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Glasscock School of Continuing Studies

Letters of Recommendation

Online Program

The college application process includes many critical steps. Letters of recommendation can sometimes be an overlooked element in a student's college application. This course offers educators knowledge on how to best advise students, so that they can secure the most effective letters of recommendation. It also provides tips and strategies to assist educators in writing effective letters of recommendation for their students.

Dates: October 5-12, 2017

  • Early Registration - $180 by July 5
  • Standard Registration - $205 from July 5 - September 21
  • Late Registration - $230 after September 21

Format: Online (asynchronous modules)
Credits: 6 CPE, 0.6 CEU, no graduate credit is offered
Who should register: Current counseling professionals (public/private schools and private practice), teachers and school administrators. No previous counseling experience is required for this program.

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* Payments are accepted by credit card or purchase order. Registrations via credit card are confirmed immediately upon processing. Registrations made via PO are not considered confirmed until CCR receives the actual payment (check). If registering using a PO, payment (check) is due within 30 days of registration. Failure to submit timely payment may result in the cancellation of your registration.

Course Facilitator: Dr. Jennifer Gigliotti is responsible for the design of innovative professional development models for teachers, including Advanced Placement workshops, online professional development, college and career counseling workshops, and customized district trainings. She is the co-author on a college readiness grant collaboration with the AVID organization and 13 Houston-area school districts, sponsored by the Houston Endowment. Jennifer has extensive experience writing curriculum and previously taught secondary social studies in Fort Bend Independent School District. She holds an Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Houston as well as an M.Ed. in secondary social studies education and a B.A. from The Ohio State University.

Content Expert: Dr. Nick J. Accrocco was a college admissions professional at two highly selective universities and a college counselor at four distinct secondary school communities. He earned his B.A. from Vanderbilt University, his M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Vanderbilt University's George Peabody College of Education & Human Development, his graduate certificate in College Counseling from the University of California-Los Angeles and his Ed.D. in Professional Leadership from the University of Houston. Dr. Accrocco combines a passion for helping students and families through the college search process with a healthy amount of humor.

Module Topics: 

Advising Students on How to Secure the Most Effective Letters of Recommendation This module addresses letters of recommendation from the perspective of student advising. As educators, how can we best advise students on how to secure the most effective letters of recommendation? Participants will learn about important information to convey to students such as the value of the letter of recommendation, how to request letters of recommendation, and tips for students to secure the strongest letters possible.

Writing Effective Letters of Recommendation This module addresses letters of recommendation from the perspective of the educator. Participants will understand the value of the letter of recommendation to college admissions officers and develop strategies for writing effective letters for students.

The Letters of Recommendation online course is intended to educate participants about the basics of the college admissions/advising process. This course will not increase the likelihood of admission to Rice University and is in no way affiliated with the Office of Admissions.

System Requirements: This course utilizes the Canvas platform and includes the use of high-quality videos. For maximum performance, we recommend these system requirements for the Canvas platform.

If your operating system does not meet the system requirements set forth, we cannot guarantee a quality learning experience. Please verify that your computer meets the minimum requirements prior to registering for the course.