Join us as we share practical tips for school counselors, social emotional learning strategies, and technology that will enhance your counseling program. We are 2 school counselors who love our jobs, and we happen to have southern accents, bless our hearts.
In a very timely episode, Alicia Oglesby and Rebecca Atkins discuss their book, Interrupting Racism: Equity and Social Justice in School Counseling. Their book is specifically for school counselors, as we are the "social justice advocates" according to the ASCA Ethical Standards. In this episode we talk about culturally relevant instruction at all grade levels, implicit bias, using data to support all students, and What to say when you're scared of saying the wrong thing.
In an unforgettable episode, teacher and motivational speaker, Joseph Roberts, shares his personal story of overcoming obstacles and how those events have shaped him into the educator he is today. He tells us the Importance of never giving up on our students, how to build trust with students with specific things to consider for black students and people of color. Plus what is in a why box and why you should have one!
Y'all... the intro had us laughing so hard we were crying during the replay! This (like all of our episodes) is a must-listen! Share it with your favorite educator!
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No matter how long you've been a school counselor, each year is a fresh start. It's never too soon to start preparing for the upcoming school year. This episode has tips that will help you no matter how long you've been a school counselor. Our guest, Abby Cantello, talks with us about starting a school counseling program from scratch. She has tips we can all use! Make sure you download our guide to the first 20 days of your school counseling year.
Matt Eldridge travels the country speaking to educators with his organization, Certified Restraint Training, but spoiler alert: his goal in trainings is to de-escalate behavior so that restraint isn't needed. If you're like us, you will be riveted within about 10 seconds of his story-telling. Matt delivers practical, no nonsense ways of talking to students and defusing intense and potentially volatile situations. He shares lessons he's learned through his years as a teacher, administrator, and director of schools. You won't want this episode to end!
Check out his contact page here to book him at your school or school system. Visit his website here.
All students and educators have experienced the loss of the traditional school year. The sudden loss of what was expected has left many students and adults feeling a certain level of grief, whether they realize it or not. Dr. Lena Pearlman, mental health therapist and author of Stay Here: Your Personal Journal to Staying Present, Mindful, and Grateful Every Day, shares ways for all educators to prepare to support students in grief from a distance and when we return to school.
Buy the book, Stay Here: Your Personal Journal to Staying Present, Mindful, and Grateful Every Day here. Join the Maslow Before Bloom Facebook group here.
Get ready to take notes! Steve Sharp, co-author of 50+ Tech Tools for School Counselors, President-elect of the Pennsylvania school counselors association, and middle school counselor, shares some tech tips with us along with a lot of laughs and school counseling wisdom. This episode started as technology-focused, but quickly transformed into how to advocate for your program and career. It is easy to see why he is the president-elect for the Pennsylvania School Counseling Association!
Get his book here! Join our Facebook group here!
Ever wondered how to clone yourself in order to be more effective? Whether you are a new counselor or a veteran counselor, Level 2 Google Certified Educator Teyanna Walker has something to teach all of us on using Google to improve our efficiency. In this episode she walks us through using Google Classroom, explains why we should be using Google Classroom in school counseling, and tells us what a Google Cocktail is. Whaaatt?? This episode will take your counseling program to the next level! We only wish we'd listened sooner!
Check out Teyanna's Youtube page here!
Sandy Austin was instrumental in providing counseling services during the Columbine tragedy and the difficult years that followed. In this episode she inspires listeners to give a purpose to the pain and shares how she did that through her program, B.I.O.N.I.C., which stands for Believe It Or Not I Care.
You can watch this episode here!
Check out her website here and find out how you can start a B.I.O.N.I.C. team at your school! If you want more of Sandy, and believe us... You're going to want more! Check out her Pennsylvania School Counselor Association interview with Steve Sharp. She shares more about B.I.O.N.I.C. and all of the wonderful things her students do through that program.
Dr. Ruby Payne prepares us for the changing face of poverty in the educational system. She discusses who's vulnerable, who will bounce back, and how to care for those in sudden need. Share this episode with your administrator and your staff. It is a must listen to for all educators!
Click here to visit Dr. Payne's Website full of resources for all educators. You can also join a weekly webinar with her on Wednesdays. Sign up on her website.
Check out her On-Demand professional development here. This is a great opportunity to participate in training and then replicate that training to your faculty and staff!
Listen and be inspired as Bryan Pecoraro gives us step by step instructions on setting up a virtual career fair using Google Meets. Bryan was doing virtual career fairs before virtual career fairs were cool! He candidly shares things he did the first time that he DIDN'T do the next time! We hope you'll feel empowered after this episode to launch your virtual career fair OR make your existing virtual career fair even better!
Check out Bryan's presentation on virtual career fairs here!
Author and School Counselor, Lisa King, gives practical ways to start a virtual career fair at your school. She shares tips from her school including dress up days, Interactive career-related games, and ideas to involve parents, students, and teachers! Check out Lisa's webpage here. Make sure to look at her books including Be Your Own Hero, a very timely children's book that talks about the character of people rather than what they do. Lisa also has great resources on Growth Mindset. Integrating Growth Mindset in Schools can be your guide to implementing growth mindset at your school. Mindset Matters shows counselors how to and why they should incorporate growth mindset in the school counseling program.
We realize we did an episode on self care recently, BUT that was before uncertainty hit our lives from out of nowhere. Now with the pressure of balancing work life, homeschooling, parenting, and our own anxiety, making an EFFORT for self care is imperative. Listen as we use the letters in the word "Effort" to talk about MORE ways you can take care of yourself during these uncertain times.
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A list of some of our favorite books we wrote about last year. Use our list and find your next read!
Dr. Bryan Pearlman, author of the book, Whatever It Takes for All Students to Succeed in School and Life, shares wisdom on what preparations we can make now to support faculty and students with increasing mental health concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Pearlman is a former administrator (and self-admitted teacher at heart), therapist, and co-founder of the non-profit Distinguished School of Mental Health and Wellness program. He runs a Facebook group called Maslow Before Bloom where like-minded people can discuss the connections between mental health, trauma, and education.
As a parent herself, School counselor Alisha Kowsky, understood how parents have been feeling in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. She shares with us what she implemented and the resources she has been sharing with parents and teachers to offer support. We also discuss the website, https://wideopenschool.org/ and the incredible learning paths available to students of all ages.
Alisha's parent group: Happy Parents, Happy Kids.
This season of change can be overwhelming. In a very timely episode, Lauren Jewett, special education teacher and BLTN Teachers Fellow, shares practical tips we can use to manage anxiety. Share this episode with your staff to help calm their stress and let them realize we are all navigating this together.
Here is a link to the article Lauren wrote for Teachers with Anxiety.
School counselor, Rachel Berogan, shares multiple distance learning resources she has created for students in her rural community. These social emotional tools are activities students can do independently or with family members. The activities don't require internet capabilities which ensures equitable access for all students.
Our special guest, Samantha Kobs, a school counselor and an LPC in Oklahoma, shares valuable mental health insight and practical resources that we can pass along to our students, staff, and even parents in our communities. Add Samantha to our list of school counseling heroes!
Self care tips for virtual learning
Optional Upper School Schedule
Counselor Resources for Families and Students
Taking Care of Your Mental Health
Tips for Helping Students Deal with Social Distancing
Special guest Matt Berry, Chairperson of the Board of Directors for Missouri School Counseling Association, shares incredible resources in this episode. He talks about specific online programs, how he suggests using them, and gives wonderful wisdom about how to handle the challenges this new season brings. Check out this jaw-dropping list that Matt compiled full of resources we can explore.
Special Guest Meredith Newlin, author of the book Captured Fireflies and veteran educator gives us step by step instructions on where to start with online school counseling during the Coronavirus school closures. We thoroughly enjoyed this interview and made a friend for life! We know you'll instantly love Meredith just like we did!
Here is the link to the free lesson we referenced at the end of the podcast.
School is closed. What do we do now? Join us as we talk about how to navigate these uncharted waters as school counselors with no students over the next few weeks. We recorded this through video conferencing so it looks and sounds different from other episodes.
Increasing school attendance may be the biggest goal school counselors and school administrators set. Find out how we met and exceeded our attendance goals using fun and practical techniques you can implement immediately! We'll talk about what one administrator said was the "greatest thing that made a difference" with attendance numbers. Plus, as always, we laugh a lot.
In one of our most fun episodes ever we try to explain why we use games in school counseling, how we use them, and which ones are our favorites! This episode was recorded in September, but it's still timely and needed! We're just tell you that so you won't go out of your way to wish Kim a happy birthday since we celebrate it during this episode!
Self care for educators has become increasingly important as the needs of students and the demands on teachers have changed. In this podcast we share 10 self care tips for school counselors or educators, in general. We also share a lot of laughs, which is another form of self care!
The relationship between school counselors and administrators is vital in running a successful school counseling program. In this interview with Kim's principal we discuss what administrators wish their counselors knew and we let him in on what school counselors wish their principal knew. Maybe this interview could help jumpstart a conversation between you and your administrator! Let us know!
How do you celebrate National School Counseling Week? In this episode we will give practical and cost effective ways to celebrate National School Counseling Week. We also explain the difference between "National School Counselor's Week" and "National School Counseling Week." We also discuss the controversial topic of whether school counselors should expect gifts during this celebration week. We appreciate the work you are doing! Follow this link to find everything we talked about in today's episode. Free posters, ideas, and links to items that will enhance your week.
This podcast is going to be a fun place for us to discuss all things related to school counseling. In this first episode we take a little time to explain what you can expect in future episodes. Plus we will let you in on a few tidbits about us. By the end of this episode you will know which of us can perfectly mimic the sound of an aquatic mammal, and which of us is a magnet for a particular natural disaster. Did we mention that we're going to have fun?