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Presenting Your Counseling or ESL/EFL Program to Staff

The time is now!!  Each year during Back to School Season, my co-counselors and I spend time and effort putting together a presentation for staff about our counseling program.  This is such an important part of what we do! Whether you are a specialist teacher (ESL/EFL) or a mental health professional (school counselor, psychologist, etc), it is crucial to present to staff about your program and what your job entails. Even if you spend most of your work week on one campus, with the same colleagues and administrators, many staff on campus probably do not know all that you do during your work day.  And this can be tricky- because when colleagues and administrators don't know what we do, they might think we need things to do.  Or worse, they might feel resentful if they think our job has less duties than their job.  So, in this post, I will give you lots of tips and resources to create a presentation that lets you explain your dynamic program to your staff!  As always, I've included a lot of helpful resources- just click on the green links below which will take you right to an article, video, or product you can use.  Plus, my Bilingual Learner quarterly counseling newsletter just went out in August with lots of new resources and freebie downloadables- sign up in the newsletter box in the right column if you didn't get your newsletter! 

Before getting into all the details of our program presentations to staff, here are a few important Bilingual Learner updates...







So, at my school, we ask for 30-45 minutes of a semester one professional development day, and then we present our program to staff through a Powerpoint with handouts.  We also include an ending activity where they can apply what we've presented to them.  It is a lot of work to put the powerpoint together, but it pays off in spades, because for the rest of the year they understand what we do, how we help students, and how to utilize our services.  In our presentation, we cover the following topics using lots of color, cartoons, memes, jokes, interesting anecdotes, games, prizes, and anything else we can think of to make the presentation as eye catching, interesting, and interactive as possible.

Presentation Topics

  • The official characteristics and duties of our role in the school (according to the guidelines set by governing state, board, campus, national or professional organization)
  • How we can support teachers in their work with students
  • How we support students
  • Procedures for how staff and students can utilize our services
  • A summary of the top 3-5 most important points of our presentation

Here is a link to our counseling powerpoint presentation.

Here is a link to an excellent ESL/EFL presentation by Ms. Marnee Dubrowski.



Also, as promised in the previous August post, below are photos of our counseling office.  I am still in the process of setting up my ESL/EFL classroom, so I will post those photos next month.  However, I presented last month at a professional development workshop on how to include culture lessons in working with ESL/EFL/ELL students, so I've also posted a few pictures of this presentation below! 


Bibliotherapy Corner                                          Counseling Bulletin Board



College Swag                                                                          Group Rules



Group Counseling Session Setup                                         Entrance Area to Counseling Office



Presenting to Fellow Educators About How to Infuse Cultural Activities into ESL/EFL Lessons and Groups


That brings me to the end of this month's post.  Check back here again next month for my post on the art of saying no gracefully to non-counseling or non-ESL/EFL duties! As always, you can find out about Bilingual Learner’s latest promotions, free stuff, or my counseling/ESL adventures by following my Facebook PageTwitter Page, or Pinterest Page.  And don’t forget to follow me on my new Instagram Page!

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