Support Postsecondary Systems
Jeneen Hatoum, director of High School Innovation, MCAN

MCAN High School Innovation staff will provide guidance on how to utilize FAFSA Challenge Grant Funds from the State of Michigan to support postsecondary systems in your schools. We will identify challenges, insights, and key learnings as well as provide actionable next steps.

Planning and Executing a Decision Day Event
Jeneen Hatoum, director of High School Innovation, MCAN

Staff from MCAN's department of High School Innovation will provide guidance on planning and executing a Decision Day event in light of challenges presented by the delay of financial aid award letters. We will identify challenges, insights, and key learnings as well as provide actionable next steps.

Webinar Series

September 14, 2023 - March 27, 2024
Significant changes to the financial aid process, including the new FAFSA and the introduction of the Michigan Achievement Scholarship, highlight the urgency and opportunity for high-quality training. MCAN and uAspire are partnering to offer best-in-class training, support, and tools to better position practitioners to meet the unique needs of all Michigan students. The following Certified FAFSA Specialist Training session recordings are available: Session 1: Introduction to Financial Aid: Mid-September. Session 2: FAFSA Completion (two-part series): Late December and early January. Session 3: FAFSA Follow-up: Late January. Session 4: Financial Aid Offer Review: Mid March Session 5: Financial Aid Renewal for College Success: Late March.
October 19, 2023 - November 3, 2023
Presenters: Leaders from admissions offices at Michigan public and private colleges and universities.
Join MCAN for a Fall 2023 series of webinars hosted by admissions experts from Michigan’s postsecondary institutions. The webinars provide an overview of the admissions process from each institution and address updates to their current admissions practices.