Essential Blogs, Podcasts + Organizations to Potentially Join (Free and Paid)

Here are some of our favorite resources from around the web. Enjoy! 

Organizations

Building your professional network can provide endless opportunities to learn, grow, stay current, and support your students. There are many organizations you can join that offer in person and online workshops, conferences, and networking events.

NACAC – National Association for College Admission Counseling

Check out the Associate Member category ($125/yr), which provides access to all NACAC’s digital resources, including the Bulletin member newsletter, Today in College Admission news headlines, and the digital version of The Journal of College Admission

There are also 23 NACAC Regional Affiliates across the country, where membership is less expensive but you still have access to regional newsletters, conferences, networking, mentoring, etc.

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ACCEPT: Admissions Community Cultivating Equity and Peace Today

Advocacy group and community that centers racial justice in the college admissions process and profession. They also have a Facebook group (which is currently on pause as of Summer ‘21).

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Challenge Success

Partners with schools, families, and communities to embrace a broad definition of success and to implement research-based strategies that promote student well-being and engagement with learning

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Regional Admissions Counselors of California

Group of 100+ college admission professionals who represent colleges and universities outside the state of California. Awesome resource for students and counselors.

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Turning the Tide, Making Caring Common Project, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Campaign focused on reshaping the college admissions process, promoting meaningful ethical and intellectual engagement. 

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Social Media

College Essay Forum for Counselors

Facebook Group started by Ethan Sawyer (College Essay Guy) as a place to discuss all-things college admission and essay related in a positive, non-judgmental environment

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TheTable360

Instagram space where college and admissions counselors of color convene to find community, mentorship, and support

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Free Subscriptions

Chronicle of Higher Education

Leader in higher education journalism (can get some access w/o paid subscription)

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Inside Higher Education

News, jobs, career Advice and events related to higher education (can get some access w/o paid subscription)

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Hechinger Report

In-depth reporting on innovation and inequality in education, using research and data to show how public education can be improved and why it matters

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Teen Vogue Take Newsletter

Excellent reporting on inequity in America

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NYT Race/Related

Weekly newsletter focused on race, identity and culture

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High School Counselor Week

Weekly resource that searches main media outlets and education sites for stories of interest to high school counselors and college admission officers

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Blogs/News

The New York Times Education Section

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The Washington Post Education Section

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Rick Clark: Georgia Tech Admissions Blog

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Brennan Barnard: Forbes Education Contributor

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Note: For the national news organizations, you can often find an educator discount if you want to read more than the allotted free articles per month

Podcasts

1619

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NPR Code Switch

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College Essay Guy

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Inside the Yale Admissions Office

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College Admissions Decoded (NACAC)

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Revisionist History (episodes: Lord of the Rankings, Project Dillard, Carlos Doesn’t Remember and Food Fight)

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