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Meet Dr. Vernell, CEO of Relentless Pursuits Unlimited, a global personal development, entrepreneurial, and educational consulting firm that provides world-class consulting and coaching to help school leaders accelerate results and achieve organizational success.
With more than 20 years of experience as a school district leader, and higher education and K-12 school counselor, Dr. Vernell coaches district, school, and county leaders nationwide on strategies to operationalize college readiness systems and improve student outcomes, increase leader effectiveness, and streamline operational processes.
Dr. Vernell has severed on several local and national boards and foundations, as well as statewide and national steering and advisory committees on technology, college admissions, college preparedness, and financial aid. Her work has been featured in academic journals and in the press.
Policymakers and educators agree that postsecondary preparedness, enrollment, and attainment in the United States are critical to remain competitive in the global market. Researchers have argued that Central school district offices across the United States face demands by educators and policymakers to ensure that students are prepared for college. The way in which central district offices respond will likely be influenced by:
Prioritization of district and school funding to address workforce and skill gaps
Training, technical support, and Board-level policies to increase college enrollment and not just ensuring students are college ready
The right strategy, systems, and skills to deliver the right results.
Effective planning and implementation of a college readiness system require consistent district leadership. This is where RPU can help! Dr. Vernell and her team offer key support to help district leaders assess their capacity to support a college readiness system that is instrumental in preparing students to succeed in college and the workplace.
Schools, Districts, and Counties need high-quality, reliable systems and data products that support decision-making. RPU offers a comprehensive audit of your school, district, or county’s counseling and college readiness data infrastructure to identify the presence of college success indicators.
County and district-level resources to fund at the individual, site and system levels that support the college readiness agenda must be a priority. The RPU team will work to understand funding restrictions and make recommendations and highlight effective funding strategies used nationwide regardless of budget size.
In order to promote continued gains in college readiness, counties and districts should invest in enhancing the capacity of adults to use data effectively. This includes improving knowledge of how to access, collect, filter, organize, manage, and probe data systematically and acting upon results in a timely manner.
Utilizing RPU’s proprietary framework, Dr. Vernell and her team will custom-develop an intensive 90-day program that will help increase the capacity of adults in schools or districts. It may include multiple workshops (both in-person and virtual) and training focused on creating positive and lasting change.
Developing high-quality, collaborative partnerships with Institutions of Higher Education are critical to ensuring college readiness and success. RPU can help districts generate ideas and work alongside the district’s leadership team to establish meaningful college partnerships.
Identify concrete supports that are used to promote college readiness and take needed action. College readiness supports refers to programs or activities that are enacted to bring about intended change in individual performance, behavior, or environment.
Whether we are retained for one-hour, two-hours, four-hours, or multi-day workshops, RPU provides ready-to-implement strategies your team can use to start changing the CCR and FA landscape in your school or district.
School counseling support is critical to your school or district’s CCR and financial aid success. If you’re looking to build out a long-term solution with innovative strategies to change your school or district’s college-going culture from the inside out, we can help. Contact us today!