First Seven Jobs: A School Counselor Opportunity

The Twitter #firstsevenjobs is trending this week.  It is so interesting to see the road others took to their career. Wouldn’t this also be interesting to your students? You could show celebrities #firstsevenjobs to start a career lesson!

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What DO School Counselors do all day?

Title School Counselors




I was asked to present a session on the school counseling profession for MCAN’s ADVISEMI program. My audience was new college graduates training to be college advisers.  What a wonderful experience!  First, to be able to describe what we do is at times difficult.  There is so much! This experience forced me to really evaluate and reflect on the school counseling profession. Continue reading

Creating an Online Course for School Counselors


For my CEP 820 course at Michigan State University, I was given the opportunity to create an online course. I chose to develop a RAMP Academy for professional school counselors using the CMS, Haiku Learning.

RAMP Academy

There are 12 modules that correspond to the 12 components of the RAMP application. Each module is a place to understand the rubric requirement and share each component for feedback.

I chose to develop the course into 12 modules that corresponded to the 12 components of the RAMP application so that school counselors could focus on each component individually. Each module is set up exactly the same so that school counselors would not be confused each time they started a new module. The course is not set up into the traditional linear learning order, you can go in any order and work through the course on your own timeline. It was imperative that each course was easy to understand and I did this by setting each up in the exact same format.  This was also thoughtfully done as every learner will also be working in their job as a school counselor and I valued their time in my design of the course. Continue reading

The Annual Agreement: ASCA RAMP Component #5

The Annual Agreement creates an understanding between the school counselor and the principal on the role and responsibilities of the school counseling position.  If the services a school counselor provides is not clearly understood by the principal a lot of misconceptions can occur and result in added duties or higher caseloads. As a result, school counselors may not be utilized in the most effective way to benefit all students. Therefore, your relationship with your principal is vital.

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Final Report: School Counselor App

Mobile App Design:

Here are 2 versions of the mobile app:

Elementary Version:

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High School Version:

High School Example (4 counselors)

Problem of Practice:

The American School Counselor Association recommends that school counselors have a caseload of 250 students. Currently, school counselors average over 400 students and in California most school counselors have 1000 students.

The services a school counselor provides is not clearly understood by stakeholders.  A lot of misconceptions can occur and result in added duties or higher caseloads. As a result, counselors are not being utilized in the most effective way to benefit all students.


A mobile app that would put a school counseling program all into one place to showcase the extraordinary services available to stakeholders .


  • Creates easy access for more efficient communication between students, parents, staff, and stakeholders.
  • Improves productivity by streamlining tasks and reducing time spent on redundant tasks.
  • Organizes information visually for easier interpretation and access between counselor and student or parents.

The Design Thinking Process

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Final Reflection Paper-Design Thinking

centers.jpgI had a preconceived notion of what my project was going to be when I first started the course, CEP 817: Learning Technology through Design. I went into the class thinking I was going to create an online course for school counselors.  Geez, did that change after going through the Stanford Design Thinking model! Looking back I started out thinking I had a great plan and I was going to change the world of school counseling by offering my informative online course.  By going through the d. bootcamp bootleg document (2011) I found that the problem was not that school counselors didn’t know how to implement a comprehensive program but that restraints within the system where not allowing them to have a comprehensive program. I had a new problem to solve! So began the five modes of Design Thinking. Continue reading