Welcome and welcome back!
I’m excited about the new school year – I’m enjoying seeing all the boys return and meet our new boys!
This summer I attended the American School Counselors Association’s Annual Conference in Los Angeles. It’s an excellent conference focussed solely on issues, concerns, and interests of it’s 3,600 school counselors in attendance. The founder of the #metoo movement Tarana Burke and NBA Hall of Famer and social activist Kareem Abdul Jabbar were the two keynote speakers. It was inspiring! One takeaway from the conference was the emphasis on Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) and calling it that. To that end, my classroom times with each homeroom (which I have always called Class Meeting) has now been changed to SEL in order to more accurately reflect my purpose and activities in the classroom. Another emphasis of the conference was the continued effort to move away from the terms “guidance” and “guidance counselor” as a reference to what we do and what we are. “Guidance” is considered an outdated term that refers to when a guidance counselor’s role was to help “guide” students to college and career choices — it no longer encompasses all that school counselors do.
Enough about words! The conference also held many sessions on social-emotional learning, equity and inclusiveness, mindfulness, and so much more. This conference is always an energizing and inspiring experience!
I’m looking forward to using that energy and inspiration to continue to provide social-emotional support for our students, faculty, and parents! To that end, I’ll continue to be in the classroom, hosting lunch bunches for K, P1, 1st, and 2nd grades, and Team Greyhound continues to take note of our boys’ many acts of the Gilman Five. Look for an email soon (and posted here as well) with dates and locations for several parent coffees I’ll host throughout the school year. I’ll post thoughts and information on this site, including linking to interesting articles and helpful sites.
This school year is going to be great! Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns about your son. I’m here to help!