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

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

By: Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy (editor)Paperback

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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.

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About Author

Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy received her Ph.D. in counseling and educational development from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling and Personnel Services at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her areas of research specialization include multicultural school counseling, school counselor multicultural self-efficacy, and urban school counselor preparation. She has written numerous book chapters and refereed articles on issues pertaining to diversity in school counselor education. Dr. Holcomb-McCoy is a former elementary school counselor and kindergarten teacher. In 2000, Dr. Holcomb-McCoy was elected National Secretary of Chi Sigma Iota International and was the recipient of the Chi Sigma Iota Outstanding Research Award in 1998. She was named Maryland Counselor Educator of the Year in 2001 and was awarded the Alumni Excellence Award from UNCG's Department of Counseling and Educational Development in 2002. Dr. Holcomb-McCoy has served on the editorial boards of the Professional School Counseling journal, Journal of Counseling and Development, and the Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development. She is currently serving as the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Diversity Professional Network Chairperson and is a consultant for the College Board's National Office of School Counselor Advocacy. She resides with her husband and two children in Potomac, Maryland.


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

Product Details

  • publication date: 07/08/2007
  • ISBN13: 9781412941846
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 176
  • ID: 9781412941846
  • weight: 376
  • ISBN10: 1412941849

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