What Do International School Counselors Talk About?
May 9, 2018

Cheryl Brown of The International School of Muscat in Oman and Brooke Fezler of the International School of Barcelona, along with the support of their dedicated and hardworking taskforce, once again organized a fabulous conference of the International School Counselors Association (ISCA) in Bangkok, Thailand last March. Over 200 school counselors representing over 105 international…

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Is My Teenager Ready for College?
February 14, 2018

On one of the first fall days of September, Michelle and Rebecca were invited to speak to the Colorado Consultants Association to answer that vexing and nagging query: is my teenager ready for college? Utilizing their extensive experience and professional backgrounds, they addressed the various social-emotional needs, learning difficulties, and even current cultural challenges that…

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Beyond Teen Weight Loss Camps
November 16, 2015

  We all know that obesity is increasingly a problem for our youth. And certainly the families with whom we work are not immune to the challenges of nutrition and activity in our society right now. When families ask about this issue, we talk about with families about what else is going on for the child….

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Great Summer Reads that Build Character
July 2, 2014

I was just forwarded this list of books that build character from our colleague and friend, Dana Dean Doering. I love this list because there are dozens (hundreds?) of titles, with levels denoted along with what aspects of character they focus on. The list is based on the 6 Pillars of Character, as posited by…

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Is It Too Late to Apply to Boarding School for Next Year? NO!!!
June 11, 2014

I just read a listserv posting today by a parent who wondered if it was too late to apply to boarding schools next year. The answer is simple: “NO!” Every summer, we are busy working with students on families on boarding school placements for the coming fall. These are usually students who made it through…

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A Penny a Page, and Other Ways to Encourage Tween and Teen Reluctant Readers
May 13, 2014

Have you seen or heard this story today from NPR? It’s short, sweet, and worth checking out. Why Aren’t Teens Reading Like They Used To? Parents often ask me, “how do I get my child to read more?” I happen to be an expert because, not only am I a learning specialist and former school psychologist…

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