Saturday, February 8, 2014

Professional Identity: What's In a Name?

This post is dedicated to all "school counselors" out there! Especially my friend, former classmate and colleague, Dr. Amy Upton. If you take one of her better ever not say the words "guidance counselor".

Lately, I have been getting annoyed by the lack of unity the school counseling profession seems to have as it relates to what we call ourselves. While on Linkedin, I saw "counselor", "school counselor", "guidance counselor" and "professional school counselor". WHAT!!!????!!!!???? Colleagues, I ask you...can we use ONE name, please???? Joe Public is NEVER NEVER EVER going to stop calling us "guidance counselor", if we don't stop calling ourselves that! We are school counselors! If you want to throw the professional in front  of it...that's fine; but for Pete's sake stop identifying yourself as a "guidance counselor". The term is outdated, antiquated and degrading. There are no professional organizations that even have the term "guidance counselor" in them. Does your state license still say "guidance counselor"? State legislation? The contract for your school division? If it does, then you need to contact your state SC organization and lobby for a change in terminology = advocacy.

Today, we are so much more! We are collaborators, consultants, data conquerors, advocates, leaders, role models and I could go on and on and on...We just don't "guide"! A whole bunch of professions "guide", but that doesn't make them a school counselor. Whenever, I hear someone say "guidance counselor", I correct them and say "oh, you mean the school counselor? It's not the "home ec" teacher anymore! It's not the "gym" teacher anymore! It's not the "shop" teacher anymore! So, we shouldn't be the "guidance counselor" anymore! C'mon people!!! It's 2014. It's PAST the time for a change. It's time to unite...One Name. Period! If you are still calling yourself a guidance counselor then I want you to look in the mirror and say three times to yourself, "I'm a school counselor. I'm a school counselor. I'm a school counselor. 

Now, doesn't that feel better? Because you can't be EXTRAORDINARY calling yourself a "guidance counselor"! 

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Internet Safety and Digital Learning Days

Hey! Hey! Hey! As is February wasn't chocked filled with National School Counseling Week and Black History Month...there are also some days that will aid in fostering Internet safety and digital learning! Check out the sites below and sign-up for Common Sense Media's educator newsletters or take their Digital Literacy Curriculum professional development opportunity (free, 1-hour video) to heighten your awareness of Internet safety. The FBI has a site too - actually two sites - one for parents and one for students and don't forget our old favorite NetSmartz!

Check these out and be extraordinary! Enjoy!

Digital Learning Day

Safer Internet Day

Common Sense Media


FBI - Kid's Safety

Kid's Health

Monday, February 3, 2014

Black History Month Resources

In 1926, Dr. Woodson initiated the celebration of Negro History Week, which corresponded with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.  In 1976, this celebration was expanded to include the entire month of February, and today Black History Month garners support throughout the
country as people of all ethnic and social backgrounds discuss the black experience.  ASALH views the promotion of Black History Month as one of the most important components of advancing Dr. Woodson’s legacy.

In honor of all the work that Dr. Carter G. Woodson has done to promote the study of African American History, an ornament of Woodson hangs on the White House's Christmas tree each year. (taken from 

Please share the links below with students and colleagues! Enjoy!