Category Archives: Counselor’s Corner

Reducing the Stigma of Mental Illness in Middle School

By Stephanie Filio As educators, we believe that the educational environment should be inclusive and welcoming to all students. We can celebrate vibrant cultures, recognize boundless gender roles, and identify shifting home lives. But the more we evolve, the more … Continue reading

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Build a School Culture That Includes Everyone

By Stephanie Filio Building an inclusive culture means creating an environment where all participants feel welcome and safe to be themselves. These climates foster engagement, creativity, and productivity through collaboration, because all people can feel their value in the larger … Continue reading

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What to Do When Violence Hits Close to Home

By Stephanie Filio My city is massive in land and population. We have wonderful diversity in this southern bubble of ours, fueled by a coast, tourist-enticing beaches, and our beloved military bases. It is both comfortably slow and expeditiously efficient. … Continue reading

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The Rabbit Hole of Compassion Fatigue

By Stephanie Filio Throughout the school year, I can count on having this conversation over and over again with anxious students who need to be coaxed back from an emotional or behavioral calamity: I ask them, “Remember Alice in Wonderland?” … Continue reading

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Things I’ve Learned with My Students This Year

By Stephanie Filio So much happens within a school year for educators that I think we process each detail all summer. What have I learned from my students this year? The Short There is never enough time. Students are incredibly … Continue reading

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