Counselor Connection

June 2016 Volume 1, Issue 9

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Restorative Practices Warriors Hit The Road...Again.

On May 17, Leslie, Louise, and I embarked on the second half of our Restorative Practices journey. Two planes, a long car ride, and ten hours of travel later, we finally made it to the International Institute of Restorative Practices (IIRP) global headquarters in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. This Training of Trainers (ToT) was a much more intimate setting compared to our four-day intensive back in April. With eight other participants, all from California, we dissected the script for the Introduction to Restorative Practices and Circles curriculum. The structure of the training was simple: sign up for a section and present it to the group. We were given time to connect with the material, do some research, and add our own stories and examples to the content. Then, it was showtime.

For those like me who have never been through a ToT before, it gave me the opportunity to work on my presentation style and pacing. It was great to see how my fellow RP Warriors presented and it helped me realize how nicely we complement one another. Leslie is very high energy while Louise embodies a calmness and coolness only a thirty-year veteran teacher can bring. After three long days of presentations, we bid farewell to our fellow RP warriors in a beautiful closing gifting ceremony that had everyone in tears.

What I appreciate about the IIRP material is that it is heavily rooted in research and theory thus deepening my understanding of restorative practices. In the end, this journey has become more than just a professional development opportunity. Restorative Practices has opened my eyes to a new way of engaging and communicating with people both personally and professionally. This work is not something we do TO kids but rather WITH adults and kids alike. We will talk more about what that means in our training.

Since our return, we have hit the ground running consulting with several elementary schools on what implementation looks like. We have drafted an implementation guide, assessment tool, and have begun to schedule some training dates. I encourage you all to attend even if you have already attended a presentation by Resolutions Northwest. We look forward to sharing this knowledge with you.

Let's Meet: Tracy Muilenburg

International School of Beaverton's (ISB) Tracy Muilenburg is June's counselor feature. ISB encourages students to learn through an international lens and that is exactly what Tracy brings as the school's College and Career Readiness Counselor. A graduate of Washington State University and Seattle University, Tracy's fifteen-year career spans across several schools and several countries.

Tracy started her career as an English teacher and soon realized what she enjoyed most about her work was the personal connections she made with students. This lead her to pursue a Master's in Counseling and work for Youth Eastside Services in Seattle as a Child Family Therapist. This position placed Tracy in a school where she worked closely with the school's counseling team. This partnership inspired Tracy to pursue a post Master's certificate in School Counseling from Seattle University.

Soon after, as fate would allow it, Tracy is reunited with fellow Sunset High School alumn and now husband, Pete Muilenburg. The two travel overseas to Bulgaria and Hong Kong where she worked as a college counselor for international students. After having two babies in Hong Kong, it was time to return to the States where she worked in both public and private schools and even some private college counseling before landing her current position at ISB.

Now in her third year at ISB, Tracy is happy to be able to return to her Beaverton roots. As the school's CCR, she is instrumental in the development and implementation of the school's comprehensive college and career counseling program that impacts students grades 6-12. Tracy's use of technology, including Celly and Google Forms, has streamlined her communication with students and allowed her to be more efficient with her time.

Tracy's international background is the perfect fit for ISB's diverse student population. Thank you, Tracy, for all that you do. We are so fortunate to have you part of our counseling community!


Yay, You!

"You did it! You're done. You made it. You're through. Oh, what a great moment. Now what will you do?" -Sandra Boynton

Congratulations and happy retirement to Ed Duenez (Bridges), Lauren Randolph (AHS), and Chris Sonnichsen (Chehalem). Thank you for your many years of service and your contributions to the Beaverton community!

To our other counselor colleagues who are moving out, moving up, and moving on. We will miss you and hope our paths will cross soon.

CIS and Synergy Integration

BSD IT department and CIS have begun the initial development phase to create the active directory needed to automatically connect CIS accounts with Synergy. The estimated timeline to complete this programming is early August.

June Is...

National Hunger Awareness Month

National Safety Month

1 International Children's Day

5 World Environment Day

17 Last Day for Students

20 CCR Planning Meeting 8:00am-4:00pm Central Office Conference Room 1

21 SCLT Planning Meeting 8:00am-4:00pm SPED Conference Room

Social Work Corner

Hello from the social work team! While we stopped taking referrals at the end of May, please remember that if you have an urgent need please reach out, we are happy to help! We are spending the last few weeks finishing up our almost 800 referrals and getting ready for break. This year has been amazing and we are already looking forward to the fall and all the ways we can support your schools. We are now asking for feedback about our program over the last year. We welcome all comments as we look to improve for the future.

If you have last minute requests from families about childcare options, here is a resource developed by PSU that you can share.

Happy Summer!!



Using Circles Effectively Training

Monday, June 6th, 8am-12pm

Central Office Portable 5 Conference Room

This condensed version of the full Circles training is designed for elementary counselors who have attended a presentation by Resolutions Northwest.

This day will consist of a four-hour training followed by optional work and plan time from 1:00pm-3:00pm.

There will be additional full-day trainings to be offered at a later date.

Register on TeacherSource.