Sunday, October 28, 2012

Rethinking Learning: 21st Century Learner

While in a workshop the other day, the presenter showed this video on YouTube that I thought was pretty profound. In my school division the school counselors are a part of curriculum and instruction. We are not under a Student Services Model. Therefore,  everything we do must support instruction. We have to learn the same academic strategies as classroom addition to the career and personal/social foci. The message for school counselors is that we cannot continue to keep doing the same thing and expect different results.  We cannot SOLELY keep presenting lessons in paper pencil, reading books or any other traditional and conventional means. Students today utilize all types of technology at home and in the classroom. We as counselors, need to follow suit. So, use those smartboards, iPads, remote control response systems, eBooks, touch iPhones, wikis, blogs, edmodo, animoto, Skype, computers, websites, podcasts, webinars, SchoolTube or any other type or kind of that technology that can foster 21st century learning! We have to get on the 21st century/technology/critical thinking bus...or we will be left behind.

Rethinking Learning

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Ode to My Dad - More Bullying Prevention Information

I received a call from my Dad the other day. He said "What is the link to your blog again? I need those bullying links". In addition to being an awesomest, most winningest (is that a word?) coach, my Dad is an elementary school teacher assistant and has been asked to help with the school-wide bullying program. So this post is for my Dad and to let him know that I stopped dragging my feet and added some more resources to the Bullying Prevention tab.

Also, this picture in the post represents metal signs that I ordered for all of the schools in my division as part of our division-wide bullying prevention program. The are posted outside of all of our schools. Just go to the Kansas Bullying Prevention link on the tab and you can order them as well. If you would like a copy of our plan, you can email me at

If you have anymore bullying prevention links or ideas, feel free to email my Dad, Coach Mo, at, I am sure the students in Central Falls, Rhode Island would love your resources!

Enjoy and thanks for your help!

Monday, October 22, 2012

OOOOHHHH!!! Look What I Ordered!!!!

I am sooooo excited! I just ordered these for our school counselors to wear at our annual college night! I canot wait until our 65 high school counselors proudly wear these buttons as they volunteer at the registration tables, as floor representatives and snack room hosts. I then started to think, this would be a great idea for school counselor associations. You could get them to say executive board and wear them at conferences, so that if participants needed help you would easy to identify. I am sure there is a host of things you can think to use them for. You can buy 1 button up to infinity!


Affordable Buttons

Even College Fairs Take Advantage of Technology

It's Fall and that means college fair time! A few weeks ago someone from the Office of Media and Communications asked us if we wanted to add gotocollege on our flyers and print ads. HUH? So I investigated (because it is part of my job, LOL). Well come to find out, our state college fair association is highly recommending that the colleges and universities buy or rent scanners to be used to scan potential student's information opposed to the traditional pen/postcard way. Well times are sure a-changing! The students go to the site, register and then can print out a bar code. They bring the paper with the bar code to the table and the college scans it and all of their information appears via the bar code. The colleges take the scanner back to their university and uploads the files and sends the prospective student more information about their institution. How do you like that? Well we will see how this turns out...

Enjoy! I think...

Friday, October 19, 2012

One of My Counselors Wrote a Book! OR...Shameless Plug #1

Friends It Is!

One of the elementary counselors in my division recently wrote this book! Kudos to K.B! I am so proud when people step out and take chances. So if you need a story about accepting differences, then this book is for you! Add it to your library if you can, for we need to support our own!


Wednesday, October 17, 2012


The Extraordinary School Counselor Blog has been around for 90 days and has reached 100 posts and over 4300 hits! Thank you school counselors for using this site as a resource for the many things that you do to help children around the country. As I continue to explore the world wide web, attended conferences and workshops and learn about the latest and greatest things in school hope is to continue to share them with you. Thank you again for providing me with this opportunity to help create EXTRAORDINARY school counselors!

More Financial Literacy Curriculum

 I love to infuse core curriculum with school counseling lessons. Financial literacy is one of the better ways to reinforce math (counting), social studies (where are the mints located) and science (what is money made from) skills. What administrator would not support that?! What a way to look and be extraordinary! 


Financial Education Clearinghouse

Smart Start Financial Education Curriculum 

Life/Work Game for 7th and 8th Graders

 The Real Game Series 
At a conference a few months ago, I attended a workshop and learned about this site that is really great. It is a little costly at $500 for a site license, but you cannot buy student engagement or real life experience.


Real Game

College Campus Tours

College Tour, College Campus Visit 
The wait is over, goCAMPUSing has scheduled its Pre-Planned High School College Tours for the FALL, WINTER, and SPRING 2012 through 2013 season. There are 11 Pre-Planned goCAMPUSing College Tours to over 65 Colleges & Universities from New England, the Mid-Atlantic, the South, the Mid-West, and the West Coast. goCAMPUSing College Tours are not only educational, informative, inspiring, empowering, and incredibly fun, but goCAMPUSing College Tours provide a controlled safe environment and are extremely affordable!

Go Campusing

Free NCAA Eligibility Course


A few years ago, I took an on-line course about NCAA Eligibility Standards. The course is back again and this time it is FREE! It is not very long or difficult. It is a good way to test your knowledge about the NCAA regulations and the upcoming academic changes. 

This can help you be athletically extraordinary! LOL! 


NCAA Course

Lovin' Other School Counselor Blogs!

I subscribe to the School Counselor Blog because it has great ideas and information. One of my favorite posts is the one about iPad apps...because I am a techno junkie!


These apps and the School Counselor Blog can truly make you extraordinary! 


iPad Apps

Congratulations School Counselors!

Congratulations to Susie and Alexcia who won the giveaways! Thanks so much for being great blog supporters!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Net Smartz

NetSmartz is another internet safety organization that is part of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC). They provide age-appropriate resources to help teach children how to be safer on- and offline. The program is designed for children ages 5-17, parents and guardians, educators, and law enforcement. With resources such as videos, games, activity cards, and presentations, NetSmartz entertains while it educates.

Their goals are to:
  • Educate children on how to recognize potential Internet risks
  • Engage children and adults in a two-way conversation about on- and offline risks
  • Empower children to help prevent themselves from being exploited and to report victimization to a trusted adult


Netsmartz Kids

Facebook for School Counselors

iKeepSafe is a non-profit organization that informs children, parents and educators about internet safety, They have a lot of free information in the form of DVDs, dowloads, manuals, etc. They also partner with the American School Counselor Association. Check it out!


Facebook for School Counselors


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Free Giveaways!

Whoever emails me first can win one of two free recources just for being a visitor to the Extraordinary School Counselor Blog!

For highschool counselors =  $53.00 value


For elementary counselors = $17.00 value

Just email and let me know the level in which you work.

Ppts for Middle and High School Students

Looking for free powerpoints for your students? Here are two that I have come across. One is for 8th or 9th graders on starting high school and the other (for high school) is on helping students create an image in the "real world". If they are not to your liking, you can always modify or borrow pieces from the ppts...just make sure you give they creators credit.


Starting High School

Creating an Image

Bully Prevention Kits for Staff

A few years ago, our district HPE coordinators received a grant for bullying prevention. They purchased bully prevention kits from Channing Bete. They are awesome! They have a ready-made powerpoint (2 versions), a manual and training ideas. We did trainings for all of the school counselors and one PTA meeting at an elementary school. In turn we gave each school a kit and their school counselor(s) trainined the staff. It was very successful. I highly recommend this kit to introduce teachers to what they need to look for in regards to bullying.

Enjoy and be extraordinary!!!

Bullying Presentation Kit

FREE Common Sense Media Curriculum and Toolkits

Common Sense Media is a great website that has free ready-to-use information to help you "guide students to make safe, smart, and ethical decisions in the digital world where they live, study and play". There is so much information and FREE STUFF on this site! I was like a kid in a candy store! They have K-12 curriculum, free toolkits, free resources for parents, a list of bullying prevention books and SO MUCH MORE!!!! Egad, this is a great site!!!

"As an educator, you can equip your students with the 21st century skills they need to thrive and survive in their wild digital world. You can also educate and empower their parents to address these issues at home". (taken from website)

You help but be extraordinary by using this site! Enjoy!



Guide to Apps

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Money Curriculum for Elementary Students

One of the neatest things I ever saw, was this free curriculum about money for elementary students. It has a history component, a math component and a social skills component. You can especially use it in conjunction with a President's birthday or teaching literacy.


VA Money Curriculum

Sites and Tips

Two years ago,  I co-wrote an article for my state association's quarterly magazine. It has some sites and tips to help make your back-to-school months more helpful.

Hope the suggestions help! Enjoy!

Sites and Tips

Transfer Student School Division Information...Right at Your Fingertips!

Over a year ago I got overzealous and created two documents for the high school counselors in my division. One was links to every state DOE's assessment page, so that they could learn about other state end-of-year/grade tests (my state has a reciprocity clause); and the other was graduation requirements for every state. Now I thought this was a great idea and that they would use it ALL THE TIME!!! Nope! I was wrong. Silly me! They just call me up and ask! LOL!  So I have decided to share it with the world and perhaps it can assist you when needing information about your transfer student's sending districts' requirements.


State Assessments

State Graduation Requirements

Monday, October 1, 2012

Great Scholarship Site

If you work with marginalized students (ethnic minorities, recent immigrants or refugees, or first generation college students), then this website is a great resource for you. It is very comprehensive and seperated by due dates.

"ScholarshipsA-Z provides educational resources for students, families, and educators, regardless of immigration status. Our team works with community leaders and families to reform laws that block access to educational opportunities". - Taken from website.

Scholarships A - Z