The Road to Naviance – Hitting Our Stride in Year 2

The Road to Naviance – Hitting Our Stride in Year 2

A three year review of Naviance Family Connection From a high school counselor perspective As we move into April, I figured it is about time to update a popular series of posts that I called The Road to Naviance. My district started down this road about three years ago (two of those in implementation) with initial grant funding, a lot of planning, and a gradual roll-out. It has been quite the journey through the years so far, but the journey…

The Road to Naviance – A One Year Review

The Road to Naviance – A One Year Review

Take a journey with me through the first year of Naviance implementation. This is an update to a series of posts I wrote almost a year ago about my Road to Naviance which are linked to here if you would like to read it for some context. I hope to share some of the cool things that Family Connection has allowed us to do and some things I feel could be improved or better implemented through other means. Short history – when I came to my…

The Road to Naviance – Part 2: Getting the ball rolling

The Road to Naviance – Part 2: Getting the ball rolling

Welcome to the second part of my trek to integrate Naviance (@Naviance) into my counseling curriculum. You can find the first post of the series here. Since my last post, I have had a few new things come up while building my case for bringing Naviance to my school. I met with my principal and registrar a few weeks ago and had a good discussion with them laying out the great features that Naviance offers. They were both supportive and…

The Road to Naviance – Part 1: Where to start

The Road to Naviance – Part 1: Where to start

As a techie Counselor, I naturally was drawn to the software suite that is NavianceNaviance is a well rounded package that allows school officials, counselors, students, and parents to research, plan, and proceed to apply to colleges around the globe. I knew when I started that I wanted to try to get Naviance into my new school. I needed to know where to get started in making that happen. I used the contact option on Naviance’s…

The Road to Naviance: Part 3 – Training

The Road to Naviance: Part 3 – Training

This is part three of an unknown number of posts revolving around the obtaining, implementing, and utilization of Naviance. You can find the first post and second post by clicking on these links. Tomorrow, we are having our “site manager” training. In the past few weeks there has been two other trainings – one being an introductory phone conference with our coordinators and the other a webinar based walk-through with all the…

Building A Better School Counseling Blog Series: The First Steps

Building A Better School Counseling Blog Series: The First Steps

So you want to take your blog to the next level… You have had a school counseling blog for some time now – or perhaps you took the advice of some of the presentations at #ASCA14 and have started down that road recently. Either way, you will reach a point when it is time to expand, grow, and work with more scalability. As a beginner – you too could use these tips, but it will most likely take some investment on your part (both…

The Geekly Update: Why so quiet, you ask?

The Geekly Update: Why so quiet, you ask?

If you have been paying attention, I have not posted anything since the 8th of August — which is a long time in the blogosphere. I have many ideas brewing and another interview I would like to get setup in the coming month, but I wanted to give you a very short update as to why such a long silence from me. I recently moved and started a new job in the Lake Tahoe area as the high school counselor at a small high school. We moved…

Free School Counseling Group Curriculum – Academic Success Groups

Free School Counseling Group Curriculum – Academic Success Groups

Helping Students Change Directions After several requests – I decided to post a curriculum I patched together at work to the The Counseling Geek. At the beginning of the school year, following ASCA 2015, I made a personal goal to run some groups this year. One of our major school wide goals was to decrease the D and F list (and thereby help to improve the number of students meeting the CSU/UC A-G Requirements) so my group is designed to…

10 Insanely Easy Ways to Infuse Technology in Your School Counseling Program

10 Insanely Easy Ways to Infuse Technology in Your School Counseling Program

…Learn about 10 insanely easy ways to start infusing technology within your active school counseling program. This is not starting a fad diet, telling you to stop what you are doing that works or that you have to give up your paper and pencil calendar cold turkey. Each of these tips can be taken and started where ever your comfort level lies on the technology continuum….

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