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    4 Education Career Lessons From TV

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/vagueonthehow/ / CC BY 2.0 1. Once More With Feeling The Show: Glee Like any other classic tale of geeks banding together in the face of adversity, the outcast characters of Fox's Glee made drama and singing cool again. An aspiring Broadway starlet, the captain of the football team, the head cheerleader, and the lowest of social misfits on the school ...
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    Does Student Retention Work?

    Does Student Retention Work?
    Every March, I get a slew of new referrals for testing students for learning disabilities, ADHD, and other disabilities, as the sheer panic of “What is going to happen to this student in X+1 grade???” (Where X is the child’s current grade, plus one. See? Algebra is useful after all.) I hear parents and teachers wonder out loud how the kid ...
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    The Non-Glamorous Side of School Psychology: Thrice Bitten, Not Shy

    The Non-Glamorous Side of School Psychology: Thrice Bitten, Not Shy
    I posted once on my Facebook Fan Page that I was "writing reports, which is the non-glamorous side of school psychology." One of my wonderful colleagues wrote back, "Wait, there's a glamorous side???" Okay, so there's not really a glamorous side, but I try to tell the cyberworld the truth of this profession--the warm fuzzies, the cold pricklies, and the insane. ...
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    Top 10 Things I Do All Day as a School Psychologist

    Top 10 Things I Do All Day as a School Psychologist
    (In descending order of how much time I spend doing it) 10) Tracking down the yoots*, aka poking my head into classrooms and trying not to be disruptive while children yell, “Take me! I need therapy!” or “I a’int no f*ing special ed! No!!!” 9) Tracking down teachers to talk about the yoots, trying to get information from them while they ...
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    No Fair! All Schools Are Not Created Equal

    No Fair! All Schools Are Not Created Equal
    I was recently assigned a new school, which I will affectionately call Stepford Elementary School. Now, I am typically assigned to the schools no one wants, by request. If someone makes a face like they are smelling something bad when I say the school’s name, all the better. I like being at cocktail parties and saying, “I coaxed a child wielding ...
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    Top 10 Rules to Give Students Applying to College

    Top 10 Rules to Give Students Applying to College
    1. Talk To Your Counselor. Between the books in the counselor’s office, and the knowledge in your counselor’s head, he or she will be a virtual treasure trove of information. Take advantage of the opportunities you have to work with a counselor to make plans for your future. Many counselors know more than any one book or website, and they are ...
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    FastWeb Materials Available

    FastWeb Materials Available
    Now that the new school year is back in full swing, we wanted to let you know what FastWeb has been up to. The FastWeb website has been update and improved. The new FastWeb website still includes over 1.5 million scholarships and now includes financial aid information, admissions information, internship opportunities, discussion groups and so much more. Students and their parents ...
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    Free To Be You and Me (and Pee?)

    Free To Be You and Me (and Pee?)
    A big part of my job is doing observations of kids in their learning environments. I find it shocking that there are psychologists who don’t visit the kid’s school when they are testing for learning disabilities, or any disability for that matter. To me, it seems like common sense that if you want to see how someone learns you go to ...
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    Too Many Students See College As Out Of Reach

    Too Many Students See College As Out Of Reach
    In Connecticut each year, there are more than 10,000 well-qualified, thoroughly prepared students who graduate from high school but do not go on to attend college. Their reasons vary, but a recent study suggests that many of them could be in college, if only they knew more about how to pursue a college education. For them, and for our state, their ...
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    Great Tips for Mentoring

    Great Tips for Mentoring
    Every year, I get to be a mentor to a new school psychologist in my district. I really enjoy doing it, but I have to fight the urge to give them a little notebook and say, “Write that down” after everything I say. Wouldn't that be fun? I got to do it one time before in my life, the day before ...
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    How to Help Students Stand Out in College Applications

    How to Help Students Stand Out in College Applications
    Parents often ask what else they can do besides insuring their students make good grades and test well on the SAT and/or ACT to help their students look impressive on paper. My answer is always about the student’s passion. What does the student enjoy doing? Colleges want to see well-rounded young people. They want to see a student demonstrate leadership, an ...
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    How I Became a School Psychologist

    How I Became a School Psychologist
    What is a School Psychologist anyway? Personally, I don't recall any school psychologists in the schools I attended growing up. Perhaps I wasn't the type to be referred to said psychologist as I LOVED SCHOOL. I do seem to recall there being counselors who helped you pick your schedule, but I was certainly unaware there was such a field as "School ...
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    Identifying Student Strengths

    Identifying Student Strengths
    It is not often that I am at a loss for words. I know, you are surprised, right? But recently, I did an assessment with a 15-year-old boy who was in a special school for kids with emotional disabilities, and part of this assessment was to interview the parent. Now, I try my best not to be judgmental about parenting. I ...
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    Salary Scales for Counselors

    Median annual earnings of wage and salary educational, vocational, and school counselors in May 2006 were $47,530. The middle 50 percent earned between $36,120 and $60,990. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $27,240, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $75,920. School counselors can earn additional income working summers in the school system or in other jobs. Median annual ...
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    Job Outlook for Counselors

    Employment for counselors is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2016. However, job growth will vary by location and occupational specialty. Job prospects should be good due to growth and the need to replace people leaving the field. Employment change. Overall employment of counselors is expected to increase by 21 percent between 2006 and 2016, ...
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    Employment of Counselors in the U.S.

    Counselors held about 635,000 jobs in 2006. Employment was distributed among the counseling specialties as follows: Educational, vocational, and school counselors 260,000 Rehabilitation counselors 141,000 Mental health counselors 100,000 Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors 83,000 Marriage and family therapists 25,000 Counselors, all other 27,000 Educational, vocational, and school counselors work primarily in elementary and secondary schools and colleges and universities. ...
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    Career Profile: High School Counselor

    Job Description: High school counselors advise students regarding college majors, admission requirements, entrance exams, financial aid, trade or technical schools, and apprenticeship programs. They help students develop job search skills, such as resume writing and interviewing techniques. College career planning and placement counselors assist alumni or students with career development and job-hunting techniques. School counselors at all levels help students to ...
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    Career Profile: Middle School Counselor

    Job Description: Middle school counselors observe children during classroom and activities and confer with their teachers and parents to evaluate the children’s strengths, problems, or special needs. In conjunction with teachers and administrators, they make sure that the curriculum addresses both the academic and the developmental needs of students. Middle school counselors do less vocational and academic counseling than high school ...
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    Topics to Cover in First High School Counseling Session

    Ideally, the first one-on-one meeting with any of my students would come during their Freshman year. The reality is that I didn’t meet with every one of my 400+ students individually. As I mentioned earlier, the state legislature has now mandated that every incoming 9th grader sit down with a parent and a school counselor to formulate a 4-year plan. Since ...
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    5 Reasons School Counseling is a Great Career

    5 Reasons School Counseling is a Great Career
    1. Watching Students Grow Counseling at any level affords a unique opportunity to observe and interact with whatever developmental stage the student is in at the time. It was always fascinating for me to watch high school students come in as barely pubescent 9th-grade teens, and walk out four years later as young adults. Sharing in that growth process was fun ...
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