Optimize school counselors and raise your school's cultural competence

The authors make a compelling case for recognizing professional school counselors as leaders of 21st-century change rather than “gatekeepers” of the status quo. Today's school leaders need to acknowledge counselors' value in the necessary work of providing equitable resources and opportunities for children in today's multicultural environment. Aligned with the American School Counseling Association National Model for school counseling programs, Culturally Proficient Collaboration provides a conceptual framework and practical protocols for utilizing school counselors as: Change agents for school improvement; Creators of results-based programs; Advocates for equity among demographic groups

Included are case stories and reflective activities for building educators' skills in serving as leaders, advocates, collaborators, and systemic-change agents. Readers will find a clearly outlined path for empowering counselors to transform your leadership team and your school for the benefit of all students.

The Changing Role of School Counselor: Schoolwide Leadership
The changing role of school counselor: Schoolwide leadership

Introduction to Part I

What distinguishes our schools in the early part of the 21st century from their counterparts at the turn of the last century is our commitment to educate all children and youth—from all cultural groups independent of their race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, ableness, or faith/spiritual membership or absence thereof. To meet this new mission of schools, the role of school counselor is evolving to include counselors as members of school leadership teams that address issues of equity and access. Chapters 14 trace the history of school counseling, describe emergent role and performance standards for school counselors, provide the Tools of Cultural Proficiency as a ...

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