Our school counselor, Mr. Patel, recently attended ASCA's (American School Counselor Association) annual conference with over 6,000 school counselors from across the nation. The theme of the conference was "Dream Big." Mr. Patel attended a variety of breakout groups on topics such as anxiety and stress management, mindfulness, grief work, and empowering kids beyond kindness.
He went to many sessions for both elementary and middle school levels on topics such as evidence-based program practices, high impact family engagement, engaging classroom lessons, and group counseling techniques,
The general session with special guest speaker Henry Winkler was particularly inspiring. Mr. Winkler discussed his own learning challenges and reminded the audience that "Not every child learns in the same way." He highlighted that it is our job as parents and educators to figure out how to support and encourage all children.
The conference wrapped up with Dr. Miguel Cardona, the US Secretary of Education, and Dr. Bernice King, daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King and the CEO of the King Center.
Mr. Patel will also help welcome 6,000 counselors to Kansas City when the ASCA conference is held here in the summer of 2024.
When asked about his experience, Mr. Patel shared, “I left feeling renewed, energized, and inspired to find better ways to support students and families in the St. Paul's community during the new school year.”
We are thrilled to have Mr. Patel bring all this knowledge and training in social emotional learning back to our community!