New: ISBE-ISAC Partnership to Benefit HS Seniors Across the State
The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) is pleased to announce in partnership with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) that the reports generated through the ISAC FAFSA Completion Initiative will be accepted by ISBE as documentation to be used for compliance with the state’s requirement that all Illinois public high school seniors complete either the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid (Alternative Application) as a prerequisite to receiving a high school diploma. ISAC’s FAFSA Completion Initiative shares data with participating schools on a weekly basis to identify students who have not filed a financial aid application (the FAFSA or the Alternative Application). In addition, 431 Illinois high schools were recognized for supporting their class of 2021 students in filing financial aid applications for postsecondary education.
To ensure ISAC has up-to-date student data for a school for the FAFSA Completion Initiative and to be considered for the 2022 Financial Aid Completion Recognition Award, a high school needs to do a student record upload into the ISAC Gift Assistance Programs (GAP) Access portal. Instructions for the file upload process, as well as the participation agreement if a school is not already participating, are provided in the FAFSA Completion Initiative User Guide, which is accessed via the GAP Access User Guides area. Once uploaded, those lists will then be used to match FAFSA and Alternative Application completion data. It is important to note that the FAFSA Upload function is separate from the State Scholar Program File Upload process schools may do with ISAC.
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The National Board Resource Center (NBRC) is a nonprofit organization that has been charged with overseeing the Illinois State Board of Education program that enables teachers and counselors to become National Board certified. NBRC provides free support for teachers and counselors throughout their journey to National Board Certification.
Illinois State Board of Education is pleased to announce the $1,900 National Board Candidate Fee Subsidy application is now available for Illinois teachers and counselors wishing to pursue National Board Certification beginning the 2021-22 school year. Applications open on September 01 are due by October 10. Additionally, many districts in the state of Illinois offer incentives for educators once they obtain certification.
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The Early Childhood through Young Adulthood/School Counseling certificate is appropriate for counselors who work with students in grades preK–12 (ages 3–18+) in educational settings. These school counselors may work with individuals, small groups, a whole class, or the entire school to advance student learning academically, emotionally, and socially, and in the area of career development. Some may focus their counseling primarily in the area of student assistance, college planning, academic testing, or a more general guidance delivery model. However, all school counselors, without regard to their assignment, practice in a manner designed to advance student learning in the areas of academic, personal/social, and career development.
View more information about the process. Additionally, this video testimonial shares the experiences of Illinois National Board Certified Teachers while these slides explain the certification process and subsidy. The attached brochure provides a brief overview of the certificate components. Click this link to access more information.
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Larkin High School located in Elgin, IL is currently accepting applications for a School Counselor position (Bilingual Preferred). Larkin High School is one of five high schools in School District U-46, the second-largest K-12 Unit District in Illinois. We are a public, four-year comprehensive high school with an anticipated enrollment of 2100 students for the 2021-2022 School Year.
Applications can be submitted online: https://www.applitrack.com/u46/onlineapp/default.aspx
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Check out this link to view the ISCA Award Winners from 2020 and 2021. Receiving recognition from the Illinois State Board of Education is a significant step for school counselors in Illinois!
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