Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Youth Light, Inc. Book Review: How To Create a College Day and Other College Readiness Activities



I was so excited when I was sent this book to review! Can you say LOVE?? How many ways can I say LOVE??? I LOVE this book! I was also kinda mad, that I didn't create this! LOL! Since I have been fortunate to work at all school levels, I know the importance of vertical teaming.  This book hits the nail on the head and exposes students in grades 3 - 8 to college information, giving them a SUPER HUGE foundation on which to build for high school college and career readiness.  I LOVE that the book sets the tone for what a college day "looks like". I LOVE how the book is laid out. It is so easy to understand, replicate, implement, etc. I LOVE that the college day speakers are supposed to be everyday people and not admission reps from colleges.  I LOVE that the book comes with a CD to download all the resources. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the bulletin board ideas and wish I was back in a school and not in central office, so I could re-create them!

How To Create a College Day


Enjoy!


 Tracy is a School Counseling Coordinator with a PhD in counseling, National Certified Counselor (NCC), National Certified School Counselor (NCSC), Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS), Distance Certified Counselor (DCC), Educational and Vocational Guidance Practitioner (EVGP), blogger at The Extraordinary School Counselor, a place where one can find information and resources for today's school counselor...with an occasional rant thrown in the mix!, andExtraordinary School Counseling, LLC which provides resume reviews for school counseling graduate students and school counseling professionals.

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Youth Light, Inc. Book Review: First Steps to Social Success: Teaching Children Critical Social Skiils



There are a lot of social skills books on the market today. So what makes this one different? Simplicity. Some of the best features of this book are it's ease of implementation and being easy to understand. This is a great book for newer school counselors or school counselors, who need to infuse a social skills program into their existing comprehensive school counseling program and have never done so before. Also, what makes this book great for students is that it allows you to either follow the program exactly as it was written or it can be easily modified if you need more or have less time to work with students; without losing its effectiveness. Lastly, it comes with a CD of reproducibles and lesson plans...which saves time for already busy school counselors!


First Steps to Social Success


Enjoy!


Tracy is a School Counseling Coordinator with a PhD in counseling, National Certified Counselor (NCC), National Certified School Counselor (NCSC), Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS), Distance Certified Counselor (DCC), Educational and Vocational Guidance Practitioner (EVGP), blogger at The Extraordinary School Counselor, a place where one can find information and resources for today's school counselor...with an occasional rant thrown in the mix!, andExtraordinary School Counseling, LLC which provides resume reviews for school counseling graduate students and school counseling professionals.

You can find Tracy on LinkedInGoogle+, and Twitter

Friday, July 10, 2015

Free Professional Development



It's summertime!!!!! Most school counselors have about 3 - 7 weeks left of vacation. If you are a planner, then you are thinking of what types of professional development you can complete during the summer or for the upcoming school year that will enhance your skills and meet your school district's/division's requirements. I love professional development! I love teaching it. I love participating in it. I love finding it! Lately, I have come to love webinars. Why? Because you can watch them at your leisure...be it on the beach, after the kids go to sleep, on the deck with a glass of wine or while traveling on the plane or train. While most live webinars provide a certificate after completion; most recorded webinars do not. So you may want to ask your school division or principal if you can write a 300 - 500 word summary on the webinar as proof that you participated in the activity. 

Nonetheless, you will want to take advantage of these FREE professional development opportunities...whenever and wherever you can!

Free Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum Training
(They have an elementary, middle and high school level)

Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute
(If you sign up for their emails, they will send you a free webinar every month with a certificate)

Suicide Prevention Resource Center
(After watching these videos, you can apply for CE credits)

National Federation of State High School Associations
(They have great free and pay webinars)

S.A.F.E. Alternatives
(Although this is for parents, school counselors can learn a lot as well)

GLSEN Education Webinars
(Be sure to click the link for the free research webinars, too)

Darkness to Light
(Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Training Online - $10)

National Center for Homeless Education
(Great videos on how to assist our homeless students)

Also, all of the counseling related organizations offer live and recorded webinars. Some are free for members or have a nominal fee. Non-members can watch for a cost. ASCA, CollegeBoard, ACA, ACT, NACAC and CSI have live and recorded webinars that can serve the professional development needs of school counselors.  Moreover, all of your school counseling organizations have annual conferences and some offer trainings throughout the year that can quench the thirst you may have for PD.

Today, one should NEVER have an excuse regarding the lack of professional development opportunities afforded to them.  If you employer cannot provide them for you, there is no reason you should not be able to provide them for yourself. Just be extraordinary! 

Enjoy!