Saturday, November 30, 2013

Should School Counseling Professors Have Worked as School Counselors?

Last week I had a conversation with one of my PhD classmates. He was on the search committee for new professors at the institution where we attend. I was eager to hear about his take on the interviews, for one of them is pretty well known in the school counseling arena. Well, I was shocked to hear that my favorite was his least favorite! "Why" I asked. "They have never been a school counselor"! He said. "Really"! I said, "but they have written all this stuff on school counseling"! So that got me thinking...Should school counseling professors, have been school counselors? Well I can tell you that in the world of academia, it's not that way because of the following reasons: 1) there is a shortage of school counseling professors at the collegiate level with school counseling experience. So as long as you have had an internship experience, that is sufficient. Unless they specify on the job announcement that one must have been a school counselor; and 2) Most experienced school counselors do not want to take a pay cut to become a full-time professor. The average salary of starting SC professors is about $40,000. YIKES!!! Yes, that is a huge deterrent for most of us! Thus, leaving those with internships to fill the jobs. It's a viscous cycle. 

However, when you think about that most of the current school counseling professors have not been a practicing school counselor in years, is there any different? Some say yes there is a difference because at least they have a frame of reference from which to draw from. Whereas the ones with no experience just have an internship to draw from. Then you have some who say they could never find a SC job. So they went on to continue with a PhD. You even have some school counseling professors whose dissertations aren't even related to school counseling. Go figure! 

When it comes to universities...if it is a research institution, they are more theoretical and teach the more idealistic version of school counseling. They value collaboration with school divisions from which they can partner in research endeavors from the field. This ensures that SC professors stay current in the field, for they can live vicariously through currently employed school counselors to understand what the current vibe is in school counseling. If it is a practice-based institution, they usually want someone who has walked the walk and talked the talk. They are more reality based. 

I personally know both kinds of school counseling professors. I cannot say how effective each kind is in relation to teaching our future school counselors, because I do not sit in their classes. I can say that they equally love school counseling. They are advocates for it and want to make the profession better by ensuring that their students have the best possible experiences during their master's programs...and it is my job to make sure they do! 

Friday, November 29, 2013

Have You Heard of Neil deGrasse Tyson???

I am crushing hard! I am crushing on astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson! If you have not heard of him, he is the way cool scientist who speaks to congress, is on the late night talk show circuit, has a Youtube station and is the director of the Hayden Planetarium. 

Why do I like him so much? Aside from him being brilliant, not to mention that my secret fantasy was to marry a super intelligent dude who would speak to me and I would have NO idea what he was talking about, but I would be soooooo impressed...true story; he is an advocate for math and science and the STEM fields. At a time when students want out! This is why we need to keep kids in! Check out the video. He speaks the truth!


Saturday, November 16, 2013

Resources from College and Career Press

Please tell me that you have heard of College and Career Press! If you are a high school counselor and you have not...SHAME!! You are missing out! I love this company. They have great career exploration books, a College Spotlight magazine, which I cannot live without...I make my secretary order it every year for me. It's Extraordinary!

College and Career Press


Friday, November 15, 2013

The Bilingual Learner Site


OOOHHHHHHH!!!! I love this site! It is the best for helping ELL/ESL students. They have products and resources that will allow you to assist your students to the best of your ability. There is also a blog that can help all school counselors with lots of different topics!  It is really is a great on-stop site!

Bilingual Learner

Enjoy and be Extraordinary!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Questbridge - Help for Low Income HS Students

While searching the Internet the other week at work, I came across QuestBridge. Now this program has been out for awhile and so has the site, but just in case you missed it...Questbridge links low-income, high test scoring students with some of the best universities in the country.What a wonderful way to help ALL students.

QuestBridge is a powerful platform bridging the nation's brightest, under-served youth and leading institutions of higher education and further opportunities. We are an aggregator of excellence. QuestBridge provides a single, Internet-based meeting point which links exceptional students with colleges, scholarship providers, enrichment programs employers, and organizations seeking students who have excelled despite obstacles. By facilitating these exchanges, QuestBridge aims to increase the percentage of talented low-income students attending the nation's best universities and the ranks of national leadership itself. - taken from site



Wednesday, November 13, 2013

4 or More


I know! I know! The Collegeboard has more initiatives and products than we can remember, BUT...this is a really good one. 4 or More is a pledge that school counselors take to ensure that their student will apply to four or more schools during their senior year of high school. However, once you do that, you will then receive a FREE College Counseling Sourcebook (full PDF)! Let me tell you, if you have not used the College Counseling Sourcebook you are missing out! It is full of information and material for presentations and classroom lessons.

Take the pledge! Get a free book!

4 or More

Enjoy, for this book is EXTRAORDINARY!!!!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

American Red Cross High School Leadership Program


Recently someone sent me this link to see if I have ever heard of this program. I had not, but thought is was an awesome way to introduce students to advocacy and community service.  All students need to do is go the website and create an account. When they donate blood three times, they earn a cord to wear at graduation. If the student volunteers for 8 hours they also have a chance to win a scholarship. You can't beat that!

Red Cross Leadership Program