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.

Sustaining Culturally Proficient Counseling: Developing a Personal Action Plan

Sustaining culturally proficient counseling: Developing a personal action plan

Sense of Urgency and Intentionality

Throughout this book, we have endeavored to paint a picture of urgency paired with hope. For many of our students, the situation is dire, and there are many variables beyond our control, which makes it ever more important to have direct, intentional impact over the time students are in our schools and classrooms. You have been introduced to the phrase “leverage point for change,” and it has been applied to the role of school counselor actively involved with school leadership teams committed to narrowing and closing achievement gaps. The phrase “leverage point for change” also refers to the Counselor Collaboration Rubric: Misuse to Use ...

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