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School Counseling to Close the Achievement Gap

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

Edited by:
  • Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy - American University, Washington DC, USA, John Hopkins University, USA, University of Maryland, College Park, USA

June 2007 | 176 pages | Corwin
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.
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

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

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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Holcomb-McCoy Preface

Holcomb-McCoy Chapter 1

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