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April 28, 2021
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Student Well-Being 'I Miss the Interaction': The Pandemic Has Thrown Curveballs at School Counselors
This school year of remote learning has challenged school counselors when it comes to connecting with parents and bonding with students.
Alyson Klein, March 31, 2021
7 min read
College & Workforce Readiness Documentary A Year Interrupted
When COVID-19 closed schools for millions of students, Education Week documented two seniors as they faced an uncertain future.
Elizabeth Rich & Brooke Saias, December 15, 2020
1 min read
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School Climate & Safety Opinion How Ready Are We to Support Kids Through This Trauma?
School counselors aren't getting what they need to properly support their students, write four researchers.
Mandy Savitz-Romer, Heather Rowan-Kenyon, Tara P. Nicola & Laura Hecht, September 16, 2020
6 min read
Student Well-Being The Nation's Top School Counselor Is Slashing Discipline Disparities. Here's How
The 2020 school counselor of the year draws on her previous experience as a counselor for gang members in a prison to reform discipline in her school in an Atlanta suburb. She shares her insights in this Q&A with Education Week.
Arianna Prothero, March 10, 2020
6 min read
Student Well-Being Schools Are the Main Source of Student Mental Health Care. Are They Ready?
Rates of anxiety, depression, and even suicide are going up among adolescents and research shows that students are far more likely to seek treatment for mental health issues at school than at a community-based clinic, if at all.
Arianna Prothero, February 13, 2020
3 min read
Equity & Diversity 1.7 Million Students Attend Schools With Police But No Counselors, New Data Show
An emphasis on hiring school police sometimes takes resources that could be used for other critical positions, like nurses and school counselors, an ACLU analysis says. As a result, "schools are under-resourced and students are overcriminalized."
Evie Blad, March 4, 2019
3 min read
Student Well-Being Suicides Are on the Rise. Here's How Schools Can Help
With suicides increasing, schools are on the front-line of teen suicide prevention. Here's advice on reducing suicides and reacting appropriately if a suicide does occur.
Lisa Stark, December 4, 2018
2 min read
Student Well-Being Watch: This High School Takes an Active Role in Suicide Prevention
Experts say schools can play a critical role in preventing suicide through education, support, and relationship building. This video explores one Virginia high school's approach.
Evie Blad, November 14, 2018
1 min read
Student Well-Being Commentary The Troubling Student-to-Counselor Ratio That Doesn't Add Up
Public school counselors are overworked and under-resourced—and that’s a big problem for students, writes Alanna Fuschillo.
Alanna Fuschillo, August 14, 2018
5 min read
Iishe Davis, a sophomore at Scripps College, is working this summer at the college campus in Claremont, Calif. Originally from Louisville, Ky., Davis got guidance on choosing a college through Ivy Plus Academy, a special program at her high school.
Iishe Davis, a sophomore at Scripps College, is working this summer at the college campus in Claremont, Calif. Originally from Louisville, Ky., Davis got guidance on choosing a college through Ivy Plus Academy, a special program at her high school.
Patrick T. Fallon/Education Week
College & Workforce Readiness How One Teacher Makes 'Impossible' College Dreams Possible for Students
Many of Beau Baker’s brightest students in Louisville, Ky., entered high school thinking college was not for a first-generation kid like them. Baker is working to change that.
Sasha Jones, August 1, 2018
7 min read
Student Well-Being What Educators Need to Know About Suicide: Contagion, Complicated Grief, and Supportive Conversations
When a student is grieving a suicide death or when suicide is in the news, conversations with adults can be crucial, suicide prevention experts say.
Evie Blad, June 15, 2018
4 min read
Student Well-Being After Shooting, Santa Fe Students Return to School, Searching for Support and Normalcy
Santa Fe High School students went back to school for the first time since the deadly May 18 shooting, returning to peer networks and routines that can be key to the healing process.
Evie Blad, May 29, 2018
4 min read
Student Well-Being Columbine Shooting Survivors Form Pen Pal Group for Stoneman Douglas Students: 'There Is a Way Forward'
Survivors of the 1999 school shooting at Columbine High School have volunteered as pen pals for students at Stoneman Douglas High School to help them process the trauma of a February shooting there.
Evie Blad, April 10, 2018
6 min read