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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.
 
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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