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Hi Everyone, Hope you all had a wonderful July Fourth!  I moved to CT because I saw that there were many open positions here. And now that I’m here it’s been very difficult to even get an interview... it turns out School Counseling positions are being reserved for internal candidates only, but being advertised to everyone out there in the world.  If anyone knows anyone in CT, please let me know... or if have any tips and tricks you can share with me on how I can get my resume on the table. That would be great!!  Peace and love, Sofia
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Working hard to get a certificate and having that opportunity snatched for some reason is a pain a lot of people go through. If you have gone through this, you will agree that it’s depressing but know this, even smart people have a subject they can’t easily wrap their head around.  Even though this is true, you should try your utmost best to pass your certification exam. How can you do this? Get a Scope of the exam Knowing what you can look out for in an exam will help you understand the basics of what you should focus on during your study time. Most of the nationally recognized certification courses have information available online. If you ...
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It’s normal for your salary to change as you gain more experience. As your skills improve, you will get promoted and work on more important tasks. Unfortunately, there’s a chance you may not get the salary you deserve at certain companies. In this case, you should either look for a better job offer or negotiate for a higher salary. You shouldn’t fear losing your job or antagonizing your boss. In order to be successful in the professional world you will have to stand up for yourself. Know What You Want Before you do anything, you’ll have to know exactly the sum you’ll be satisfied with. Don’t get excited just because you’re getting a slight bump ...
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Join the (book) club!

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If you ask me, one of the best parts of being a school counselor is having the freedom to get creative with student interventions. There’s no denying that factors such as full schedules, limited resources, and high student-to-counselor ratios can influence service delivery, but choose to think outside the box despite potential barriers; with careful planning and willingness to endure some trial-and-error, you may be surprised at what you can make work! This year, I decided to try running a couple of book clubs with some of my upper elementary students. Using longer works of literature to teach and reinforce social skills has been a fun and challenging experience. ...
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Working as a virtual school counselor, the first question I was usually asked when I told people what I did was "How do you do that?"  And then the next was, "How did you find that job?"  I would love to tell people just how I did do what I do. My motto for virtual school counseling was that I can do what a traditional school counselor does, but I have to put a virtual spin on it. 1. Classroom guidance Yes, I did classroom guidance, just as you would in other school setting.  The difference was mine classes were done on the computer.  Me being in one place and my students being in various places all across the state.  The biggest thing was to be engaging, which ...
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E-cigarettes are becoming more and more popular as an alternative to smoking conventional tobacco cigarettes. They are believed to offer benefits to smokers who want to give up smoking. However, they also present some risks and unknowns, especially when it comes to teenage use. Here are some resources to help you understand more about vaping. What are e-cigarettes? E-cigarettes come in many forms. Some of them look like conventional cigarettes, cigars or pipes. Others look like large pens or USB sticks. Most of them consist of four different components: a cartridge or reservoir holding the e-liquid or e-juice, a heating element, a battery and a mouthpiece ...
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Hello.  Welcome to   Educator Empowerment: Self-Care, Wellness, & Inspiration for YOU !  I’m glad you are here.  I’ve been an educator and yoga teacher for over 18 years. My passion and mission in life is helping people discover how to commit to practices of radical self-care and wellness in our ever changing world.  On a daily basis, I have the privilege of  working with fantastic educators who give endlessly of their time and energy to others.   It is because of this, I have a special place in my heart for helping educators remember the importance of taking care of   themselves. Self-Care is   consciously   choosing   behaviors   that help ...
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My name is LaTraci Aldridge and I have been designated as the Virtual School Counseling SPIN Facilitator. A little background on why I choose this as a Special Interest. From 2013 until 2018 I worked at completely virtual school in the role that is similar to that a traditional school counselor in a brink and mortar school. Over those 5 years I learned a lot and became very interested in learning more about what a virtual school counselor looks like Are they different from traditional school counselors? Do they still follow the ASCA standards? I knew how I did what I did every day, but what about the other virtual school counselors? Currently, I am working on ...
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There are so many reasons for students to look to the Internet for resources in order to be as successful as possible. First and foremost, the Internet is free and accessible, so there is no reason why students should have lack of money as an excuse, considering technology has enabled it so that students have access to more knowledge than ever. The truth is that no matter the subject, or the way that you learn, there is a good chance that there are free guides and resources to help you succeed. Here, we examine some online resources for students to check out. Saylor There are plenty of companies that are happy to take your money and provide you ...
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Although adaptive learning is an idea that has been around for quite a while, originally developed by behaviorist B.F. Skinner during the 1950s, the introduction of technology that can help facilitate the process is something recent. Adaptive learning is essentially an online or computer-based educational system that changes the presentation of the material based on the performance of the student. The system gathers data on your knowledge and skills in order to determine which materials and tasks to present to you in order to learn more efficiently. The reason why adaptive learning is such a powerful process is that it allows students to focus on lessons and ...
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When you think of using bibliocounseling with students, what do you envision? A school counselor reading a story to a classroom full of students?  A student or a small group working through a guided workbook to tackle friendship challenges or build up confidence and self-esteem? Until taking on the role of bibliocounseling SPIN facilitator for ASCA, my own definition of how literature can be used in a comprehensive school counseling program was pretty limited. I assumed that reading books that were short enough to be squeezed into a classroom lesson or completing workbooks with a student or small group was about all that busy school counselors could handle. ...
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Worth a Thousand Words

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This month, one of my classroom lessons is on learning styles. The students complete a survey to determine their learning style, and then we brainstorm ways to use their learning style to study and absorb classroom material. With some students, I can predict what their learning style will be, such as the student whose results revealed she’s an auditory learner, after she read each survey item out loud and hummed to herself while choosing her answers! With others, the results are a total surprise. It’s a fun way to help students recognize that along with the responsibility of being accountable for their own learning, they have the freedom to get creative in ...
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Do you have a counseling intervention in your toolbox that just seems to work with your students, time and time again? You know what I’m talking about - that trick up your sleeve that catches their attention, gets them thinking, and leads to lightbulb moments? The one you excitedly share with other school counselors because you just know they’ll have success with it, too? I can think of a few interventions that I’ve grown to love and use when the time is right, but when it comes to using literature as a counseling tool, I’m all in, all year long. Two picture books in particular come to mind as examples of why bibliotherapy is such a powerful counseling ...
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A school’s guide to human trafficking The United Nations defines human trafficking as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons by improper means (such as force, abduction, fraud or coercion) for an improper purpose including forced labor or sexual exploitation. Human trafficking has no boundaries. It is not limited to third-world countries, and  an estimated 200,000 American children  are at risk for trafficking into the sex industry.  This happens to children all over America, in urban, suburban and rural areas alike. How do human traffickers find our children? The primary answer is the internet; they lurk on ...
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What educators need to know about ‘13 Reasons Why’ "13 Reasons Why" is a popular book and Netflix TV series that is stirring up a lot of emotion and conversation around suicide. However, in some instances, it is seen as a glamorization of suicide. I want to take a look at the events in the book and how can we as educators can speak to the young people we work with about this book and subject. I would first like to state that this book-turned-TV-series is a work of fiction. Yes, it deals with a real-life topic, but the book is not a historical account of an actual person's life. The main character of "13 Reasons Why" is Hannah Baker, a junior ...
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Sexual Orientation: taboo, unspoken, silenced. Although society, and some legal systems, is beginning to recognize and speak about the LGBTQ population, major gaps in understanding and support still exist, especially with students that are struggling to establish their self-concept and understand their role as a member of the LGBTQ community. School counselors are charged with the difficult task of communicating, advocating, and supporting these adolescents in both understanding their sexual identity and their career maturity. Both of these tasks are equally taxing on the adolescent when isolated; however, when that adolescent attempts to simultaneously navigate ...
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13 Reasons Why

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Hello Middle and High School Counselors,  Has anyone felt the need to address this Netflix series with their school/parents/kids? If so, how did you go about addressing it? Any tips or suggestions would be greatly appreciated it!
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GSA clubs are powerful tools that can transform schools – making them safer and more welcoming for LGBTQ youth, youth with LGBTQ parents, and straight allies. What is a GSA? A Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) is a student-run club, typically in a high school or middle school, which provides a safe place for students to meet, support each other, talk about issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, and work to end homophobia and transphobia. There are three typical functions of a GSA club: Support, Social, and Activist. GSAs Provide Support: Many GSAs function as a support group and provide safety and confidentiality to students ...
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It seems like we hear about large-scale tragedies on a daily basis — from someone tragically dying at the hands of the authorities to terrorism overseas. No one seems to be safe from news like this, including our students. We were once able to say that school is a safe place for our students, with people who care about them. It was their safe haven from everything on the outside. Well, it has been proven over and over again, that is not the case anymore as we see school violence and shootings on the rise nationwide. With a building full of both adults and students who feel less safe, how do we then provide some healing and strategies on how to deal ...
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A former colleague of mine (now retired) at South Philadelphia High School once compared working in an urban high school to being on a rescue ship that goes to the scene of a sunken ship with many kids in the water. "Some of them are really close to your boat, and it is easy to just reach down and put them in the boat with you. Some are farther away, and it takes little more effort to go and get them," Valarie Howard said. "Others are very far away and would take so much time and effort to get to that other closer kids would drown while you're taking time to save them. Sometimes you see something in the kids that are very far away from you, and you decide ...
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