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I recently tweeted out a question to school counselors: “If you were asked to recommend 1 book to a new school counselor what would it be?” I received some excellent book recommendations! I actually just placed an order for 2 of the books, but wanted to share the list here.
This book received rave reviews from school counselors and was suggested several times. The @CounselingGeek made a great point: “data is key and best to use from start.” I can’t wait to receive my copy tomorrow!
2. 101 Solutions for School Counselors and Leaders in Challenging Times by Stuart F. Chen-Hayes, Melissa S. Ockerman (@MSOckerman), and E.C.M. Mason (@ecmmason).
This is the other book I decided to order. It looks like it is going to be especially helpful since I am new to the profession. According to the table of contents it covers a variety of topics including solutions to the achievement gap, technology solutions, and safety solutions.
This was recommended to me by Lori Morrell (@LoriMorrell1). She shared that the school counselors used this in their after school book club (what a great idea, by the way!). The book is a memoir of Murray’s story from homelessness to Harvard. This is on my summer reading list, for sure. It sounds like such an amazing story worth sharing with students.
I actually already purchased this book following the Virginia School Counselors Association (@VSCA) conference in March. Several of the school counselors I met there mentioned this book and it was mentioned again as a reply to my tweet. The school counselors emphasized how helpful these techniques have been with students. I haven’t finished the book yet but I already cannot wait to put these techniques to practice next year. If you are looking for ways to reach your students and have an impact then check this book out.
I also received several suggestions that are more focused to working with students at a specific level. Once I am hired as a school counselor I will definitely be adding these to my bookshelf if they apply to the age group I am working with.
– Any Julia Cook book (elementary)
– Hunter and His Amazing Remote Control (elementary)
Looking for even more suggestions? Head on over the The Helpful Counselor’s blog. She has a great list too!
What books would you suggest for school counselors to add to their reading list?
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