Sunday, October 27, 2013

MEA-MFT Educators' Conference

It is hard for me to believe that a week ago I was in Montana presenting at the Montana Education Association and Montana Federation of Teachers (MEA-MFT) Educators' Conference. I am so excited that the Montana School Counselor Association invited me to be a keynote speaker and presenter for the conference. A HUGE THANK YOU to Alicia Godfrey for showing me a great time in Bozeman!

My keynote titled You Are Not Alone: Connecting Through Social Media was about how school counselors can utilize Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and blogs to communicate with other school counselors professionally and create a professional learning network.

I also presented two breakout sessions at the MEA-MFT Educators' Conference. In my session Blogging in 5 Easy Steps I explained the benefits of blogging as a school counselor and showed participants just how easy it is to create a blog and start posting. In my session Tech Savvy School Counseling, I shared various technology tools that school counselors can utilize for professional development and to enhance their school counseling program.

I had a excellent time talking to Montana school counselors and sharing tech tools and tips with them!


Montana is so beautiful! I couldn't get enough of the snow-capped mountains! To see more pictures from my trip follow me on Instagram

While at the MEA-MFT Educators' Conference I learned some great information from other presenters. I created a Twitter hashtag to catalog the tweets I shared during the conference. I made my tweets into a Storify below so that you can access the links and resources I shared even if you don't have a Twitter account.




Right after the MEA-MFT Educators' Conference, I headed to Denver, CO to present at the ACES Conference with my doctoral cohort. It was a whirlwind weekend!

I can't believe how fast October is flying by. Check out some of my upcoming speaking engagements for November and December below:

November 9, 2013 - State College, PA 
Don't Keep 'em Separated: Connecting with Schools for Client Success 
Pennsylvania Counselor Association Annual Conference

November 23, 2013 - Murfreesboro, TN 
Technology Round-Up 
Tennessee Counselor Association Pre-Conference

December 6, 2013 - Lancaster, PA 
Who's on Your Boat? Connecting and Collaborating to Promote Student Success 
Pennsylvania School Counselors Association Annual Conference 

Are you attending any upcoming conferences? What is your favorite part about attending a professional conference?

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Danielle is a K-12 Certified School Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, and blogger at School Counselor Blog, a place where school counselors share innovative ideas, creative lesson plans, and quality resources. Connect with Danielle via emailTwitterPinterestLinkedInGoogle+, and become a fan of the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page.



Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Empathy Quote Bulletin Board


Empathy is our character education theme for October. I wanted to create a visual display somewhere related to empathy, and thought that one of the remaining "free" windows of the counseling suite would be the perfect place.

Jen, a school counseling intern who is working with my co-counselor, found a great quote related to empathy. We created a colorful bulletin board on the windows to the left of the entrance of the school counseling office area. I love how it turned out!


To make the bulletin board, I typed the quote into Google Docs using the font "Luckiest Guy." We printed the words on plain white paper, cut them with a paper cutter, and then glued the words to black cardstock or colorful cardstock. We made the word "EMPATHY" using my Cricut paper cutter.

Tip: If you use 12 x 12 cardstock and cut it in half with a paper cutter, the cardstock will be the perfect size for gluing on the words!

I created a Google Doc so you can print the whole quote! Click on the words below to for access to the Google Doc.
*Note - the original quote states "listening" instead of hearing. I didn't realize until after we were done gluing and hanging everything that I wrote "hearing" instead of "listening." I was going to fix it, but then we didn't have enough space to put listening, so we left it as is. If you would rather put "hearing" like the bulletin board we created, you can save a copy of the file and edit it in Google docs.

Do you host different character education themes each month at your school? How to you create programming around the theme or support the theme at your school?

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Danielle is a K-12 Certified School Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, and blogger at School Counselor Blog, a place where school counselors share innovative ideas, creative lesson plans, and quality resources. Connect with Danielle via emailTwitterPinterestLinkedInGoogle+, and become a fan of the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page.



Tuesday, October 8, 2013

New Free Spirit Post: Supporting New Students Year Round

In my latest post for the Free Spirit Publishing's Blog, Supporting New Students Year Round, I share tips and information for school counselors and educators to welcome new students, even after the school year has begun.


What tips do you have for helping welcoming new students to your school throughout the year?

Please share your comments and ideas in the comment section of my post on the Free Spirit Blog!

I started writing for Free Spirit Publishing's Blog in April of 2012. Check out the Counselor's Corner for more Free Spirit Publishing Blog Posts by me! I love Free Spirit's books and I am so excited to contribute to Free Spirit's Blog, "a springboard of ideas for teachers, counselors, and anyone who cares about kids!"

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Danielle is a K-12 Certified School Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, and blogger at School Counselor Blog, a place where school counselors share innovative ideas, creative lesson plans, and quality resources. Connect with Danielle via emailTwitterPinterestLinkedInGoogle+, and become a fan of the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page.



Wednesday, October 2, 2013

October #SCCHAT Transcript: Bullying Prevention Month Ideas K-12

Our October #SCCHAT was held on October 1, 2013.  The topic of the chat this month was Bully Prevention Month Ideas: K-12 moderated by Dr. Susan Fuller (@EElementarySC‎), elementary school counselor and author of the Entirely Elementary School Counseling blog.

School counselors shared tons of ideas and resources for celebrating Bullying Prevention month at all levels, K-12.

You can view the transcript below or read the full transcript here. For more information about #SCCHAT and transcripts from previous chats visit: http://bit.ly/scchat-info.



#SCCHAT occurs on the first Tuesday of the month unless otherwise specified. To add the #SCCHAT schedule to your calendar click here.

Join us for the November #SCCHAT on November 5, 2013 at 8pmEST! The topic is Lesson Plan Creation and Implementation and will be moderated by Chris Wood (@ChrisWood415), high school counselor form Iowa. We will be chatting about ideas and resources for developing and implementing lessons plans as a school counselor.

Join School Counselor Blog and SCOPE for #scchat the first Tuesday of the month @ 8pmEST!  For transcripts of previous #SCCHATs, schedules for future School Counselor Tweet Chats, and information on how to participate, visit #SCCHAT Info: http://bit.ly/scchat-info.

If you are interested in moderating a future School Counselor Tweet Chat, direct message me on twitter!

Dr. Erin Mason is a former Middle School Counselor, now Counselor Educator who manages SCOPE, a group blog dedicated to chronicling the positive impact of School Counseling professionals. Connect with Erin via email, follow her on Twitter, add her on LinkedIn or Google+, and become a fan of the SCOPE Facebook Page.

Danielle is a K-12 Certified School Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, and blogger at School Counselor Blog, a place where school counselors share innovative ideas, creative lesson plans, and quality resources. Connect with Danielle via emailTwitterPinterestLinkedInGoogle+, and become a fan of the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page.

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