This practical and timely book guides school counselors through the process of conducting practitioner inquiry projects focused on issues of achievement, opportunity inequities, school culture, and community partnerships. Each chapter includes: - Suggestions for practical application of the material - Strategies for ensuring success - An on-going case study related to the chapter's focus The book aims to help counselors develop research projects not only to improve specific school programs and student outcomes, but to improve the larger school culture.
Vicki Brooks-McNamara received her Ph.D. in counselor education from the University of Wyoming. She taught all K-12 levels before becoming a school counselor and counselor educator. Under Vicki's leadership, the school counseling program at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon transformed into a premier program preparing school counselors to be leaders and advocates who are guided by data to facilitate systemic change. Vicki currently is a Senior Consultant with The Education Trust. She coordinates and facilitates district and state-wide school counseling workshops to assist practitioners in essential skill development necessary in today's school reform. She is on the editorial board of the Profession School Counseling journal and a Senior Fulbright Recipient. Additionally, she is a consultant and advisory member for The College Board's National Office of School Counselor Advocacy. Vicki resides in Portland with her husband Mike. Danielle Torres earned a B.A. and M.A. from Pepperdine University, and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Oregon. She is currently a faculty member of the School Counseling Program at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Her teaching includes courses in action research, diversity issues in education, and the professional development of school counselors. She has experience as a counselor in schools at all grade levels and with various school-based research projects. Dr. Torres resides in Portland, Oregon.
Acknowledgments About the Authors Introduction School Counselors Collaborating for High Student Achievement School Culture in the Time of School Reform Tips for Using the Book 1. Launching Inquiry: Developing Your Question How We Arrived at This Point Moving Into Inquiry Data Sources Thinking About Thinking Formulating Questions Exploring Your Question Strategies for Success Meet Dianne: An Ongoing Case Study 2. Discovering the Territory: Exploring Others' Expertise Why Gather Supporting Information? Exploring Others' Expertise Keeping It Simple Components of the Summary Dianne's Journey Begins 3. Getting It Together: Gathering Your Data Ethical Considerations What Data Is Needed? Avenues for Gathering Data School Artifacts The Last Tip: How to Navigate Dead Ends Dianne's Hunch Pays Off 4. Sorting It Out: Making Sense of Your Data Descriptive Data as a Powerful Tool Ways to Look at Data Dianne Makes Sense of It All 5. Stepping Up: Sharing What You Now Know The Fundamentals Know Your Audience Know Your End Product Inquiry Support Groups Routines The Block Deadlines It's All in the Details Dianne Seeks Support From Key People 6. Building Your Learning Community Learning Communities Practitioner Inquiry Suport Team Dianne Brings Parents Into the Learning Community 7. Review and Can-Do: Putting It All Together Where's Dianne Now? References Index
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