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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Career Profile: Elementary School Counselor

    Career Profile: Elementary School Counselor
    Job Description: Elementary school counselors observe children during classroom and play 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. Elementary school counselors do less vocational and academic counseling than high ...
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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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    What Does a High School Counselor Do?

    Question: On a percentage basis, what topics do counselors cover with students? With the inception of the “No Child Left Behind” act, there has been a disproportionate emphasis on testing as the sole indicator as to whether federal standards criteria were being met. As the site “testing coordinator,” I easily spent 6-7 weeks a year planning, implementing, and summarizing our state ...
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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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    How To: Create Partnerships with Parents and Families

    How To: Create Partnerships with Parents and Families
    Parent involvement is one of the most important factors in the academic success of your students. Even though parents come in all forms and their level of involvement in your student’s academics may or may not be ideal, always remember that they are an ally and not the enemy. They love their child and want them to be successful, and ...
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    Mean Girls and Relational Aggression

    Mean Girls and Relational Aggression
    In Hollywood, the phenomenon is called “Mean Girls.” In the land of School Psychology, we call it “Relational Aggression.” Anyone who has been to high school probably has first-hand experience with it, either as the victim, perpetrator (not my readers!), or more commonly, as a bystander. We just didn’t have a name for it back in high school. *About the clip:* ...
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    How Counselors Encourage Students to Attend College

    Before students reach high school, during the 8th grade registration, counselors begin emphasizing the need for students to view their next four years as an opportunity to prepare for whatever it is they will be doing post-secondarily, whether that includes continuing their education/training in a two-year or four year college/university, a trade or technical school, the military, or doing an on-the-job ...
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    How High School Counselors Work With Colleges & Universities

    High school counselors work with colleges, but not a lot. My interaction with folks at colleges and universities primarily came in the form of phone calls to the admission departments to clarify individual students’ questions about admission requirements. I’d also communicate with the distance ed. people re: correspondence coursework for students trying to catch up or get ahead on credits. We ...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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