School Counselor Spotlight: 

Jacqueline Coplen at Norman Public Schools!

Jacqueline was recently named her school's Teacher of the Year and a finalist for District Teacher of the Year. She works diligently to support all students through a comprehensive school counseling program.

Learn more about Jacqueline---

What makes you unique as a school counselor?

I didn't start out as a teacher. I knew I wanted to be a school counselor my senior year in high school and I pursued it passionately starting in 2013.

Why is creating a comprehensive school counseling program important to you?

Comprehensive school counseling is the difference between a school counselor and a guidance counselor. My students deserve to have access to a preventative program that meets their needs and promotes success in all facets of their life as a student and beyond.

What is a quote that inspires you?

This quote has been my mantra since the beginning of my career, "Be who you needed when you were younger" - author unknown

What do you do when you need inspiration to tackle another day working on behalf of students?

Look for PD! Continuing my education is very important to me. I miss being a student so I love to attend conferences, watch webinars, and work on ASCAU specialist trainings.

What do you do to decompress and refuel for the next day?

I watch quite a bit of Tik Tok. Some of my best school counselor inspiration comes from that platform, I learn a lot from other perspectives, and I get a good laugh which is the best decompressor.

Thank you, Jacqueline, for all you do to serve your students! 





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Training Opportunities

The Oklahoma State Department of Education Office of Student Support provides various training opportunities for school counselors.  Platforms such as annual conferences, seminars, webinars, videos, and on-site trainings can provide you with the skills and resources necessary to serve Oklahoma students with care. 

OSDE Connect Platform: Oklahoma Comprehensive School Counseling Framework

This asynchronous training platform includes webinars, discussions, and technical assistance as you work towards implementing the Oklahoma Comprehensive School Counseling Framework. This platform is for new school counselors and those with established school counseling programs. It was created to help you wherever you are on your journey towards comprehensive school counseling!

The platform includes self-paced modules. You can earn 20 professional development hours through the modules. While the modules are asynchronous, synchronous support will be provided along the way.   

Note: This is the same course that was published last year, but it is now in Canvas. If you started this course on the previous platform, you will need to create a new account, however, you are able to begin where you left off.  

To sign up for the OSDE Connect: Oklahoma Comprehensive School Counseling Framework Platform, see the detailed instructions here.


Upcoming Events 

Coffee with Counselors

Please join us for "Coffee with Counselors!" This is an informal time for school counselors from across our great state to come together for celebration, collaboration, and continued growth. We look forward to you joining us!

  • August 15th 9:00-10:00
  • September 12th 9:00-10:00
  • October 18th 9:00-10:00
  • November 14th 9:00-10:00
  • December 12th 9:00-10:00
  • January 9th 9:00-10:00
  • February 6th 9:00-10:00
  • March 5th 9:00-10:00
  • April 2nd 9:00-10:00
  • May 7th 9:00-10:00

Look for a sign-up soon!

American School Counselor Association Annual Conference

SAVE THE DATE: The ASCA Annual Conference will be July 15-18 in Atlanta, GA! 

We hope to see many of you there! For information about how to request funding, contact Sarah Kirk, School Counselor Specialist or use this justification letter.

Oklahoma School Counselor Association Conference

SAVE THE DATEOSCA Conference: October 1-2 in Norman, OK 

Don't miss the premier conference for school counselors!

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Last updated on May 9, 2023