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Sometimes, your child forgets to share the notes from their backpack that tell you everything that’s happening at their school. On Notes from the Backpack: A PTA Podcast, we give you the inside scoop on how to help your child succeed—in school and at home. We discuss real issues with parents and experts—from handling homework to school discipline—to support you every step of the way! Join the conversation using #BackpackNotes and learn more at PTA.org/BackpackNotes.
 
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TartanTalk is a podcast of Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, an all-girls K–12 school in Princeton, New Jersey. This series discusses topics to help parents raise their daughters to become confident leaders.
 
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The first episode back after Thanksgiving break is the final episode of the Team Player Series, focused on students. I have spoken about how to collaborate with other stakeholders in the last few episodes and couldn’t possibly leave out the kids we work with day in and day out. The ideas I share are action items that can be done from the first sess…
 
From people who mispronounce your child’s name to teachers who expect them to explain your family’s holiday traditions to the class, your child may be struggling with the pressure to represent an entire culture. Actress and author Sheetal Sheth joins the show to discuss how families can help kids embrace their identities and explains how she shared…
 
All month I’ve been talking about how you can collaborate with your stakeholders, and this episode is dedicated to principals. Your administration can really dictate how your program runs, so this is a very important topic! Some principals can micromanage while others don’t want to be involved at all, hopefully your principal is somewhere in the mi…
 
Help your child channel their frustrations into social action! This week, our hosts chatted with author and founder of 1000 Black Girl Books, Marley Dias, and her mom, Dr. Janice Johnson Dias, who is an educator and author as well. They share how you can help your child develop their entrepreneurial spirit and enhance their problem solving skills—a…
 
For this week’s Team Player Series episode, I will share how to get parents on board. I’m sure each and every one of you listening right now has experienced backlash from a parent at some point in your career. If you’re like me, you probably realized if you had communicated more in the first place some of those situations never would have occurred.…
 
As we approach the holiday season I hope you take time to rest and reflect on how you feel about the first few months of school. I know some of you have probably felt really alone and isolated in your school building full of teachers. It’s just as bad, if not worse, if you have been getting push back from your class lessons or recommendations. Beli…
 
How can schools do a better job affirming children’s racial identities? Dr. Shawn Jones, psychologist and professor at the Virginia Commonwealth University, joined the podcast to offer guidance on creating schools that better serve students of color. He shares how families can help by talking openly and honestly about their own experiences with rac…
 
To wrap up one of my favorite months, I decided to do a seasonal episode in the spirit of Halloween! I’ll be sharing some fun activities you can do with those Halloween buckets you’ve probably gotten on Amazon or in the Dollar Store. I love providing you with low-cost and simple ideas and these are no different. If you’ve been a listener for a whil…
 
Have you ever taught a great lesson only to have your student forget everything the next time they walk through your door? Teaching students truly takes a village, so it only makes sense we take advantage of our resources. I’m talking about peers, teachers, custodians, and more! Think about it. When you explicitly teach a topic and then another sta…
 
From the cyberbullying risks to dangerous social media challenges, many parents feel terrified when their child enters the world of social media. How can families have proactive discussions about navigating the online world responsibly? Dr. Sameer Hinduja, director of the Cyberbullying Research Center joins the show to share practical tips and resp…
 
Did you know that October is Bullying Prevention Month? It’s truly one of my favorite topics to discuss with my students. It is so important to work on those preventative measures and teach our students skills at a young age. The earlier you teach them about bullying, the more control you’ll have as they get older. There are so many different ways …
 
Can you believe it's already October?! What's more exciting is that we are celebrating ONE YEAR of this podcast, School Counseling Simplified! I wanted to do something special to celebrate this milestone, so this episode will be a bit different than the others. I've created a mash-up of the top 5 most popular episodes from the show! Be sure to stay…
 
What life skills does your child need to thrive? There’s a lot of learning happening in schools that goes beyond academics. Karen Van Ausdal joined our hosts to talk about Social and Emotional Learning. She shares what Social and Emotional Learning looks like, why it’s important and how families can support. Resources: Explore CASEL’s helpful tools…
 
Today is extra exciting because we have a veteran counselor on the show, Terry Foytek. Terry has been a school counselor for 25 years and is a student in my online course, Stress Free School Counseling. This goes to show that Stress Free School Counseling is not just for new counselors or for counselors with 3-5 years of experience. It’s for any sc…
 
If you have been considering joining my Stress Free School Counseling course, then this episode is for you. I don’t have guest episodes often, but I had to introduce you to one of my Stress Free School Counseling alumni, Kaylena. I hope any questions you have are answered after listening to her real-life testimonial! Like many of you, this is Kayle…
 
Do you constantly feel like you are putting out fires rather than preventing them? Or maybe you take work home regularly to catch up because of all the distractions throughout the day. In this episode I will give you a solution to these never-ending problems. It all starts with scheduling, and I don’t mean when you see specific students. I want you…
 
As we enter our second Back-to-School season filled with COVID-19 safety precautions, it’s vital that you stay informed. We invited a special guest, Captain Erin Sauber-Schatz, community guidance subject matter expert for CDC's COVID-19 Response, to share the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Resources: Watch National PTA’s Back to Class…
 
There are two things I suggest you focus on first and foremost as the school year begins. The first one is data collection, which I talked about during my last episode. The second is organization, which may not come so easy to school counselors. I feel like teachers tend to have this under control with their flair pens and post-its, but after this …
 
By now, you may know how much I LOVE data collection, and there’s a good reason for it! Collecting and sharing data is the best way to measure growth and advocate for your role as a school counselor. I know what you may be thinking right now - It’s only September. Why are we already talking about data? Here’s the thing, even if you’ve only just sta…
 
With a new year upon us, there are always changes that are made in the public schools. This can be new students, new staff or administration, a new school placement or even a new district. Not to mention new protocols or procedures that may impact the program that you intended on using. These inevitable changes are one of the many reasons that scho…
 
As the school year is upon us, I’m sure you’ve been busy preparing your lessons and materials. You’re probably ready for your individual, group, and classroom lessons or have at least thought about what you may want to try, or not try, for this new school year. But have you thought about what you can do from day one that may make the whole year see…
 
I’m sure I’m not the only one who was familiar with the ASCA National Model, but didn’t quite know what it meant to see it in action. Of course we all heard of what it meant in grad school, but like many other areas of our profession it is very different when you have to put it into practice with your own students. That’s why I will be walking you …
 
Whether you’re a new counselor or a veteran, when you think of MTSS you are likely picturing the pyramid that outlines the system previously referred to as Response to Intervention. It’s so important because it is the foundation that our program is based on. This evidence-based system may be approached by multiple positions in the school, but I’m g…
 
Back to school season is quickly approaching, or may already be here for many of you! When it comes to getting all your ducks in a row for a new school year, you could wing it, or you could make things a lot easier for yourself and have a curated plan. August is the perfect time to get organized while you have the time! One of the first things that…
 
I don’t know about you, but I have really loved this month’s Small Group Series! I am super passionate about this topic and hope you feel prepared for next school year after listening to these episodes. I can’t believe school will be starting soon, but it’s the perfect time to talk about something very important: small group curriculum. You may be …
 
For today’s “small group series” episode, I’ll be talking about how to organize your small group materials to incentivize attendance. I’m sure you're thinking that those two things don’t relate at all. I promise it will make more sense once you listen to my suggestions! I’m sure we can all agree that what works for one person doesn’t necessarily wo…
 
I’m excited to share this episode with you this week while I’m at the ASCA Conference! Make sure to come say hello if you see me! I’m also excited because this week I’ll be talking about small groups again. The students in these groups are the ones that need more than that in class lesson but aren’t in need of that individual session. So how do we …
 
As you begin to think about going back to school, it’s the perfect time to think about how to best establish small groups. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be doing a new deep dive series on small groups so that you can feel prepared to dive right into forming effective small groups! In the following episodes I’ll discuss using small group data, organ…
 
Today’s episode is a great one because you get a sneak peek into my new counselor bootcamp! Now if you’re not a new counselor, believe me you’ll still want to listen. Newbie or veteran, I’m always here to support my fellow counselors no matter which stage you’re in! This episode will help those of you in all different seasons of your counseling car…
 
I’m pretty sure every school counselor has a vision of how they want their office to be decorated. Whether it’s the organization or decorations, there is nothing quite like the moment you have your first job after graduating. That is why I was pretty surprised when I found out my first office was going to be shared with the school psychologist. The…
 
On today’s episode we have two special guests that are joining me after they’ve completed the Stress Free School Counseling course. They share the specific tools that transformed their counseling programs at their schools. If you have been at all curious of what the course entails, this episode will give you all that information! You’ll find that b…
 
I am SO excited to introduce you to the newest member of Bright Futures, Rebekah Murphy. I’m sure you’ll see Rebekah on social media and now that she’s a member of the team please say hello! Rebekah has been a school counselor in Kentucky for five years at the elementary level. She has a range of skills and it is easy to see that she is passionate …
 
One of the many reasons we become school counselors is to be able to provide support to students when they’re experiencing a crisis. We are often given the infamous walkie talkie in order to be prepared for those exact situations. It’s never long, however, until that crisis intervention begins interfering with the other duties we perform throughout…
 
This month I really focused on how to use scheduling, organization, and data collection to reach more students and advocate for your role. To end the month-long series, I’ll be sharing twelve strategies to increase your impact and get the recognition you deserve. As always, the simple changes I suggest will increase your efficacy and your time! I k…
 
The last two weeks I went over a scheduling tool and an organizational hack to introduce my month-long series on reaching more students and advocating for your role. This week I’ll be talking about data collection and really touching upon my end of the year report. This is a great opportunity to reflect on all of the services you’ve provided! Let’s…
 
Did your last power struggle with your child leave you feeling burnt out? What if we shifted our mindset around parenting, and stopped trying to make our kids happy all the time? Dr. Shefali, a clinical psychologist and author, whose work has been endorsed by Oprah, joins our hosts to discuss parent self-care. She shares her own parenting experienc…
 
Let’s start talking about mental health! For too long, we’ve stigmatized mental health issues and it’s time to have open conversations with our friends and family. We talked to mental health advocate, Allison Raskin, about her personal journey and work to destigmatize these topics. She offers advice for normalizing discussions of mental health in y…
 
Is your teenager so stressed you worry they’re on the brink of burning out? Teens are still facing the typical pressures of navigating friendships, relationships, college admissions and now a pandemic. Our hosts spoke with adolescent psychologist and best-selling author, Dr. John Duffy, about how families can support their teens during this challen…
 
How can we prepare to meet every child’s needs as they return to school? We spoke with National School Psychologist of the Year, Chandrai Jackson-Saunders to learn how schools can set children up for success and how families can help by focusing on the whole child. She offers concrete strategies school communities should implement to meet the varie…
 
Teens experience mental health issues at alarming rates. How can you tell if it’s typical teenage angst or something more serious? If your teen is experiencing depression, how can you best support them? We sat down with Dr. Doreen Marshall, VP of Mission Engagement at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (ASFP) to get answers to these que…
 
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