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Learn about best practices from Naviance users, read customer success stories, and discover new ways to extend the reach of your college and career readiness efforts from a wide-variety of third-party experts.

College Planning: When's Too Early to Begin?

By Stephen M. Smith, President, Advising and Admissions, Hobsons

Filed under: Academic & College Planning, Self-Discovery & Career Exploration, Student Engagement

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​First graders are preparing college wish lists. Fourth graders are taking campus tours. Recent news stories about college and career readiness programs in middle and even elementary schools have intensified the debate about how soon might be too soon to plan for life after high school. Parents ask all the time: When should my child start planning for college?

Create a Foundation for Success with Naviance for Elementary School

By Stephen M. Smith, President, Advising and Admissions, Hobsons

Filed under: News & Events, Self-Discovery & Career Exploration, Student Engagement

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We’re committed to ensuring that all students have the opportunity to explore their interests, consider a wide range of options, and develop the skills they need to be successful in school and in life. That is why we've launched Naviance for Elementary School, a new digital exploration tool to help students in grades K-5 explore the connection between their interests and long-term academic and life goals.

National Volunteer Week: Spring into Service with Hobsons and x2VOL

By Diana Agnon, Director of Sales & Marketing, intelliVOL

Filed under: Academic & College Planning, Marketplace, News & Events, Self-Discovery & Career Exploration, Student Engagement

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It’s National Volunteer Week in the United States and Canada, so a wide array of organizations are hosting special events to promote volunteerism and engage local residents. The goal is to raise awareness about needs in our communities and encourage volunteerism year-round.

A Snapshot on the Use of Individual Learning Plans in the US [Infographic]

By Emily Goebel, Communications Manager, Hobsons

Filed under: Academic & College Planning, Education Policy & Advocacy, Naviance Network, Self-Discovery & Career Exploration, Student Engagement

Across the country schools and districts are recognizing the value of individualized learning plans (ILPs) as a way to bring greater coherence, focus, and purpose to the decisions students make about their education and life goals.

Bridging the Gap Between K-12 and Community College

By Stephen M. Smith, President, Advising and Admissions, Hobsons

Filed under: Academic & College Planning, Education Policy & Advocacy, Naviance Summer Institute, Self-Discovery & Career Exploration, Student Engagement

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Community college serves as an important bridge between K-12 and higher education, as well as an important driver for workforce readiness and economic growth. However, despite these important roles community colleges play, we seldom talk about how to improve that transition between K-12 and community college to ensure more successful outcomes.

Funny, Your Individualized Learning Plan Looks Just Like Mine.

By Dan Obregon, Vice President, Marketing & User Experience, Hobsons

Filed under: Academic & College Planning, Naviance Network, Student Engagement

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Individualized learning is all the rage. As schools and districts adopt new technology to support students in the classroom, many are doing so in the hopes of being able to deliver on the promise of differentiated instruction, and states have jumped on the bandwagon as well.

Hobsons & NACAC Release New Study on Individual Learning Plans for College & Career Readiness

By John Plunkett, Vice President of Policy & Advocacy, Hobsons

Filed under: Education Policy & Advocacy, Naviance Network, Self-Discovery & Career Exploration, Student Engagement

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Many states and districts use Individual Learning Plans (ILPs), personalized plans developed collaboratively by students and school personnel, to set goals that help students focus on their academic and career futures and keep them on track toward these goals.

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