We are now three weeks into our new schedule and I believe it has been successful so far. I have had the chance to visit classrooms, observe students, put behavior plans and interventions into place, consult with staff and parents, assess and form small groups, and collaborate with staff to establish new routines in a variety of areas. It is exciting to see how much more the counseling program can provide with this alternative schedule! At the end of the year, I hope to reflect and see if it has in fact made a difference to our students, as well.
I must say that I am glad that I gathered up the courage to advocate for this change. It is empowering to experience such tremendous support from colleagues, and exhilarating to find yourself with time to do more tasks that directly serve students' needs! Get out there and advocate for your programs, school counselors!