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School Counselors

White House to States: Help School Counselors Now

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 09.01.2014 | College
Patrick O'Connor

The profession that has spent decades discussing student assessment and teacher tenure must radically improve the way school counselors are viewed and able to do their work in eight weeks.

A High School where Every Counselor is College Ready

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 06.22.2014 | College
Patrick O'Connor

It' s time to make good on a debt. Last fall, I challenged America's school counselors to improve college advising in their building by requiring eve...

6 Ways That Adolescent Grief Is Different

Kenneth J. Doka, M.Div., Ph.D. | Posted 06.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Kenneth J. Doka, M.Div., Ph.D.

Grieving adolescents are often left to fend for themselves or are offered support from counselors outside their community immediately after an event. Such support may be unwelcome, particularly by adolescents.

MCAN, Charter Schools, and Moms--I Apologize

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 05.06.2014 | Detroit
Patrick O'Connor

Even though I haven't tried to hurt anybody's feelings in this space, there has been an instance or two where a column made people write me in the las...

Objections to Better Training in College Advising

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 04.29.2014 | College
Patrick O'Connor

Readers of this space are more than familiar with my favorite topic--but in case you're brand new, here's the summary: • Most school counselors rec...

The 2013 School Counselor Honor Roll for College Counseling

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 11.09.2013 | College
Patrick O'Connor

The truth is, you have at least two reasons to be grateful for your school counselor, and maybe three.

Mr. President, How I Won't Be Spending My Summer Vacation

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 08.21.2013 | College
Patrick O'Connor

If you're wondering what this kind of class can do for students, families, and their counselors, I'd be happy to come by and talk with you about it.

The Aftermath of 3,783 Layoffs: What Will Philadelphia Schools Look Like?

Hillary Linardopoulos | Posted 08.12.2013 | Impact
Hillary Linardopoulos

I can't say I have all of the answers for the funding crisis in the School District of Philadelphia. What I can say is that our schools cannot open without these people. Our students already are at the mercy of a lack of resources. They cannot afford another cut.

Dare to Do -- Take a College Counseling Class This Summer

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 07.29.2013 | College
Patrick O'Connor

This is a tough time of year to be a school counselor. You are giving every free moment to life at school, running the awards assembly, putting the final touch on next year's schedules, calling parents to tell them graduation will have to wait until summer school's over.

A Call for College Access Freedom Fighters

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 07.23.2013 | College
Patrick O'Connor

If you've been looking for evidence to support a request to provide more college programming in your local schools, look no more. A new report from the National Association for College Admission Counseling offers these nuggets on college counseling in general.

Prevention First: A Physician's Prescription for Safer Schools

Robert Ross | Posted 04.17.2013 | Impact
Robert Ross

There are no shortage of ideas on the subject, and the debate has been robust. But I'd argue that our national conversation has been missing one essential element: a physician's focus on prevention.

President Obama, the Time to Improve College Access is Now

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 11.24.2012 | Education
Patrick O'Connor

America is graduating one of the largest high school classes in history this year, and the college plans of these students are being guided by school counselors who have had little or no graduate school training working with students and families in the college selection process.

Recent Study Underscores Importance of Improving School Readiness to Address Dating Violence

Wendy Pollack | Posted 10.30.2012 | Education
Wendy Pollack

School counseling provides a unique setting for students to address their needs related to dating violence. However, our nation's high school counselors may be ill-equipped to assist students.

Study: Adolescent Dating Violence Not High Priority For Most High Schools

Posted 07.24.2012 | Education

A study out of Ball State University has found that most schools do not consider adolescent dating violence a high-priority issue, with 81.3 percent o...

High School Dropout Potential Could Be Determined In Middle School

Posted 07.18.2012 | Education

A report by PBS's Frontline examines the work of Johns Hopkins researcher Dr. Robert Balfanz, who suggests there is a key period in middle school that...

"When Young People Are Able to Process Their Emotions They Have More Time for Learning" - Principal Sporleder

Michael Jascz | Posted 07.10.2012 | New York
Michael Jascz

This is a story of empowerment. This is a story of how kids in even the worst of situations can still turn their lives around, if we as the adults can make emotional safety a part of a school's culture.

Mr. President, Here's the Best Way to End Financial Aid Misuse

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 07.03.2012 | Detroit
Patrick O'Connor

Students rely on high school counselors to help them negotiate the daunting maze of tests, applications and financial aid forms, but can still make uninformed decisions that don't work out. If you could change that trend for free, would you?

Politicians Are Just Like High School Students

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 05.07.2012 | Comedy
Patrick O'Connor

I've decided it's time to amend the United States Constitution. From now on, the only people who get to vote are school counselors. This came to me after three weeks of nonstop phone calls to my house from presidential candidates.

Why You Should Celebrate National School Counseling Week

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 04.08.2012 | Detroit
Patrick O'Connor

If you have a minute this week, stop by and thank your school counselor for everything you don't know they're doing.

School Counselor Accused Of Sexting Student

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 11.16.2011 | Education

After allegedly texting naked photos of herself to a 15-year-old boy, 43-year-old school counselor Cynthia Stewart faces possible jail time, NBC Dalla...