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

ISBN-10: 1412941849

ISBN-13: 9781412941846

Edition: 2007

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""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, CoeditorBuilding 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 EducationLehman 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 CounselorBurlington 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 healthydevelopment and academic success of all students. Readers will find: Counseling snapshots of challenging situationsSmall-group activities for studentsSuggested readings for extending learningIndividual 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.
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Book details

List price: $31.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Corwin Press
Publication date: 6/22/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

About the Author
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
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
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
Defining Consultation
Social Justice Considerations and the Consultation Process
Consultation Strategies
Questioning Domains
Assessing School Culture
Questions to Consider
Connecting Schools, Families, and Communities
Avoid the Blame Game
Five Principles of Effective SFC Partnership
Barriers to School-Family Collaborations
Questions to Consider
Collecting and Using Data
What Is Accountability?
Using Data to Uncover Inequities
School Counseling Program Evaluation
Developing Program Assessment Tools
Questions to Consider
Challenging Bias
Guidelines for Challenging Bias
Social Justice Education in Schools
Questions to Consider
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
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
Assessing School Equity
School Counselor Multicultural Competence Checklist
School Culture Assessment
Assessing Beliefs About School-Family-Community Partnership Involvement
SOARING Samples and Worksheets
Suggested Readings by Topic
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