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.
Ever feel like you don’t fit the school counseling “mold”? I get you! To best help our students and schools – we need to understand ourselves.
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.
How a bi-weekly meeting helps support our most at-promise students.
Everyone loves getting mail – get mail with FREE SWAG from colleges with these simple tips. #ReachHigher and create or foster that college going culture at your site!
Interviews in education are a necessary evil, but by positioning yourself well – you can land your dream school counseling job! Learn more here.
Use a mobile device? Check out a list of 5 top mobile apps that I like to use on a regular basis as a school counselor.
If you are like most school counselors… …your space is at a premium. Your office is small, desk is cramped and sometimes you feel like a squirrel in the fall trying to pack all your papers somewhere that you can find before the end of the next decade. Me too.
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.
Using your time wisely.
A major component and influential piece of advocating effectively for your school counseling program and kids is showing how and where your time is spent. There are a few different ways that I know people track there time – from Google Drive Forms, School Counselor Central, and SCUTA Pro to old school pen and paper – I use a free and, what I see as, user-friendly tool called EzAnalyze TimeTracker.