Five for Friday – 12.18.14

Five for Friday!

Five for Friday!

Hey VASC Members! It’s Five for Friday!

This will be our last post in ’14 as most schools break for the new year.  Jump Start your weekend with these interesting articles, educational links and resources we’ve been “pinning.” Check out these posts concerning restorative justice, discipline and race, grandfamilies, internet access for all, and the holiday blues.  Follow ‘VASC School Counselor’ on Pinterest to get even more great resources!

A restorative justice circle at Edna Brewer Middle School in Oakland, Calif.


“This school and the Oakland Unified School District are at the forefront of a new approach to school misconduct and discipline. Instead of suspending or expelling students who get into fights or act out, restorative justice seeks to resolve conflicts and build school community through talking and group dialogue.”

via An Alternative To Suspension And Expulsion: ‘Circle Up!’ : NPR Ed : NPR.



For graffiti on a Georgia school’s walls, two girls were suspended. But only one of them ended up in the criminal justice system.” 

Schools’ Discipline for Girls Differs by Race and Hue –


The number of grandparents living with their grandchildren is up sharply.


“Sometimes Grandma comes to live with the family — and sometimes Grandma is the family. In about a third of these families, there is no parent present.”

via When Grandma’s House Is Home: The Rise Of Grandfamilies : NPR.


What Happens When Kids Don't Have Internet at Home?


“Until we find a way to provide free Internet access, there’s always going to be some measure of the population left behind.”

via What Happens When Kids Don’t Have Internet at Home? – The Atlantic.


Gingerbread man cookie with frown


“For many people though, the holidays invite the opposite: dread, deep sadness or a resurgence of anxiety, grief or other mental health issues. Sometimes dubbed the “holiday blues,” the pressure of family gatherings, gift giving, religious traditions and social commitments can be overwhelming.

Therapeutic issues that a client and counselor have been working on throughout the year are often magnified throughout the holidays, says Lauren Ostrowski, a licensed professional counselor (LPC) who works at a community counseling agency in Pottstown, Pennsylvania.”

via Unhappy holidays: Helping clients through the ‘holiday blues’ | Counseling Today.


And a BONUS FIVE FOR FRIDAY! Check out our latest GRADUATE STUDENT OF THE MONTH POST! Kerri Tracy, December Graduate Student of the Month – Virginia Alliance for School Counseling.


Wishing you happy holidays and wonderful new year,

Your Virginia Alliance for School Counseling Board



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