Office of School Counseling

Friday Sendoff - June 19, 2020

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Thanks Michele!!!

Thanks again to Michele Petras from Towson High for this year's theme! Who would have thought that we'd journey down the path of virtual learning. We can't tell you how impressed we've been at how all of you explored, learned and conquered all the way to the end!
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A message from Melanie

Dear BCPS School Counselors,

This is the time every year that our office thanks you for all your hard work and dedication. We talk about how you've impacted the lives of students by leaving indelible imprints on their future. We talk about how you give them all the right things that they need to grow. This year we talked about how you become trailblazers, leading our students toward productive futures.


Just think for a moment about what this work has required of us this year. We've needed to pick up our entire Counseling program, pack it up and move it to a home office. We've needed to learn new ways to build rapport through a computer screen. We've needed to get proficient with a variety of online tools. All with very little notice. This year you have not only been trail blazers for our students, but for our entire profession, bringing telehealth into the public school systems.


And if that wasn't enough of a challenge add student trauma associated with COVID 19 and racial disparities in incidents of police brutality. How little any of us could have been prepared for the challenges, trials and traumas we would be called this year to lead them through. And that work is in many cases just beginning. As we watch the news and shake our heads in disgust or defeat the children of BCPS are watching us. And in many cases you will be the one called to respond to how they show up differently next year.


In the opinion of Sharon, Jenn, MaatenRe and I there is no one greater. You are the right people with the right skills at the right time to do this sacred work. And I can speak for myself wholeheartedly that there is no other group I would rather lead than BCPS School Counselors.


On a personal note, I can not say thank you enough for all the emails, cards, calls and check ins I have received. I miss you and MaatenRe and Jen and Sharon desperately. I am praying that I will be released to work part time.


My thoughts and prayers are with you always..

Love,

Melanie

Announcements

**NEW** Optional Summer Automatic Reply Message Sample

Below are sample auto reply messages for you to use over the summer months. Please check with your administration to choose which name and contact information you should insert in the blanks.


ELEMENTARY



**PLEASE DO NOT REPLY...THIS IS AN AUTOMATIC REPLY (OUT OF OFFICE) MESSAGE**

I am out of the office for the summer and will return to duty on August 31, 2020. I will not have access to Schoology or email during the summer months. If you need immediate assistance, please contact ________________ at __________________. Below are community resources available for you to use during the summer months:

Crisis text line: Text the word "HOME" to 741741 for free 24 hour support

Maryland Suicide and Crisis Hotline: 1.800.422.0009

Baltimore County DSS: 410.887.TIME

Baltimore County Crisis Response: 410.931.2214

Sheppard Pratt Crisis Walk-in: 410-938-5302

The Trevor Project: 1.866.488.7386 or text START to 678678

Maryland Food Bank: 410.737.8282

United Way: 211




SECONDARY


**PLEASE DO NOT REPLY...THIS IS AN AUTOMATIC REPLY (OUT OF OFFICE) MESSAGE**

I am out of the office for the summer and will return to duty on August 31, 2020. I will not have access to Schoology or email during the summer months. If you need immediate assistance, please email our school counseling department chair ________________ at __________________. Below are community resources available for you to use during the summer months:

Crisis text line: Text the word "HOME" to 741741 for free 24 hour support

Maryland Suicide and Crisis Hotline: 1.800.422.0009

Baltimore County DSS: 410.887.TIME

Baltimore County Crisis Response: 410.931.2214

Sheppard Pratt Crisis Walk-in: 410-938-5302

The Trevor Project: 1.866.488.7386 or text START to 678678

Maryland Food Bank: 410.737.8282

United Way: 211

**NEW** Data Collection

We appreciate everyone's submissions for the Use of Time data. We realize the amount of time and effort you put into the consistent collection of data and reflection on your results over the course of the school year. This is so important to any school counseling program and we are sure your administration appreciates both the data you share with the school and the hard work you put in to contribute to student achievement and well being.


We know that we will never be able to capture every second of every school counselor’s day in a survey/spreadsheet at the district level. Each school is unique in its needs and programs and therefore the end of year results reports, which includes use of time, will look different. However, the snapshot of what all of you submit to us is incredibly helpful in our advocacy (with both school based administrators and central office leadership) for decreasing ratios and respecting the role of the school counselor. Our leadership appreciates this data and is always in awe when they see the number of students and families impacted by our school counselors’ hard work.

**NEW** Sample Middle School Results Report

There are many ways you can use data to show how school counselors impact achievement, career exploration and social emotional development. Below is a middle school sample from a popular Facebook counseling group that incorporates use of time data to share with advisory councils and other stakeholders.

**NEW** Virtual Group Therapy Programs

See attached flyer for virtual group therapy programs being offered by Sheppard Pratt.
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**Don't forget!** Second Semester Use of Time Survey

An email was sent to all school counselors with the link to the Use of Time survey for spring 2020. Just a reminder that if you’re split between 2 schools, you’ll need to complete the survey twice. College counselors received a separate email with the link to their specific survey.


Please be sure to read the directions carefully, as this is different than in previous years. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and remote learning environment, we will only be collecting use of time data for March 30 – June 19. This means that responses in this survey should ONLY include your time from March 30th to June 19th (during Remote Learning). Surveys must be completed no later than June 19, 2020. Feel free to reach out to your specialist with any questions.


Use of Time Survey Spring 2020 - Virtual School Counseling Services

Questions about connecting with students over the summer

Some of our younger students and families have been asking school counselors if they can continue to have virtual counseling sessions over the summer. We realize this is confusing to them because typically when we’re closed, they can’t talk with their school counselor. So now that we have been, they are hoping we can continue with counseling over the summer.


It's a good idea to have conversations with students and families about boundaries before the summer starts. Boundaries are important to the counseling relationship. It might be helpful if you explain why they can meet with you now (because we’re technically open but in remote learning) but in the summer we’re closed. Encourage them to use coping skills and everything you’ve taught them over the summer. Some families might benefit from a referral to community mental health.


Depending on the student's personality, they might need to know that you’ll be working at another job or “away” and can’t give them the same amount of attention that they’ve been getting and don't want to break any promises.


Please reach out to your specialist with any questions.

Elementary Counselors

**NEW** Feedback on the 2019-2020 Elementary Curriculum

If you would like to provide feedback on any lessons and/or resources from the 2019-2020 curriculum, please use this link. Our curriculum writers will use this information to make updates and changes this summer.

Secondary Counselors

**NEW** Feedback on the 2019-2020 Secondary Curriculum

If you would like to provide feedback on any lessons and/or resources from the 2019-2020 curriculum, please use this link. Our curriculum writers will use this information to make updates and changes this summer.

Secondary Department Chairs

**NEW** Summer Tasks

Our office has decided that in lieu of a department chair meeting, we will reach out to you periodically this summer in regards to tasks needed to prepare for the 2020-2021 school year.


This will be your opportunity to provide input on the program plan and the scope and sequence.

High School Department Chairs

**NEW** McDaniel College Webinars


McDaniel is hosting a week of Webinars for rising seniors to get prepared for the college search process. Whether they are already in the midst of their search or do not know where to begin, we have a full week of workshops set up to help students figure out best practices for the admissions process.

Many schools had to cancel their spring college fairs, panels, and speakers and we wanted to make sure your students still had access to some of the information they would have gotten at those events.

Here is what it on the docket for that week:

Monday June 22nd

Welcome and Opening Remarks – 11:00 am (EST) - Host: Keith Euker, Athletics Coach

Finding Your Fit – 2:00 pm (EST) - Host: Heidi Reigel, Dean of Admissions

Tuesday June 23rd

The College Search – 11:00 am (EST) - Host: Joanna Caples, Admissions Counselor

Financial Aid – 2:00 pm (EST) - Host: Stephanie Stahler, Senior Associate Director of Admissions

Wednesday June 24th

Writing the College Essay – 11:00 am (EST) - Host: Brooke Hain, Associate Director of Admissions

The Liberal Arts and the McDaniel Plan – 2:00 pm (EST) - Host: Katie Ridgway, Admissions Counselor

Thursday June 25th

College Athletics – 11:00 am (EST) - Host: Kelsey Kirkman, Admissions Counselor

First Generation College Students – 2:00 pm (EST) - Host: Zachery Brown, Admissions

Friday June 26th

Get the Student Perspective: Chat with Current McDaniel Students – 2:00 pm (EST)


On the attached PDF, you will see more detailed descriptions of each of these sessions. We would love to have some of your rising seniors and juniors attend these events!

**NEW** MVA Update on School Attedance

The MVA has stated that they will now allow parents/guardians to certify school attendance on the DL 300A form.

Senior College Application Boot Camp

Please let your Sharon if you intend to host a virtual Boot Camp before June 30, 2020. Our office can fund two staff members for (English teacher/counselor) your event. Send the date and time to Sharon so she can create an electronic sign-in sheet.

Professional Development

**NEW** ACT Professional Learning Series

Here’s a friendly reminder to sign up for ACT’s upcoming professional learning series, starting June 23! Feel free to share this invitation with staff and colleagues.

As an education leader, you are facing the dual challenges of planning a successful school year and supporting your staff in a time of uncertainty. ACT wants to help.

This summer, we are offering a series of five informative, 30-minute professional learning webinars on how to fully understand and use student data to optimize your planning and to set your students on a path to success. You’ll interact with Dr. Bryan Williams, ACT’s own “Data Doctor,” and a series of ACT experts for lively discussions to inform you and your staff about the best ways to acquire and use the data you’ll need to get your school year off to a strong start.


This free professional learning series will cover the ins and outs of student data:

  • The best ways to determine students’ college readiness levels
  • The benefits of moving from static to dynamic data
  • How to find critical learning gaps using assessments
  • Why and how to use early intervention strategies
  • How to use your data to create an action plan

Our weekly series will be available live and on demand, and attendees will receive certificates of participation. We hope to see you this summer!

**NEW** Virtual SOAR to Health & Wellness Training

In response to the growing need to offer virtual training to support professional development, the Office on Trafficking in Persons and the National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center are pleased to offer a free 1.5-hour virtual SOAR to Health and Wellness training. The training teaches providers how to identify and respond to human trafficking.


Register today for one of the trainings listed below.


When: Wednesday, July 29, 2020, 1–2:30 p.m. (eastern). Register here.


When: Wednesday, August 19, 2020, 1–2:30 p.m. (eastern). Register here.


When: Wednesday, September 2, 2020 1–2:30 p.m. (eastern). This training will be delivered in Spanish. Register here.

**NEW** 2020 Counselor Summer Institute - August 4–7, 2020. Register Now!

The 2020 Counselor Summer Institute is still open for registration. With so much uncertainty around fall college applications due to the coronavirus, please consider joining our K–12 and higher education partners for four days of free, online professional development on the college admissions process:


August 4

  • All Means All: Advising and Counseling Students from Low-Income Backgrounds, 10 a.m. E
  • Across the Desk: College Admissions Issues, Perspectives, and Opportunities, 1 p.m. ET
  • Beyond the Basics: A Focus on Financial Aid, 3 p.m. ET

August 5

  • Keeping It in Perspective: Managing Student Stress in the College Admissions Process, 10 a.m. ET
  • All Means All: Advising and Counseling Rural Students in the College Admissions Process, 1 p.m. ET
  • The Power of the School Profile in College Admissions, 3 p.m. ET

August 6

  • Living in a Covid-19 World—The Evolution of College Planning and College Admissions, 10 a.m. ET
  • Agency and Equity: A Matter of Professional Practice for Counselors, 1 p.m. ET
  • All Means All: Advising and Counseling African American Students in the College Admissions Process, 3 p.m. ET

August 7

  • Topics in International College Counseling and Admissions
  • The Language of Access: Important Considerations for College Counseling
  • Using National Student Clearinghouse Data to Plan Postsecondary Initiatives
  • All events on August 7 are available on-demand at 8 a.m. ET.


With many in-person professional development events being canceled this summer due to the coronavirus, our summer institute provides the opportunity to gain a wealth of knowledge from your home. All attendees are also eligible for CEU credits after completing a short quiz at the conclusion of each event. We encourage you to register for all events to gain access to the recordings should you need to watch at a more convenient time.

We look forward to hosting you in August!


Register Now

ASCA U Specialist Trainings

Current courses available through ASCA U include:

· Anxiety and Stress Management Specialist

· Bullying Prevention Specialist

· Career Development Specialist

· Closing the Achievement Gap Specialist

· College Admissions Specialist*

· Cultural Competency Specialist

· Grief and Loss Specialist

· Legal and Ethical Specialist

· Mental Health Specialist

· School Counseling Data Specialist*

· School Counseling Leadership Specialist*

· Students With Special Needs Specialist

· Trauma and Crisis Specialist


*Not available for graduate credit


If you plan to take (or have recently taken) an ASCA U course and are planning to pay Lindenwood University the additional $225 to get 3 graduate credits, please be aware that you cannot be reimbursed for both. The Office of Certification shared with us that they can only reimburse for one or the other. If you choose to submit the ASCA course for CEUs, they will reimburse for your payment to ASCA. But if you choose to pay the additional money to get graduate credits, you can only be reimbursed for the payment to Lindenwood.

Naviance Webinar Series

Learn from Naviance experts about completing critical tasks with your students during the final months of the year. Register for a free webinar by clicking the button above. You must be logged into your Naviance account to view the webinar series.

Taking Care of Your Mental Health during COVID-19

From MD Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention Network

ASCA Webinar series

Sign up for upcoming webinars. You must have an ASCA login and password to access their materials.

ASCA on Air (recorded webinars)

You must have an ASCA login and password to access their materials.

BCPS Counselors Good News & Inspiration

2020 Retirees

Thank you, John Roth for serving BCPS for 52 years! We hope you enjoyed your parade!

Thank you, Angela Lancione, for serving BCPS for 36 years!

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Websites

Schoology Access Codes

Elementary Counseling Curriculum: M4HSN-FCFN4

Secondary Counseling Curriculum: CFBV7-B6PCM

Threat Management: Q6RHK-WHHVC

College and Career Counseling: PFZD6-65N4V

Curriculum Updates: T7BM2-R8JSC

GSA Sponsors (LGBTQ+ resources): ZMBZ-4QXP-DKC89

Contact Information

Naviance Support: 1-866-337-0080 option 2 & support@naviance.com

Signup Genius Support: support@signupgenius.com

CPS phone number: 410.887.TIME

CPS email address: dhr.baltimorecountycps@maryland.gov

MHEC FAFSA Completion (MD CAPS): fafsa.mhec@maryland.gov

Cigna Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Through EAP, you get access to licensed clinicians to help you with emotional, behavioral, and other issues you may be experiencing such as help with finding pet care, elder care and caregiver support.

Crisis Text Line

Free confidential crisis intervention via SMS message. The organization's services are available 24 hours a day, every day, throughout the US

Counselor Observation and Evaluation Forms

The documents from this link are the most up to date and only forms that should be used for School Counselors. There are not online options or alternate observation forms for Counselors.

Office of Certification Contact Information

For information about recertification, growth charts and tuition, PD and conference reimbursements

Lauryn's Law Requirements and Course Offerings

This is the MSDE information page about Lauryn's Law requirements and local course offerings that fulfill the requirement.

BCPS School Counseling Pinterest

Check out our Pinterest page for ideas that will enhance your counseling program

Counselor T-Shirt Designs

Want to make a custom shirt for you or your department? Check out these svg desgins. There's a kiosk outside of Burlington in Security Mall that can make one for you.