School counselors prove valuable partnersin understanding student needs
64% of teachers report increases in                                    student needs for health and social                ...
School counselors have insight into               Success and failure trends               Which policies have negative ...
For teachers and administrators:               Human development               Abnormal behavior and development        ...
For school counselors               How to apply current knowledge and skills to                leadership positions     ...
    Teachers and administrators: Discover what                counselors learn in preservice/what they                bri...
Read the original article,published inThe Learning Principal(Spring, 2012). Available atwww.learningforward.org/learningpr...
To learn more about professional learning at all levelsof education, visit Learning Forward, an internationalnonprofit ass...
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According to the newest MetLife Survey of the American Teacher, 64% of teachers are reporting seeing an increase in the number of students and families needing health and social support services, while 28% of teachers have seen reductions or eliminations of those same services. As a result, schools may be faced with redefining their school counselors’ roles by necessity, and in the process may find better ways to leverage the counselor’s contributions to teachers and to student achievement.

Traditionally, school counselors have been asked to address students’ emotional or academic planning needs. See how one Alabama school is redefining the role of school counselor to become more active contributors to schools’ improvement plans, student achievement, and teacher professional learning.

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School counselors prove valuable partners in understanding student needs

  1. 1. School counselors prove valuable partnersin understanding student needs
  2. 2. 64% of teachers report increases in student needs for health and social support services 28% of teachers report reductions or eliminations of those same services 76% of teachers report budget decreases 66% of teachers report layoffs of teachers, parent/community liaisons or school staffSource: Source: MetLife. (2011). The MetLife survey of the American teacher:Teachers, parents and the economy. New York: Author. Available atwww.metlife.com/teachersurvey.
  3. 3. School counselors have insight into   Success and failure trends   Which policies have negative effects on students   The big picture of the school, parents, and local community   Resources available in the county   Where the power is to create change   Group/team dynamicsSource: Armstrong, A. (2012, Spring). A fresh perspective: School counselors prove valuablepartners in understanding student needs. The Learning Principal. Learning Forward. Availableat www.learningforward.org/learningprincipal
  4. 4. For teachers and administrators:   Human development   Abnormal behavior and development   Other counseling-related topics The goal is not to turn staff into counselors, but to learn basic principles that will enhance working together for student success.Source: Armstrong, A. (2012, Spring). A fresh perspective: School counselors prove valuablepartners in understanding student needs. The Learning Principal. Learning Forward. Availableat www.learningforward.org/learningprincipal
  5. 5. For school counselors   How to apply current knowledge and skills to leadership positions   Basic principles of education and learning   How to use data to create urgency for changeSource: Armstrong, A. (2012, Spring). A fresh perspective: School counselors prove valuablepartners in understanding student needs. The Learning Principal. Learning Forward. Availableat www.learningforward.org/learningprincipal
  6. 6.   Teachers and administrators: Discover what counselors learn in preservice/what they bring to the position   Principals: Have conversations with counseling staff about the needs of the school   Counselors: Start with data analysis to see where students may be struggling and if resources are deployed equitably.Source: Armstrong, A. (2012, Spring). A fresh perspective: School counselors prove valuablepartners in understanding student needs. The Learning Principal. Learning Forward. Availableat www.learningforward.org/learningprincipal
  7. 7. Read the original article,published inThe Learning Principal(Spring, 2012). Available atwww.learningforward.org/learningprincipal.This newsletter was made possible with thegenerous support of MetLife Foundation.
  8. 8. To learn more about professional learning at all levelsof education, visit Learning Forward, an internationalnonprofit association of learning educators:www.learningforward.orgMembership in Learning Forward gives you access to awide range of publications, tools, and opportunitiesto advance professional learning for student success.
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