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Sunday, September 09, 2012

ASCA Back to School Resources

Now that summer has ended and everyone is back to school, it's the perfect time to take advantage of your ASCA membership with these valuable back-to-school "supplies," many of which are free to members.

Role of the School Counselor - Free
Share this role statement with your administrator, faculty and parents to educate them on the proper role of the school counselor, or download level-specific handouts on the need for school counselors. 

Back-to-School Tips for Parents - Free
A one-page handout suitable for distributing to parents on how they can best work with their child's school counselor.  

Articles for Parents - Free
Share these articles with students' parents throughout the course of the school year.

2012 Webinar Series - Free to Members
With topics ranging from classroom management to respectful elementary schools, school counselor/principal relationships to school counselor leadership, the ASCA webinars provide valuable professional development.

Lesson Plans - Free to Members
Looking for lesson plans on topics ranging from abuse to academic achievement, anger management to behavioral issues, bibliocounseling to grief and much more? Check out the lesson plans in the Resource Center, broken out by topic.

Sample School Counseling Department Websites - Free to Members
Looking for ideas for updating (or building) your school counseling department website?

Forms and Needs Assessment Surveys - Free to Members
Find out exactly what your students want and need from your school counseling program curriculum.

Academic Achievement Resources - Free to Members
A wealth of sample documents and PowerPoint presentations on various aspects of improving student achievement, ranging from individualized learning plans to connecting schoolwork to students' futures, from academic underachievement resources to closing the attendance gap, from goal setting to effective interventions leading to systemic change - and much more.  

Hand out pencils promoting school counseling to your students so they'll have a daily reminder of where to turn when they need help. Pencils may be purchased in packs of 20 ($8 for members/$10 for nonmembers). Pencils are currently available in navy.

Kids love stickers. Let them proudly display their support of your program with "I heart my school counselor" stickers. Also available are "My School Counselor Helps Me Succeed" stickers. Stickers come 12 to a sheet ($1 per sheet for members, $3 for nonmembers). 

Encourage students to count on the school counselor for help when needed with a pack of 100 bookmarks ($15 for members/$18 for nonmembers). The bookmarks say "School Counselors: Providing Lessons for Life" on one side and "Sometimes the answers can't be found in the back of a book" on the reverse side.

Door hanger
Promote privacy when you're in a counseling session or let students know when you're available with this reversible door hanger ($3 for members/$5 for nonmembers). One side says "Counseling in Progress. Please Do Not Disturb." The reverse side says "Please Come In."

Order these items online at via the National School Counseling Week order form.

And be sure to check out the September/October issue of ASCA School Counselor magazine for more on back-to-school issues. It's available online now and mails later this month.  

Here's to another great school year! 
American School Counselor Association