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Beth Whittle, LPC
Executive Director of Counseling
(405) 521-3549

Sarah Kirk, MS, NCC
School Counselor Specialist
(Comprehensive School Counseling and School Counselor Certification)
405-760-5679

Counselor Newsletter

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How to become a School Counselor in Oklahoma

 
Want to join the counseling profession in Oklahoma? Check out this document for information on how to become a School Counselor, School Psychologist, School Social Worker, or Licensed Mental Health Professional in Oklahoma. Discover training needs, prerequisites, and certification processes for each area of counseling and school-based mental health.

 

Coronavirus/COVID-19 Counseling Resources

During this incredibly difficult time due to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, we encourage school counselors, administrators, parents and students to 1) be vigilant in minding the safey and security of yourselves and your familes, 2) stay abreast of the most current information provided by the State Department of Education and other reputable sources such as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Oklahoma County Health Department, and 3) be prepared when instruction resumes after the Cessation of Operations ends.  Below are links to some resources to address most frequently asked questions (FAQs) that tend to arise during times of school closings or interruptions to traditional learning.  Please visit the SDE website dedicated to updates regarding COVID-19 that reflect information from other departments, including but not limited to:  Assessments, Special Education, Curriculum & Instruction, and School Operations.

OSDE Counseling COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Academic Resources

COVID-19 SEL Resources

Distance Learning Resources

COVID-19 Technology Incentives
School Counselor Guidance for Distance Learning
Engaging Families to Support Distance Learning
Family Guide: Positive Behavior in the Distance Learning Environment
Guidance for Preventing Cyber-Bullying
Building Relationships, Hope & Resilience in Distance Learning Environment
Engaging Families To Support Distance Learning

Additional Resources for Parents and Educators

Tools to Teach: Helpful Tips for Parents
Reaffirming Physical Health and Perceptions of Safety & Security
Self-Care for Parents & Caregivers
Self-Care for Teachers & Educational Professionals
12 Ways Teachers Can Build Resilience
Assisting Students Who Have Experienced Grief and Loss
Increasing Hope and Resilience During Re-Opening
Staff Well-being Assessment Tools
School-Based Mental Health Professionals in Oklahoma

 

Counseling Equity Resources

The Counseling Division of the Oklahoma State Department of Education supports the American School Counselor Association's position on equity and diversity in serving Oklahoma's students and educators. School Counselors are advocates for the equitable treatment of all students in school and the community. School Counselors recognize and distinguish individual and group differences and strive to equally value all students and groups. 

Adult Resources

Student Resources

 

Visit these sites for additional resources


Academic Counseling

Access the most recent documents for guiding students through high school.  Here you will find graduation checklists, transcript guidance, concurrent enrollment and career tech information, and subject code information.

Professional Development

Counselors SPEAK series

The OSDE Counseling Department hosts a series of virtual forums to provide counselors the opportunity to address concerns that arise as they work to serve students in a safe, equitable, nurturing environment amidst times of intense chaos and confusion. Counselors are encouraged to SPEAK:

  • Share thoughts and concerns in a safe space
  • Process possible causes and solutions
  • Educate, empower and equip one another
  • Act and implement plans
  • Keep the conversation going

Presentations and resources from each Counselor SPEAK session can be accessed below:

 

The For Counselors Only Conference will be held March 9-10, 2021, virtually for all PK-12 Counselors and any other educator assisting with the work of serving the academic, college & career, behaviorial, and social-emotional needs of students. The Oklahoma Department of Career Technical Education in conjuction with Oklahoma State Department of Educaiton and Oklahoma State Regensts For Higher Education have worked to put on a well-rounded conference just for you! Registration links were sent via the Counselor's Newsletter. Register now to save your place in this statewide professional development opportunity.

Assessment Information

Student Leadership Opportunities

 

U.S. Presidential Scholar Award--2021 Candidates Named

The Oklahoma State Department of Education is proud to acknowledge our State's top scholars as candidates for the prestigious U.S. Presidential Scholars Program recognition award. Of the more than 600 candidates nationwide, 87 Oklahoma seniors were selected, with four students candidates for recognition in Career and Technical Education. Each candidate will receive an invitation to apply that must be submitted directly to the USPSP by 5:00 p.m. on February 24, 2021. Semi-finalists will be named mid-April and final UPSP Scholars will be posted early May. For a complete list of candidates, visit the U.S. Presidential Scholar Program website.  Schools are encouraged to begin now identifying your current juniors who would make great candidates for next year and mark your calendars for the October submission deadline! We want every Oklahoma district to submit seniors for this potential recognition! For questions about this process, email the OSDE Academic Counseling Division.

 

United States Senate Youth Program--Deadline November 20, 2020

Oklahoma applications can be accessed here and are due by 5:00 p.m. on November 20, 2020. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Finalists will be notified by December 31, 2020. Finalists will be required to attend a virtual interview the week of January 11-15, 2021. On the basis of the personal interview, essays, letter of recommendation, and application, judges will select two student delegates to represent Oklahoma and a first and second alternate. The two students chosen to represent Oklahoma as delegates and the two students chosen as alternates will be notified by the middle of February.

USSYP is limited to juniors and seniors who are currently serving in any one of the following student government offices:

a. student body president, vice-president, secretary, or treasurer
b. class president, vice-president, secretary, or treasurer
c. student council representative
d. national honor society officer
e. student representative elected or appointed to a district, regional, or state level civic or educational organization
For additional information contact Brenda Beymer-Chapman

 

Oklahoma Academic Scholars 2020

The Oklahoma Academic Scholars program recognizes outstanding academic achievement of graduating seniors. Oklahoma Academic Scholars will be presented a certificate of distinction from the state and their local high school. A gold seal will be affixed to their diplomas and the honor will be recorded on their official transcripts. Graduating seniors must meet all of the following criteria to qualify for this honor:

Accumulate over Grades 9, 10, 11 and the first semester of Grade 12, a minimum grade point average of 3.7 on a 4.0 scale (unweighted), or be in the top 10 percent of their class.

Complete (or will complete) the curricular requirements for a standard diploma.

Achieve a 27 composite score on the ACT or 1220 combined reading and mathematics score on the SAT I. The ACT or SAT I must have been taken on a national test date.

For more information, contact the Gifted and Talented office at 405-522-3522.
 

2021 Superintendent's Student Advisory Council

OSDE has announced the names of 97 students who will serve on Supeintendent Hofmeister's Student Advisory Council.  Students were recommended by their respective district Superintendents and will represent the voice of thousands of Oklahoma students across the State.  Forthy-four of the members served previously on the council. For the official announcement and complete list of names, click here.

College & Career Readiness

For additional College and Career Readiness resources, please visit the OSDE High School Graduation Resources page or the OKEdge website.  For quick access to two of Oklahoma's approved online ICAP tools see below:

OK Career Guide

Does your district need an online tool for Individual Career Academic Planning (ICAP)? This interactive website that is an easy online tool available for all Oklahomans to explore their future. You can take assessments, identify occupations, establish education plans, and, ultimately, connect to employers. Whether you are a student searching for career and college options or an adult looking for a new career path, OK Career Guide is the powerful tool to provide all the career and educational resources you need to chart your course for the future. For more information visit the OKCareerGuide.org webpage.

OK College Start

This is a free resource available for your district's ICAP online tool. This interactive site is a comprehensive place where you can plan for college powered by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.  Visit the OKCollegeStart webpage for more information.

 


Prevention Services

The Prevention Education Division administers programs and initiatives that assist districts in addressing the risk behaviors in Oklahoma’s students.  Click here for resources that deal with bullying, suicide, substance abuse and violence prevention,


Professional Associations

  • American Psychological Association - The APA represents psychology in the United States and is the largest association of psychologists worldwide.
  • American School Counselor Association - ASCA is the national organization that represents the profession of school counseling. ASCA focuses on providing professional development, enhancing school counseling programs, and researching effective school counseling practices.
  • National Association for College Admission Counseling - NACAC is an education association of secondary school counselors, college and university admission officers and counselors and related individuals who work with students as they make the transition from high school to postsecondary education. 
  • National Association of School Psychologists - The National Association of School Psychologists represents school psychology and supports school psychologists to enhance the learning and mental health of all children and youth.
  • National Board for Professional Teaching Standards - The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) sets standards and offers national certification in nearly 30 fields, including school counseling. School counselors may apply directly to the NBPTS for national certification. For additional information, see "National Board Certified Teachers."
  • Oklahoma Counseling Association - Oklahoma's organization for all persons engaged in any phase of personnel work, educational-vocational guidance and professional counseling. The Association is organized as a state branch of the American Counseling Association.
  • Oklahoma School Counselor Association - This organization works to foster a close personal and professional relationship among school counselors and with counselors in other settings. Additionally, the group works to improve the standards of counseling and the relationships with other pupil personnel services for students in elementary, middle school/junior high, senior high and post-high school settings. OSCA is chartered by the American School Counselor Association.

Resources for Counselors

For resources, training and professional development that address topics such as Social-Emotional Learning (SEL), College & Career Readiness, and Prevention, please visit our Training for Counselors page dedicated to providing counselors access to both local and national resources.

Resource Library

The OSDE Prevention Services Department has a resource library with about 150 items that you can check out and have mailed to you at any time! There are 66 DVDs, 19 curriculums, and 64 books available. Click the links below to see the list and print the form to check out materials.

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Last updated on November 19, 2021