School Counselors

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Exploring Career Interests & Careers Activity Sheets

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Students start by taking an interest survey to identify passions, talents, skills- as well as- work location preferences. Next they design a compass about what matters to them before jumping in and exploring three different websites with loads of videos featuring different careers. Document is in an editable word file so teachers and counselors can tweak it to fit their student's needs! Great for grades 4-6.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Sarah Bazemore

JOT Webinar Schedules

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Each webinar will include a 30-45 minutes presentation, followed by an opportunity for Question and Answers (Q/A) with attendees. All recordings will be posted on the Virginia Department of Education’s Career and Learning Center website for those unable to attend live!Webinars will be focused on one of the following topics (identified as areas of need by school counseling division leaders):Supporting Students with Anxiety Supporting Students with DepressionDesigning Effective Behavior InterventionsHelping Students Manage StressUsing Data to Plan, Monitor, and Evaluate your Comprehensive School Counseling ProgramPlease take a moment to explore the exciting sessions being offered this Fall and Winter! The two flyers linked below have more information on each session, including dates, times, and registration links

Material Type: Lesson

Author: Sarah Bazemore

Supporting Students with Anxiety: Emotional Regulation for the Classroom

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This session will focus on a tier 1 classroom lesson plan that can be tailored for any age student on emotional regulation. The lesson will teach school counselors how to teach students about anxiety using digestible terminology that will help empower students to label what they are experiencing. The lesson plans focus on an regulation and dysregulation; the fight, flight, freeze response; and includes a discussion about things that may cause us to become dysregulated, signs our bodies send us that we may be becoming dysregulated, and ways we can promote regulation among ourselves. Participants will gain access to the lesson(s).

Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Sarah Bazemore

VA School Counselor Activity Rating Scale

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Administrators and school counselors should independently complete their designated rating scales. Afterwards they should meet to Review combined responses,Identify areas of alignment and areas where there are discrepancies,Identify counselor and admin expectations of duties in relation to importance and time spent.compare and discuss the level of importance for each activity and look for misalignment in time spent.

Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Sarah Bazemore

VA SEL Guidance Standards Selection and Prioritization Tool

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The Virginia SEL Guidance Standards are meant to serve as a resource for school divisions and are not required or mandated for implementation. As such, school or division teams have the autonomy to prioritize the selection of specific standards that address student needs and compliment their mission and vision. This tool can guide teams through this process. School data (such as: climate surveys, academic data, postsecondary enrollment data, or behavior data) can help school teams identify the social, emotional, and cognitive developmental needs of students. Additionally, stakeholders such as students, teachers, administrators, and caregivers should be involved when determining which SEL standards should be prioritized, taught, and measured.

Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Sarah Bazemore