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As families and educators settle in for another semester, we all aspire to keep that sense of summer calm alive as we face the challenges of a new school year.

Please be sure to read through the insights and Bertram team guidance below and look to "From the Quad" for additional perspectives on college and graduate school admissions, independent day and boarding schools, as well as special needs education options. And, as always, we welcome your comments and family news.


Cammie Bertram and The Bertram Team
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Signs and Signals

The Changing Education Landscape

What constitutes the "best" college? It's a subject of debate. The U.S. News & World Report just named the Best Colleges of 2011, and here is our response.

Will college textbooks become obsolete? Will iPads and e-readers replace old-fashioned page turning? One professor from Oklahoma State University puts iPads to the test. Read more in USA Today. Some colleges even give students iPads. Here is the list of all eleven.

As the applicant pool for traditional scholarships grows, new sites provide much-needed alternatives by empowering students to build their own scholarships. Read this U.S. News article for more.

Deans of Admission say that for college applications, thoughtfulness, not speed, is key. Despite popular belief, there is no benefit to being the first to apply. As long as you're before the deadline, you're in a pool with the rest. Read more in this New York Times article.

The Right Road

Planning and Parenting Guidance

"The Science of Roommates" in the New York Times, discusses just how much your student's first roommate can affect him in terms of health, happiness, study habits and more.

This school year, guide your teenager on the success path. names 7 Habits of Highly Successful Teens.

New Footprints

Latest News from Bertram

Our team will attend the 1st Annual Green Schools National Conference. Watch for our update and trends.

We welcome Bobbi Krein to our excellent team of college advisors. To meet our entire advisory team, click here.

We are also pleased to welcome Ellie Powers to the team of Bertram consultants. She is our new Director of Operations, and we hope you will join us in welcoming her.

Bertram is producing a series of webinars for Campus Outreach Services. See more about this organization in The Savvy Guide, below.

The Savvy Guide

Expert Insights

Campus Outreach Services is a foundation that provides students, parents and staff with a wide range of guidance around academic and social issues. Their program You're Off to See the Wizard prepares seniors for college, tackling topics like the Greek system, athletics, relationships, roommates and more.

Bertram is proud to collaborate with Campus Outreach Services on their webinar series, Getting In. Bobbi Krein, Audrey N. Ludemann, Holly McGlennon Treat, Jeremy McGeorge, and I will be presenting various webinars on the college admissions process, independent secondary and day school options, programs that deal with teens in crisis and with learning issues and more. Check here for details.

The Compass

Chart the Course

September - November

The Socially-Responsible Highway: A Greener Route

The Princeton Review adds another guidebook to their repertoire: The Princeton Review's Guide to 286 Green Colleges. Click here for more information.

Water quality is becoming just as important as the quality of our earth. "Blue jobs" may boom in the years ahead. See our blog. And be sure to consult with us about the best programs for environmental degrees -- undergraduate as well as graduate.

Freshmen and transfer students can become acquainted with sustainability practices and resources on and off campus by registering for their college's No Impact Experiment.

Off the Beaten Path

Click here to see the "Top 5 Things No One Told You to Bring to College."

Say what?! Here is the latest college jargon.

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