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The Role of a School Counselor: Why Are They Important?

Gone are the days where a school counselor’s main responsibility was helping students apply for college. Now, their responsibilities encompass a great deal more. In other words, “school counselors help students thrive academically, personally, and socially.”[1] Whether students feel overwhelmed by their class loads, overstressed with their lives outside of school, or concerned about other […]

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Tips for Strong Parent-Teacher Cooperation and Communication

As many schools across the country prepare for the start of the back-to-school season, it’s easy to get caught up in the chaos of school supply and classroom shopping, end-of-summer assignments, creating lesson plans, and meet-the-teacher nights. However, one of the most impactful steps you can take (as a parent or as a teacher) is […]

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Signs & Symptoms of Substance Abuse in Teens

Overall, teen substance abuse is on the decline, but that doesn’t mean that the problem is gone.[1] Alcohol is one of the most commonly used drugs among teenagers with nearly 60% having consumed alcohol in the past year, and marijuana/hashish is in second place with almost 35% of high school seniors using within the past […]

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Responding to Student Mental Health Issues | Part 2

Recognizing & Responding to Student Mental Health Issues: Part Two In the past decade, student mental health issues and mental illness have both become topics of concern and discussion in and outside of schools across the country. As discussed in the first part of this article series, being able to identify signs, symptoms, and risk […]

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Bullying of LGBT Youth in Schools

The Bullying of LGBT Youth in Schools LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) youth are significantly more likely to experience bullying than non-LGBT students; in fact, the GSLEN National School Climate Survey revealed that around 85% of LGBT students reported experiencing at least some form of harassment within the last year.[1] The bullying of LGBT […]

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Responding To Student Mental Health Issues

Recognizing & Responding to Student Mental Health Issues: Part One Mental health and mental illness are topics that are at the forefront of national discussion and current events. And, while most dialogues center on mental health in adults, mental health in children should not be overlooked. “In fact, research has now shown that most mental […]

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Drug Safety Tips for Parents

The Importance of Monitoring Prescription Drug Use for Your Child Doctors commonly treat pain caused by serious injuries or surgery with prescription medications known as opioids, a class of drug that works by interacting with opioid receptors located in the brain and nervous system to produce a sense of pleasure, reducing pain in the process.[1] […]

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How to Manage Stress During Standardized Testing: Teachers & Students

American students take more than 100 million standardized tests every year.[1] With these tests often playing a significant role in assessing student performance and teachers’ abilities, there is significant value in learning how to manage stress during standardized testing.[2] Stress can negatively affect students and teachers, even contributing to health problems that range from headaches […]

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4 Benefits of Positive Student-Teacher Relationships

Positive and healthy relationships between teachers and students can be extremely beneficial at all levels of an educational establishment, within the classroom and across the school environment as a whole.[1] From improved self-esteem to increased engagement, there are a number of benefits of establishing positive student-teacher relationships between educators and pupils of all ages. Educators […]

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