Sunday, November 30, 2014

How the School Counselor affects Achievement Data

Photo courtesy of Teaching High School Psychology
I cannot tell you how any times I've heard, "I just don't see how I, as a school counselor, can improve test results."

This is a scary statement to hear in this day and age, but an even scarier belief for the school counselor saying it.

If you weren't taught how the two correlate, you just don't know--and that's ok. Here's a quick overview to elucidate the connection and foster a transformed school counseling mindset.

First, think back to Maslow. If a student's basic needs are not met, it will be more difficult for him/her to perform in class, if they even make it to class. It will also be more difficult for them to learn and apply the material later, especially on a standardized test, and especially if they have no idea why in the heck they're taking the test.

Now, think about the ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors (standards & competencies). As school counselors we are there to foster a growth mindset and assist students as they set goals for the future, learn pro-social skills and master competencies that will ensure that they take the right classes at the right time, study effectively, come to school prepared to learn, do their homework and of course ask for help when they need it.

Now stop and think about that for a moment.


Really, close your eyes and think about how this all fits together.

If the school counselor didn't work with the students to assess their learning styles they probably wouldn't even know that they might learn differently than their best friend--so studying together might not be as effective as studying with the kid that sees and makes sense of the world the way they do.

If the school counselor didn't teach that lesson about violence prevention or interpersonal communication how many students would spend more time in the office than in class? And how many more would avoid school all together because they don't want to be victimized any more and they feel like no one cares?

If the school counselor didn't teach the student body how to set SMART goals and develop 4-6 year academic plans, how would the students even know what it takes to make their dreams a reality, how to push through the obstacles that get in the way, what careers they were interested in and what classes they should take to make those aspirations a reality?

Today it takes a school counselor to address achievement-related factors so that achievement data (ACT scores, course passage rates, GPA, drop out rate) will improve.

Without mastery of those non-cognitive factors that school Counselors are trained to foster for student success, students and schools will never reach their full potential.

School counselors are the key to student achievement, school improvement, college freshman retention rates and thriving, happy and healthy communities.

We don't just guide, we turn dreams into reality and make reality better than our students could have ever dreamed.

We make a big difference every day and the improved test scores are just a small sample of the positive outcomes of our efforts.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Reaching Higher with Seniors

I am officially done meeting with all of my seniors for their 1st semester ISP meetings. Some of them have actually met with me 3 or more times! I'm feeling really good about their progress towards post-secondary planning & inspired by the results of the last couple of years of work with them.

This year I asked all of them to share their post-secondary aspirations on a #ReachHigher slip, which we hung on a small bulletin board just inside the Student Services Office entrance.

Every senior completed one & I have to say I was so touched by some of them. These kids really make my heart sing. 


To compliment the aspiration slips for the #ReachHigher bulletin board, my assistant made these awesome postcards today that I can hang on student's lockers as the college acceptances come in, or mail to their house. We copy them onto bright paper (they took our color printer away to save money). Note: We are working on a better file to post here for sharing purposes, our PrintShop PDF conversion wasn't working today--we will update with a better file soon.

For the last couple of years I have been trying to hand write more personal notes to my students. Specifically, every time a senior is accepted to a college I hang a postcard on their locker with a handwritten note to congratulate them (I am so excited about this new design). The hallway is already becoming filled with lockers with congratulatory notes and people are starting to talk. 
This year for the first time ever, the Superintendent stopped by my office to tell me that he really liked that I did this and talked to me about the endeavor a little. I also have students coming in so excited to tell me about where they have been accepted and reminding me that they need a locker sign. <---Love this!

This small (personal) token has made such a huge impact on my students, school and community... and done so much to advocate for my program.

We also plan to start taking group photos of students that have been accepted to college in front of the bulletin board to publish on the web and send to the local newspaper. 

I hope that these ideas are helpful to you as you work to support the Reach Higher Initiative and your students.

How do you celebrate college acceptances with your students?

Read more about the Reach Higher Initiative here

Check out these past blog posts regarding the Reach Higher Initiative:

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Life after ACT Explore & Plan

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I think so many of us had that moment of wanting to break down and cry when we heard that the ACT Explore and Plan would be gone forever. I personally denied it for as long as I could and then processed the truth very quickly, jumped straight into accepting the reality of our new world and started to brainstorm about what to do next.

Like most of my readers, I realized very quickly that we would not be able to (1) quickly adopt the ACT ASPIRE to help place incoming freshman unless we hit the lottery due to its sticker price: $22 (CBT)/$28 (paper/pencil) and (2) use the ACT Aspire for our career development program because it does not include a career component.

I feel like crying again just typing that.

Finally, today at our local ACT College & Career Readiness Workshop I found a solution to our woes...

Placement

Many of us were using the ACT Explore for freshman placement purposes. Without the Explore around, a new, reliable solution had to be found. Today I found out that ACT actually offers 3 different types of ASPIRE, the one I wrote about above, which is the summative assessment and two additional formats: (1) ASPIRE Interim Assessments and (2) ASPIRE Classroom Assessments. Check out the snapshot (below) from my product catalog.


The solution for our placement concerns is the ACT Interim Assessments. A couple of things to note:

1. There are 3 batteries (English, Math, Science)
2. Release dates are: Sept 1, Dec. 1 and March 1
3. You can choose to give 1, 2 or all 3 intervals
4. Each battery is 45 minutes & computer based
5. You get % correct, not a scale score
6. Available for grades 3-10
7. Cost: $7/student

My idea for placement...

Order ASPIRE Interim Assessments for all grade 9-10 students. Assess the students 1st semester, prior to final exams. Compare ASPIRE scores to final course grades 1st semester to set new placement criteria for English and Math courses. Use this baseline data for future placement. Assess grade 8 students in the Spring and place them according to the new criteria established by local norms.

The Cost

A colleague of mine had a genius idea of charging students a fee at registration next year to pay for the ASPIRE to help the students prepare for the ACT and provide the school with better placement data. She suggested charging $25-$30/student (maybe a little higher if you have a high percentage of free/reduced lunch students). Maybe term the fee "College & Career Readiness Testing Fee" or something similar. You can get a discounted rate I believe if you combine the summative and interim assessments. 

I can also think of ideas for use of the ASPIRE Classroom Assessment, but I won't go into great detail in this post. In general, if you have been using Discovery testing or something similar for progress monitoring, you may want to check out the classroom assessment product.

  • Learn more about the migration and find other useful links here.
  • Check out practice ASPIRE tests here. (to log in use the test you are practicing: English, Math or Science; and always use "ACTASPIRE" as the password). NOTE: select "review answers" to review the answers.
  • The answers for the practice tests and much more are located here in the Exemplars
Career Development Solution

Now this is an exciting one! ACT is now recommending that we use ACT Profile, a new, FREE, career planning program. ACT Profile is built to be more like a social media account. Students can use it to take assessments (interest, abilities and values inventory), identify obstacles to college/career planning and so much more. The Career Map is interactive in the program and aligns the results of their assessments to identify further career exploration opportunities. Counselors can set up a profile and students can connect with their counselor for tracking purposes.

ACT Profile may end up replacing my current career development resource. I plan to learn more about this tool this semester and introduce it to a select group of freshman. Stay tuned for more details.

The Future

I foresee a major change in my program throughout the course of this year. I was apprehensive at first, just because there didn't seem to be a viable solution, but now I feel like we have options. I especially am happy to see the ACT Profile option, and the fact that it is free is even better.

Please share your plans on migrating to the new ACT products in the comments section below. I would love to hear what you all have planned. Together we can make this transition smoother.

Want to learn more about my program? Check out these links:

Related posts about my program that are now subject to change.
Mentions of my current career development program: Whats Next Illinois



Monday, September 22, 2014

ASVAB: A Career Exploration Tool + A Cool Prep Tool

The ASVAB is the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery. It was introduced in 1968 and can be taken by more than just armed forces applicants.

Each year I offer the ASVAB to my students and advertise it as a career exploration program because that's really what it is. Students who take the assessment can choose to not release their scores to the armed services. MEPS will send non-uniformed personnel to administer the test for you, but we usually have uniformed military personnel come to assist with proctoring. We've administered the assessment on September 11 for the last couple of years to ensure military presence on a day that is so important for us to remember as a country. This year one of our recruiters said the pledge of allegiance for us--that was awesome.

The ASVAB allows students to assess their academic strengths and pair them with their interests through the career component that they access after the exam.

The ASVAB actually has three components:

1. The ASVAB Test (roughly 3 hours)
2. The FYI an interest inventory
3. Explore Careers

The ASVAB website is a great resource to learn more about the potential of the exam for your students. Check out this awesome resource based on Holland's Theory (I love Holland's Theory) and these Awareness Activities. Here are some crafty ways to advertise the assessment to your students.

A new prep tool for students that I just learned about thanks to Twitter (thanks @misterabrams) called "ASVAB Exam Prep 2014" (by PocketPrep) is pretty impressive. 

Here are some screenshots:

This prep tool is so easy to use and best of all students can download it (FREE for a limited time) on their phone and practice anywhere.

"ASVAB Exam Prep 2014 makes it easy to study in small chunks. The practice exam includes 425 unique questions with detailed answer explanations, so you’ll actually learn something instead of simply memorizing. The exam covers everything from general science to mechanical comprehension. It also includes a test-taking strategy guide, ensuring you’re prepared for the real thing when the time comes.
ASVAB Exam Prep 2014 is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4.5-star rating with a total of 18 ratings." Apps Gone Free
Although my students have already tested this year I plan to add info about the tool to my SMORE flyer for next year. I will also share it with my students during their results interpretation session (which your local recruiters can help you with).

How do you advertise and help students prepare for the ASVAB? Share your comments below.

Want to schedule the ASVAB for your students? Click here.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Growth Mindset, Grit & Goal Setting Lesson Plan


Each student wrote down one thing they learned from the lesson that they can use to foster a growth mindset.







This year I did my first lesson a little different than in the past. I decided to lead with the concepts of growth mindset, grit & goal setting--these go along with my theme for the year, "Get your Mind Right," and align with my program goals.

I wrote a little about this idea earlier in the summer here.

I aligned the lesson plan with the new ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success and Common Core. I taught the lesson to every student through their English classes. I also put a link to the Prezi on my program website so students who were absent would be able to watch it, the voice overs help to keep my auditory learners engaged. Thankfully I only had about 8 students absent throughout the 2 weeks I delivered the lesson.

I had each student take "Short Grit Scale" which I will grade and give back to them all next week in their Advisory Homerooms. They will take the assessment again at the end of the semester, after they set their own SMART goals, then again at the end of the year. We are working towards improving their over all grit score by individual and by grade; we expect every student to have a grit scale score of 3 or above.

Students who struggle with writing SMART goals, or have a low beginning grit scale score will be placed into my Vision Board small group during RTI time.  Read more about this idea here.

Here is a link to the Prezi, my lesson plan, and the materials for the lesson.

Best wishes as you kick off your school year!





Sunday, August 24, 2014

School Counselor Office Tour 2014

2014 Linky Tour logo
 It's that time of year again when we all head back to the office & set up our spaces for the upcoming year. This year I am more excited than ever about my space because I think it is starting to reflect more & more of my personality...so I thought I would share some new photos and throw a Linky Party!


Check out my post from last year to see the before photos. You can also read about how my office is laid out and how I utilize my space; this year I am mainly showing photos.




This photo exposes the not so nice part of my office.

Join in the fun & share your space with other school counselors out there!

  1. Just create a blog post titled "School Counselor Office Tour 2014".  
  2. Place the 2014 Linky Tour logo at the top of your post, take pics of your room, and submit your blog post link below-- Be sure to link your blog post and not your homepage.   



Not a blogger, but want to share? Email your photos to me at FrancieneSabens@gmail.com and I will share them in another post.


Looking forward to seeing all of your spaces!

-Franciene



Tuesday, August 12, 2014

SC|CS 2015 – School Counselor Community Scholarship 2015 Fundraiser


As I shared last year, getting to #ASCA14 was going to be a first for me after 6 years in the field! Even though it was tough for me to raise the funds, I knew I had to donate to this great cause organized by Jeff Ream, also known as The Counseling Geek!


This scholarship has grown so much since 2013, which is just AWESOME!

The goal for 2015 is even bigger and more ambitious, but completely realistic considering how our school counseling community has grown over the years.

This year, The Counseling Geek is teaming up The Middle School Counselor (Carol Miller) to secure community donations and partnerships with sponsors to raise at least 5 full scholarships ($1,750) for the 2015 conference in Phoenix, AZ. Read the full details here.

We can do this!

If everyone of my current Twitter followers donates $1, we will have raised $1,049!

As of today, at the time of this post, $160 have been raised. Let's see if we can get to $500 by August 31. 

Let's all invest in our future by donating to this fantastic cause. 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Best Ingredient for your School Counseling Program: An Annual Agreement

Tonight I will be hosting #SCCHAT with Kelly Stiltner (@ElemCounselor1) on the topic of: The Best Ingredient for your School Counseling Program: An Annual Agreement

I am very excited to talk about Annual Agreements with counselors from all over the country and hear how you all use them to reach more students and improve your programs and services.

Check out our SMORE flyer to learn more about the chat and as a bonus, for a month, I will leave an actual copy of the Annual Agreement form for my blog readers to print and use.

To get your own form you will need to buy the ASCA Model (3rd ed.). If you don't already have a copy of the ASCA Model, please buy one from the School Counselor Space store today!

Update

Check out the #SCCHAT transcript here & A great resource shared during the chat here.

Friday, August 1, 2014

School Counselors & the Common Core: Where do we begin?

In 2012 Achieve released this Action Brief to help school Counselors understand their role in implementing the Common Core State Standards. In the brief school Counselors are urged to take an active role in implementing the new standards and specifically to charged with the duty to increase awareness regarding the school counsel it's role in implementing the standards.

As school Counselors we have to look at how the shift will affect the academic, career & personal/social domains of our programs.

I have noticed with the shift that pushing into classrooms, particularly English classrooms has been tougher; teachers just don't have as much time to share in that curriculum area in my school. Because of this I have had to get creative & push more of my curriculum into our Advisory period, which isn't as long.

I imagine the shift will affect all of us that are running ASCA National Model supported school counseling programs so here are a couple of tips & tools to help you continue to grow your program & serve all students.

1. Set goals for your program that are supported by data & share them with all stakeholders. A LiveBinder is a great tool to help you do this efficiently & effectively. 
2. Develop College & Career Ready lesson plans that support the standards & work with teachers to integrate them into their curriculum.
2. Develop a calendar for when lessons will be taught & call in reinforcements (in Illinois this might be your ISACorp representative-they deliver lessons supported by our standards).
3. Make sure electronic 4-year plans are an integral part of your school counseling core curriculum and each student ties his/her plan to a career (and college if necessary) goal.
4. Create an Action Plan for ensuring all students have completed & up-to-date 4-year plans and share the plan with all stakeholders. At the end of the year share the results of your action plan.

So how do you make all of this happen among all of the other duties you are responsible for? 

1. Start by setting general goals. I looked at the percentage of students that wanted to attend college & set a FAFSA completion goal based on that percentage of students. Setting a goal for completion of 4-year plans was easy, 100%. Setting goals can be that easy, if you have data.
2. Creating a calendar is always a tough one for me because things change very last minute, very often at my school and communication is not the best. I try to stick to themes based on monthly observances while working around my other duties. For example, August/September is naturally the month I do my introduction lesson, but I also couple it with a personal/social lesson. See my example here. January is when we begin registration for the next school year so I try to work in 4-year plan & portfolio lessons from December through January. No two school counseling program calendars will look alike & expect yours to change from year to year.
3. Find a platform for your 4-year students 4-year plans (also known as Individualized Student Learning Plans). In Illinois we have a free system called What's Next Illinois, but there are others like My Big Future that have a ton of potential and are very user-friendly.
4. Use your ASCA National Model template to create an Action Plan & meet with your Principal/Supervisor about making it a reality. 

Now is the time for school Counselors to educate stakeholders on why what we do matters & how students are different as a result if what we do. The Common Core Standards are do used on preparing students to be college & career ready; school Counselors have been doing this for decades.

Set a goal, make a plan, execute the plan, share the results and watch the change in your students. 

In my professional experience I haven't met too many students that have solid plans that they are committed to that fail. Likewise, I believe a school counselor with a solid plan is a school counselor that will effectuate positive systemic change.

How have you adjusted your program due to the CCSS? What tools or tips do you have to share. Please comment below to inspire all of us and promote our professional growth.


Saturday, July 26, 2014

The School Counselor Space Store is OPEN!

Click the Store Sign above to enter the Store



It took me a while to figure it all out, but I finally put together a small store, through Amazon, which offers resources that I am using, or have used throughout my school counseling journey.



All items purchased will come through the Amazon website, not School Counselor Space.

Please take some time to browse through the products and pick up an item or two that may help you reach your program goals this year.

If you have any questions about how I have used the products, please let me know--or search my blog for a post, I usually write about the resources I am using.

Enjoy shopping, I hope you will find something that takes your practice to the next level.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Get 10% Back on School Supplies at Walmart July 25-31

Image courtesy of http://www.walmart.com/cp/Teacher-Appreciation/1228012
We all like to save money on school supplies and here is a great opportunity to do just that.

Save some money to use for school shopping next week. Walmart has announced a great Teacher Appreciation week deal. Save 10% by following 3 easy steps.

Visit this link for more details: http://www.walmart.com/cp/Teacher-Appreciation/1228012

What do you plan to buy this year for classroom lessons and groups this year?

Share your shopping list and ideas below.


Monday, July 21, 2014

Reaching Higher: Professionally & for my Students


After #ASCA14 it's tough not to be inspired to #ReachHigher professionally and inspire my students to do the same, and work towards developing a better leadership mindset.

My mind was buzzing after hearing about the First Lady's Reach Higher initiative, and even more so after hearing her speech in person and reading the letter from Arne Duncan.

I am so elated that people who have a lot more exposure than we do are taking an interest in the work we have been doing for so many years. I feel like a miracle has happened and more are sure to come.


I am in the process of working with my principal to write our SMART goals and Annual Agreement for the school year. I enjoyed using the newest edition of ASCA's publication, Making Data Work, to facilitate the process, and definitely kept the #ReachHigher initiative in mind throughout our discussion last week.

Professional Growth

I completed the ASCA Bully Prevention Specialist coursework and now I'm just waiting to hear back on my Action Plan-- I've heard that this takes a while (like 2 months at least) so if you submitted yours a while back and haven't heard anything yet, don't fret. I was lucky enough to get the School Counseling Data Specialist course for free while at ASCA14 and I also completed that coursework this month. I can get involved with the FREE Data, Data, Data course by the great Trish Hatch which is anticipated to be available in early August.

If you plan to complete the ASCA Data Specialist course I highly suggest you read Hatching Results first (And if you have the time, take the FREE Data, Data, Data course--it will only be free for a limited time).

About the Students

As far as the students, below is one goal I am able to share today; I usually have at least 5 program smart goals.

I am excited to join SCOPE in the #ReachHigher photo project, and we hope you will too! Read all of the details here and submit your photo by July 25.

I took a trip to the banks of the Mississippi River in Ellis Grove to the Pierre Menard House to take my photo for the project. I chose this spot because it is a registered National Landmark and has rich political. and historical context, and to depict the "reach" of the First Lady's initiative.

Here are some more photos from my trip: 

 
Summer Kitchen and garden 


Read more about the Pierre Menard Home here
I am also planning to:

-update my lessons this year to reflect the new ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors,
-change the timelines on some lessons (so I can hopefully achieve all of my SMART goals this year), and 
-try to incorporate a new lesson focus on grit and taught through in conjunction with the math department into my plans.

I will share more as the beginning of do the school year draws closer.

I hope you too have big plans to reach higher professionally this year and look forward to inspiring your students to #ReachHigher as well.

School Counselor Space would like to take the SCOPE photo project one step further by asking everyone involved to change their Twitter and/or Facebook profile photo to their #ReachHigher photo on July 28 only-the day of the Reach Higher White House Summit at Harvard. The First Lady has shown us a lot of love, let's SHOW her some love back!

Don't have your goals ready yet? No problem! Just snap a picture with a piece of paper that says:

"I am a School Counselor and I support #ReachHigher."

And make it your profile picture.

Read my blog post outlining 5 ways to support the initiative here.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Five Ways to Support the #ReachHigher Initiative

The Reach Higher initiative is the First Lady's effort to inspire every student in America to take charge of their future by completing their education past high school, whether at a professional training program, a community college, or a four-year college or university. (The White House).

The initiative is focused on expanding opportunity for all of today's youth. 
According the the White House, the Reach Higher initiative will help make sure all students understand what they need to complete their education, including:
  • Exposing students to college and career opportunities
  • Understanding financial aid eligibility that can make college affordability a reality
  • Encouraging academic planning and summer learning opportunities
  • Supporting high school counselors who can help more kids get into college
So how can you support this initiative?
  1. Join the SCOPE #ReachHigher Photo Project. Snap a picture with your SMART goal pertaining to the initiative and share it-more details here. Your photo and goal could make the final cut for the video project to be shared at the next #ReachHigher event. All photos are due by July 20. All participants will be entered in to a drawing for a free, signed copy of 101 Solutions for School Counselors and Leaders in Challenging Times! If you don't already have #101Solutions, a book every school counselor should have, this is a great way to possibly earn it for FREE!
  2. On July 28 change your Twitter and/or Facebook profile photo to reflect a #ReachHigher photo to mark the date of the College Access event at Harvard in conjunction with The White House. You can make it your photo from #1 above, or just a photo of your goal--make it whatever you want, just use the hashtag #ReachHigher somewhere in the photo and share it across all of your social media accounts.
  3. Snap a photo in your college t-shirt or at your Alma Mater and share it on social media with the hashtag #ReachHigher
  4. Plan to work with your students, no matter what age group, to open their minds to the possibility of college and career opportunities. NOSCA has great FREE resources to guide your way. (Elementary Toolkit, Middle School Toolkit, High School Toolkit).
  5. Share this Guide and this letter from Arne Duncan with your Principal, Superintendent and Regional Superintendent to give them ideas on how to work with you. Include cookies, a cake or something sweet to heighten the positive outcome.
How do you plan to support the #ReachHigher Initiative? Share your plans below in the comments section.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Turning Dreams into Reality with SMART Goals & Vision Boards

One of my favorite sessions at #ASCA14 was A Creative Goal-Setting Intervention for Students presented by Lisa Burton. She taught us about Vision Boards. I made my own Vision Board during the session and I can honestly say I feel like it has changed who I am since I returned from #ASCA14.

My husband even noticed that I am not tied to my iPhone, iPad or a book quite as much! Part of my Vision Board was to be more present in every moment--especially family moments. Check out all of my notes (complete with links and additional ideas for using Vision Boards) from the session here.

I also remembered back to my college days when I created a Vision Box, my sorority sisters filled it with notes written to me about their wishes, dreams and hopes for me--I still have it!

Last year I initiated a lessons through our advisory homeroom that prompted every student to set a SMART goal. Every teacher didn't buy into it, therefore every student didn't buy into it, so I was destined to improve it for this school year.

After this session at #ASCA14 I knew the Vision Boards would be the answer. To set the stage I created this Prezi.
The students will also get handouts on SMART Goals and Vision Boards, and a worksheet where they will actually write out a SMART Goal, but the Vision Board will be what they eventually take home to display for their own motivation.

I will open the lesson with a Think-Pair-Share and then talk to them a little bit about memories of learning to ride a bike. I want them to remember how bad they wanted to learn to ride, how they dreamed about it, who helped them, how many times they fell (and maybe even got hurt), but in the end what success felt like.

I integrated the new ASCA Mindsets into the lesson, injected a little humor to keep the students interested, and used lots of quotes for motivation. After the lesson we will create Vision Boards and write SMART goals. I may try to work out a follow up lesson through English where they write a Common Core Narrative to reflect back on the process. We are really trying the infuse the concept of Grit into our curriculum in every class this year so I think this will be a great way to connect my curriculum to the mainstream and illustrate grit.

How do you plan to work with your students to encourage the new ASCA Mindsets? How do you weave the Common Core Standards into your lessons?

Share your tips for working with students to set goals in the comments section below.

Here's a previous posts about how I use Prezi:




Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The First Lady & Arne Duncan are spreading the word about school Counselors!

Today the First Lady will address the attendees at #ASCA14, how amazing is that!

Even if you're #NotatASCA14, you can be here for her speech! Read about the live link here: http://www.schoolcounselor.org

Also, check out this http://blog.hatchingresults.com/2014/06/letter-from-secretary-duncan-re-school-counselors/ letter to state school leaders from Arne Duncan and take a moment to announce both to your building and district leaders to do a little local advocacy for our profession!

Thanks for stopping by!

#ASCA14 The School Counselor as a Leader for Improving School Climate

First off this morning I will be visiting the incredible vendors that have set up in the Exhibit Hall--did you know you could get a chair massage at #ASCA14? This experience is really unmatched! I will never miss an ASCA conference ever again! If you're #notatASCA and reading this, start saving your pennies, dimes & quarters now for #ASCA15, I promise, you won't be disappointed!

Monday, June 30, 2014

#ASCA14 Parents & School Counselors Existing Together

Want to improve the way you work with parents? Want to improve attendance at your events & better support parents in your district?

#ASCA14 Get Creative with Goal Setting-Vision Boards

Check out my notes via live feed: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1yHC3PWSH7y_4_949C7eMp1Gxby_leMpyDqzRPGJvX6g/edit?usp=docslist_api

Check back later for a photo of my vision board!

#ASCA14 Branding & Marketing your Program

Follow my notes this morning via this link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/10yHDw73QaSshfNT0ztdBlYrxtELuX0FSYFP8KBOj5fg/edit?usp=docslist_api

Sunday, June 29, 2014

#ASCA14 Pre-conference Session: Building A Peer Helper Program

Today I will be spending the whole day learning everything about starting a peer mentoring program so we can implement one for my school next year.


I will put together a more comprehensive post later, but you can follow along with my notes all day long with this link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KRpTbBpgqNEI2ipXdox08-lgagFgHo67-9noqH4MBXU/edit?usp=docslist_api