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As the beginning of the year approaches, we all know what takes up so much of our time as high school counselors... SCHEDULE CHANGES.

How many different ways can you say it?
Don't you wish you could filter some of these schedule change requests before they get to you?
Just point to a sign and say READ THIS FIRST?!

Now you can.

Top Podcast Recs for School Counselors

School is winding down, maybe you have a bit of free time? (I know-- how DARE I say that!) Between fine tuning your students' schedules, take some time to dive into a good podcast/TED talk. Maybe you're traveling to the #ASCA17 conference in Denver and need some entertainment in your earbuds. I'm sure some will tug at your heart strings as school counselors. Here are a couple of my all time favorites to get you started.

5 Things You Need to Know Before Applying for RAMP

The news is out!
Our school is officially a RAMP (Recognized ASCA Model Program) school, and it feels SO good!

In my opinion, here are 5 Things You Need to Know Before Applying for RAMP:

Flipped Meetings in the High School Setting

Each year, we sit down with all of the students on our caseload and have 15 minute meetings with each individual student and parent where we discuss post-secondary/graduation plans (college and career readiness) and course registration/planning. 

It takes me about a month and a half to get through these meetings with my 400+ students on my caseload. Now don't get me wrong... I LOVE getting to sit down and talk with students and parents one-on-one. It is very life giving. What is life draining, however, is saying the SAME thing 400 times plus.

This year I set out to be more efficient (the maximizer in me). I am trying a "flipped meeting" style video that I am asking parents and students to watch before we sit down. I want to answer more of  my families' specific questions; I want to hear myself talk less. I used Screen Cast-O-Matic which I wrote a blog post about HERE last Spring. I uploaded a 15 minute video to my YouTube channel and am asking parents and students to watch it before we sit down to have our meeting.

I received one email from a parent so far with good feedback, so I am looking forward to seeing how it goes overall!

Check out my professional development presentation on "Technology for Effectiveness" for more about flipped meetings and other ideas to make your school counseling program more effective!

Have you ever used flipped meetings before? Was it efficient and effective? Let me know in the comments below!

Engaging Classroom Data Collection!

I really dove into the importance of collecting meaningful data in new, creative ways as our department endeavored applying for RAMP this past year. This semester, I've been in my Class of 2018's English classes 3 times (a feat! actually bit off more than I can chew with 14 classes each of those 3 times).

Check out my Teachers Pay Teachers professional development presentation on using "Technology for Classroom Lessons."

Using technology to collect data in the classroom is a FUN way to engage students and stay ASCA standards driven. Let's talk about the couple of very practical tools I used in this long post ahead:

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