Each year, Online Counseling Programs compiles a list of the Top Counseling Blogs to help prospective and current counseling professionals keep abreast with counseling trends, advocacy efforts and career development.
Cindy Morton (‘89,’92,’98), Georgia Southern University College of Education Triple Eagle alumna, made the 2017 list with her blog “For High School Counselors.”
“My blog really began as a hobby or side project about my experiences as a high school counselor,” explained Morton. “Though there were many school counseling blogs, a blog highlighting the high school experience was missing. Surprisingly, my blog seemed to resonate with other counselors and was noticed by OnlineCounselingPrograms.com.”
“For High School Counselors” provides relevant, up-to-date information from Morton’s personal experiences as well as compiled free online resources for high school counselors.
A virtual counselor with Rockdale County Schools in Conyers, Georgia, Morton’s career began in a classroom teaching history. Earning a bachelor’s in history and master’s in social studies education from Georgia Southern, she taught at her hometown high school in Screven County for nine years. During her teaching career, she often found that students came to her with their problems and one even suggested that she should consider becoming a counselor–a notion she had not previously considered.
After taking a school counseling course from Georgia Southern, Morton says she was “hooked.” She earned a specialist degree in counselor education, and is now entering her 19th year of her counseling career.
This fall, EAGLE Academy welcomed its first two students as fully enrolled Georgia Southern University undergraduates. An inclusive post-secondary education (IPSE) program, the Academy offers Equal Access to Gainful Learning and Employment (EAGLE) for those with mild intellectual disabilities.
What started as a ‘aha’ moment in spring 2013, grew from a dream to a passion and now reality for the College of Education’s Shelley Woodward, special education instructor and founding executive director for the Academy.
“During a candidate visit to campus, the faculty member discussed ClemsonLIFE, and that’s when we realized that programs like this existed,” said Woodward.
At the time, Georgia only had one fully operational IPSE program located at Kennesaw State University. Woodward attended the Inclusive Higher Education Conference in fall 2013, and realized she was not going to be able to let this dream go.
“I couldn’t stop talking about it,” she said. “My brain wouldn’t stop.”
The next four years were spent writing grants, visiting other IPSE programs, holding meetings and working long hours to make this program a reality alongside EAGLE Academy Program Director Karen Phipps.
“Nothing about this has been easy,” said Woodward.
“But it’s worth it,” added Phipps. “It’s worth all of it.”
On September 7, 2017 Georgia Southern University’s counselor education program hosted the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) 2017 Suicide Prevention Summit.
The summit, titled “Understanding Data and Prevention Strategies for Addressing Suicide Deaths Among Children Ages 10-17,” is a multi-agency collaboration bringing together the GaDOE, the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Child Fatality Review Board and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
The invitation-only summit reaches out to school systems who have experienced one or more school-aged suicides in the past five years. For each school, several members of the student support and/or site leadership team including counselors, social workers, school psychologists, school nurses and administration were invited to the event. This year, the Department of Education partnered with Georgia Southern to not only host the summit, but to open up the event to currently enrolled College of Education (COE) students.
College of Education to host alumni tailgate prior to the game
On Saturday, November 18, the College of Education is partnering with Synovus and Georgia Southern Athletics to host a teacher appreciation football game! The last home game of the season, the Eagles will take on South Alabama at 3 p.m.
As a part of this event, discounted tickets will be on sale for any teacher and educational professional by entering the promotional code “HeresToTeachers” when purchasing tickets on GSEagles.com. Using the code, educators can choose to buy a $17-20 ticket in sections OO, PP, F and B for up to a 50% discount.
College of Education Dean Thomas Koballa, Ph.D., said he is excited to see teachers come together in one space and be recognized for their hard work and dedication.
“It is vital that we take the time to honor those who choose a career in teaching as they are providing the foundation in which all knowledge is built for the future of this state, country and even world,” he said. “I hope to look out into the crowd on November 18 and see a multitude of education professionals standing to be recognized during halftime.”
On Thursday, September 28, 238 high school students interested in pursuing a teaching career visited Georgia Southern University for Future Georgia Educators (FGE) Day hosted at the Nessmith Lane Conference Center.
During the event, students were provided various opportunities to learn about the teaching profession. Georgia Southern College of Education faculty and students presented workshop sessions on topics such as degree programs offered in the College, STEM education and technology in education. Attendees also had the opportunity to gain insight from some of Georgia’s previous Teachers of the Year.
FGE Day is an initiative that is coordinated by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) in conjunction with colleges of education in Georgia institutions to provide professional learning, networking and college visitation for students who are considering teaching as a profession.
During the event, PAGE hosted the FGE Knowledge Bowl, where students are challenged with curriculum from their education pathway courses. Statesboro High School took first place followed by Burke County High in second and Coffee County High School in third.
Additional competitions included the FGE Day t-shirt design contest and “Why Teach” campaign challenge. Metter High School took home the winning submissions for both contests.