I counsel at a Title I school in a district that has a diverse population of students that are confronted daily with a myriad of difficult decisions. Difficult circumstances demand creative solutions. It was my privilege to recently be awarded the 2017 Colorado School Counselor of the Year. This has opened up opportunities for me to explore resources with successful counselors all over the United States. My students need creative, practical tools to help guide them to make good decisions when the tide is leading them away from making those choices. My school has extremely limited funds and limited opportunities within the community. In addition, the students have an array of environmental, social, and emotional challenges that impact their ability to manage conflict and learn.
Kelso's Choices is a practical and visual curriculum to teach students how to manage conflict. Much of the student population I serve has self-esteem problems, are confronted daily with bullying and tend to respond to conflict inappropriately. This curriculum gives the students the tools to evaluate everyday situations and reframe their thinking and approach as to how they respond to these situations. Practical situations like bullying, sharing, communicating, and competing are just a few examples of how Kelso's choices can be applied. The curriculum provides character education and comes with posters, handouts, counseling lessons and a wealth of wisdom to reach a community of students that want to start making great choices.
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