My Educational Heroes: Our School Counselors

Neil GuptaBlog, Connect Better, Self Care Better

TL;DR: The role of the school counselor has changed from in the past. They manage college essays and counsel students. They also create and monitor programs, including social-emotional learning, new student programs, suicide prevention, career development, intervention, and family issues.  This post honors National School Counseling Week from February 1-5. A few years ago, I had the privilege of co-presenting … Read More

Counseling: An Innovative Approach to Listening

Hans AppelBlog, Connect Better

TL;DR: Counselors can continue to support school communities by digitally providing resources, ideas, and learning opportunities. CASEL’s SEL Roadmap for Reopening Schools helps guide counselors’ efforts to connect with students. There is value in all educators delivering SEL content to students. Resources from American School Counselor Association (ASCA) are shared. “We think we listen, but very rarely do we listen … Read More

Shame’s Role in Education

Hans AppelBlog, Differentiate Better, Lead Better, Manage Better

TL;DR: The role of shame in education, as told through a specific student case study. A journey through finding what works for kids. Steps to challenge the role of shame in education. “Shame is the intensely painful feeling that we are unworthy of love and belonging.”  -Brene Brown This was a tough week for me.  One of my students, we’ll … Read More