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 Evolving Role of School Counselor

The evolving role of school counselor

How are students different as a result of the school counseling program?

—ASCA (2005)

Getting Centered

Pine Hills High School (PHHS) and the Maple View School District are at the beginning of the second year of its Transforming School Counseling Initiative. Pine Hills' representatives to the district planning team are Emilia, an English teacher; Michael, a counselor; and, Diego, the principal. Join us as they discuss a conversation Emilia overheard among some of her other PHHS colleagues.

Emilia–Whew! As much as I appreciate our colleagues at this school, I am never prepared for some of the comments made about our students.

Michael–Not prepared doesn't mean you're surprised, does it?

Diego–What happened, Emilia?

Emilia–Well, in preparing for the district meeting next week ...

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