Friday, March 17
8:15 a.m.–2:30 p.m.


Ruth S. Harley University Center
Adelphi University
1 South Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530
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CAP Conference: College and Career Readiness–Unlocking the Pathways to Success

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Registration for this event is at at capacity. To be added to the wait list, please email or call 516.877.3690.


Join us at the Counselors, Administrators, Parents (CAP) Conference as we navigate the pathways from middle school through graduation and beyond; explore what it means to be college and career ready for all of our students. 


8:15 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.  Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:45 a.m. – 9:05 a.m.  Welcoming Remarks
9:10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Keynote Presentation

“Guiding and Motivating Middle and High School Students for Their Future Lives and Careers: Mattering in the World”

Dr. Susan Berry Brill de Ramírez
Caterpillar Professor of English at Bradley University

After a brief history of higher education, Dr. Susan Berry Brill de Ramírez will discuss the skills needed for college and the workforce.  She will review how motivation, grit, and resilience are crucial factors in student success, especially due to the changing workplace demands and the globalizing diversity of schools and educators. The keynote presentation will present the recent research that helps us understand the importance of integrative guidance. The presentation will also include engaging stories/vignettes and delineate key points and strategies to help us guide our students. 

10:35 a.m. – 11:35 a.m.

Workshop Session I

“Whole Student Success: Why? Because School Matters and Because You Matter”

Dr. Susan Berry Brill de Ramírez
Caterpillar Professor of English at Bradley University

As the author of the guidebook Make College Work for You, Dr. Susan Berry Brill de Ramirez has designed a roadmap, a primer to help college students learn how to develop and practice the skill sets and discipline needed for success in class, extracurricular activities, and jobs. In this workshop, she will share how to use a specific rubric that delineates key components that can help all students map out their future careers and school success through high school and college. Participants will complete one case study activity focused on two hypothetical students with use of the rubric to envision and structure a focus on the “whole student”. 

11:35 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Coffee Break
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Workshop Session II

The “Nuts & Bolts” of Building the Career Awareness Program for Your Middle School Students

Susan H. Gubing
Industry/Educational Consultant, CareerSmarts

Susan Gubing will help create the blueprint for your student career awareness program. This workshop will define the parameters of the program, the foundation needed to build upon, the team of builders who you will work with, and the creative activities you can offer your entire student population. There will be an opportunity to share your current practices along with a discussion about concepts like career ePortfolios, online career resources, discovering One’s Career DNA, and establishing a “Career Advisory Board” for your school.

12:50 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Feature Presentation

NYS Multiple Pathways Toward Graduation: Do I have a True Understanding of the CTE & CDOS Pathways?

Ellen Palazzo
Field Team Associate, LI 
CTE Technical Assistance Center of NY

By explaining the difference between the 4 +1 and CDOS pathways and the CDOS credential, Ellen Palazzo will unlock the new New York State High School Graduation Requirements and make them simple to understand. She will explain the importance of  knowing your schools course offerings, particularly in the areas of CTE, Humanities, Arts, LOTE, and STEM, so that you learn how they may relate to the New York State Graduation Requirements. If time permits: NWRC, Career planning, employability profiles and work based learning will be briefly discussed. Ellen will also be available for questions and inform you about the free CTE-TAC field associate services at our networking fair. 

1:30 p.m. – 1:50 p.m. Networking Information Fair
1:50 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Lunch, Raffle and Networking Information Fair

Registration for this event is at at capacity. To be added to the wait list, please email or call 516.877.3690.

CAP Co-Chairs

Paula Curci
School Counselor
Sewanhaka Central High School District

Melissa Bellantonio
Senior Assistant Director of Admissions
Adelphi University
For additional information or questions regarding the CAP Conference, please email  
Graciously sponsored by the Nassau Counselors’ Association.

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