Thursday, September 16, 2021
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New website helps students research college majors and salaries

Students have a new interactive tool to research degree programs at Kentucky’s public colleges and universities, allowing them to compare tuition, student debt and salaries for hundreds of occupations before choosing a major.
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Quick Connect: Feeling charts

Supporting students’ emotional health can start with a quick check. Having students take a minute to identify what they are feeling at this moment can be empowering and comforting.
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Check out these bullying and suicide prevention resources

We have had a lot of tragedy and loss among our youth in Kentucky this year. We have to continue to help our kids feel loved and valued. Let’s be leaders in this work.
Kentucky Framework of Best Practices for School Counselors

KDE releases ‘Framework of Best Practices for School Counselors’

Although many schools across Kentucky have a counselor, daily tasks and responsibilities can look a little different from school to school.
Seneca High School (Jefferson County) counselors wanted to have a full table at lunch that was accessible to every student, every day, in every lunch. Pictured, from left, are counselors Strauzie Collins, Ryan Hite, Carlos Rul-lan, Tracy Fussnecker, Jennifer Rul-lan. Submitted photo

Jefferson counselors find ways to reach students during lunch

Seneca High School (Jefferson County) counselors advocated for more lunch duty last school year, but there was a catch. Instead of standing in one corner, the counselors wanted to have a full table that was accessible to every student, every day, in every lunch.
Damien Sweeney

Meet KDE’s new counseling program coordinator

Damien Sweeney, a former counselor at Seneca High School (Jefferson County) for eight years, is the new program coordinator for Comprehensive School Counseling at the Kentucky Department of Education.
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New TikTok challenge to raise awareness of FAFSA opportunities

The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) and GEAR UP Kentucky, a unit of the council, are throwing down the gauntlet on TikTok this month to help raise awareness about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, known as the FAFSA form.
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Making attendance and social/emotional learning a priority

Being a college professor allows me to do two things. It allows me to stay connected with incredible school counselors from Kentucky and other states and it allows me to do something I’ve always loved ... teach!
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KET shares resources on social-emotional learning through the arts

The Kentucky Educational Television (KET) newest collection of resources, “Social and Emotional Learning: The Arts for Every Classroom,” is designed to help educators and parents understand emotional development and lead students in art projects that build those skills.
Announcements

Reminder: Civics test required for graduation

Passed by the Kentucky General Assembly in 2017, Senate Bill 159 requires students to pass a 100-question civics test in order to graduate from a public high school with a regular diploma.