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.

21st Century Counselors Focus on Student Achievement

21st century counselors focus on student achievement

It is our responsibility, our moral obligation as school counselors, to champion educational equity so each and every student may choose his or her unique version of the American dream.

—Peggy Hines and Stephanie Robinson (2006, p. 33)

Getting Centered

The Pine View Middle School (PVMS) has a student population from mostly affluent homes; however, school personnel have become aware of achievement gap issues and are keenly aware when in district-level conversations that their school has material advantages not possessed by schools on the eastside of the community. For one thing, the team representing PVMS for the Transforming School Counseling Initiative (TSCI) work has identified their school's need to address culture as an asset, not ...

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