School counselors help students in ways that are not always immediately visible. They guide students at all academic levels towards college and career readiness while encouraging them to achieve school success and plan for the future. Sometimes, they are called upon to act as mediators for conflict resolution involving students, parents and even teachers.
To recognize their positive impact, National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), will be celebrated from February 6-10, 2017. ASCA’s aim is to “focus public attention on the unique contributions of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems” and how students benefit from their hard work. The theme for this year is “Helping Students Realize Their Potential.” And so, to highlight those who are doing just that – while inspiring others in the field – we bring you some of the best school counselor blogs.
- Entirely Elementary…School Counseling –Created by an urban elementary school counselor with more than 18 years of experience, those in counseling jobs can discover ideas, tips and enthusiasm (all part of the blog’s header tag). A cheerful design and plenty of useful resources will keep you engaged and get you inspired. The quick tip section offers cool solutions to common situations encountered on the job. The blog’s section titled “It Stuck With Me” stuck with us, as it is a great resource for articles, social media posts, videos and more with particular meaning to the author—and likely other counselors, as well. Visit http://entirelyelementary.blogspot.com/.
- The Middle School Counselor – This NY-based counselor with more than 20 years of experience has worked with children in both elementary and middle school. Throughout her career, she has organized School Counseling Conferences for TACA and regularly presents at these conferences on College Admissions, Best School Counseling Programs, and Sharing Counseling Resources. Her blog focuses heavily on goal setting. There are also two specific programs available here that are definitely worth checking out. One is called “Building Champions” which is geared towards helping upper-elementary/middle school boys become better classmates, friends and citizens. The other is the “StarBound” program designed to help girls develop healthy relationships, enhance their communication skills and discover that they can make a positive difference in the world. Plenty of testimonials provide relevant commentary on both StarBound and Building Champions. Visit http://www.themiddleschoolcounselor.com/.
- For High School Counselors – Cindy Morton has been a professional school counselor for 14 years and uses her blog to share information and resources with colleagues. She holds a doctorate in Teacher Leadership and focuses on training students and adults in conflict resolution education and peer helping skills. Interestingly enough, Morton devotes quite a bit of real estate to highlighting other blogs and why she finds them valuable. In addition, you’ll find information on peer mediation, LiveBinder tools and much more. Visit http://forhighschoolcounselors.blogspot.com/p/high-school-counselor-websites.html
- The School Counselor Kind – Kayla Marston is a Maine-based Elementary School Counselor and the brains behind The School Counselor Kind. This blog is broken down into categories that cover everything from behavior to anxiety to goal-setting to mindfulness to friendship and more! A list of books related to the counseling field can help you select what is relevant to your students. Marston also has a link to her YouTube channel with videos that cover various discussion topics. Visit https://theschoolcounselorkind.wordpress.com/.
- The Extraordinary School Counselor – The Extraordinary School Counselor is run by an industry professional with 20 years of experience currently working as supervisor for one of the Big Five school districts in New York. The site is full of resources that those in school counseling jobs can rely on throughout the year, including college/career resources, Bullying Prevention information, resources for Military families and more. Plus, there are book reviews for some great-sounding titles that cover tools and techniques for K-12 themes and social success. Visit http://extraordinaryschcounselor.blogspot.com/.
Do you have a favorite school counseling blog that we didn’t mention this time around? Share it here along with what your school or organization is doing to celebrate National School Counselor Week!