Tuesday, September 12, 2017

School Counselor Resources for Displaced Students

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Today is my second day out of school due to Hurricane Irma.  I am looking outside my window and I see fallen limbs and basketball goals, broken fences, and damaged roofs.  Needless to say...we were very fortunate.  Although many of my neighbors still lack electricity (my daughter has been out of power for two days), our part of the state really dodged extensive damage.  Unfortunately, there are many families who lost their homes due to either the direct or indirect results of the hurricane.  Not only is there the recent destruction by Irma in the Southeast, but there is the lingering devastation left by Harvey and the impending uncertainty of Hurricane Jose.  The 2017 hurricane season is definitely making itself known in the Caribbean and US!

Out of the ruins of these devastating storms, there are always the victims. Often people who are taken out of their everyday routines desire a sense of normalcy.  Fortunately, school can be that place of safety and peace for students who have experienced a disaster or traumatic event like a hurricane.  As school counselors, you may see an influx of students coming from other regions of the country who have been displaced by a major storm. It is important to have resources to deal with students' needs from trauma.  Dr. Robin Gorwitch reported in an ASCA Webinar from 2011 that students who experience trauma could face the following impacts on learning:
  • Decreased lQ and reading ability;
  • Lower grade point average;
  • Higher absenteeism;
  • Decreased rates in graduation;
  • Higher rates of expulsion
To combat the negative impact on learning and the other effects of natural disasters, there are many resources that are available for review when you may be unsure of how to deal with displaced students.  Below, I have provided a list of resources that will give you guidance on how to speak to students experiencing trauma, how to ensure the educational rights of homeless students, and conducting activities for students who have experienced natural disasters. In addition, there are several upcoming webinars available that will provide additional information for educators regarding homelessness.


School Crisis Center - Provides free resources for school counselors from responding to terrorist attacks to suicide. Also includes notification templates for schools.

Tips for Speaking to Students Who Experience Disaster

Resources for Students Experiencing Disasters

Tips for Talking With and Helping Students and Youth Cope after a Disaster or Traumatic Event

Helping Children After a Natural Disaster: Information for Families and Educators

American School Counselor Association: Helping Students after a Hurricane

Teacher Guidelines for Helping Students after a Hurricane

Guidelines for Schools Working with Displaced Students

Meeting the Educational Needs of Students Displaced by Disasters

Supporting the Education of Unaccompanied Students Experiencing Homelessness

What School Administrators Need to Know About the Educational Rights of Children and Youth Displaced by Disasters

When Legal Guardians are not Present: Enrolling Students on Their Own

Enrolling Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness in School

What is a Local Homeless Education Liaison?

Who is Homeless?

Summary of the McKinney-Vento Act of 2001

Information for Parents 

After the Storm: Information for Parents on How Schools Can Help After a Disaster

Psychological First Aid Training for Teachers

Psychological First Aid Training (checklist for teachers to identify students who are at-risk and need a referral)

Webinars for Educators

Supporting the Education of Unaccompanied Homeless Students Under ESSA

Understanding Doubling Up

Paving the Way to College for Students Experiencing Homelessness

Student Activities

Simple Activities for Children and Adolescents

Other Posts from For High School Counselors about Homeless Students

Helping Homeless Teens when the Couch is their Home

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Suicide Awareness for School Counselors

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

This is an archived post from 2015, but I think it is very relevant for 2017.  This post covers some resources and information for planning suicide awareness activities in your school.

If you have ever had a student to complete suicide, you never forget it.  You always think about what you could have said or done differently to change his or her mind.  The thought that bothers me  the most is that suicide is a preventable death.  The problem is that the topic is often considered taboo in the majority of schools. Wanting to know more, I decided to join our local suicide coalition to find training and resources to break down the stigma that exists in my community around suicide.  Since joining our coalition, I have learned a lot about the signs of suicide, how to speak to parents about an attempt, and what resources to offer our parents and teachers. Thankfully, my confidence has increased and I even train other educators about suicide prevention!

School counselors are often expected to be the school expert in suicide awareness and prevention; however,  many of my colleagues, including myself, are often petrified when we hear the word.  In my humble opinion, I believe that our fear comes from our lack of training, ignorance about protocols, and unfamiliarity with helpful resources.  Since September is Suicide Prevention Month, I wanted to share some resources, training, and helpful information.

13 Reasons Why: How School Counselors Can Help

13 Reasons Why Response for Education (National Association for School Psychologist)

13 Reasons Why Talking Points

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention 

Ask for Help Cards 

100 Ways to Make It Through the Next Five Minutes 

Bullying and Suicide 

Center for Suicide Prevention - Tattered Teddies Handbook 

Depression and Suicide 

Gay and Suicidal 

Guidance of Students Returning to School After a Suicide Related Absence 

Lifeline Suicide Prevention E-Cards 

Lifeline Trilogy

Memorials After a Suicide  

Mental Health First Aid

More Than Sad 

My3app - Suicide Prevention App

National Suicide Prevention Week Ideas

Not My Kid - Video for parents

Prevent the Attempt  - What to say if your organization has an online presence.  

Preventing Suicide A Toolkit for High Schools

Question, Persuade, Refer - Gatekeeper training.

School Suicide Prevention Accreditation

Signs of Suicide  - Secondary Suicide Prevention Program.

Sources of Strength  - School program to prevent suicide.

Substance Use and Suicide Prevention 

Suicide Awareness Poster 

Suicide Isn't About Wanting to Die 

Suicide Help Card 

Suicide Prevention Among LGBT Youth  

Suicide Prevention Resource Center 

Suicide Prevention Guide for Teachers 

Suicide Prevention Primer 

Suicide Shouldn't Be a Secret 

2013 State Suicide Stats 

Suicidal Warning Signs 

Talking About Suicide With LGBTQ Populations 

Teens Reaction to the Anniversary Date of a Peers Death 

Teen Suicide - Facts and Information for Canadian Educators 

Trevor Project  - Resources for LGBTQ teens.

World Suicide Awareness Day  

Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention 

Youth Suicide Webinars


Source: Sources of Strength

Past Blog posts from For High School Counselors Regarding Suicide Awareness

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

50 College Resources for High School Counselors!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

If you are like me, you are always compiling college resources for parents and students. So, I decided to put a list of some of the most popular college resources (these were found on many sites frequented by school counselors) that you may be interested in using.  Please know this is not an exhaustive list and if you have additional resources, PLEASE feel free to share!  



10 Things Know About the New FAFSA Changes- Article written by The College Solution.

Accepted to College - Provides financial aid planning to students.

ACT College Planning Guide

Advising Undocumented Students - Need help advising undocumented students?  Get the help you need from this College Board Guide.

Better Make Room - Foundation created by Michelle Obama that provides resources for your own college signing day.

Big Future - Resource to assist students in finding, paying, and planning for college.

Cappex - Assist students in finding scholarships that match their interests.

College Application Timeline - Specially targets seniors.

College Board - Downloaded resources for school counselors.

College Board - College planning checklist for students.

College Bound - Great information for students about the college experience.

College Choice - Great resource for school counselors that includes college rankings, paying for college, college scholarships, becoming a successful applicant, and lots more.

College Explorer - high school senior checklist for students.

College Fee Waivers - Site that allows students to search for colleges with fee waivers.

College Grazing - Free lessons plans on college readiness for students in grades 9-12.

College Handbook

College Planning Resources for the College Bound Teen - A massive list of college planning resources for students (too many to count!)

College Raptor - Resources for school counselors.

College Tours - Website that hosts virtual tours for students and parents.

College Week Live - Free resource to assist high school students in connecting with college admissions.

Common App Training 

E-Campus Tours - Provides virtual tours of college campuses.

Education Planner - Free resource to help students learn about and explore careers.

Fast Web - Provides financial aid information for students and families.

Go College - Free resources for students and parents regarding college.

I'm First - Resource supporting first generation college students.

Khan Academy - Free test prep for the SAT and ACT.

Know How 2 Go - Website that encourages students and veterans to  prepare for postsecondary options.

Link Magazine - Resource contains handouts, college information, net price calculator, and much more!

MAPP - Free career assessment for students.

Mapping Your Future - Offers advice for high school students of all ages who want to go to college.

My Majors - Help students find college majors that are right for them.

National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth -Resources for working with homeless and foster students.

National College Fairs - Free college fairs around the US that help students to meet and talk to college recruiters.

NACAC College Resource - Information for parents and students when searching for colleges.

Next Step - Great resource for college and financial aid searches.

NOSCA Counselor's Guide to College Competency

Number 2 - Free test prep resources for the SAT and ACT.

Pathway to College  - Free Resource shared by The Counseling Geek.

QuestBridge - Resource helping students to prepare, apply, and pay for college.

School Counseling and Post Secondary Success

Think About It Campus Clarity   - Preparing new college students for risky situations in college.

Tips for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Who Are You  - Free toolkit that uses group exercises and a short film to educate young people about the prevention of sexual violence and ethical decision making.

Blogs Focused on College 

Chegg Play - Blog for students about college.  Check out the blog on Surviving Life in the Dorm.

Counselor's Corner - High School counselor Patrick O'Connor's blog contains great information for high school counselors and high school students.

Counselor Traci -  Great blog about college resources by college counselor and instructor, Traci Brown.  This blog gets an A for its creativity and information for school counselors.

High School Counselor Week - High school blog featuring weekly stories, facts, trends and other information for school counselors in each region of the US.  School counselors are able to sign up for a weekly newsletter from his or her region of the US.

The College Solution - Although this blog is not written by a high school counselor or educator, it is definitely worth your time to look at this site by Lynn O’Shaughnessy.  She is a former news reporter who writes about "all things college" from financial aid, party schools, standardized testing, and much more!


Boston, MA

Other Blog Posts from For High School Counselors

College, I Choose You!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Coming Soon: #SCCHAT!

Friday, August 18, 2017

If you are a technology professional or novice, YOU must consider joining #SCCHAT on Twitter.

What is #SCCHAT?

School Counselor Tweet Chat or #SCCHAT began as a collaboration on Twitter between School Counselor Blog and Scope in 2011. 

What is a Twitter Chat?

Well, first you have to be on Twitter to participate in a chat.  Next, you follow a conversation of participants who answer questions posed by the moderator using a common hash tag.  

How to Participate?

It is imperative that you sign up for a Twitter account. Once you sign up  for Twitter, it is highly suggested that you sign up for a Twitter conversation management platform like: Tweet Chat, Tweet Deck, or Hoot Suite

I could continue to ramble on, but Danielle Schultz, author of the School Counselor Blog, has put together a great post on how to create, log in, and follow a Twitter Chat.  So, now I will turn it over to Danielle.

When Can I Join?

Here is the upcoming schedule for the 2017-18 #SCCHAT schedule posted by Laura Ross.   
September 6th Topic 

Want to see past topics?  

Check out this past schedule from 2011-2015. 

Here is an additional chat to follow that focuses on our elementary school counselor colleagues. 


Also, check out past chats hosted by yours truly!!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

How School Counselors Can Protect Their Work Reputation

Sunday, August 13, 2017

The beginning of school is always so frantic!  If you are a high school counselor, you are quite aware that the first two weeks of school are dedicated to nothing but SCHEDULE CHANGES....urggghhhh!!! Although, I am not directly changing schedules these days (I am working with our virtual school and the home school counselors take care of that task for me...bless them!), I am flooded with questions about changing classes all the time.  So, it was no surprise that I had copious students and parents calling about their classes not being changed from a face to face to virtual class.  One day last week, a student and parent walked into my office unannounced (nothing unusual) and wanted to know if I could help them with their schedule that did not involve going into a virtual course.  Politely, I asked them if they had seen their counselor as I didn't want to give them incorrect information.  Quickly, the student chimes, "First, I cannot get into see him/her and when I do he/she dismisses me like I am unimportant. My friend told me that you may could help me because her sister had you as her school counselor."  Although I felt honored with the referral, it made me  sad to think that one of my colleagues could have just waved off a student to the point that he/she jumped into the car and drove across town to meet a person based on another student's referral.  Now, I don't know if what the student was telling me was totally true, but I do believe there could be some truth to the story.  First of all, it is scheduling season and who really has time to answer a million questions when schedules have to be completed.  Second, I am sure that the student and parent descended on the counselor like locust and he or she may not have been in the best position to meet with them at that moment.  Now here is the sad reality, the student and parent will quickly announce how unhelpful the counselor was to them and it will probably spread like wildfire.  Unfortunately, this type of news spreads whether we like it to or not and it can be difficult to defend yourself against that type of insult. Since I am aware of the game (whether the story was true or not), I insisted the student and parent make an appointment with the counselor to make sure the information I shared with them was appropriate and I emphasized that I would personally reach out to the counselor to let him/her know that I spoke to them.  The last thing I need is to get into personal feud with a colleague!

Now to the point of this blog. This whole situation had me thinking about my own reputation.  How many times had people gone behind my back to speak to another counselor and gotten information that may have been erroneous? How many times had a colleague innocently or intentionally joined in insulting my professionalism?  With all those thoughts in my head, I decided to write a post about our reputations as school counselors and how important it is to protect our professional integrity!

What is your work reputation?  Typically this is not a question school counselors ask themselves on a regular basis.  However, in the business world, professionals are always evaluating their effectiveness by looking at their reputation.  What exactly is your reputation?  

Simply put...reputation is your actions + what others say about you = your reputation.

Although I am not a proponent of worrying about every little comment I hear about myself, I do get concerned if the feedback I receive on a regular basis is not helpful to my students or school community.

If you want to damage your reputation as a school counselor, there are some work habits you can maintain to accomplish this status.  In fact, Forbes Magazine outlines seven ways you can hurt yourself at work and gain a reputation that may follow you for years (I am only going to give you six).

Habit 1: Make excuses for not doing what you promised to do for a parent, student, or colleague. Making excuses may show your lack of consistency and willingness to help.

Habit 2: Miss important deadlines for students, parents, and colleagues.  This includes missing important deadlines for college applications, recommendation letters, documentation for meetings, and even failure to show up to meetings.

Habit 3: Be consistently unprepared for meetings or with the knowledge you need to deal with certain situations.  This may result from a lack of training, lack of skills, disorganization, or just being passive.

Habit 4: Be unresponsive to parents and students by failing to answer emails and voice mails in a timely manner.

Habit 5: Affirm your faults to others by complaining about your school, your lack of resources, or how you just can't do your job because of others.

Habit 6: Be defensive when others give you negative feedback. 

Source: Seven Ways to Ruin Your Professional Reputation

If you find yourself in a situation where you may not have the reputation you desire, it is not too late to change it.  In fact, here are some suggestions of how you can change!

1. Do what you say you'll do...It is important to always follow through on a commitment.  If you cannot do it, let that person know.  Unfortunately, I tend to be a "yes" person and I have to be careful that I do not over commit to making promising I cannot keep.  So, if your voicemail says you will call someone back in 24 hours - do it.  If this is not realistic, then change that voice mail to a time that meets your hectic work schedule.  If you cannot reply to an email in a timely manner, set a automatic response with a projected response.  If you are going to out of  your office for a extended period of time, but have a flexible drop in policy, put a sign on your door.  These are very simple things that you do that you save you and your students/parents a lot of frustration. 

2. Go out of your way to help others reach their goals...This can be as simple as mentoring a new counselor or teacher, helping a student who lacks the needed resources to apply to college (I have paid a many a college application fee for students), attending a extracurricular event to support a student, or just LISTENING to someone who needs an extra ear

3. Make other people look good...As counselors we have the opportunity to make others shine.  I think this especially goes for our colleagues and administrators.  Often, we have meetings with parents and students that quickly become a bash down of a teacher, assistant principal, parapro. social  worker...well you get the picture.  It is important that we do not get caught up in  the negative conversation in order to be liked or accepted.  When I meet with parents and students about a teacher, I never talk about the person. My first rule that I lay down is we are here to speak about the issue and not the person.  If you can apply this in your parent/student conferences, this will not only build trust with your staff, but it promotes respect from your parents as well.

4. Go a step beyond what is expected...I know many of you do this already...good for you! However, believe or not, I have spoken to many counselors who make it quite clear that they are going to put in their eight hours or say, "that is not part of my job."  I am not saying you should overextend yourself or wear yourself out, but going the extra mile from time to time makes a difference.  I have seen some incredible ideas from other school counselors when it comes to collegiality.  Some examples include:  hosting Welcome Back to School socials for their staff and new teachers; recognizing and appreciating staff during National School Counselor Week; hosting a counselor coffee for parents;  helping out a colleague or student in need; visiting a parent after the death of a student; and taking food to a family after the loss of their home.

5. Look the part...For the love of all that is holy, dress professional.  Looking professional says a lot about you and your confidence level. Also, consider buying some counselor swag.  Jeff Ream, Danielle Schultz and Carol Miller have some great swag on their websites you can buy which also goes to supporting the School Counselor Community Scholarship

6.  Consider your body language...Non-verbal communication is 55% of communication (according to Albert Mehrabian). As school counselors,  it is important to know that we have the power to make or break our students just by how we react to them nonverbally.  I feel that it is important for us to take care of ourselves emotionally and physically so that we have the strength to deal with our students in a kind and compassionate manner.  Check out my post on End of the Year Tips for the Overworked School Counselor for more tips.

7. Be consistent...It is important to do your best for your "awesome" students and parents and "salty" students and parents. Okay, I am going to admit it...this is not easy for me.  I have some real winners and it doesn't help that I have an avoidant personality.  However, I am a big believer in sowing goodness in others even if I never see the results. 

8.  Act with integrity...I can't overemphasize this enough.   As a school counselor, you are the heart of the school.  If you cannot be trusted to keep information confidential, act in the best interest of students, or follow your ethical code then "Houston we have a problem!"  It really bothers me when professionals are not so professional.  Also, I wrote about working with not so professional counseling colleagues that you may enjoy (I hope).  

The Enemy Within Killjoys in Your Department

I hope this post resonates with you and that you will not grow weary in doing the right thing even if it seems you are not appreciated.  Believe me,  you make difference!!! I want to leave you with this article from Education World on the what makes school counselors so effective. 

See you next time!!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

ASCA17 From My Couch...Again

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Yes, I am sad to say that I missed #ASCA17 again this year (unfortunately, I can only afford one conference per year and ASCA did not fit in my budget).  So, I vicariously attended the ASCA
I wanted to ride the bus!!
Conference through the tweets, posts, and pictures of school counselors who attended from around the country.  Through social media, I could feel the excitement and the positive connections made at the conference. So being at home as a stalker, I decide that I wanted to share the highlights with other school counselors who were not able to attend the conference (aka #notatasca17).

Highlight #1: Motivational Speakers

#ASCA17 was not short on motivational speakers!!

Astronaut Mark Kelly started the ASCA Conference and lit up Twitter!

Carol Dweck presented great information on Mindsets.

Probably the most talked about speaker was Dr. Calvin Mackie and his encouragement for school counselors!

Highlight #2: Most Talked About Presentations!

Okay, there is no way I can include every great presentation, but I wanted to include those that had the most frequent posts on social media by school counselors at #ASCA17.  Some of the most mentioned topics on social media included Mindfulness, Mindsets, suicide awareness, and technology.

Katrice Grant: Keep Calm and Implement Mindfulness in Your School

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is "maintaining a present-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, body sensations, or surrounding environment."

Benefits of Mindfulness:

Lowers stress
Improves impulse control
Improves focus and concentration
Increases self awareness
Develops empathy
Improves sleep
Improves ability to manage emotions

Want to know how mindfulness impacts the brain?  Go to this link for more information!

How to Bring Mindfulness to Your School Community?  According to Katrice there are four steps:

1.  You must become familiar with mindfulness by practicing it.
2.  Become trained in delivering mindfulness to others.
3.  Bring mindfulness into your sessions with students.
4.  Adopt a classroom and deliver as a lesson.

How to Become Skilled in Mindfulness?

The steps in becoming trained in mindfulness include taking a 12 week long training in two courses. These courses include:
  • Mindfulness Fundamentals (6 weeks)
  • Mindful Educator Essentials (6 weeks)
How to incorporate Mindfulness.  See the Mindfulness Action Plan below.
Mindfulness Action Plan

Additional Resources for Training:

Personal Practice (Free resources)
Headspace (free 10 day introduction)

Training Programs:

Videos for Introducing Mindfulness to Teens

Summer Perhay Kuba: Mindset Matters: Growing Young Minds

Summer introduces the differences between a fixed and growth mindset in her presentation.  What are these differences?

Fixed Mindset: This is the belief that intelligence, personality, and characteristics of a person are static.

Growth Mindset: This is the belief that intelligence, personality, and characteristics of a person can be continuously developed.

Kuba presented information on how students with a fixed mindset differ from students with a growth mindset.

Mindset Resources:

You Can Grow Your Intelligence

Jenny Cureton, Diane Stutey, and Janessa Henniger:  School Suicide Training

There were several presentations on self harm and suicide.  This presentation contained important federal and ASCA guidelines, school faculty training, and resources.

13 Reasons Why: How School Counselors Can Help

Model School Prevention on Suicide

Suicide Prevention Statutes Schools

Julia Taylor and Erin O'Malley: Suicide, Self-Harm, & Social Media: Helping Students Ask for Help

This presentation covered the ASCA Ethical Standards regarding suicide which includes:
  • Informing parents when there is a potential risk;
  • Consultation with other professionals;
  • Contact appropriate authorities.
In addition, the presenters covered media attention on suicide and the statistics on adolescent suicide.

Following information about statistics and the idea of contagion, the presenters covered barriers for students when asking for help.  These barriers include:

  • Feelings of hopelessness;
  • Many don't know what is wrong;
  • Fear of not being helped;
  • Stigma by others;
  • Previous negative experiences when reaching out;
  • Fear of not being believed;
  • Lack of trusted adults;
  • Lack of confidentiality;
  • Fear of consequences.
Last, Taylor and O'Malley covered what school counselors can do for suicide prevention/intervention. Some suggestions were:
  • Staff education
  • Awareness campaigns

Angela Cleveland: School  Counselor Technology Toolbox

Angela gave school counselors a tutorial on how technology can enhance a school counselor's job.

Technology Tool #1: Twitter

Angela covered the basics from using a hashtag to school counselors to follow on Twitter.  She added informed school counselors about Twitter Chats like:

#SCCHAT-1st Wednesday of each month @ 8 PM.
#PSYCHAT-Every Monday @ 9 PM.  I am going to start attending this one!!

Technology Tool #2: Pinterest

Angela introduced school counselor to other school counselors with amazing boards.

Technology Tool #3: Doodle

This is a calendar program that makes scheduling easy!

Technology Tool #4: Powtoon

Angela reviewed how to make a cartoon presentation with this tool.

Technology Tool #5: Social Media Groups

Angela introduced school counselors to the various groups on social media.

Want to see more of her presentation?  Angela has shared it on her website.

Nicohl Shelton Webb: Hype Your School Counseling Program With Tech-Savvy Tools

Technology Tool #1: Emaze

Emaze is an alternate form of presenting information that rivals power point.

Technology Tool #2: QR Codes

Go to website to present your information to your audience then download your code.

Technology Tool #3: Edpuzzle

Edpuzzle is a site that allows you to select a video and to customize it.

Technology Tool #4: Blendspace

Blendspace is a site that allows you to create digital lessons.

Technology Tool #5: Smore

Smore is a great site for creating and sharing newsletters, events, and information.

Technology Tool #6: Blogs

Here is a list of Nichol's favorite blogs (she included mine!)


Samantha Latham, Kloe Rosso, Regan Estess, and Jennifer Curry: Using Pop Culture References to Engage Students in Career and College Readiness Development

Using Gottfredson's Theory of Circumscription and Compromise (Linda Gottfredson, 1981), the presenters discussed how this theory relates to the stages of childhood development.

For high school students, the presenters referenced the movies as Divergent, Hunger Games, and The Help.

Highlight #3: Great Quotes from #ASCA17 and #notatASCA17


Amy Egizil: "Don't confuse my passion with anger. Passion contains an unspeakable hope." Calvin Mackie-one of my new heroes

Counselor Carey: What if we gave grades of "not yet" instead of F's.

Donna Clark: Instead of asking "what's wrong with you" ask "what happened to you." A better way to support students with life trauma

Elizabeth Bostick: "Your work will change lives yet unborn!" Calvin Mackie

Franciene Sabens: Counselors greeting students in the morning & when they leave makes a huge impact.

Franciene Sabens: There is never a reason to not communicate w/ those you work with. Timely & accurate communication

Jeannie Maddox: "I think following virtually gets better each year. The willingness to share is what makes our community so awesome." Dr. Mackie

Julie Baumgart: "Fail = Not Yet" Carol Dweck

Laura Ross: "It matters to students if you know their name!" -Sylinda Banks


Connie Ward Johnson: I think following virtually gets better each year. The willingness to share is what makes our community so awesome.

Erin Mason: I love that people like feel the pain of those of us not there and work so hard to share virtually!

Erin Mason: Let's just call it what it is, a school counseling mutual admiration society!

Chris Belser: My is strong after seeing all of the posts and pics from Denver. Have fun, everyone!

Liz Vohar:  Was in the car answering questions! Home 4 some champagne to celebrate 9 years of marriage! TY for the convo tonight!

Melissa Arrigotti: Counselors are uniquely qualified to give our kids the hope they need to change the world.

Highlight #4: Big Announcements From ASCA

  • School counselors at a #RAMP school get free ASCA membership while at a school with current RAMP status.
  • Car give away!! The winner of the refurbished Mazda RX-8 was Sarah Crist of Charlotte - Mecklenburg Schools in N.C.

  • School Counseling Community Scholarship

Here is a promo for school counselors to see if you would like to contribute or apply!

Highlight #5: Missed #ASCA17?  Keep up by viewing these resources!

Social Media Highlights from #ASCA17-https://www.hashatit.com/hashtags/ASCA17

Notes from #ASCA17 shared by Jeff Ream-ASCA17 Notes

Other Resources:

After Suicide Toolkit Schools

Conversation Starters

Evidence Based School Counselor Conference

North Tahoe High School :College and Career Counseling Resources

Student/Career Profile Flipbook

Highlight #6: #NotatASCA17 Chat

I was honored to co-host the #NotatASCA Chat with Dr.  Erin Mason.  See the transcript below!

Highlight #7: #ASCA18!  

Goodbye Denver and hello Los Angeles for ASCA18!

Goodbye School Counselors!

Theme: Reach for the Stars!

Never attended an ASCA Conference?  It is never too late to start making preparations!  Check out these blog posts for attending the ASCA Conference in Los Angeles.

5 Tips for ASCA First Timer -Counselor Clique
Five More ASCA Tips for the Noob- Jeff Ream

Highlight #8: Making Connections After the Conference Through Social Media 

Just because ASCA is over doesn't mean you can't keep the conversation going!


Hope (fingers crossed) to see you in Los Angeles!!