High School Counselor Week

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


September 15, 2022

Big Picture

I Am a Teacher. Here’s How I Want to Be Armed.
EdSurge – September 7, 2022
The calls to arm teachers resurface each time a tragedy like Uvalde occurs, by those who insist that weapons carried by school staff members are an acceptable response to school violence. Yet there is no research to support the idea, and I believe there are several reasons why allowing school personnel to carry guns would make schools more dangerous, not less. I want to be armed, but arm me with the things that matter…

The risks of student surveillance amid abortion bans and LGBTQ restrictions
The Guardian – US Edition – September 8, 2022
Monitoring tools used by schools have long been a privacy concern, but now they could also carry legal consequences

The scandal facing college ranking lists, explained
Yahoo! News – September 13, 2022
The latest edition of U.S. News & World Report’s annual best university list has sparked a heated debate in the higher education world, as Columbia University was caught using misleading data by one of its own faculty members to earn a higher ranking.

Columns and Blogs

New Mental Health Resources? Make the Most of Them
Post – September 15, 2022
Counselors’ Corner with Patrick O’Connor, Ph.D.

The Role of Teacher Recommendations
Post – September 14, 2022
College Advice & Timely Tips with Lee Bierer


Teens confide in certain adults more than parents about mental health
Changing America – September 8, 2022
To mark Suicide Awareness Month, a team of researchers set out to determine who teens turn to when faced with mental health concerns. Most educators, 78 percent, have been approached by a child about a mental or emotional concern, according to a survey published Thursday. That’s compared to 58 percent of parents who report the same, underscoring how a network of adults can help young people navigate their mental health.

NFHS Partners with Crisis Text Line to Support Teens’ Mental Health
NFHS – September 6, 2022
The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has partnered with Crisis Text Line (CTL) to encourage mental health support for teens across the country. Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7, high-quality text-based mental health support and crisis intervention in English and Spanish by empowering a community of trained volunteers to support people in their moments of need.

Opposing Views on the Role of Calculus
Inside Higher Ed – September 12, 2022
High school counselors’ views differ from those of admissions officers, who are more flexible about the mathematics courses students take. The survey found that 93 percent of high school counselors said calculus gives students ‘an edge in admissions,’ but only 53 percent of college admissions officers agreed. The top recommendation of the two groups is more clarity from colleges.


10 Things Your Teen Wants You To Know When They Have An Eating Disorder
Moms.com – September 10, 2022
When a parent suspects something is off about their child, it can be alarming to find out it is an eating disorder. But while these disorders revolve around food, it is typically not what it’s even about.

8 Common Mistakes Parents Make When Talking About Their Child’s Education
Fatherly – September 7, 2022
According to educators and counselors, this is what parents should keep in mind when talking about their child’s schooling.

Navigating screen time with kids and teens
Children’s Minnesota – September 9, 2022
With the prevalence of screens only increasing, and the conversations about the benefits and detriments of screens and media use by kids and teens becoming more nuanced and sometimes conflicted, parents and caregivers are often left to navigate screen time rules by themselves. The clinical director of psychological services at Children’s Minnesota provides some guidance.


Ways to talk to teens about mental health in the current technological landscape
WDBJ-7 (VA) – September 14, 2022
Nancy Hans from the Prevention Council of Roanoke and Katy Nance, a Roanoke County School Counselor, discuss the increase in depression and anxiety in relation to electronic devices. They also talked more about a new term known as sextortion and how discussing limits to cell phones and social media apps can help prevent this.


Admissions Process & Strategy

Common Reasons College Applications Get Rejected
U.S. News & World Report – September 13, 2022
Admissions officers look beyond academic standing to make tough rejection decisions. Consider these seven reasons.

How To Apply For College: Forbes Advisor’s Application Checklist
Forbes – September 13, 2022
Applying for college can be a lengthy, stressful and complicated process, with lots of moving parts and deadlines. Filling out an undergraduate application typically involves gathering documentation, taking (and often, retaking) standardized tests, writing essays and asking for letters of recommendation, among other steps. It’s easy to get overwhelmed. To help you stay organized, we’ve put together this college application checklist. Here, we round up all the materials you need and the dates by which you need them. We even provide a printable version of this checklist to guide you as you work through this process.

Top Essay Cliches and How to Avoid Them
Business Review – September 14, 2022
Students need to distinguish themselves from other students with a well-thought-out and well-written essay; on the other hand, a weak essay offers little to set a student apart, which is why you need to avoid writing a cliché essay.

Financial Aid/Scholarships

Can I Use Student Loans For Certificate Programs?
Nasdaq – September 9, 2022
If you need a student loan for a certificate program, you may be eligible for either federal or private student loans.

Time to confront FAFSA-phobia
Kearney Hub (NE) – September 11, 2022
Many colleges use the application to offer additional financial support, or scholarships, regardless of need. So now is the time to get started.

What You Need to Know About College Tuition Costs
U.S. News & World Report – September 13, 2022
About 72% of students eliminate a college based on the cost before applying, according to a 2022 survey. But many higher education experts recommend that prospective students look beyond published prices, since the tuition listed may not be the actual amount they’ll pay after financial aid and institutional grants. For college-bound students and their families, here are a few questions and answers on tuition costs.

College Rankings

College Raptor College Rankings 2023
College Raptor’s college rankings are based on a huge database of publicly-available data collected from a variety of sources. We aim to have our rankings cover the many aspects of what makes for a great college experience.

Forbes America’s Top Colleges
Whether a school is in the Top 10 or near the bottom, the 500 schools on Forbes’ Top Colleges list showcase the finest in American education.

Niche 2023 Best Colleges in America
Explore college rankings based on rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of student and alumni reviews.

The Best 388 Colleges: 2023 Edition is here
The Princeton Review
Our latest edition brings together survey results from over 160,000 students across the country to find out what they love the most about these schools in everything from financial aid and career services to sustainability and quality of life.

U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2022-2023
U.S. News & World Report
Expert advice, rankings and data to help you navigate your education journey and find the best college for you.

Washington Monthly’s 2022 College Guide and Rankings
Washington Monthly (DC)
Welcome to the Washington Monthly’s annual College Guide and Rankings, where we rate schools based on what they do for the country. It’s our answer to U.S. News & World Report, which relies on crude and easily manipulated measures of wealth, exclusivity, and prestige.

World University Rankings 2022
Times Higher Education (THE)
The 2022 rankings include more than 1,600 universities across 99 countries and territories, making them the largest and most diverse to date, measuring an institution’s performance across four areas: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook

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Teen Health

Suicide Prevention Resources: The New Suicide and Crisis Lifeline and More
Teen Vogue – September 8, 2022
September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and if you’ve ever experienced thoughts of suicide, you’re certainly not alone. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 12% of teens in 2020 has serious thoughts of suicide — that translates to about 3 million people in crisis. Luckily, suicide is preventable, and help is available if you or someone you know is considering it.

What to Know About ‘Rainbow Fentanyl’ and Its Risks for Kids
TIME Magazine – September 12, 2022
While fentanyl does threaten young people’s lives—especially if they’re not aware they’re taking it—some drug experts caution that focusing just on the rainbow version may obscure other equally dangerous types of the drug. Here’s what to know about rainbow fentanyl, and how to protect yourself and your children.


Five Great Reasons to Take the PSAT
International College Counselors – September 13, 2022
Every October, students across the country take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, or PSAT/NMSQT. Almost all high school students take the PSAT during their junior year. Some students take the PSAT as sophomores (and even as freshmen) to get a feel for the test. Still, you may be wondering why this test is important and why students are asked to take it.

Career & Technical Education

7 tips for schools to strengthen career and technical education programs
K-12 Dive – September 13, 2022
A fundamental aspect of effective high school CTE programs is strong partnerships with local colleges, trade schools and businesses. In conversations with K-12 Dive, experts suggested seven steps school leaders can take to achieve that.