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



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School counsellors can play a powerful role in closing the achievement gap by incorporating principles of social justice - that is, equity and advocacy for all students - into their practice. This new resource for pre-service and in-service counsellors addresses the reasons why some students are more likely to encounter academic failure (racism, sexism, heterosexism, classism), and challenges readers to play an active role in bringing about the conditions for student success. Offering a variety of vignettes, strategies, activities, and reflective individual and group study questions, the book provides the framework for how school counsellors can mitigate the impact of negative factors hampering academic performance and healthy development. The book details six functions of a school counsellors that move schools toward more just practices and, ultimately, to higher test scores and increased student achievement.

Table of Contents

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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