Georgia School Counselors Association conference
As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, I am thankful for wonderful professional development! Last week, I had the privilege of attending the annual Georgia School Counselors Association conference in Jekyll Island. Upper School counselor Rose Harper and I spent two and a half days attending sessions focused on everything from redefining multiculturalism to utilizing bibliotherapy to incorporating technology into a school counseling program. We connected with counselors from all over Georgia, learning about programs they’ve implemented in their schools and sharing our own successes.
The keynote speaker during the opening session of the conference was Maureen Costello, director of Teaching Tolerance. Her words were inspirational. She spoke about being upstanders instead of bystanders — everyone should stand up for the rights of others when they see injustice. Her illustrations of children facing prejudice of all kinds in schools were heartbreaking; her stories of noble students and teachers standing up for others were beautifully uplifting.
Some breakout sessions’ topics were perfectly aligned with specific situations happening around Love Hall, and I have felt very lucky to return to school this week with tools to help Westminster’s youngest Wildcats (and their siblings, parents, and teachers) celebrate their successes and navigate their current difficulties.