Philadelphia College Prep Roundtable

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Note: This special message is for activities that should be acted on or taking place during May 17th - 21st!

For Your Professional Development

PCPR Network Meeting, May 20th, 9:00A - 11:00A

With all that has transpired in and around higher education in the past 14 months, admissions and related testing have begun to look very different. Students and parents are challenged with navigating a new - and seemingly every-changing - landscape for college admissions requirements and preparation. PCPR will feature Akil Bello, assessment reform expert and Senior Director of Advocacy and Advancement of FairTest: The National Center for Fair and Open Testing. With more than 3 decades of experience working on testing issues as a tutor, analyst, and advocate, Bello will bring his expertise to the discussion of the what current landscape in admission testing means for the students we serve.

Akil Bello presented at this past February’s PCPR Forum and is a major expert contributor in the Netflix documentary “Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal”.

Registration for the Zoom meeting can be found at

PACAC College Access Forum

There is still time to register for the College Access Forum on May 17th or May 19th via Zoom. It is a virtual half-day event dedicated to preparing you to be the most effective advocate you can be for your state government officials.

The events are free to attend and individuals seeking to earn the Advocacy Leadership Credential who didn't attend the online webinars are eligible if they attend the College Access Forum and complete a Capstone meeting with their state or federal lawmakers.

ACT 48 hours will be available for those attending the event.

If you have questions, please contact me.

Thank you!

Dave DeBor
Government Relations Committee Chair

(The Forum agenda and other information can be found at

Philadelphia Education Fund Spring Institute - June 1st

Spring Institute is a FREE professional learning opportunity for secondary and postsecondary educators to convene and share knowledge as it relates to the alignment of teaching and learning practices at both levels. The Institute provides a unique opportunity for networking and collaboration between Philadelphia practitioners.

This year’s Spring Institute will focus on knowledge construction in the virtual classroom and beyond. Participants are invited to join us in dialogue around this topic with highlights on best practices, and will have the opportunity to hear from students during a panel in which they reflect on their experiences in the virtual leaning space.

When: June 1st
Time: 4:30P - 6:30P
Register by: May 25th
Registration link:

For the Community

PCOM Science and Math Summer Academy

Investigate, discover, and experiment at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) Science and Math Summer Academy. The Virtual 2021 Summer Academy will be June 14-18 from 10:00 am-2:00 pm.

The PCOM Science and Math Summer Academy aims to offer traditionally underrepresented students the opportunity to accelerate their STEM+M skills, learn about the college and medical school admissions process, and explore careers in medicine.

*Applications are due Friday, May 14.
Apply online now!

(*Application deadline has been limitedly extended for PCPR network. Slot will be filled on an eligible first come, first serve basis.)

Temple University Summer II Dual Enrollment Opportunity

Temple University’s College of Education and Human Development is excited to announce a Summer II dual enrollment opportunity designed for rising juniors and seniors in the School District of Philadelphia who are interested in exploring the teaching profession and possibly majoring in education in college. The course, "Kids in Crisis: When Schools Don't Work" will be offered from July 12th- August 11th, with synchronous virtual meetings on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4 - 6pm and is offered at no cost to students or their families. This dual enrollment course will count on both students' college transcripts and on SDP transcripts as an “Arts and Humanities” credit.

For more information, please see the course descriptions and schedule here. We encourage you to share our flyer with eligible students.

The application is NOW OPEN, and closes on Friday, May 21, 2021.

Community College of Philadelphia Advance at College Experience (ACE)

Experience higher education with Community College of Philadelphia’s summer ACE (Advanced College Experience) program. An opportunity that a student will never forget, ACE provides college-level courses for highly motivated students going into 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grades, as well as students up to age 21 pursuing a high school equivalency credential. We accept public, private, charter, archdiocesan and home-schooled students. Philadelphia residency is not required. Through ACE, you can make new friends, explore a career interest, study timely and relevant issues and earn college credit.

All ACE Summer 2021 courses will be offered online in either synchronous or asynchronous formats. There will be no classroom instruction.

Applications are requested by July 1, 2021. For more details on courses and registration go

The RISE Scholarship is a need-based savings and scholarship program, which offers students scholarship money in exchange for saving $500 of income. Once the student hits $500, RISE will match their savings anywhere from $2000 - $4000!

View the flyer with additional information here.

Apply here:

Scholarship deadlines are approaching! View the Philadelphia Foundation’s list of scholarships at

A scholarship for Philadelphia residents. “The Octavius Catto Scholarship” #DebtFree college education

Workready is offering a Virtual Summer Internship Toolkit - read more click on this link -

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