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.



Children and youth in P–12 schools depend on educational leaders to guide them in developing positive attitudes, competent skills, and pertinent knowledge in becoming productive citizens. Culturally proficient leadership must be capable of cultivating collaborative cultures of care, inclusion, and respect for diversity in our schools so that our youth can be prepared to navigate within an increasingly diverse, global community. The too-often-overlooked and misused role in school leadership teams is the school counselor and combining their skills and knowledge with administrators and teachers at the school.

Why This Book Is Necessary

Where necessary, schools must intentionally recast school counselors from the misused role of “gatekeeper” to “facilitator.” in too many schools the school counselor serves as a “gatekeeper” of the status quo, a role that ...

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