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Revolutionary Ideas for School Counselors

Revolutionary Ideas for School Counselors

While the end of the academic year may be a hazy light off in the distance, it’s never too early to plan self improvement activities over the summer. One great opportunity is the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) annual conference June 29th-July 2 in Boston.

Not only can you meet and learn from other engaged professionals, you can have the chance to earn CEUs, contact hours or graduate credits while attending the 2019 Revolutionary Ideas conference.

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ASCA is also the sponsor of ASCA Mindset and Behaviors for Student Success: K-12 College and Career Readiness Standards for Every Student, an important new model for helping students develop the “softer skills” they need to thrive in school. Chief among ASCA’s goals is the “belief in the development of the whole self, including a healthy balance of mental, social/emotional and physical well-being”.

These kinds of tools are critical to helping these dedicated counselors serve the needs of an overwhelming average of 482 students they serve, nearly twice the recommended 250 student cohort.

Complementary tools are available to help counselors assess each student’s mindset and behavior and map it to recommended areas of focus to help student’s work on areas that need improvement, and refine those areas where they excel.

Our AchieveWORKS® suite of products not only maps to ASCA’s Mindsets and Behaviors, but also to The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) Core Social Emotional Learning competencies.

In our opinion, both models address the foundation upon which successful educational and career planning activities can take place: building student self-awareness of softer skills that will help them build realistic goals while helping them successfully adapt to the inevitable challenges that life will present them.

This is educating the whole student, and an honorable undertaking.

If you’ll be at ASCA’s conference this summer in Boston, stop by Booth 518 to visit with us and learn how we can help you with this important endeavor.