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.

Adapting to Diversity Through Counseling and Coordination

Adapting to diversity through counseling and coordination

Poor people do not cause poverty any more than enslaved human beings caused a system of institutionalized slavery.

—Sue Books (2004, p. 9)

Getting Centered

Take a few moments to think about your life, including and beyond your role as an educator. Remember when you first met a person who was to become an integral, positive part of your life. You may recall a time when you first met your lifelong partner or another best friend, or the spouse of your parent, or an adult that was to be your parent/guardian. Whoever it is to be, take a few moments and remember how you were influenced by having this person in your life and the ...

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