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.

Managing the Dynamics of Difference Through Teaming and Collaboration

Managing the dynamics of difference through teaming and collaboration

Probably the foremost intellectual behavior for postindustrial society will be a heightened ability to think in concert with others.

—Senge et al. (2000, p. 204)

Getting Centered

In this chapter, we add the essential element managing the dynamics of difference to the two already introduced, assessing cultural knowledge and valuing diversity. With this chapter you will have studied three of the five standards for educator behavior and school's educational practices that we use in our work. By this point in the book, you are becoming increasingly aware that Cultural Proficiency is composed of four tools and that the guiding principles serve as core values that give rise to the essential elements ...

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