Eagle Speaks

Eagle speaks is a data driven program that was developed to help students connect to adults within the school. A survey was given to students asking if they have an adult they trust to talk to with a personal problem. The students that answered “no” on the survey were put into the Eagle Speaks program.

The students in this program were assigned a staff member in the school to check in with on a daily basis for 8 weeks. Every morning during the announcements, the students went to their adult buddy and they talked for a few minutes to build a connection.

The second part to this program was the raffle. The students were given a raffle ticket each time they checked in with their adult. The students dropped off their raffle tickets in guidance (prizes were awarded each week.)

This program was a huge success! The students were surveyed at the end of the program to see if they had an adult they could trust to talk to with a personal problem, if students still did not have someone to talk to, they were put in individual counseling with the school counselor.

I can’t wait to expand this program in a school that I work in.


3rd Grade Family Change Small Group

I am beginning to facilitate a small group for students who have gone through a family change and don’t have a mom and dad living in the same house. I leave the group open to children who have divorced parents, single mom, parents never married, one parent in jail or other unique situation. I included my outline of sessions to be delivered as well as the pre and post test that I use.

Purpose/Goal of the Group: Students will learn that they are not the only ones with a unique family situation. Students will also learn healthy ways to cope with the family change while increasing his or her self-image.

Participants: Participants were identified by the results of a survey. To participate in the group, parents had to sign a permission form.

 Time and Length of Group: Ten 3rd grade students will meet on Thursday’s at Lunch (11:55-12:35) for five weeks. Continue reading

EZ Analyze

EZ Analyze is a free tool that school counselors can use to keep track of and disaggregate time spent by school counselors. EZ Analyze allows school counselors to generate reports on the time spent with students individually, in groups or summarizing a school counselor’s time in general. The time tracker uses a complex excel document to help school counselors keep track of their time. The time tracker is downloadable for free from: http://www.ezanalyze.com/tracktime/. The time tracker allows you to put in students names and notes to allow the school counselor to keep track of time spent with him or her.

The time tracker is aligned with ASCA standards which allow the school counselor to see where his or her time is being spent. The time can be broken up into direct student services (individual student planning, responsive services, and school guidance curriculum) or indirect student services (parent contacts, meetings, collaboration, “fair-share responsibilities”, and curriculum development). By categorizing time spent in different areas, EZ Analyze can generate graphs that break down the amount of time spent in direct and indirect student services. Here is a picture of the front page of EZ Analyze:


You can see that you are able to track time with students (both individual and group sessions). You are also able to track how you spend your time during the day. It is also possible to formulate a variety of reports and graphs that quickly allow a school counselor to see how his or her time is being spent.


This is what you see when you put in an individual or group in order to track the time spent. The reasons are aligned with ASCA (Individual student planning, responsive services and school guidance curriculum).

EZ Analyze is completely free tool that can help school counselors in a variety of ways. It is very user friendly and can be saved on a flash drive in order to keep students’ information private.

Creating Pre/Post Tests in School Counseling

I recently got the textbook, The Use of Data in School Counseling by Trish Hatch. Chapter 7 is all about creating pre/post tests. Hatch (2014) uses the A-S-K method to measure how much students are learning.

A=Attitude Questions- Attitude questions measure student opinions and beliefs. Many of these questions use a Likert Scale. Examples of attitude questions:

  • I believe watching fights is a lot of fun. Strongly agree…strongly disagree
  • Compared to high school classes, I think college classes will be.. A lot harder…a lot easier
  • I believe kids who report bullying are snitches. strongly agree….strongly disagree

S=Skills- Creating skills questions is more difficult than creating knowledge and attitude questions. When measuring skills the respondent may be asked to answer a “What would you do scenario?” Other ways to answer skills questions are role play, complete a job application, locate a missing part to a planner, or write a goal. A knowledge question may be “what is the GPA required to move on” while a skills question may be to figure out the GPA when given a set of grades. Examples of skills questions are: Continue reading