Fresh Picks for 8/8/14

Fresh Picks for 8/8/14

ORGANIC FOOD-3My kitchen counter is heaped with kale, swiss chard, basil, blueberries, tomatoes in a variety of sizes, cilantro, radicchio, beans, and, of course, the ubiquitous zucchini after harvesting my garden and CSA farm share this morning. Before I get going on chopping, preserving, and cooking all that deliciousness, here’s today’s harvest of school counseling resources. 


NOSCA’s Guides to the Eight Components of College and Career Readiness Counseling

These elementary, middle, and high school guides from the National Office for School Counselor Advocacy “illustrate how school counselors can use the Eight Components to establish a college-going culture across the K-12 pipeline [we’re a pipeline??!!], promote college and career readiness for all students, and close gaps between low-performing or traditionally underrepresented students and their peers.” Clear, easy to read and refer to, and FREE – you need one!

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Video Featuring School Counselors Reaching Higher

Erin from SCOPE put together this wonderful School Counselors #ReachHigher video of school counselors from all over the country (and at least one from Canada) showing how they’re going to #ReachHigher this year to help their students prepare to continue their education beyond high school. If you need some ideas for goals you can use, there are lots of great examples. You might even start thinking about making a video like this with your students!


Helping Traumatized Children Learn

The Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative offers some great resources for schools and staff to help students who have experienced trauma feel safe and be successful at school. provides information, an online learning community, and FREE, downloadable books, Helping Traumatized Children Learn and Creating and Advocating for Trauma Sensitive Schools. We used Helping Traumatized Children Learn in a staff book group at my school. It was full of good information, very readable, and a reasonable 86 pages long. The staff who participated really liked it and appreciated the information. 

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It’s Okay to Make Mistakes

Todd Parr‘s books and illustrations always bring a smile to my face! Here’s a FREE, printable Back to School Checklist from Todd’s website that would be a fun back to school activity (especially for kids who are feeling a little worried). I’m going to share it on our school’s Facebook page in the days leading up to school. Gotta admit, it’s getting me a little excited about going back to school!

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Are You Interning or Supervising an Intern This Year?

Even though it was a hundred years ago, I vividly remember being a brand-new intern, and wish I had had some good advice ahead of time. Here it is, a few years too late for me, but perfect timing for my new intern and others just starting out, thanks to Andrea from JYJ Counselor and her intern, from last year Kelly: Intern Advice from an Intern.

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You might also be interested in: 

Fresh Picks for 7/16/14 

Getting To Know You  

A is For #ASCA14, and Also For Advocacy 

Where Do I Begin?: Identifying Behavioral Targets 

Creating CareerSmarts

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