Lauren Scungio

As a Marketing Specialist, Lauren is dedicated to creating great content and providing valuable resources to the Penn Foster community. In her free time, Lauren loves to play piano, salsa dance, and practice yoga.
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Help Your Students Feel More Confident and Motivated at OSBA 2016

Posted by Lauren Scungio on 11/12/16 9:02 PM

Penn Foster is excited to be joining the Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) Capital Conference this weekend! Hosted in Columbus, OH this annual event brings together more than 4,000 school board members, superintendents, and education leaders from across Ohio. Attendees will hear from industry leaders and share new ideas on technology, leadership, and supporting students' academic achievement.
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Topics: Penn Foster News & Events, Public & Private High Schools

Improving Student Outcomes through Innovation at CAPPS and CCST 2016

Posted by Lauren Scungio on 11/2/16 11:19 AM

Last month the Penn Foster team traveled to Pasadena, CA and Austin, TX for the California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools 32nd Annual Conference in Pasadena, CA, and the Career Colleges and Schools of Texas 2016 Annual Conference in Austin, TX. At these two regional conferences, leaders in the private postsecondary education space discussed opportunities for growth and innovation in the industry. This year, the two conferences shared a common theme in their emphasis on student outcomes. New Department of Education regulations are placing an increased emphasis on job placement and retention, and schools are keen to explore sustainable avenues improve these metrics. Below we highlight several of the solutions proposed at these conferences to strengthen student outcomes:

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Topics: Penn Foster News & Events, Colleges & Career Schools

The Top 10 TED Talks All Educators Should Watch, Part 2

Posted by Lauren Scungio on 10/13/16 11:00 AM

Today's educators need to be willing to learn from the past as well as embrace the future and their students' needs. The internet gives access to insights of thousands of professionals who make their work available online. Sometimes, just a few minutes of inspiration is all that is needed to reignite your passion for teaching.

A global phenomenon, TED talks are viewed by more than 1 billion people every year. Powerful ideas, brought to the stage by those who are passionate about their lives and careers, are available in full-length videos on the TED website. Especially useful for educators are the TED Talks Education initiatives created to inspire both students and educators.

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Topics: Public & Private High Schools, Colleges & Career Schools

The Top 10 TED Talks All Educators Should Watch, Part 1

Posted by Lauren Scungio on 10/5/16 12:45 PM

Today's educators need to be willing to learn from the past as well as embrace the future and their students' needs. The internet gives access to insights of thousands of professionals who make their work available online. Sometimes, just a few minutes of inspiration is all that is needed to reignite your passion for teaching.

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Topics: Public & Private High Schools, Colleges & Career Schools

What We’re Looking Forward to on the 2016 Career College Conference Circuit

Posted by Lauren Scungio on 9/29/16 6:25 PM

Next week the Penn Foster team will hit the road to participate in two of our favorite regional career college conferences: the California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools 32nd Annual Conference in Pasadena, CA from October 5th - 7th, and the Career Colleges and Schools of Texas 2016 Annual Conference in Austin, TX from October 10th - 12th. We’re excited as always for the chance to connect with leaders in the private postsecondary education space as we explore opportunities for growth and innovation in the industry.

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Topics: College Enrollment & Retention, Colleges & Career Schools

How Guidance Counselors and Teachers Can Play a Role in Reducing Absenteeism

Posted by Lauren Scungio on 9/27/16 11:00 AM

A student exhibiting signs of chronic absenteeism misses 10 percent or more of the school year.1 They may miss a consecutive period or spread their absences throughout the year. This behavior has many root causes, such as major illness, fear of bullying and a lack of value placed on education. Most schools focus on average daily attendance, but this figure doesn't reveal the major problem of chronic absenteeism, which impacts 6.5 million students each year.2

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Topics: Public & Private High Schools

Exploring Blended Learning Best Practices with YouthBuild USA

Posted by Lauren Scungio on 8/10/16 1:36 PM

Last week Penn Foster had the honor of attending YouthBuild’s 11th Annual Instructional Leadership Institute. This year’s event, which took place from August 1-3, 2016 in Boston, MA, gathered together YouthBuild staff and educators from around the country to share best practices from the education field. This year’s theme, “Everyone Leads, Everyone Educates” focused on strategies and approaches for YouthBuild program staff to lead and teach in ways that reach and empower all learners. In keeping with this theme, Penn Foster presented cutting-edge research on the impact of blended learning on non-traditional learners. Read on to learn about some of the best practices we discussed for implementing a blended learning program within a youth organization:

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Topics: Youth Organizations

5 Tips for a High-Impact Mentoring Program

Posted by Lauren Scungio on 3/9/16 9:00 AM

In recent years, educational institutions are increasingly evaluated on job placement metrics. In an effort to prepare their learners for the job market, more schools than ever are implementing mentoring programs. When run well, mentoring programs have been proven to increase students’ academic success, and improve enthusiasm while on the job for participants’ post-graduation1. Given these proven benefits, some schools, such as Muhlenberg College, are requiring that all students participate in a school-run mentoring program for at least one semester. If your school is considering implementing a mentoring program, here are five easy tips to ensure your program’s success:

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Topics: Middle Skills Gap, College Enrollment & Retention, Colleges & Career Schools

Training Pilots from the Ground Up: What All Employers Can Learn from JetBlue

Posted by Lauren Scungio on 12/10/15 12:00 PM

Amidst a growing trend of employers implementing in-house training programs, JetBlue has recently announced that it will launch a recruitment program which will train students with no flying experience to become pilots. The program, called Gateway 7, will complement JetBlue’s six existing recruitment programs and will train two dozen students on an introductory basis in summer 2016.1 Although this particular program is highly specialized to the aviation field, employers from a variety of industries can reap tremendous rewards from applying this type of initiative to their own recruiting efforts. Read on to learn how an employee training program can benefit your business:

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Topics: Employee Retention, Employers

Ensuring Student Success Through Technology: Key Findings from CAPPS, ACCET, and CCST 2015

Posted by Lauren Scungio on 11/20/15 5:00 AM

Each year, the Penn Foster team has the opportunity to attend some of the most prestigious conferences in the career college and private postsecondary education space. This year, we rounded out our circuit with a quick succession of trips to the California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools (CAPPS), Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET), and Career Colleges and Schools of Texas (CCST) conferences. After attending numerous sessions and speaking with attendees from various schools, it quickly became evident that the industry is shifting its indicators of success. Schools are placing more emphasis than ever on student outcomes, and are using new technologies to help them adapt to these new standards. Read on to discover what technologies schools are using to ensure improved student outcomes:

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Topics: Industry News, Public & Private High Schools, Colleges & Career Schools

 

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