School Counseling to Close the Achievement Gap: A Social Justice Framework for Success / Edition 1

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Offers school counselors a road map for increasing achievement and promoting equity and advocacy for all students by examining the social factors that contribute to academic failure.

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Editorial Reviews

Sharon K. Johnson
"The author is way ahead of the game on this one. This book is sorely needed in schools today. I would recommend purchasing it for counselor inservice programs, and I would use it in my graduate counselor education classes."
Stuart F. Chen-Hayes
"A groundbreaking book for school counselors and school counselor educators. The author encourages the use of a social justice lensto help school counselors and school counseling programs close the achievement gap.Great examples, practical suggestions, and powerful theory."
James L. Moore III
"This bookwill fulfill a major void in the school counseling literature."
Jennifer White-Peters
"I would recommend this publication to every education student, school counselor, and urban educator."
Christopher Sink
"Tackles a major educational problem head on and takes a thematic perspective that is relevant to most school counselors' daily lives."
The Bookwatch
"An item of choice for both college-level education collections and practicing school counselors. From small-group activities for students to individual issues, this book provides a winning set of examples and strategies."
Psyc CRITIQUES: Contemporary Psychology
"The book is grounded in the author's real-world experiences and frustration with schools that fail to help students achieve. Holcomb-Mc Coy's passion and her goal to help school counselors understand equity and social justice are to be applauded. "
June 2008 Psyc CRITIQUES
"The book is grounded in the author's real-world experiences and frustration with schools that fail to help students achieve. Holcomb-Mc Coy's passion and her goal to help school counselors understand equity and social justice are to be applauded."
June 2008 PsycCRITIQUES
"The book is grounded in the author's real-world experiences and frustration with schools that fail to help students achieve. Holcomb-McCoy's passion and her goal to help school counselors understand equity and social justice are to be applauded."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412941846
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 6/19/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 306,234
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Cheryl Holcomb-Mc Coy received her Ph.D. in counseling and educational development from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling and Personnel Services at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her areas of research specialization include multicultural school counseling, school counselor multicultural self-efficacy, and urban school counselor preparation. She has written numerous book chapters and refereed articles on issues pertaining to diversity in school counselor education. Dr. Holcomb-Mc Coy is a former elementary school counselor and kindergarten teacher.

In 2000, Dr. Holcomb-Mc Coy was elected National Secretary of Chi Sigma Iota International and was the recipient of the Chi Sigma Iota Outstanding Research Award in 1998. She was named Maryland Counselor Educator of the Year in 2001 and was awarded the Alumni Excellence Award from UNCG’s Department of Counseling and Educational Development in 2002. Dr. Holcomb-Mc Coy has served on the editorial boards of the Professional School Counseling journal, Journal of Counseling and Development, and the Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development. She is currently serving as the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Diversity Professional Network Chairperson and is a consultant for the College Board’s National Office of School Counselor Advocacy. She resides with her husband and two children in Potomac, Maryland.

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Table of Contents

About the Author
1. The Achievement Gap: Our Ultimate Challenge
School Counseling and the Gap
Where We Have Been and Where We Are Headed
The Power of School Counselors
Achievement Gap Defined
A Closer Look at the Gap
What Do We Know About Closing the Gap?
Questions to Consider
2. School Counseling Within the Context of Social Justice
Redefining School Counseling to Serve Diverse Groups
Focusing on Social Justice
Key Functions of School Counseling Based on a Social Justice Approach
Questions to Consider
3. Counseling and Intervention Planning
Critical Factors That Affect School Counseling and the Counseling Relationship
Culturally Appropriate Counseling Interventions
Assessing School Counselors' Multicultural Counseling Competence
The Influence of Culture on Intervention Planning
Questions to Consider
4. Consultation
Defining Consultation
Social Justice Considerations and the Consultation Process
Consultation Strategies
Questioning Domains
Assessing School Culture
Questions to Consider
5. Connecting Schools, Families, and Communities
Avoid the Blame Game
Five Principles of Effective SFC Partnership
Barriers to School-Family Collaborations
Questions to Consider
6. Collecting and Using Data
What Is Accountability?
Using Data to Uncover Inequities
School Counseling Program Evaluation
Developing Program Assessment Tools
Questions to Consider
7. Challenging Bias
Guidelines for Challenging Bias
Social Justice Education in Schools
Questions to Consider
8. Coordinating Student Services and Support
Collaborating With Community Organizations and Social Service Agencies
Implementing Scheduling Practices That Encourage Rigorous Course Taking
Coordinating College Preparation Interventions
Coordinating Tutoring Services
Participating on Individualized Education Program Committees
Participating on Gifted and Talented Committees
Questions to Consider
9. Doing the Right Thing: Developing a Social Justice–Focused School Counseling Program
Assessing Your Beliefs
Assessing Your Skills
Assessing Your Students' Needs
My Vision for My School Counseling Program
Concluding Remarks
Resource A: Assessing School Equity
Resource B: School Counselor Multicultural Competence Checklist
Resource C: School Culture Assessment
Resource D: Assessing Beliefs About School-Family-Community Partnership Involvement
Resource E: SOARING Samples and Worksheets
Suggested Readings by Topic

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