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School Counseling to Close the Achievement Gap
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School Counseling to Close the Achievement Gap
A Social Justice Framework for Success

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School Counseling | Social Justice

June 2007 | 176 pages | Corwin

"The author is way ahead of the game on this one. This book is sorely needed in schools today. I work with several schools and would recommend using this material in counselor inservice programs and graduate counselor education classes."
—Sharon K. Johnson, Coeditor
Building Stronger School Counseling Programs

"A groundbreaking book for school counselors and school counselor educators, with great examples, practical suggestions, and powerful theory. The author encourages using a social justice advocacy lens to help counselors and counseling programs close the achievement gap."
—Stuart F. Chen-Hayes, Associate Professor of Counselor Education
Lehman College of the City University of New York

"I would recommend this book to every education student, school counselor, and urban educator."
—Jennifer White-Peters, School Counselor
Burlington City Junior School, NJ

Be a major player in improving student development and performance!

School counselors can play a powerful role in closing the achievement gap when they incorporate the principles of social justice into their practice. In this much-needed resource for preservice and inservice counselors, Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy addresses factors (such as racism, sexism, heterosexism, and classism) that can contribute to academic failure, and challenges readers to play an active role in creating equitable educational environments.

The author provides a variety of strategies to support school counselors in six key functions—counseling, consulting, coordinating services, connecting schools to families and communities, collecting and analyzing data, and challenging bias—and shows counselors how to advocate for the healthy development and academic success of all students. Readers will find:

  • Counseling snapshots of challenging situations
  • Small-group activities for students
  • Suggested readings for extending learning
  • Individual and group reflective questions to deepen understanding

School Counseling to Close the Achievement Gap is the ideal road map for promoting equity in schools, increasing students' academic performance, and enhancing their personal growth.


 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
1. The Achievement Gap: Our Ultimate Challenge
School Counseling and the Gap

 
Where We Have Been and Where We Are Headed

 
The Power of School Counselors

 
Achievement Gap Defined

 
A Closer Look at the Gap

 
What Do We Know About Closing the Gap?

 
Questions to Consider

 
 
2. School Counseling Within the Context of Social Justice
Redefining School Counseling to Serve Diverse Groups

 
Focusing on Social Justice

 
Key Functions of School Counseling Based on a Social Justice Approach

 
Questions to Consider

 
 
3. Counseling and Intervention Planning
Critical Factors That Affect School Counseling and the Counseling Relationship

 
Culturally Appropriate Counseling Interventions

 
Assessing School Counselors' Multicultural Counseling Competence

 
The Influence of Culture on Intervention Planning

 
Questions to Consider

 
 
4. Consultation
Defining Consultation

 
Social Justice Considerations and the Consultation Process

 
Consultation Strategies

 
Questioning Domains

 
Assessing School Culture

 
Questions to Consider

 
 
5. Connecting Schools, Families, and Communities
Avoid the Blame Game

 
Five Principles of Effective SFC Partnership

 
Barriers to School-Family Collaborations

 
Questions to Consider

 
 
6. Collecting and Using Data
What Is Accountability?

 
Using Data to Uncover Inequities

 
School Counseling Program Evaluation

 
Developing Program Assessment Tools

 
Questions to Consider

 
 
7. Challenging Bias
Guidelines for Challenging Bias

 
Social Justice Education in Schools

 
Questions to Consider

 
 
8. Coordinating Student Services and Support
Collaborating With Community Organizations and Social Service Agencies

 
Implementing Scheduling Practices That Encourage Rigorous Course Taking

 
Coordinating College Preparation Interventions

 
Coordinating Tutoring Services

 
Participating on Individualized Education Program Committees

 
Participating on Gifted and Talented Committees

 
Questions to Consider

 
 
9. Doing the Right Thing: Developing a Social Justice–Focused School Counseling Program
Assessing Your Beliefs

 
Assessing Your Skills

 
Assessing Your Students' Needs

 
My Vision for My School Counseling Program

 
Concluding Remarks

 
 
Resources
Resource A: Assessing School Equity

 
Resource B: School Counselor Multicultural Competence Checklist

 
Resource C: School Culture Assessment

 
Resource D: Assessing Beliefs About School-Family-Community Partnership Involvement

 
Resource E: SOARING Samples and Worksheets

 
 
Suggested Readings by Topic
 
References
 
Index

This textbook was recommended for both introduction to school counseling and internship in school counseling courses as a supplemental text for the course.

Dr Karen Rowland
College of Continuing and Professional Studies, Mercer University Graduate Professional Center
October 14, 2009
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Key features
  • Presents real applications of counseling concepts in numerous features: "Counseling Snapshot" vignettes, "Thinking About..." practice activities, and "Counselor-in Action" challenges for readers.
  • Details the six functions of school counselors for social justice: (1) Counseling/Clinical Assessment, (2) Connecting Schools, Community Members, and Families, (3) Consulting, (4) Collecting and Analyzing Data, (5) Challenging Bias, (6) Coordinating Student Services


Sample Materials & Chapters

Holcomb-McCoy Preface

Holcomb-McCoy Chapter 1


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