As the 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting approaches, Jill was interviewed by Voice of America News on the importance of school counselors in school safety planning. The interview will be broadcast later this week as part of the network's coverage of the anniversary.
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This video was shared today by former First Lady Michelle Obama in honor of National School Counseling Week. You might recognize someone's voice at the start.
So the Mathletes did a video for National School Counseling Week. When worlds collide…
My wife, Jill, is quoted in a New York Times story today on the second season of “13 Reasons Why,” the controversial Netflix series that revolves around a teen’s suicide. You can read the story here or see the relevant paragraphs below.
At the end of each episode, a character in voice-over directs viewers to 13ReasonsWhy.info, a resources site created by Netflix with guidance from nonprofit groups like the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the American School Counselor Association.
“Netflix is taking their responsibility seriously,” said Jill Cook, the assistant director of the American School Counselor Association. (Ms. Cook says the association has no financial relationship to Netflix.)
Ms. Cook initially contacted Netflix last year to express her organization’s concern that the depiction of adults on the show as clueless — a counselor doesn’t report concerns to the principal, parents have no idea that their kids are having torrid sex upstairs after a school-night family dinner, dads watch DVDs instead of Netflix — would discourage students from seeking help. For the show’s resources site, it helped create the discussion guides, and for its own website it recently posted a template letter that school administrators can send to parents.
At today's School Counselor of the Year event, in her final public event as First Lady, Michelle Obama finished with these powerful words for the youth in our country:
"I want our young people to know that they matter, that they belong ... Don't be afraid. Be focused. Be determined. Be hopeful. Be empowered. Empower yourselves with a good education, then get out there and use that education to build a country worthy of your boundless promise. Lead by example with hope, never fear."
Jill is quoted in this Time.com piece promoting the ASCA School Counselor of the Year event that will take place tomorrow at the White House. So very proud of her and the much deserved recognition school counselors are receiving.
Through her work with the American School Counselor Association and the First Lady's Reach Higher Initiative, Jill has been spending quite a bit of time at the White House this year. Today, she was there to help launch the "Better Make Room" campaign that seeks to provide educational opportunities for students around the United States. #Bettermakeroom
Very proud of my lovely wife...
Jill is featured in this anti-bullying piece that was produced by NBC News. The piece aired on a number of NBC-owned stations this week.
Tomorrow, Jill leaves for a White House Convening meeting on school counseling and college admissions, the third in an ongoing series of sessions this year involving First Lady Michelle Obama’s office.
Mrs. Obama’s “Reach Higher” initiative, which promotes student access to our colleges and universities, has placed a terrific — and much needed — focus on our nation’s school counselors. The profession has evolved greatly since Jill and I met in the mid 1990s, and I’m extremely proud of the role she and the American School Counselor Association have had in leading that evolution.
If you’re interested in reading more, check out “Not Your Mother’s School Counselor,” an article I wrote on the evolution earlier this year for ASCD. It was made available this week for non-members, and I glad to see that a piece so near and dear to my heart is getting some extra exposure.
In addition to photography, blogging and consulting, I also write freelance stories for a number of state and national organizations.
My most recent article is about a subject close to my heart and family: school counselors. The piece, “Not Your Mother’s School Counselor,” is published in the October edition of ASCD’s Education Update.
The story looks at how three major changes have altered the course of the profession over the past 15 years: a national model that aligns the work of counselors with school improvement efforts; a movement away from direct services to individual students and toward comprehensive schoolwide programs; and the acknowledgement of the counselor’s role in expanding college access for all students.
As many of you know, my wife Jill works for the American School Counselor Association, and was a huge help in gathering sources for the article, which is now available for purchase from the ASCD website. You can find more information about the story here, and read many of my other 2014 articles by going to the Freelance Articles and Columns section of this website.
If you’d like to see some of the good work my spouse has been doing on behalf of her profession, check out this Comcast Newsmakers interview she did last month.
With apologies for the image quality (the low-res photo was taken from Facebook), I had to post this shot of my lovely wife standing to the left of First Lady Michelle Obama at the ASCA conference last month in Orlando.
Lucky lady, that Mrs. Obama...