Jeannine R. Studer's The Essential School Counselor in a Changing Society offers a practical approach to helping students understand the methods and standards in contemporary school counseling. Integrating the new ASCA model as well as the CACREP Standards across all areas of school counseling practice, this core text provides a unique and relevant perspective on the 21st century school counselor. Studer focuses on ethics and ethical decision making, as well as contemporary issues faced by today's counselor—such as crisis response, career counseling and advisement, group counseling, advocacy, and collaboration. The text begins with coverage of school counseling foundations, addresses intervention and prevention, and devotes the final section to enhancing academics through a positive school culture.
Part III: Enhancing Academics through a Positive School Culture
Improving Academic Achievement through Professional Learning Communities
The Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) concept has been around for several decades, but it wasn't until Richard DuFour and Robert Eaker's publication of Professional Learning Communities at Work: Best Practices for Enhancing Student Achievement (1998) that professional learning communities thrived as an educational reform initiative with the promise of increasing students’ academic achievement. Since then, research has confirmed the effectiveness of PLCs in improving academic performance. Essentially, the PLC is a collaborative professional [Page 291]development model that recognizes ongoing staff development as critical to improving students’ learning. In a PLC teachers meet on a regular basis, usually weekly, to reflect on teaching practices and their ...