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Standardized Tests, Applications & EQ Skills ~ Private School Admissions

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July 8th - Standardized Tests, Applications & EQ Skills ~ Private School Admissions

Joanna Severino

Joanna Severino

Founder & President - PREPSKILLS & US College Expo

In this PrepOnline Session Joanna will talk about the Private School Admission Process, how to prepare for the SSAT, how to prepare for an interview with private schools and what they are looking for.

Entry into private school is not a simple matter of enrollment and paying the tuition. Many private schools require the child to successfully complete a standardized preparation test, such as the SSAT to gain admission. There are fundamental skills and facts that students need to master in order to do well on standardized tests.

In this webinar you will learn about the different standardized tests, how to best prepare for the tests, understanding what the grading means and how it is utilized in the admissions process, how to prepare for admissions interviews, and the other aspects of a holistic application.

Joanna Severino is the Founder & President of PREPSKILLS and the US College Expo. Joanna has been an educator for over 25 years, helping students to excel in achieving important milestones in education. For many Canadian families, applying to private schools and US colleges can be daunting. PREPSKILLS helps navigate this process by giving families the tools, resources and connections to maximize opportunities. Joanna created the US College Expo in Canada and PrepConnect events to help families explore their educational pathways. Education is really about resourcefulness. As a certified teacher and passionate mom-preneur, Joanna is always looking for ways to ensure that students connect with these opportunities and get the valuable information they need to make informed decisions about education.

June 24th - How Prepskills Assists With the US College Admissions Process

Joanna Severino

Joanna Severino

Founder & President - PREPSKILLS & US College Expo

On this PrepOnline session, Joanna Severino will be talking about the US college/university admissions process for Canadian students looking at pursuing their education in the US.

 Since 2002, PREPSKILLS has provided families (and high school guidance counselors) with a roadmap on how to select a “best fit” US College or University for their child. Prepskills comprehensive knowledge and school relationships provide families with accurate and up-to-date information to help them make informed decisions. 

Joanna Severino, President and Founder of Prepskills Inc. will walk you through the essential questions relating to US College Admissions. 

  • How do colleges determine who gets in and who gets denied?
  • What sort of funding is there for Canadian students?
  • What is the difference between early decision and early action admissions?
  • What are the Ivy League schools looking for?
  • What do student-athletes need to do?
  • PSAT/SAT/ACT/Subject Test requirements?

Joanna Severino is the Founder & President of PREPSKILLS and the US College Expo. Joanna has been an educator for over 25 years, helping students to excel in achieving important milestones in education. For many Canadian families, applying to private schools and US colleges can be daunting. PREPSKILLS helps navigate this process by giving families the tools, resources and connections to maximize opportunities. Joanna created the US College Expo in Canada and PrepConnect events to help families explore their educational pathways. Education is really about resourcefulness. As a certified teacher and passionate mom-preneur, Joanna is always looking for ways to ensure that students connect with these opportunities and get the valuable information they need to make informed decisions about education.

June 17th - Virtual Volunteering

Shane Feldman

Shane Feldman

Founder - Count Me In

Recognized by The White House, Prime Minister of Canada, and United Nations, Shane Feldman delivers inspiring and actionable keynotes on  connection, community building, and
leadership.
An award-winning speaker for students, teachers, and caring adults, Shane has been featured by LARRY KING, DR. OZ, FORBES, PEOPLE MAGAZINE, and his documentary TV series follows his work mentoring teens. Shane has spoken for Google, Microsoft, and Disney,
and he has keynoted the National Conferences for Family Career Community Leaders of America, Future Business Leaders of America, Distributive Education Clubs of America, and the National School Boards Association.

Michelle Dittmer

Michelle Dittmer

Founder - Canadian Gap Year Association

Michelle is an educator and youth advocate that has taught grades 4 through College, developed International Service-Learning Programs, nurtured Educational Partnerships with school boards from coast to coast, and developed youth policy. 

Having a finger on the pulse of the needs of young learners, combining their need for experiential learning and developing reflective and values-aligned practices, she founded the Canadian Gap Year Association to raise the profile of gap year as a solution to mental health, lack of clarity, and the skill gap.

June 10th - Great Parenting Simplified

Karena de Souza

Karena de Souza

Founder - Tilt The Future

Karena de Souza is a strategist, mindset coach and futurist. She saw a particular opportunity to support other parents & educators help their own GenZ students. She offers a perspective that blends her corporate experience from a career on Wall Street, running a small business and now as a solopreneur with "Tilt the Future." She
shares strategy tools that allow major Fortune 500 organization to stay responsive in an
uncertain world. Her philosophy is that these are the life-skills that we should equip every teen to face the various decisions in their future. She teaches scenario planning as a framework to help young adults at any stage, any age.

Jacqueline Green

Jacqueline Green

Founder - International Great Parenting Simplified movement.

Since 2010, Jacqueline has interviewed over 150 of the world’s top parenting-related educators. Over 35,000 parents have joined her community, from over 101 countries. She’s been a parenting coach, educator and popular speaker for 20 years, specializing in helping moms of school aged kids with issues that include:
- overwhelm, procrastination, stress, anxiety and depression (theirs and their children’s)
-  issues with isolation and lack of a village to support one’s parenting
- co-parenting challenges for married couples as well as in single parenting

June 3rd - Private School Application Process

Dr. Michael Leatch

Dr. Michael Leatch

Member - College of Psychologists & Ontario College of Teachers

Dr. Michael Leatch is a Psychologist and Certified Teacher. He worked at Crescent School in Toronto for 15 years as a teacher, administrator and was the founding Director of Student Services.

Prior to Crescent Dr. Leatch worked for the TDSB as a special education teacher. Since 2013, Dr. Leatch has been in private practice consulting with organizations, students and families. His areas of current student focus include assessment, elementary and secondary school choice consideration, admission consultation as well as preparing students for postsecondary education.

Laura Murgatroyd

Laura Murgatroyd

Admission Associate - Pickering College

Laura Murgatroyd's favourite part of the day is sharing Pickering College’s engaging programs and supportive community with students and their families. After earning her BA at Bishop’s University, Laura worked in advertising in Toronto before moving to Scotland for her PGCE from Strathclyde University.  

She has spent the past 20 years in the independent school sector, gaining experience as a middle school teacher, communications manager, and admissions professional.  

Eileen Waweru

Eileen Waweru

Private School Parent

Eileen is an immigrant parent from Africa with a passion for quality education for children and continuous learning for adults.  She has working experience in the hospitality, banking, manufacture and education industries.  She has lived experience of navigating various levels education systems in Africa and North America, both in the US and Canada.  She has worked with school admissions committees in both elementary and high school levels of education.

Jared Lo

Jared Lo

Student - UTS

Jaden Lo currently attends the University of Toronto Schools (Grade 11). He has worked with Prepskills since his application to UTS in Grade 6. Fitting in is no easy feat... as an avid participant in many extracurricular activities and volunteer work, Jaden would be thrilled to answer any of your questions in the webinar!

May 27th - Private School Fit & Financing

Suzanne Tyson

Suzanne Tyson

Founder and CEO of HigherEdPoints

Suzanne has held roles in several educational publishing companies, the loyalty industry and a scholarship matching company. In 2013, Suzanne combined all of her previous career experience to conceive, develop and launch HigherEdPoints.com, the only company in the world to enable the conversion of existing loyalty points into funds for higher education.

Her efforts with HigherEdPoints have directly assisted students and parents’ funding over $2,000,000 in tuition payments and student loan repayments. Recognizing that it takes a village to raise a mind™ and indeed a village to fund an education, Suzanne created the Ways to Pay for School seminar to provide students and families with information on all available sources of funding, before, during and after post-secondary.

Patti MacDonald

Patti MacDonald

Executive Director, Canadian Accredited Independent Schools

Patti MacDonald became the Executive Director of the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) in August 2017.

CAIS pursues continuous whole school improvement in its 90+ member schools through accreditation, exemplary leadership development, research and data collection, and national collaborative initiatives. As ED, she develops and implements the Association’s strategic direction and ensures the value and relevance of the CAIS accreditation process and other programs.

David McBride

David McBride

Vice Principal - Enrollment Management at Upper Canada College

Dave works with an amazing team in the Admission Office, to ensure UCC is full great boys who are up to the challenge of
making a difference and becoming their best selves. He lives on campus and enjoys seeing the boarding students on a regular basis and calling them his neighbors.

Prior to UCC, Dave spent 18 years working at his alma mater – Bishop’s University. He held roles that ran the spectrum of Advancement, Admissions, Communications, Alumni Relations and Development.

May 20th - Educational Transitions After COVID-19

Amanda Dervaitis

Amanda Dervaitis

Executive Director - Ontario Federation of Independent Schools

Amanda has been an educator for over 20 years and has worked in public, private and supplemental education sectors in Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia. Amanda is the Executive Director of the Ontario Federation of Independent Schools, as well as the Founder and Principal at Summit Micro School.

Frank D’Amico

Frank D’Amico

Trustee for Ward 6 - Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB)

Frank’s passion lies with Special Education and was appointed to the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) in 2010 for a 4 year term. 

 In his career as a Trustee Frank has also served on the Safe Schools Committee, Ontario Catholic School Trustees Association, including a term as Chair of the Association’s Communication Committee, the Police Joint Taskforces and in a variety of roles which actively engage students, parents and community members.

 

Kimberley Langen

Kimberley Langen

CEO and Co-founder of Spirit of Math Schools®

Kimberley has over thirty years of diverse experience in the education industry as a teacher, head of academics, international speaker and consultant for both public and private sectors.

Her passion creating high quality programs for students led Kim to develop Spirit of Math®, Canada’s largest after-school math enrichment program also in U.S.A. and Pakistan, as well as the Releasing the Genius® series of workbooks, teacher training and parent workshops. 

Kimberley has been recognized for her global impact on instilling confidence and releasing the genius in every child.

Sarah Craig

Sarah Craig

Executive Director, Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario (CIS Ontario)

Sarah Craig is the Executive Director of the Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario (CIS Ontario), an association of 48 member schools with founding dates from 1829 through to 2002. CIS Ontario member schools collectively educate approximately 27,500 students and employ over 5,000 staff. The CIS Ontario mission is to enhance excellence within its member schools through exemplary student programs, professional learning and collaborative initiatives.

May 13th: US Admissions - The Common App, Northwestern & MCPHS University

Christina Cormier

Christina Cormier

Associate Director of Admission - MCPHS

Before working for MCPHS I worked as a high school teacher and completed a master’s in education administration while working in many departments including orientation, residence life and alumni relations. 

I chose to come work at MCPHS because of its location and commitment to career and global education. My favorite part of the job is traveling all over North America to connect with alumni and students interested in building opportunities in healthcare. Boston is a great city with endless opportunities in the Longwood Medical Area.  

I look forward to working with students in their admission process and want to answer any and all questions you have about MCPHS University.

Dr. Nicki Charles

Dr. Nicki Charles

Director of Summer Session at Northwestern University

Before joining Northwestern, Nicki created and directed the Pre College program and International Field Studies for high school students at Duke University since 2006.  While directing the high school programs, Nicki has presented extensively to students and parents in the area of college preparation for international students worldwide.

Prior to working in the university environment, Nicki served as a school counselor in international schools for 16 years, and has lived and worked in Italy, the Czech Republic, Italy, Finland, Egypt and the United States.

Meredith Lombardi

Meredith Lombardi

Associate Director, Outreach & Education: Common App

Meredith Lombardi is the Associate Director of Outreach and Education at Common App. As part of the Access & Equity team, Meredith engages with students and the counseling community to ensure Common App resources are relevant and support college access initiatives. Meredith previously worked as a high school counselor in Washington, DC and Georgia and is a graduate of Emory University (BBA) and The University of Maryland, College Park (M.Ed.).

May 6th: College Planning For Student Athletes

Nicole Funderburk

Nicole Funderburk

Director of International Recruitment & Marketing for Southern Utah University

Nicole currently works with a team of individuals to coordinate the recruitment and marketing efforts focused on connecting students from around the world with the opportunities at SUU. She is proud of the campus diversity with students from 63 different countries!  Nicole loves to help others realize SUU's unique location; most people don’t understand how incredible it is to live in Cedar City.

Joseph Arnold

Joseph Arnold

Assistant Athletics Director for Compliance for Dartmouth College

 Joseph has worked in collegiate compliance for the past nine years. His role involves compliance were being responsible for all incoming initial and transfer student-athletes, camps and clinics and maintaining information on prospective student-athletes regarding the NCAA Eligibility Center, assisting in the certification for practice, competition and athletic aid, and serving as a liaison to admissions and financial aid.

Danielle Wong

Danielle Wong

NAIA Eligibility Center – International Team Lead/Manager

Danielle has been with the NAIA since 2012. Her background is in international academics and athletics. Danielle a member of AACRAO (American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers) and works closely with the NAIA’s sister organization, InCred Credential Evaluations.

April 29th: Mental Health & Resilience

Dr. Ganz Ferrance

Dr. Ganz Ferrance

AskDrGanz.Com

Registered Psychologist, Dr. Ganz Ferrance, is a Speaker, Author, and Coach. Since the early ‘90’s he’s been helping individuals, couples, families, and corporations beat BURNOUT, reduce their levels of stress, improve their relationships, and enjoy more success.

Michelle Dowling

Michelle Dowling

Jack.org

Michelle is the Project Manager for Be There, an engaging web-based resource that illuminates how we can be there for our loved ones when they struggle with their mental health. Jack.org is Canada's only charity training and empowering young leaders to revolutionize mental health.

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