School Counselor Connection
Tips for Success, Volume 4, July 2020
July is Leadership Month!
Celebrating Our Orange County Super Stars!
2020 K-12 School Counselor Award Recipients
Kyle Sivcovich - Horace Mann Elementary
Jacqueline Gallardo-Hoffmaster - Robert C. Fisler Elementary (K-8)
Darwin Vega - Capistrano Valley High School
2020 School Counselor Advocate Award Recipients
Katy Castellanos - Santa Ana Unified School District
Shirley Diaz - Anaheim Elementary School District
Note: Due to safety and CDC recommendations, the 2020 Orange County Symposium is canceled. However, we are planning a virtual celebration and keynote speaker for the Fall of 2020. Please submit your ideas and interest for topics here.
Guidance Counselors or School Counselors?
Interchangeable use of Guidance Counselor and School Counselor is creating confusion and impacting the credibility of the profession, when its own members cannot agree on the title representing the profession.
"In 1990, ASCA issued an official statement calling on the profession to change the title to 'school counselor' rather than the previous title of 'guidance counselor,' believing that this term no longer encompassed the broad scope of work that was done by the professionals in schools (Zyromski1, Hudson, Baker1 & Haag Granello, 2019).
Transformative School Counselor Leadership
"Change and transformation are different. Change is temporary (rearranging furniture in a room), while transformation is permanent (caterpillar metamorphoses into a butterfly)" (Shields, Dollarhide, Young, 2018).
8 Key Ideas Are Introduced:
1. A mandate for deep and equitable change
2. Need to deconstruct knowledge and frameworks that perpetuate inequity and injustice
3. Need to address the inequitable distribution of power
4. Emphasis to consider both private and public good
5. Focus on emancipation, democracy, equity and justice
6. Emphasis on interconnectedness, interdependence, and global awareness
7. Balancing critique with promise
8. Call to exhibit moral courage
ASCA: Leadership Resources
Position Stament: Equity for All Students
Position Stament: Cultural Diversity
Enhancing the Principal & School Counselor Relationship
Leadership is “a process whereby individuals influence a group of individuals to achieve a common goal” (Northouse, 2016).
"School leadership has a greater impact, when it is widely distributed" (Leithwood, Harris, & Hopkins, 2008).
“Build a culture that positively influences teachers, who, in turn, positively influence students” (Marzano, 2005).
Guides focus on strengthening these areas:
4. Collaborative Planning
NEW! School Counselor Resources
Introducing our newest documents, ilumminating the role of the School Counselor in its various facets!
Student Mental Health
Role of the School Counselor in Student Mental Health
School Reopening Considerations for School Counselors
Role in MTSS
Role of the School Counselor in MTSS
Find a wealth of resources related to CA MTSS and the role of the School Counselor.
Learn at your own pace! Review information presented at previous conferences
Learn at your own pace and earn CEUs. Partnership with Hatching Results
OCDE & Hatching Results partnered to bring you step by step guides to help you build/ enhance your Comprehensive School Counseling Program!
Reunite, Renew, Thrive: Social Emotional Learning Roadmap for Reopening School
Culturally & Linguistically Relevant Teaching
In light of recent events and a renewed focus on equity in education, OCDE is offering a culturally and linguistically relevant teaching series. This series endeavors to align best practices in culturally and linguistically relevant teaching with the guidelines on universal design for learning, the social emotional learning competencies, and inclusive behavioral instruction.
This series will be a self-paced online course with scheduled live virtual meetings for discussion and further learning after each content module. This series is going to be invaluable as the battle for equity continues and we begin the next school year with a renewed focus on cultural and linguistic relevance. The cost is only $115 and includes two incredible books! This flyer has more information about dates and registration.
Register at: http://ocde.k12oms.org/1249-184682
OCDE Support & Resources
Instructional Continuity Website- find resources to support your students and families
Be Calm Session- guided meditations led by Dr. Vezzuto
K-12 School Counseling Services:
Luz M. Arellano, Ed.D., Coordinator
Crisis Response Network:
Meghan Gruppo, M.A., CCTP, Interim Program Lead
Family Engagement Program:
Sheree Newman, Program Specialist
Student Mental Health & Social & Emotional Learning:
Toby Jean Espley M.Ed, Coordinator
McKinney Vento Homeless Information & Support:
Jeanne Awrey Coordinator
Student Services (CWA/SARB):
Terrance Dunn, M.Ed., Coordinator
Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program:
Raina K Lee, Coordinator
Luz M. Arellano, Ed.D
K-12 School Counseling Services Coordinator
Orange County Department of Education
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