Category: School News

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School Social Worker vs School Counselor: What’s the Difference?

The roles of school social workers and school counselors are often confused, and they do overlap some. Both school counselors and school social workers are professionals who provide support for students' education, but each one has a distinct primary focus.

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Focus on School Violence

Recent events have schools across the country looking at how to prevent violence in their buildings. While the focus may be on guns being brought to school, it is not the only concern. What many have realized is we need to figure out what may be causing this angst and violence in teens. From here, school professionals will be able to work on ways to assist students and hopefully prevent violent acts in schools and beyond.

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The Importance of Social and Emotional Skills

There are many new challenges for younger children in our schools. Some may be able to use self-taught coping strategies to work through them. Other students may not be able to do this as easily. These children require additional support in social and emotional skills. Some schools have sought to adopt programs which will help students to learn these skills before heading into middle school.

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Teachers Rally for More Services for Students

All across the country, teachers are on strike and going to rallies. They are upset for a variety of reasons, but all have a similar message no matter where they are located. They want equal funding for schools to fix crumbling buildings, get new books, have more resources, and more to help their students to thrive. Images of mold in classrooms, ceilings falling, and books from decades ago have been plastered across the news media. Teachers, students, parents, and more have gone to the streets to get their voices heard and make a difference.

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Increasing the Number of School Counselors

School counselors will tell you that they often have very little time to meet with and talk to students. It isn’t that there are fewer kids and reasons for them to meet. The opposite is probably true. Many counselors have over 300 students who they are responsible for. A big part of the problem for counselors is that they have state and federal paperwork to complete which is mandated. Of course, federal funding is not allocated to schools to budget for more counselors. All of this must be done at the local level. School boards and administrators must budget the needed professionals into their schools.

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