Friday, July 10, 2020

Do you have a high school student at home? A college freshman? Stress and mental health issues for students has been an on-going issue, but now with covid19 and on-line classes, stress has increased significantly. Brennan Barnard, M.Ed., College Admission Program Advisor - Making Caring Common - Harvard Graduate School of Education, talks about how college admissions leaders are addressing this crisis, what you can do as a parent, and what really matters right now for the health and well-being of your kids.

Meet Brennan Barnard, M.Ed.

Brennan is the College Admissions Program Advisor with the Making Caring Common project at Harvard Graduate School of Education.

He is also the Director of College Counseling and Outreach at The Derryfield School, an independent day school in Manchester, New Hampshire and at US Performance Academy, an on-line independent high school for elite athletes. Brennan is a co-author of the new book, "The Truth About College Admission: A Family Guide to Getting In and Staying Together"

WATCH the show

LISTEN to the conversation

READ Brennan's Thrive Global piece:
A Statement of Care in Crisis: College Admission Leaders Speak Out: A new collective statement from over 315 (and growing) college admissions deans explains what they value in students during the pandemic.

THE TRUTH ABOUT COLLEGE ADMISSION - A Family Guide to Getting In and Staying Together By: Brennan Barnard and Rick Clark 

A high school counselor and a college admission director help families on the path to a positive college search and admission experience.

THE TRUTH ABOUT COLLEGE ADMISSION A Family Guide to Getting In and Staying Together By: Brennan Barnard and Rick Clark

The Truth about College Admission is the easy-to-follow, comprehensive, go-to guide for families. The expert authors— with inside knowledge from both the high school and university sides of the experience—provide critical advice, thoughtful strategies, helpful direction, and invaluable reassurance during the long and often bewildering college admission journey. From searching for colleges and creating a list of favorites to crafting an application, learning what schools are looking for academically and outside the classroom, and getting insight into how colleges decide who to accept, this book covers every important step. Helpful sections like "Try This," "Talk about This," and "Check In" show families how to have open and balanced conversations to keep everyone on the same page, feeling less stressed, and actually enjoying the adventure together.

The Truth about College Admission is the practical and inspiring guidebook families need, an essential companion along the path to college acceptance.

ADVANCE PRAISE “At a time when the college search is too often defined as an anxious process by frazzled parents and students, Barnard and Clark come along with an invaluable, clear-headed guide for navigating the search and finding the right fit. This is a practical roadmap filled with tactical tips from two insiders that should be on the shelf of every high-school counselor; it is a must-read for parents and students before they ever set foot on a campus tour.” –Jeffrey J. Selingo, author of The Choice: A Year Inside College Admissions—Who Gets In and Why

“A MUST-read for students applying to college and their parents! Come along and share the authors' meaningful personal and professional stories, which will help you think through the entire process, including why you are doing what you are doing and how to make it all less stressful. I recommend this book highly to the students and families with whom I work.” –Nancy Beane, Past President, National Association for College Admission Counseling

Brennan Barnard is the director of college counseling at the Derryfield School and US Performance Academy. He also serves as the college admission program manager for the Harvard Graduate School of Education's Making Caring Common Project. Rick Clark is the director of undergraduate admission at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

THE TRUTH ABOUT COLLEGE ADMISSION A Family Guide to Getting In and Staying Together By: Brennan Barnard and Rick Clark
Johns Hopkins University Press
Also available as an e-book Publication date: September 10, 2019

Twitter: @BarnardBrennan

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