PCPR Email Updates

For your reference – meetings and professional developments for the week of 4/20-24/2020:


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The Philadelphia College Prep Roundtable
“Investing in Professionals that Invest in Student Achievement”
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484-843-1153 (voice)

Let’s Talk about it!…

The following opportunities/forums are open for talking with colleagues regarding day-to-day issues in college admission, financial aid, college retention and completion in these current times of “Social Distancing”:

PCPR GroupMe
account – PCPR is hosting a texting service for the college access and success community to post/send information, as well as ask colleagues for in the moment, realtime information. Go to https://bit.ly/pcpr_groupme to join the text messaging. Feel free to share what you’re finding out and ask questions of colleagues for help.

PCPR “Let’s Talk about it” time – PCPR will be hosting 90-minute open space conversations on hot/current topics. These meetings will be once a week, Fridays (starting March 27th, 10:30A – 12:00P). RSVP your attendance by going to https://bit.ly/pcpr_zoom_mtgs. You may check in to these meetings anytime during the 90 minutes.

PA Statewide College Access Network (PSCAN) – PACAC’s Statewide College Access Network (PSCAN) will meet each Tuesday (starting March 24th) for the next few weeks from 11 a.m. till 11:30 a.m. to give folks the forum to provide brief updates and collect questions and items for discussion. It’s also an opportunity to check in to see how we’re doing and get the chance to interact as many of us are working from home with limited interaction. Please join us! Go to https://bit.ly/pscan_call to sign up for the video call.

Websites on current issues – PCPR recommends you check with these websites to stay abreast of updates in the college access and success space:


As always, check in on all PCPR social media to receive and post information:

Stay safe!


Students Dream of College Essay Workshop

Dear Colleague,

EssayDog and the Philadelphia College Prep Roundtable have openings for the 2019 – 2020 “Students Dream of College” Workshop series and we are inviting you to nominate student participants. Students taking part in this valuable opportunity will accomplish the following:
  • Completed college admissions essay(s)
  • Completed essays tailored to specific scholarship opportunities.
The Program will include the following:
  • 5 sessions(3 admissions essay sessions and 2 scholarship essay sessions)
  • One-on-one coaching sessions with a personal writing mentor.When and where does the Program take place?:

The program starts on Saturday, November 23rd at LaSalle University. The day includes a morning orientation, lunch and an afternoon writing session. The remaining sessions will be conducted in an online cyber classroom.  Details of the entire workshop schedule/series can be found on the “SDC Workshop Logistics sheet, which includes a link to the online Nomination Form.

How does a student get nominated for the Program?:
All nominations must be submitted by the close of business November 20th. Access to the entire application package (nominations form, parental consent and media release) can be found on the “SDC Workshop Logistics Sheet” and/or the “SDC Workshop Description.2019-20” sheet.

Please note – Each nominated student must have an advocate/caring adult who will support the nominee throughout the workshop program. (This person may not necessarily be the nominator.) The advocate (or these advocates) will provide support and reinforcement to the nominee. The advocate can be trained on EssayDogPro for monitoring the student’s progress.

View what a few of the “Students Dream of College” workshop participants say about taking part in last year’s workshops – bit.ly/essaydog_testimonials.

For more information, details and/or if you have any questions please contact Thom Butler at contact@collegepreproundtable.org and/or call/text 484-843-1153.

PCPR Network Meeting

Topic – “Does College Access Matter in the College/University Admissions Process?”

When: Nov 21st, 9A – 11A
Where: Temple University’s Charles Library

Admission professionals from various colleges and universities from the Philadelphia region will engage in an open and frank discussion on whether “college access programs” and/or “college access preparation” plays a part in selecting their class for incoming classes.
For more details and to RSVP go  www.memberplanet.com/events/pcpr/nov-network-mtg