School Counselor Connection
Tips for Success Vol 7, February 2021
Celebrating National School Counseling Week Feb 1-5, 2021
Orange County School Counselor Recognition & School Counselor Advocate Awards
This year, the Orange County School Counselor Recognition Program and School Counselor Advocate Award Program recognizes six incredible School Counselors and three School Counselor Advocates:
2021 School Counselor Recognition Awardees:
Savanna High School, Anaheim Union High School District
Brea Olinda High School, Brea Olinda Unified School District
Marco Fisher Middle School, Capistrano Unified School District
MacArthur Fundamental Intermediate School, Santa Ana Unified School District
Kinoshita Elementary School, Capistrano Unified School District
Ponderosa Elementary School, Anaheim Elementary School District
2021 School Counselor Advocate Awardees:
Counselor on Special Assignment from Capistrano Unified School District
Nicole Jones and Katherine White
Officers of Parent Teacher Student Organization from Cerro Villa Middle School in Orange Unified School District
Dr. Mijares, Superintendent of Schools sends a special message to all of you!
Show your appreciation!
Participate in the Photo Challenge!
Participate in Professional Development
Coffee with Orange County School Counselors
We are excited to bring to you, Coffee with Orange County School Counselors. These meetings will be co-facilitated by our 2020 Orange County Counselor Recognition Recipients. We will host an open space to collaborate and learn from each other for student success. This is a great opportunity to foster a support system among school counselors.
Please click here to share any discussion topics.
One Starbucks gift card will be raffled at each session.
High School Collaboration
Facilitators: Darwin Vega & Dr. Luz Arellano
February 11, 2021
8:15 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Elementary and Middle School Collaboration
Facilitators: Kyle Sivcovich, Jacqueline Gallardo-Hoffmaster & Dr. Luz Arellano
February 18, 2021
8:15 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Fostering Student Resiliency & Self-Efficacy
School Counselors Nurture Student Resilience and Self-Efficacy through Mindsets & Behavior Standards for Student Success
Want to nurture academic perseverance? Role of Non-cognitive Factors
Resilience: The ability to personally or professionally succeed despite adversity stems from resilience, or coping effectively with difficulties that might otherwise lead to anxiety, depression, withdrawal, physical symptoms, or poor achievement. Considerable research has revealed that resilience results from positive social relationships, positive attitudes and emotions, the ability to control one’s own behavior, and feelings of competence (Doll, Zucker, & Brehm, 2004).
Self-efficacy: Relates to beliefs that students have about their abilities to succeed at a given task. Individuals tend to engage in activities in which they feel confident in their ability to complete and to avoid those in which they lack such confidence (Bandura,1986).
This is a difficult time but, "You are Doing a Good Job"
Upcoming Professional Development
Resources Available for Mental Health Awareness Month: Do you have a group of students interested in a conducting schoolwide activity for Mental Health Awareness Month in May? The Orange County Department of Education’s Student Advocates for Mental Health program can provide free training, supplies, resources, and support to create or promote your activity. This opportunity is available to all Orange County public and private elementary, middle, and high schools. For more information, please visit our program website or contact Lisa Nguyen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scholarship Opportunity: Young Women Public Affairs Award Recognizing young women for their commitment to volunteerism, volunteer leadership achievements and dedication to empowering women worldwide. The Young Women in Public Affairs Award is a Zonta International program funded by contributions to the Zonta Foundation for Women. Zonta International is a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.
Link to application:
Luz M. Arellano, Ed.D
Orange County Department of Education
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