Counselor Connect Mission: To develop a district-led and championed community of practice, where high-quality professional development, resources, and support are provided for Student Service Professionals to foster the delivery of equitable, accessible, and data-informed services to students in the areas of academic, postsecondary, and social-emotional learning.
November's Topic: Employability Skills
Each month, we will feature some resources and professional development opportunities to align to our Counselor Connect priority topic!
Employability skills are essential, in-demand skills, crucial to the selection of employees. This may come as no surprise but employers highly regard such skills that extend beyond qualifications and experience. In fact, you may have heard some employers share that they might be willing to teach job-specific skills but want their employees to have those ‘soft skills’ that make them employable and can be more difficult to teach.
Employability skills are a crucial component of college and career readiness. Indiana recognizes this and as such, made the inclusion of interdisciplinary employability skills standards in the curriculum a state requirement. In response, the Department of Education, in collaboration with the Department of Workforce Development, established Employability Skills Competencies. Interestingly for our Counselor Connect community, these competencies are based on Indiana’s Social Emotional Learning Competencies and the American School Counselor Association Mindsets and Behaviors, among other previously developed standards.
This month, we’ll explore how some schools are integrating employability skills in the K-12 classrooms!
Professional Development Opportunities
Here are some curated opportunities to help you support students and families.
Employability Skills: Moving From State Compliance To District Culture
Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Register Here
Wednesday, December 9, 2020, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Registration Posted Soon
Understanding & Responding to Behavior Through the Lens of Trauma, Stress, & Self-Regulation in Early Childhood
Wednesday, December 9, 2020, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. | Register Here
District & School Leadership that Focuses on Equity & Belonging Series
January 13, 20, 27, & February 3, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. | Register Here
- Counselor Connect Events
- ISCA Virtual Conference, November 20, 2020
- INSSWA Virtual Conference, November 13, 2020
- IYI Events
- IASP Events
- Hatching Results Webinar Series, Conversations & Solutions in School Counseling
- Session 1: How School Counselors Use Data to Improve Postsecondary Outcomes Countywide, November 5, 1:00-2:00 pm EST
- Session 2: Establishing the Foundation of Building a Data-Driven Program that is Centered on Equity and Access, November 12, 1:00-2:00 pm EST
- Session 3: Building a Countywide School Counseling Collaborative, Featuring Elkhart County Indiana, November 18, 1:00-2:00pm EST
- Session 4: School Counselors Closing the Gap for Student Groups, December 1, 1:00-2:00 pm EST
- Technology Tips (April 20, 2020)
- Communication Strategies During School Closures (May 7, 2020)
- School Reentry (May 21, 2020)
- How Brain Development, Learning and Behaviors are Affected by Adversity, Part 1 by Dr. Desautels (July 24, 2020) Presentation | Recording | Resources
- Resiliency Through the Adversity: Our Brains and Bodies Respond when the Conditions of Safety and Connection are Present, with Dr. Desautels | Recordings (September 23 & 30 2020)
All webinars recorded from March 15–August 31, 2020, are free to nonmembers. Some really timely topics include:
- Ethical Considerations: School Counseling in a Virtual Setting
- Virtual High School Counseling: Tier 1 How-to
- Online Safety Education for Kids
- The Power to Motivate
- Ethics on Virtual Counseling
- Expanding Support Beyond the Virtual Classroom: Lessons and Recommendations from School Counselors During the Covid-19 Crisis | Harvard Report
- Covid-19 Planning Considerations and Resources: Addressing Staff and Student Mental Health for School Re-Entry
- Indiana Continuous Learning Guidance
- COVID19 K12 COUNSELING
- American School Counselor Association Resources
- CASEL Resources
- Counselor1Stop Coronavirus Resources
- Indiana Department of Education Resources
- COVID-19 Resources for School Counselors
- 5 Star Life Life Video Curriculum: Coronavirus Playlist 2020 – Comprehensive SEL Video Curriculum for schools and downloadable note sheets.
- Helping Children Cope with Changes Resulting from COVID-19 Tips for parents and educators for talking about COVID-19 and establishing a new “normal” at home (available in multiple languages)
- COVID-19: Five Helpful Responses for Families
- Resources for Educators (compiled by the California Association of School Counselors)
- Resources for Talking About Race, Racism, and Radicalized Violence with Kids (Center for Racial Justice in Education)
- Teaching Tolerance: Race & Ethnicity
- ASCA Race and Equity Resources
- CASEL Resources
- New Jersey School Counseling Association
- Guidance for Facilitating Classroom Meetings on Race
We will continue to add resources so check back often!
A resource for counselors on how to help students, staff members and families reenter school while navigating a range of emotions from excitement to anxiety.
- Course Planning
- Effective Study Skills
- Graduation Plans
- Best Practices for Effective Schools
- How to Engage and Support Urban Students
- Empirical Research Studies Supporting the Value of School Counseling
- Student Engagement Research
- Student Orientation Connected to Successful Completions
- ASCA’s Academic Development Resources
- ASCA’s Academic Development video library includes webinars regarding motivating students, using noncognitive skills to improve student success, improving attendance, attitude and achievement for at-risk students, and help students develop executive functioning skills.
- Measuring Impact
- Resource Sharing
- Strategies Shared by Comprehensive Counseling Initiative (Lilly Endowment) Grant Recipients
Tips for parents and educators for talking about COVID-19 and establishing a new “normal” in the home (available in multiple languages).
Creating a sense of safety, connecting, and cultivating a new sense of normal with these five tips.
Counselor Connect Steering Committee
The Counselor Connect Steering Committee, consisting of Student Service Professional and Administrator representatives from the CIESC member districts, will assist in setting the vision, developing the action plan, and identifying priority topics to be offered through professional development, to begin in 2020-2021. Member expertise will continue to be drawn upon for ongoing support and professional development needs through Tactic Teams beyond the initial planning period.