Tuesday, February 26, 2013
School counselors help ALL children and the E4FC is an organization that commits itself to supporting undocumented young people in their pursuit of college, career and citizenship. They have a free fact fact sheet, scholarships for undocumented students, Dream Act information, free resources, legal services, works by students and a host of other information that can aid in your assistance with your undocumented students.
Hope this helps!
Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC)
Thursday, February 14, 2013
If you don't know Pat, Vivian, Jennifer, April or Dominque...then where have you been???? These dynamic women make up the National Office of School Counselor Advocacy - a part of the CollegeBoards's Advocacy and Policy Office. I feel like they are my family...you see them at just about every counseling related conference, they have a great conference of their own and they have FREE STUFF!!!! Moreover, they represent the voice of school counselors on Capital Hill!
They have so much going on...they do so much...I don't even know where to start!
Let's start with the Own the Turf Campaign...this is a great way to start your introduction to school counselor advocacy. You can sign-up on line or order a packet. The collection of signatures gathered support their school counselor legislation efforts on Capital Hill. This gives them numerical proof to congress of who and what they stand for.
The Principal/School Counselor Relationship is a great resource to build a better relationship with your principal. There is a workbook that both can use to collaborate on services and programs that can help the students at your school.
The Eight Components of College and Career Readiness is a K-12 systemic approach that helps guide school counselors in creating a comprehensive school counseling program that will make ALL students college and career ready.
They have webinars, a strategic planning tool and they are the authors of the National Survey of School Counselors. Moreover, they provide wonderful trainings for school counselors!
You HAVE TO check them out!!! They are extraordinary, indeed! Enjoy!
Last year we had a few schools use the Total Registration program and they LOVED it. It saved them countless man hours of collecting fees and creating lists for our district-wide AP Testing. I was sold by their testimony and begged my director to have our division utilize it for all of our schools. So this year we have implemented the program in all of our high schools.
Total Registration is an automated service that organizes the AP*, PSAT/NMSQT* and IB* Exam registration processes. This service allows students to register for their high school's tests using an online form customized for their school. Schools have the option of allowing students to pay their fee online with a credit card, further simplifying registration. After students have registered online, the Testing Coordinator logs into the Report Center to print reports and/or export data to their school's database.
The owner Mike, is always available to help you troubleshoot when needed. He provides great personalized service!
Be sure to check out the video one of the counselor's created for the students on how to register. Student Registration Video
This product is extraordinary! Enjoy!
Friday, February 8, 2013
It's that time of year again...planning next school year's professional development calendar. I know that I am in the minority when it comes to coordinators who plan PD for school counselors. We create 1 - 4 hour courses/trainings over 10 months starting in June and ending in March. We have local professors, community based agencies, our own school counselors and myself teach them. Some of the PD courses are site-based in schools and the rest can be achieved through a myriad of ways. Some divisions leave PD wide open and all up to the school counselor to satisfy and others have a very structured controlled system. My division is moving from controlled to less controlled. I actually enjoy creating opportunities for the school counselors in my division. Often, they give me suggestions or I hear about something great at a conference or from other school counselors. First, our PD supports our division's strategic objectives and goals. Second, it supports whatever the "hot" topics are in school counseling/education...that keeps our school counselors current. We also allow conference and workshop attendance to count as PD. This allows the school counselors to be up-to-date with any recent changes in theory and practice. In my opinion, that is what organized PD should be. What makes me cringe is when people throw this random question out there...on listservs...on email...on blogs...anywhere public...I need something to do for PD, who has any suggestions? No, no, no! This is not how you create relevant, meaningful. Again, that's random! That's a random act of professional development! PD is needs based.
Here are some tips when it comes to selecting PD for yourself or others.
- Are there any mandatory, non-negotiable topics that have to be covered in your district? Closing the gap issues, higher enrollment in rigorous courses?
- What are your division's strategic goals and objectives? Does your PD align itself to them? Literacy, technology, 21st century skills, productive citizens
- Have an honest conversation with yourself. What occurred this year that made you question your skills or abilities? Crisis, suicide ideation or suicide, LGBTQ issues, child abuse reporting, site supervision concerns, technology, etc.
- What topics are you forgetting since grad school? Theory, mental health
- Are there any community/neighborhood concerns? Gangs, drug usage, crime
- What can help you be a better school counselor for your students? Review of...the college application process, bullying prevention, character ed, small groups or even a lesson plan share
Asking yourself these simple questions can prevent you from committing horrid random acts of professional development!
Congratulations to book give-away winners: Allison, Cathye, Jill, Elizabeth and Leslie! I know...I know...I was only supposed to give away 3 books, but I had some ties. What are you going to do?
I hope everyone had an awesome National School Counseling Week!
Posted by Tracy, PhD, NCC, NCSC, ACS at 3:58 PM
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Let me tell you...I love this weekly newsletter. Gene Kalb is da BOMB! His newsletter takes all of the current news/magazine headlines and puts them into one place. He even does this regionally. I don't know how he does it!!!!! Amazing!!! It's a great resource for all high school counselors!
In our division we celebrate National School Counseling Week by giving all of the almost 200 school counselors a gift and a poem. It is our way of recognizing and saying thank you for all that our school counselors do for the students in our school division. We give out different gifts each year and normally give out personalized gifts. This year our gifts were a big hit...a zipper portfolio! See below.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Here are some more great resources for you and your students!
Federal Resources for Educational Excellence
Library of Congress
African American History Month
Library of Virginia