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8 Blogs Every School Counselor Needs to Follow

I went ahead and did a little heavy lifting for you and listed 15 of my favorite school counseling blogs below (in no particular order). If you have a favorite blog that is not on the list – please add it to the comments at the end to help myself and the readers find all the good stuff. Enjoy!

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A Letter To Myself – What I Wish I Knew On Day One

Having recently returned from the 2017 ASCA National Conference in Denver, CO – I had a lot of learning, reflection, and networking on my mind. I got to meet and reconnect with both uber experienced veteran school counselors and school counselors just starting their journey into the profession. I still feel like a baby-faced newbie, but finishing year five – I feel like I have learned a LOT in that time. I decided I wanted to write a letter to myself that I wish I could have read on day 1 of the job. Check it out below and I hope you think about writing a letter to your future or past self.

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1 Simple Survey to Help Connect Students with Caring Adults

I want to share with you a step by step guide to creating a tool that we, at my school and other schools in my district, use a ton since we have had it implemented. I cannot take credit for the idea – a colleague in our district had the idea – but I cannot just sit on a great opportunity like this. School counselors know that relationships reign king (or queen) in our line of work. A number of indicators with research backing show that students who feel connected with at least one caring adult at school tend to fare much better. We wanted to capitalize on this fact, but need to know who is or is not connected and with what adults.

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Useful and Beautiful: A Simple Guide to School Counseling Websites

Hop on just about any school counseling department’s website and take a look around. 9 times out of 10 – the website looks like it is straight from the turn of the millennium. It also happens to be about as useful. Luckily for you – there are some really easy and FREE tools out there to make your school counseling websites both useful AND beautiful. Check out the video below to learn about how to quickly and easily setup a new website using Weebly.com.

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Pathways To College – Free Resources

Check out some awesome FREE resources for you high school counselors. A class at UCLA created a website that has a different theme for each month of the school year and it is geared towards an 11th or 12th grade class. They also created four posters that you can download below that are useful for helping show the standard process that seniors going through college or financial aid applications take. They are very well done! Enjoy and please share – they want these to be a resource and tool for anyone interested.

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The Way I Work: Jeff Ream – The Counseling Geek

I want to introduce you to a new recurring feature I plan on bringing to the blog. I am calling it “The Way I Work” and I plan to interview school counselors around the country and feature one every month or so. The focus of the interview is all about how they work, what gets them through their day and actually taking a look at their offices. I thought it would be only appropriate to model it myself – so for this post I will be highlighting how I work and showing you my office. If you are interested in being a part of this series or have a unique/fun/creative office or working style – I especially am interested in hearing and seeing it! Please check out the info at the bottom of this post to learn more about being featured. Hope you enjoy.

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Living In The Cloud: Google Team Drives

I wanted to share a pretty recent feature added to many Google Apps for Education users and districts. Most people are pretty well-aware of the power of Google Drive, but in the last few weeks they actually added some functionality to the platform. This comes in the form of Google Team Drives. The name itself is pretty intuitive and self-explanatory – it allows you the share a common Drive space with your team.

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ASCA Specialist Certificate Programs: A Review

Perusing Facebook and Twitter – I see more and more questions about the growing list of School Counselor Specialist Certificate programs offered by The American School Counselor Association’s ASCA U. Questions range from “is it worth the money and time” to “how much did you learn from the program” – I will aim to answer both about the two I have completed and the one I am delving into in a few months.

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Beg, Borrow and Steal: Form Dump

We like avoiding having to recreate the wheel. In this beg, borrow and steal – grab a bunch of useful forms that you can take and tweak for your school.

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Top of 2016: My Favorite Posts of the Year

I don’t know about you, but 2016 was a challenging, fun and overall – great year for me. I had to miss ASCA 2016, but had my son Joel which is a good excuse! The School Counselor Community Scholarship continues to grow each year – we are looking forward to awarding the funds to the applicants in the coming months. Plus I am still having fun (and finding time) to blog about once or twice a month. I love getting to learn with everyone.

I always like to look back at the end of each year and pick my favorite posts. This year – I am picking 3. Check out my Top of 2016 posts below. Happy Holidays from The Counseling Geek and family!

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