2nd Annual .edu Project Professional Development Workshop Hosted by B.E.S.T.

May 7, 2014
The Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust, in partnership with Baltimore City Public Schools, hosted our 2nd annual professional development workshop on May 2nd for independent school and public school college guidance staff, non-profit leaders who work with college-going students, as well as faculty and admissions teams from local colleges and universities.The workshop entitled “Supporting First Generation College-Bound Students: Strategies to Better Position Our Students for Success” was held at Johns Hopkins University and was attended by 80 college guidance staff, college admissions teams and student support professionals. Attendees participated in three sessions:

Session One:
College Preparation Begins Before High School
Cassie Motz, Executive Director
CollegeBound Foundation

Session Two:
Bryan Nance, Senior Program Manager
Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth

Session Three:
Articulating Fit
Shawn Felton, Interim Director of Admissions
Cornell University
Lindsay Martin, Senior Assistant Director of Admissions and Financial Aid
for Multicultural Recruitment
Cornell University

Attendees of the workshop enjoyed networking with colleagues, engaged in meaningful discussions during the Q&A segments of the sessions and received materials that will support their college guidance work.

Special thanks to our four presenters, to Mavis Jackson and Baltimore City Public Schools, and to Calvin Wise and Johns Hopkins University.

The workshop was an event of The .edu Project of B.E.S.T. The .edu Project supports first generation college-bound students and their families. In addition, the project provides professional development within the broader Baltimore educational community. The project partners with colleges and universities throughout Maryland in order to leverage the resources they can collectively provide to support first generation students.


(Presenters Cassie Motz, Shawn Felton, Lindsay Martin, Bryan Nance)