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.
Maple View—Sitting in the Fire: A Context for Culturally Proficient Counseling
Introduction to Part II
You are being invited and often challenged in this book to learn and apply the Essential Elements of Cultural Competence and the Transforming School Counseling Initiative's (TSCI) scope of practice. Chapters 5–9 describe one Essential Element each aligned with selected aspects of TSCI's 21st Century Role of School Counselor. It is important to note that the Five Essential Elements of Cultural Competence and TSCI's scope of practice are interdependent and do not exist in isolation. We chose to present them in separate chapters to facilitate study and mastery of the Five Essential Elements and the TSCI 21st Century Role of ...