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Harvard Graduate School of Education

College-Going Identity and Student Success

Jul 15—28
USD 149

How it works


Explore strategies for fostering college-going, future-oriented student identities.


How can we best prepare students for life beyond high school? What are the primary limitations to post-secondary opportunity and what role can educators and counselors play in preparing students for post-secondary success?

College-Going Identity and Student Success is an online professional development program for K-12 teachers, school and college counselors, and non-profit college access professionals. Drawing from the research of Senior Lecturer Mandy Savitz-Romer, the workshop begins with an overview of the data and the current practices and conversation about college readiness and attainment. Participants will then learn about the process of identity development and its connection to college readiness and success, exploring the gap between students’ aspirations and expectations. Finally, participants will examine successful programs to discover steps they can take to support students throughout the K-16 pipeline.

Program Details

This two-week online workshop includes a mix of self-paced learning, group discussion, and job-embedded application. Activities include:

  • Video lectures with Senior Lecturer Savitz-Romer
  • Research summaries and assigned readings
  • Self-assessment and reflection prompts
  • Facilitated cohort discussions
  • Job-embedded practice where you will apply new concepts and techniques in your classroom or school

A core part of the HGSE experience is cohort learning, and this curriculum is designed to create a community of practice for participants to learn with and from each other.

The online workshop will require a total of 5-7 hours of work. Participants who complete all individual assessments and contribute to group discussions will receive a certificate indicating completion of five clock hours of instruction.

Note: all content is self-paced, including group discussions. Facilitators will moderate discussion boards throughout the two-week program.


  • Understand the research landscape about barriers to college readiness and success
  • Understand future-oriented identity and its role in supporting college aspirations and achievement
  • Apply theories of identity development to find strategies that help students get to and through higher education

Who should attend

  • Teachers
  • School and college counselors
  • School administrators and leaders
  • Staff and directors of college access organizations


Mandy Savitz-Romer's professional experience has allowed her to link research to practice in the field of school counseling, specifically as it relates to college access and retention for urban students. Before joining the the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Savitz-Romer was the associate d...
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