Productivity Practices for School Counselors

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Productivity Practices for School Counselors

As a counselor your day is ever-evolving and full of surprises. This is one of the best parts about the job right? The unpredictability sure isn't boring! However it can make creating a daily schedule pretty tricky! I've developed these easy to implement strategies to make each day organized and efficient. Design your Daily Schedule Start with these two steps when it comes to establishing a system for designing your day. Step 1: Conduct a School Counseling Time Audit Before you can determine how to divide your daily time, you must know what you are currently spending your time on....

How to Conduct a Mid Year Check In using a Data Wall

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How to Conduct a Mid Year Check In using a Data Wall

We often think about analyzing data at the end of the school year to reflect on program progress. I am a huge proponent of this and love showcasing my findings in an End of the Year Report, however data tracking isn't only for the end of the year. In fact, it's imperative that we are constantly reviewing our students and program's progress. Why? So we can we constantly improve our services to best fit students' ever changing needs. The praise and approval that comes with advocating for your role? That's just icing on the cake! What is a data wall?...

The Why and The How of Mid-Year Data Reflection and Goal Setting

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The Why and The How of Mid-Year Data Reflection and Goal Setting

It's the end of the calendar year (perhaps even the end of Semester 1 for many) but we're still halfway through the school year, and if you're the kind that views the glass as half-full, then you would agree that this is in fact a great time to analyze data and assess student progress. In this blog post, I aim to answer the three most common questions I get asked, related to mid-year data assessment and goal-setting. 1. Why is mid-year data reflection so significant? Having set your goals - personal, professional, and program related, at the start of the...

Simple Strategies to Transform Your Counseling Program

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Simple Strategies to Transform Your Counseling Program

Are you feeling overwhelmed? Does it seem like too much to schedule all of your lessons and groups, stay organized, and collect data 'all while trying to advocate for your role and deal with pushback?! Don't worry I have a solution for you. The good news is you can implement simple strategies to transform your counseling program, allowing you to increase your impact and advocate for your role. Simple Strategies to Transform Your Counseling Program: Establish a Crisis Response Team Protocol If you feel like you're constantly putting out fires and missing scheduled sessions to attend to crises then a...

School Counseling Data Collection Roundup: Choosing the right tools and using them the right way

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School Counseling Data Collection Roundup:  Choosing the right tools and using them the right way

Data collection has always been my passion, not because I've grown up loving numbers but simply because over the years, I've come to see how much value statistical data holds in the success of one's school counseling program. It might take a bit to get a hang of data collection but since a new academic year just started, I cannot stress enough on how great a time it is to get started on gathering data to drive your program. Here's your cheat sheet that lists my top 6 data collection tools and helps you understand which tool to use when,...

4 Systems for Implementing an Intentional Counseling Program

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4 Systems for Implementing an Intentional Counseling Program

  Definition of intentional: done by intention or design (Merriam-Webster) Is your counseling program intentional? Do you have a clear vision and mission? Is each day designed to impact as many students as possible, or are you flying by the seat of you pants? I'm sure many of you are the latter, and I totally get it. I've been there' That's why I am going to give you 4 simple systems for implementing an intentional counseling program through scheduling, organization, data collection and self-advocacy. By effectively using these systems you can reclaim control of your day and switch from a...

5 Strategies for Stress Free Data Collection

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5 Strategies for Stress Free Data Collection

I am passionate about collecting data. Data collection affirms that you are actually helping students and showcases program results. This makes it an integral part of your counseling program. Read this blog post if you need some more convincing on why you should start collecting data! I'm in! But How Do I Collect Data? Before you start collecting data, you need to divide your data collection tools into 2 categories; quantifying sessions provided and quantifying student progress. Quantifying Sessions Provided Quantifying sessions provided (aka how many kids you see) allows you to advocate for your role and show a need...

Mastering Data Collection to get the Recognition You Deserve!

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Mastering Data Collection to get the Recognition You Deserve!

Putting data collection systems in place can transform your counseling program! It sounds a little boring, I know, but tracking data can be really gratifying. Data Collection Can Be a Struggle Data collection is a struggle for many school counselors, whether you are brand new or have been counseling for decades. It's not really taught in grad school, so it’s up to you to make it happen. But this additional effort can bring an extra edge to your counseling program! I realized the benefit of seeing what students learned early on, but when I first started tracking data I was...

How to Track School Counseling Data

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How to Track School Counseling Data

Do you have to track data collection as a school counseler? Looking for different data collection tools? This blog posts discusses 5 different data assessment tools that you can use.

School Counselor Questions: How Do I Collect Data During the School Year?

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School Counselor Questions: How Do I Collect Data During the School Year?

Tips for school counseling data collection. School counselors can collect data all year long through self-assessments, parent-teacher surveys, progress monitoring scales, and observations. They can then use this data for their school counseling end of the year report. Revamp your school counseling program with these data collection tips!

Data Collection: 5 Useful Tools to Track Progress in School Counseling

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Data Collection: 5 Useful Tools to Track Progress in School Counseling

Data Collection: 5 Useful Tools to Track Progress in School Counseling. Data tracking is crucial to validating your role as a school counselor. Easily track student data in your school counseling program with these 5 tools.