School Counselor Connection
Tips for Success, Vol 10, February 2022
This month's newsletter is dedicated to our amazing Orange County School Counselors who work arduously to support our students and families.
This newsletter includes activities you can engage in to celebrate National School Counseling Week during February 7- 11, 2022. You will also find upcoming training opportunities and legislative updates that impact School Counselors!
National School Counseling Week is celebrated during the week of February 7-11, 2022. During this special week, the Orange County Department of Education recognizes exemplary Orange County School Counselors and School Counselor Advocates who work tirelessly to support our Orange County students and families.
Throughout the week, we will feature best-practices from current school counselors as well as former school counselors who have transitioned to school/district leadership. See below for the week’s program, as well as registration information.
Monday, February 7, 2022 | 9:00 A.M.
Stronger Together: Increasing Impact Through Wellness Teams
Presenter: Katerina Sorrell , 2021 National Certified School Counselor of the Year
We'll discuss ways you can collaborate with your Mental Wellness/Health Teams to create a more robust student system, to extend your reach and assist more students who may need more Tier II or III supports under the MTSS model in creative ways. Register
Tuesday, February 8, 2022 | 3:00 P.M.
Taking your Advocacy into Administration
Presenters: Brandi Augenstein, Kim Goodwin, 2018 OC Pathways COY; Dr. Jami Parsons, 2021 CA School Counselor Advocate of the Year; & Dr. Rebecca Pianta, 2019 CA and OC School Counselor Advocate of the Year
The skills and knowledge school counselors develop in the counseling office and across their campuses are valued in school leadership and administration. As a school counselor you're already a leader on your campus. In this session we'll hear from a panel of school counselors who have moved into the world of administration. about their journey into their leadership roles as they continue to advocate for students on a wider scale. Register
Wednesday, February 9, 2022 | 3:00 P.M.
Create an Engaging Middle School College/Career Program
Presenters: David Diaz, Diana Garibay, Munachiso Osisioma, & Laurie Tristan, 2021 OC COY
In this session, learn strategies to combine technology and existing internet-based sites to help students explore colleges, discover career interests, and build soft skills. Learn simple tips to motivate students and incentivize your program in a way that is inclusive and accessible for all. Participants will walk away with sample activities to get started with creating a program. Review of how to use data to capture student voice and evaluate program for revision will be discussed. Based on the needs of your students and availability of local post-secondary options, learn how to tailor a meaningful college and career exploration experience for your school. Participants are encouraged to bring a device for hands-on demonstration. Register
Thursday, February 10, 2022 | 3:00 P.M.
ALL Students, no exceptions - Using MTSS in Elementary Schools
Presenters: Kyle Sivcovich, 2020 OC COY; Brittany Springle
In this session, participants will learn one district's approach to supporting the Social Emotional needs of ALL students on an elementary school campus. Participants will learn how important it is to structure interventions and supports so that ALL students' needs are met, not just students with intensified needs. Participants will learn how we implement that structure, from giving universal screeners to tracking intervention progress data. As a school counselor working at the Elementary level, it is vital that everything is implemented from a structure to ensure ALL students are supported. Register
Friday, February 11, 2022
Announcement of Counselor of the Year Recipients!
This is the perfect time to help everyone understand the impact School Counselors make! Join the 2022 NSC Week Challenge by posting your pictures on how your involvement makes a difference! Don't be shy! Submit for a chance to win a prize!
How are you supporting the academic, social and emotional and career development of your students? Please take a moment to share with us all the wonderful things your school counseling programs are doing to support students and families!
How Can Administrators Celebrate their School Counselors
- Nominate them for the Counselor Recognition Program
- Provide a Certificate of Recognition
- Join the challenge and complete the photo challenge "School counselors and Administrators are better together because…"
- Get your school excited about National School Counseling Week by promoting the week during morning announcements
- Post Messages on your schools'/districts' social media
- Promote National School Counseling Week via your school marquee
- Provide time at your upcoming staff meeting and allow for school counselors to talk about their role and share their mid-year reports showcasing services delivered
- Learn more about the impact of school counseling!
ON YOUR RADAR
DID YOU KNOW?
CASC released "Becoming an Anti Racist School Counselor" Guide: the guide provides strategies and resources to implement as an anti-racist school counselor with an inclusive program. Check it out HERE!
Soon, Seniors will need to complete and submit the FAFSA/ CADA- AB 469: Pupil Instruction- Financial Aid Applications: Effective January 1, 2022: AB 469 requires on or before September 1, 2022, and each year thereafter, Local Educational Agencies (LEA’s) to ensure that high school seniors complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act Application (CADAA) unless an opt out form in submitted. The intent of this bill is to improve students’ access to financial aid resources. Read full Assembly Bill HERE!
Existing Coordinated Financial Aid Application Completion Campaigns:
- California Student Opportunity and Access Program (Cal-SOAP)
- Race to Submit AB 2015
- Cash for College Program Workshops
- Automatic Grade Point Average Verification for all grade 12 pupils AB 2160
- Outreach to increase enrollment in the California College Promise Innovation Grant Program AB 174
Training Will be Needed to Supervise Fieldwork Students starting Fall 2022: The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) passed new conditions for Pupil Personnel Services Program Standards and Performance Exceptions: Commencing Fall 2022, School Counselors who wish to supervise fieldwork students will need to ensure they are cleared by the university by completing a training in supervision.
- Please connect with each fieldwork student's university to learn theri requirements for supervision and training offerings available in house/ accepted
- Many universities will be offering free in house training
- The California Association of School Counselors (CASC) is offering asynchronous advanced training for $99 for members or $199 for non-members accepted by most universities for five years. Learn more about the training HERE
The SAT, a college admissions exam long associated with paper and pencil, will soon go all-digital. Starting in 2023 for international students and in 2024 in the U.S., the new digital SAT will shrink from three hours to two, include shorter reading passages and allow students to use a calculator on the math section. Testing will still take place at a test center or at a school, but students will be able to choose between using their own devices — including a tablet or a laptop — or the schools' devices.
Click here to view upcoming professional development opportunities for School Counselors
Community Partners Training Opportunities
On Demand: CHOC Mental Health Webinar Archive
Share, Learn and Connect (SLC) Counselor Program
The SLC Counselor Program is designed to provide a one-day, drive-in, or virtual professional development opportunity for individuals working with students in their transition to college. SLC sessions are focused on addressing the needs of public high schools, transfer programs, community-based organizations, and under-resourced independent schools.
Financial Aid Resources and Workshops
California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) Trainings
CSAC is providing new training webinars and virtual workshops to high school staff, college financial aid professionals, Cash for College hosts, as well as students and parents. Currently the commission is hosting statewide financial aid workshops in a virtual format. The workshops are offered through Zoom live webinars and are available to high school counselors, advisors, student advocacy groups, outreach specialists, and community education partners.
Cal-SOAP Financial Aid Webinar Series
Cal-SOAP offers a series of free webinars about paying for college. All webinars are held on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Click on a workshop title to register.
CSU Center to Close the Opportunity Gap- Creating a Culture of Care in Schools
Webinar 1: Supporting the Whole Child: Safeguarding Student Mental and Behavioral Health
Attendees will gain insight on various mental health disorders and psychosocial/emotional issues that affect students in K-12 settings. Educators will learn how to recognize mental health warning signs and leave with actionable strategies to remove the stigma associated with mental health issues and support students and their families.
Webinar 2: Creating a Culture of Care Through Trauma Sensitive Practices
This webinar provides an overview of trauma and its effects on youth in school. Attendees will learn about the intersection of trauma-informed, anti-racism, and equity work in schools and will leave with practical tools and strategies for building caring relationships and trauma sensitive classrooms.
Webinar 3: Building Systems of Care: A Guide to School-Based Mental Health Teams
Join the board chair of CASC, president of the California Association of School Psychologists, and president of California Association of School Social Workers as they embark on defining the complimentary roles and responsibilities of the three professions in meeting the needs of California's students. After attending, conference participants will be able to describe what each profession does and define the strategic and collaborative approach to supporting California's schools. Come with questions as this is a rare opportunity to engage with the leaders of all three organizations in one setting.
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Luz M. Arellano, Ed.D
Orange County Department of Education