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Tips for getting started

Tips for getting started

This time of year, there aren't many people busier than those who work in schools. We know that - and we know that most of our site coordinators are also full-time faculty or staff members in schools and community based organizations. Our goal is to make the planning of your College Application Week event as streamlined as possible so you have the time and energy to commit to the students you serve on a daily basis.

Have you had a chance to check out the Site Coordinator Resources page of this website? That's where you'll find coordinator's handbook as well as downloads of all the different materials we think you might need. You can download a zipped folder of all the supplemental resources, or you can pick and choose the ones you want to use. Most resources are ready-to-use. Others are templates you can customize for your own site's needs. If at any point you find that you need a file or document in another format, please don't hesitate to be in touch.

One of the key resources in your toolkit is the Planning Checklist. You'll notice that it's divided into each month leading up to your event (and there's a separate checklist for the actual day(s) of the event, itself). Here's a snapshot of the first tasks suggested for September.

Most of the tasks are related to setting yourself up for success and letting  your community know about CAW. For the most part, you have the option to set your own deadlines to be whatever works for you. The one exception this month is Completing your Pre-event Information Survey. That's where you'll confirm which week your site is participating, identify the days and times when you'll be hosting an event (and will welcome such visitors as CAW steering committee members, higher ed board members, and others who are excited to see your work in action), and order your FREE CAW swag. Please make sure you complete the survey by September 18th so we can fulfill orders and schedule visits.

We're looking forward to a great start to college application season, and we know you'll be a huge part in making it a success for your students! Let us know how we can help or what questions you have.


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