Counselor Connect is a district-led and championed community of practice, offering high quality professional development, resources, and support for Student Service Professionals to foster the delivery of equitable, accessible, and data-informed services to students in the areas of academic, postsecondary, and social-emotional learning.
April’s Topic: Restorative Practices
Each month, we will feature some resources and professional development opportunities to align to our Counselor Connect priority topic!
Restorative Practices can help build and strengthen relationships and restore and repair harm. When implementing these and other practices in schools, the creation of systems for installation and the monitoring of fidelity and intended outcomes are often overlooked as priorities. An MTSS framework provides a process for installing and sustaining practices and decision-making systems that strengthen environments and help achieve desired outcomes. This session is for those new to Restorative Practices or new to the idea of installing them within a Multi-Tiered System of Supports framework. The session will explore basic theories of Restorative Practices, basic principles of an MTSS framework and considerations for the alignment of the two.
Join us for our April Counselor Connect as we hear from national trainer, speaker and coach, Ali Hearn!
Resources for providing Restorative Practice Support:
- Panorama’s Restorative Practices Toolkit
- Oakland Unified School District website for Restorative Justice
- Chicago Public Schools Restorative Practices Toolkit
- Ali Hearn Coaching + Consulting Draft RP Workbook
- Circle Forward Book by: Kay Pranis and Carolyn Boyes-Watson
- Circle in the Square Book by: Nancy Riestenberg
Professional Development Opportunities
Here are some curated opportunities to help you support students and families.
INTERESTED IN PRESENTING?
We are always looking for educational voices to share expertise, tips, and resources. If you are interested in presenting, co-presenting, or sharing a component of your program, please complete the presenter proposal form here!
- Counselor Connect & Keep Indiana Learning Events
- Stop Calling them Soft Skills! with Trevor Muir – April 26, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. EST | Register here Free to attend!
- Hatching Results for Your Elementary School Counseling Program Virtual Institute – May 6-7 | Registration and information
- The Power of A Teacher with Adam Saenz – May 17, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. EST | Register here Free to attend!
- Keep Indiana Learning Virtual Conference, June 29-30, 2021 | Registration is Open!
- Westfield Washington Schools’ Parent University presents, Diving Into Our Brain and Body Well-Being with Dr. Desautels
- April 25 and May 2 at 7:00 p.m. EST | Register here! Free to attend!
- IYI Events
- IASP Events
- INSSWA Events
- ISCA Events
Counselor Connects recorded in September 2020 and beyond can be accessed at our OnDemand site.
- Technology Tips (April 20, 2020)
- Communication Strategies During School Closures (May 7, 2020)
- School Reentry (May 21, 2020)
- How Brain Development, Learning and Behaviors are Affected by Adversity, Part 1 by Dr. Desautels (July 24, 2020) Presentation | Recording | Resources
- Resiliency Through the Adversity: Our Brains and Bodies Respond when the Conditions of Safety and Connection are Present, with Dr. Desautels | Recordings (September 23 & 30 2020)
- ASCA U Specialist Trainings
- Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Specialist Training is FREE to ASCA members and nonmembers!
- ASCA Webinars – All webinars recorded from March 15-August 31, 2020 are free to nonmembers. Some really timely topics include:
- Ethical Considerations: School Counseling in a Virtual Setting
- Virtual High School Counseling: Tier 1 How-to
- Online Safety Education for Kids
- The Power to Motivate
- Ethics on Virtual Counseling
- Harvard Report
- Covid-19 Planning Considerations and Resources: Addressing Staff and Student Mental Health for School Re-Entry
- Indiana Continuous Learning Guidance
- COVID19 K12 COUNSELING
- American School Counselor Association Resources
- CASEL Resources
- Counselor1Stop Coronavirus Resources
- Indiana Department of Education Resources
- COVID-19 Resources for School Counselors
- 5 Star Life Life Video Curriculum: Coronavirus Playlist 2020 – Comprehensive SEL Video Curriculum for schools and downloadable note sheets.
- Helping Children Cope with Changes Resulting from COVID-19
- COVID-19: Five Helpful Responses for Families
- Tips for Working from Home
Equity & Inclusion
- Exploring Equity: Race and Ethnicity – The Role that Racial and Ethnic Identity Play with Respect to Equity and Opportunity in Education
- The ASCA U Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Specialist Training is FREE to ASCA members and nonmembers!
- Resources for Educators (compiled by the California Association of School Counselors)
- Resources for Talking About Race, Racism, and Radicalized Violence with Kids (Center for Racial Justice in Education)
- Teaching Tolerance: Race & Ethnicity
- ASCA Race and Equity Resources
- CASEL Resources
- New Jersey School Counseling Association
- Guidance for Facilitating Classroom Meetings on Race
We will continue to add resources so check back often!
- How to Create a Virtual Classroom | Bitmoji Classroom Tutorial | Bitmoji Classroom Tutorials
- Virtual Elementary School Counseling Toolkit (ASCA)
- Virtual Middle School Counseling Toolkit (ASCA)
- Virtual High School Counseling Toolkit (ASCA)
- Ethical Considerations: School Counseling in a Virtual Setting: Part 1 Webinar | Part 2 Webinar
- Course Planning
- Effective Study Skills
- Graduation Plans
- Best Practices for Effective Schools
- How to Engage and Support Urban Students
- Empirical Research Studies Supporting the Value of School Counseling
- Student Engagement Research
- Student Orientation Connected to Successful Completions
- ASCA’s Academic Development video library includes webinars regarding motivating students, using noncognitive skills to improve student success, improving attendance, attitude and achievement for at-risk students, and help students develop executive functioning skills.
- Measuring Impact
- Resource Sharing
- Strategies Shared by Comprehensive Counseling Initiative (Lilly Endowment) Grant Recipients
Counselor Connect Development
The Counselor Connect Steering Committee, consisting of Student Service Professionals and Administrator representatives, assisted in the development of the vision, action plan, and selection of priority topics to be offered through professional learning opportunities. Member expertise will continue to be drawn upon for ongoing support and professional development needs through Tactic Teams.