Category Archives: Counselor’s Corner

When We Lose a Fellow Teacher

By Stephanie Filio When someone in a school has something to celebrate, the whole school celebrates together. Marriages, graduations, babies—no matter what it is, the staff is less weighty, the kids catch the spirit, and everyone moves through the day … Continue reading

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Helping Kids Cope with the Fear of Violence

By Stephanie Filio Every generation seems to have their own approach to protecting children against violence on TV. In the 1980s, parents were advised to keep their children from watching the news and MTV. In the ’90s, parent groups scolded … Continue reading

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Help Kids Build Confidence and Manage Self-Doubt

By Stephanie Filio I have never been coordinated beyond a slow walk particularly athletic, so naturally, I always hated PE class. In middle school, my hatred was at its peak. Every day, I entered the gym with my signature modus … Continue reading

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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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