The Elementary School Counselor is a multifaceted position that requires characteristics such as flexibility, patience, problem solving and the ability to look at the details as well as the big picture. The school counselor addresses situations as they arise in a calm, rational manner with the objective of diffusing stress and helping involved parties see clarity and working toward a solution. The school counselor needs to be organized, have classroom and large group management, good writing and public speaking skills. Counselors are responsible for these job functions whether teaching in person or teaching online/from a distance. In addition to the job functions listed below, counselors are responsible for following all policies and procedures as outlined in the faculty handbook (including all new COVID-related protocols).
Direct Student Work
Work from a trauma-informed lens to understand and resolve emotional, social or behavioral issues
Counsel students individually by actively listening, identifying issues and solutions, and formulating a plan of action
Lead educational/support groups for students experiencing similar problems, e.g. problem solving skills, social skills and conflict resolution skills
Aid in the understanding of the consequences of actions for self and others.
Respond and intervene with family crisis (e.g., separation, divorce, death, neglect and abuse) as needed
Teaching in person, on line or in a hybrid model
Show proficiency (meeting or exceeding level) in various online and technological tools as detailed in the TEACHER'S TECHNOLOGY RUBRIC 20-21
Consult with parents/guardians to aid in understanding more fully the challenges related to their child both at school and at home
Consult with teachers and support staff to better understand the child in multiple parts of his or her day
Consult with principals and other administrative staff when serious disciplinary issues and complicated social, emotional or behavioral issues need to be addressed
Refer and consult with outside professionals to aid in evaluating the appropriate social, emotional, physical and sensory therapy to the students
Provide parents/guardians with accurate, comprehensive and relevant information in an objective and caring manner
Develop and teach a Human Development curriculum for girls and their parents about the changes during puberty to 4th and 5th grade girls and their female caregivers
Teach a social-emotional curriculum for kindergarten through 5th grade students.
Evaluate the emergence to teach lessons that emerge and are important to address immediately with students as needed
As part of the Conscious Discipline Team, provide education and guidance to all faculty in order to help them effectively utilize the CD materials and concepts
Advise teachers on class management, behavioral challenges, parent communication and social-emotional challenges of their students
Mentor new staff to aid in challenging social-emotional interactions with students
Provide educational opportunities to staff on social-emotional topics to strengthen their skills and address challenges in their classrooms
Actively seek out, participate in, and continue meaningful professional development to maintain alignment with best practices and the school’s curricular and pedagogical standards