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Ensuring students graduate prepared for college is just one of the roles of a school counselor.

School Counselor Leadership Network

​​​​​​​​​​School counselors have a critical role in our schools, especially now with LCAPs focused on college and career readiness and the important work of equity for our students.

Through SDCOE, you can:

  • Get professional learning tailored to your unique needs

  • Network with other school counselors

  • Gain valuable resources for you, your students, and your colleagues by utilizing our Resource Quick Links

2019 Annual School Counselor Leadership Conference

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You can downlaod the App at All session descriptions and presenters bios can be found here. If a presenter uploaded their materials, they will be listed under their session. 

We look forward to seeing you again in 2020!

Upcoming Professional Learning

Supporting Families with Complex Needs for Financial Aid & College Funding

This workshop, held March 27, from 8:30-10:00am at SDCOE, is being provided to help counselors figure out how to advise families on college funding and vet “college financial planners”. There can be real challenges for counselors who have limited knowledge of financial aid and college planning.
This one and half hour program, facilitated by Deborah Fox, will provide counselors with a comprehensive presentation focusing on the most current information about how parents at all income and asset levels can pay less for college. We will provide counselors with specific knowledge about the financial aid process, including how families who do not qualify for need-based aid can also reduce their costs, and how and when to refer families for outside guidance. The reality is that many families have complex situations (divorce, own a private business, experienced a family catastrophe, etc.) that are beyond our knowledge of financial aid.

This workshop is free, but you must register HERE.

GLSEN Training to support LGBTQIA+ Youth

April 5 from 12-3pm

Lunch and materials included

You must register to attend at 

Topics will include: 

  • Current federal and state laws that address bullying and harassment 
  • How to take a stand against bullying and harass-ment in schools 
  • Bullying that targets LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender) Youth 
  • What it means to become an "ally" to LGBT youth 
  • How to comply with the Fair Education Act-SB 48 and The Success and Opportunity Act-AB1266, which mandates the contributions of LGBT people into the curriculum and ensures fair opportunities for transgender students 
New School Counselor Leadership Institute

Registration closed for 18-19. Check back for 19-20 Cohort

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Join a cohort of credentialed school counselors who are getting familiar with their new roles.

Counselors working in K-12 schools for three years or less can grow and learn through the year with peer networking, coaching, and direct training that aligns with the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Mindsets and Behavior Standards in the areas of academic, career, and social and emotional development.

Topics across the six sessions align with Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) state priorities. 

In the New School Counselor Leadership Institute, you will:

  • Be supported by two SDCOE divisions: Learning and Leadership Services and Student Services and Programs
  • Receive six full days of professional learning provided by experts in the field and certified trainers
  • Gain valuable knowledge in topics that directly affect your daily work with students
  • Be equipped to promote mindsets and behaviors that enhance the learning process and create a culture of college and career readiness for all students
  • Attend the School Counselor Leadership Conference in February
  • Grow with two-hours of individual coaching at your school site

Institute Dates:

  • Oct. 5, 2018
  • Nov. 8, 2018
  • Dec. 7, 2018
  • Feb. 14, 2019
  • March 8, 2019
  • April 5, 2019

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