High School Counselor Week

Weekly stories, facts, trends, and other information from around the country


January 6, 2022

Big Picture

Advocates fear suspensions could add to pandemic pain for vulnerable students
NBC News – January 2, 2022
Administrators say they’re navigating difficult choices about school safety and student discipline in a year when children are reeling and acting out.

How 2021 Set the Stage for a Seismic Overhaul of Education
U.S. News & World Report – December 30, 2022
The coronavirus pandemic in 2021 laid the groundwork for a reexamination of what’s asked of public schools, how they’re supported, and how they serve students and their families.

How students are returning to school during newest COVID-19 surge
ABC News – January 3, 2022
In a hodgepodge of in-person, remote and delayed reopenings, millions of students across the country are set to head back to school after several weeks on winter break. School districts in every state are using a variety of approaches and precautions to determine

Columns and Blogs

The Year That Was, Is, and Will Be
Post – January 6, 2022
Counselors’ Corner with Patrick O’Connor, Ph.D. 

Parents, teens need to explore options together
Tribune News Service – January 5, 2022
College Admissions Strategies with Lee Bierer 


Why School Counselors of Color Matter More Than Ever
Education Week – January 5, 2022
Alma Lopez, a counselor in California, went to college almost by chance. It turned out well for her: she is the 2022 ASCA School Counselor of the Year, and the first Latina to win the honor. But she recognizes how much she missed out on from not having had a counselor who could have better prepared her for college in a way that acknowledged her lived experience.

Preventing the next school tragedy with programs to combat mental health issues
KKCO News (CO) – January 3, 2022
As schools grapple with social media threats and the nation marks the 9th anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting, U.S. lawmakers and medical experts are seeking solutions to mental health issues nationwide.

To Help Fight a Mental Health Crisis in Schools, Community Groups Step In
EdSurge – January 4, 2022
‘The way that we have traditionally approached mental health as an add-on doesn’t work anymore’

How school counselors are helping children cope during COVID
San Diego Union-Tribune – January 3, 2022
We interviewed San Diego County’s Counselors of the Year to find out what it’s like being a school counselor during the pandemic, and how they’re trying to help


Adult support crucial to student mental health in pandemic, study finds
Healio – January 4, 2022
Proactive community- and school-based programs must be treated as a public health priority as society continues to deal with diverse fallouts from the pandemic…

My advice to parents whose teens with disabilities aren’t going to college
The Herald-Times (IN) – January 4, 2022
In the last few weeks, I was checking social media when I came across a post from a mother I know who has an 18-year old son with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Sje was reflecting on the fact that her son, unlike other teens his age, would not be receiving a college acceptance letter in the mail.

Admissions Process & Strategy

College Admission: New Year, Same You
Forbes – January 4, 2022
Too often, young people feel pressure to manufacture exceptionalism. This drive is most commonly seen in selective college admission. college admission offices try to ease the tension by telling students that they simply need to be ‘authentic.’ I asked college admission leaders to unpack authenticity for applicants. The response was overwhelming, and common themes emerged…

College Prep Resolutions for High School Juniors
U.S. News & World Report – January 3, 2022
Don’t waste time. Get started now on applying to college with these tips.

Financial Aid/Scholarships

10 Financial Aid Tips for College
U.S. News & World Report – December 20, 2021
The process of figuring out how to pay for college can be daunting and time-consuming, so here are 10 financial aid tips from experts.

How To Pay Less For College
Forbes – December 26, 2022
There are several ways to pay less for a college education, thereby making college more affordable despite the high cost. These 18 tips will help you cut the cost of college.

Suffering sticker shock after an early decision college acceptance? Here are your options
Business Insider – January 5, 2022
When you apply to a school under an early decision plan, you are committing to attend if accepted. However, it’s possible able to back out of the agreement if you ultimately can’t afford it.

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Inside The Admissions Office

College search tips to get the New Year started right
University of Nevada Reno Admissions Blog – January 4, 2022
Have you been ostriching the college application process? You know, burying your head in the sand with the hopes it will magically disappear? Well, it’s time to lift your head out of the sand and get going. Fortunately, there are many colleges with rolling admission deadlines that are still accepting applications. And bonus, you may still be eligible for scholarships and grants. Ask yourself…

Applying to College Isn’t Like The Movies
Georgia Tech Admission Blog – December 16, 2021
Life isn’t always like it is in the movies (seriously, how do characters have so much time to hang out before they go to work and school in the morning?) and social media isn’t all that realistic either. When your admission experience looks different from everyone’s social media highlight reel, and Disney’s happily-ever-afters, that can feel a little lonely. But you’re not alone.

Teen Health

Kids say they’re stressed out. Crisis Text Line puts help right on their smartphones
NorthJersey.com – January 3, 2022
Started in 2013, the free nationwide Crisis Text Line offers help via text exchanges, Facebook and WhatsApp, formats in which teens often feel more comfortable. Anyone feeling stressed, anxious or depressed can text 741741 anytime from anywhere in the US and be connected with a trained volunteer, who can bring a mental-health professional into the conversation if needed. For more information visit https://www.crisistextline.org

‘Grown Up U’ aims to educate young people about responsibilities of independence
Magnolia Report (AR) – January 4, 2022
Crane worked with agents from more than a dozen counties to create ‘Grown Up U: Facts for Success,’ a new podcast that provides teens and young adults with practical information they need to successfully navigate life on their own. New episodes are posted weekly and can be accessed through Apple, Spotify, Facebook and online.