Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Best High School Resource Going!

I forgot where I found this link...but nonetheless it is a gold mine for high school counselors and parents! I almost passed out on the floor when I saw it. You are sure to be extraordinary when using this document! Thank you Consumer Reports for doing this! Muah! (kiss sound)

Comparison Chart

A New Look at PD!

There are so many extraordinary ways to obtain professional development. I am a strong believer that learning should never stop! Click the link for an article I wrote about several different "out of the box" ideas on PD.


PD Article

I Love Wordle!

If you have never used Wordle with your students, you must try it! I have even tried it with the counselors in my division! It is an awesome opportunity to teach your students about the power of words. I have seen middle school counselors use this with students when teaching grade level bullying prevention lessons. They asked the students to write down the first word they think of when they think of bullying. They put all the words into the wordle screen and let the program do its thing! The impact can be long lasting and is a great example of how bullying impacts others.


Edmodo, Anyone?

My division is just starting to get into Edmodo and it seems that I now need a school code to get into it! Grrr...central office doesn't have a school code! Anyway, if you are using this medium to connect with your students, please comment and let me know how it is working for you!


Monday, July 30, 2012

National College Access Network

If your passion is helping students achieve their educational dreams, then NCAN is for you! Also check to see if they have a state level organization where you live. They provide great trainings on first generation, underrepresented and undocumented students.


Saturday, July 28, 2012

Career Resources

I love academic and career planning! Anything that can help students with post secondary planning is a must...and the earlier the better. Below is a document I created for a presentation I did a few summers ago.


Career Web Resources

Friday, July 27, 2012

Vision for K-12 Students Today

My school division holds an administrator's conference every summer. About two summers ago, this was part of the opening as the focus centered around 21st century learners. It made such an impact upon me that I never grow tired of watching it. It reminds me that as school counselors it is important that we support instruction and it is more important that our academic services mirror what our schools provide. While worksheets and books are great. Smartboards and books on-line are more in-line with 21st century learning.


Generation G

I am sustainability head! I was introduced to this clip a few years ago in my administration/supervision class while discussing LEED certified schools. So if you want to motivate your students to become environmental stewards, this is a great clip!

Technology Website for School Counselors

If you have never been introduced to Dr. Russ Sabella's website and blog, well here is your introduction! Dr. S does a great job with informing school counselors on the lastest technology happenings, data tips and bullying prevention. Even his ASCA sessions are amazing! I have been following for a few years and have yet to be disappointed.



More Information on NCSC and NBCT

Thanks to Russ Sabella for sharing this link with us! Knowledge is Power!


Thursday, July 26, 2012

Online Professional Development Ideas

Everyone knows that I am always on the hunt for professional development opportunities. One day I saw this pamphlet about relatively inexpensive courses for educators. It is recommended that you check with your school division to make sure that you can receive PD points for them.
Online Courses for Educators

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Great Elementary School Listserves

About a year ago, I stumbled upon these two listserves on Yahoogroups. They have a wealth of information and you can find assistance on just about any topic you need...just ask if you don't see it. 



Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children

I attended a meeting today regarding what school counselors can do to provide services to military children. The first and most important thing is to familiarize yourself with the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children. This document supersedes state law and school board policy as it relates to the enrollment and withdrawal of military children into our schools.

The link below shares what states have signed the compact and there are training modules to familiarize yourself with the document.

Interstate Compact Training

Singing Bowls

A part of my job that I absolutely love, is being able to observe the school counselors provide classroom lessons to students. I never get tired of watching the children become engaged in  activities that are part of the school counseling core curriculum. A few years ago, one of the elementary school counselors in my division started his lesson in a very unique way...he rang a Tibetan singing bowl. It immediately caught the attention of the children, as well as mine. As he rang the bell, the children knew that it was time to transition from their everyday subject matter to Mr. SC's thirty minutes in the classroom. The children quickly stopped what they were doing, put their things away and ceased conversations. When Mr. SC's time was up...he rang the bowl again, so the children could transition back to reading, writing and 'rithmetic. What a wonderful way to capture an example of classroom management, diversity and openness to cultures.

An Example of Bowls

Monday, July 23, 2012

College Dream Curricula

If you have never been to a training by the ECMC Foundation or seen The College Dream Curriculum. You're in for a treat! This is one of the best training/free curricula that I have come across. They have a middle and high school version and a curriculum to help students stay in school. Why reinvent the wheel? 


College Dream Curricula

Teaching Tolerance

I have been a long time fan of this site and organization since I started my career as a school counselor in North Carolina in 1997. It has a plethora of free resources, activities, curricula, publications, kits, etc. A middle school in my division was recognized as a Mix It Up Model School this past year. This site is a must for all who teach acceptance of others.  See what I just ordered...Enjoy!

Teaching Tolerance

Great Elementary Animated Books!

If you have not heard about Howard B. Wigglebottom, well here is your chance! The We Do Care Foundation has 10 books about our favorite rabbit. I am sure you will find a topic that can enhance the lessons for your comprehensive school counseling programming. I absolutely love this site!


Howard B. Wigglebottom

Certified Educational Planner

I am a HUGE proponent for professional development for school counselors. I believe that one can never get enough and that one should never stop learning. At a recent regional college and admissions counseling conference, I heard about the certified educational planner option. I immediately thought that this was a great way for high school counselors to deem themselves as specialists in our field. In today's job market school counseling jobs are getting harder and harder to come by, so why not do something that will make you stand out above the rest? If your passion is post secondary planning, then this might just be for you!


Certified Educational Planner


About three years ago, some of our elementary school counselors attended a session at our state school counselor association conference about an electronic note taking system for school counselors...designed by a school counselor. I bought the disc for those who were interested. The next year it really caught on. So this year, as we are revamping our accountability tool, we decided that this product would best fit our needs.

A few weeks ago we hired Amanda Chambers to come and do three 2-hour professional development trainings on her noteCounselor tool. She trained over 60 of our counselors and the counselors just loved it! I received so much positive feedback (which is music to my ears) about how easy, user friendly and time saving the product is! Also, Amanda gave everyone her contact information if they needed to call her with questions.

If you have the opportunity, check out this product. You may just like it!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Just A Little Story on Advocacy

I am ashamed to admit this...but my school division just officially changed the name of guidance counselor to school counselor per the school board's approval; and I must say, it was an easy battle! The school counselors in my division kept asking me when was the school division going to change our name? Earlier, I had emailed them all an article that I used as a way to teach them how to advocate for themselves. I had shown them the NACAC article written by Bob Bardwell. Well, out of all the levels, the elementary counselors were charged! They made copies! They forwarded the email to their principals and teachers! They were on fire!

I on the other hand, was hesitant because I was afraid to hear the bureaucratic "NO". However, I finally swallowed my pride, like any leader would do for the greater good, grabbed my ammo and approached my director. My ammo? It was simple. Our state license says school counselor right on it! DUH! So if the state in some way, shape or form had recognized us as school counselors, then the division had no argument but to call us school counselors!

So, I say all this to say...look at your documents. Revisit your policies. Advocate for yourself.

National Certified School Counselor v. National Board Certified Teacher

I hate to say it, but I cringe every time our profession loses another school counselor to the NBCT process. Not to begrudge anyone from the accomplishment and hard work that the process entails. I congratulate all who are bestowed that honor. I cringe because I believe school divisions use this test to be divisive. I believe it is done to reinforce how disposable some view our profession to be. Most school districts attach a pay incentive for teachers who pass these series of tests. However, I am unaware of any school divisions that offer an incentive for NCSC. If your division is one, please let me know! The NBCT organization even states that one cannot roll over the NCSC certification for partial completion. Are they alluding that the NCSC exam is not as rigorous? BOO! What it comes down to colleagues, is professional identity! Why are we not honoring and supporting the profession we advocate so hard to keep? There is a certification FUBU (for us, by us...to steal the name of 90's iconic urban wear). So I urge you, school counselors, be a counselor who teaches. Don't let your school division define you as a teacher who counsels.

NBCC v. NBPTS Certification Chart

Click for more information on the National Certified School Counselor exam and see Dr. Rita Schellenberg's study guide.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Comprehensive School Counseling Video

I love, love, love this video! I could watch it over and over and over again! LOL! It's quick. It's catchy and a great way to explain to stakeholders what comprehensive school counseling is all about! Thanks to MrRclevela on YouTube for creating this!

Calling All School Counselors!

Welcome School Counselors! For the past eight years I have been finding, creating and providing resources to help make school counselors' lives better by making that part of our jobs easier. I send so many emails to my colleagues that they actually grow tired of seeing my name come across their email in-boxes! I am a conference attending, obsessed certification obtaining, school counselors need professional development every year believing, we all should belong to our state school counseling organization preaching, Google searching, social networking, sharing information devotee! It is my hope that the topics, resources, programs and information you will find on this site make you an EXTRAORDINARY school counselor. Enjoy!