RSE Counselor's Corner
- Classroom Counseling Curriculum- teaching classroom lessons to all students on topics such as social/emotional, academic, and career needs.
- Individual Student Planning- assisting students with goal formation/planning (behavioral, academic, etc.)
- Responsive Services- meeting immediate student needs: counseling, crisis intervention, consultation, referral, and peer mediation.
- System Support- consulting with other professionals, coordination of various supports for students and families.
- Individual Counseling - We provide a safe and confidential environment for students to discuss many topics regarding their social/emotional needs, career goals as well as academic success. Some topics that we may discuss include friendship issues, stress, time management, goal-setting, academic planning, bullying, family changes, social skills, organization, career exploration, and development of problem-solving skills.
- Small-Group Counseling- A process where students sharing similar issues or concerns work together in a small group environment consisting of about 4-8 peers. The group sessions usually last about 30 minutes and are held for approximately 6-8 weeks. Topics are based on the needs of the students and may include: divorce or changing families, grief and loss, friendship and social skills, study skills, conflict resolution, anger management, self-esteem, and stress management.
- Classroom Counseling lessons- We develop and implement a K-5 classroom curriculum driven by national and county school counseling outcomes. We often co-plan and co-teach lessons with other professionals in the building to support social and emotional growth across curricular areas. Classroom lessons are a part of the related arts rotation and address social/emotional, academic, and career-related needs at the child's developmental level.
- Academic Interventions - We provide many academic interventions to enhance student success. We work individually with students on their time management skills, study skills, and organization. We occasionally conduct classroom observations or complete weekly assessments of students' academic progress. We work with teachers to provide supplementary interventions unique to each student's specific needs, in order to ensure that every student will excel to their highest academic potential.
Tennessee is one of several states to enact a law, collectively known as Erin’s Law, requiring public schools to provide age-appropriate child sexual abuse education for children in school.
To comply, Rutherford County Schools has adopted a preventative curriculum for our elementary schools called the Second Step Child Protection Unit. This program helps our schools be safe and supportive places where everyone can learn.
The four key concepts covered in the curriculum are (1) Ways to Stay Safe, (2) The “Always Ask First” Rule, (3) Safe and Unsafe Touches, and (4) The Touching Rules. These concepts are covered in all grades K-5, but the lessons for each grade level are developmentally appropriate, which is why this particular curriculum was chosen.
Your children will receive materials to review what they are learning and to give them additional opportunities to practice the concepts at home.
Parents can view the curriculum online by going to www.secondstep.org and logging in and creating an account. Enter your grade-level activation key listed below to view program resources. If you have any questions about the Child Protection Unit or the Second Step program, please contact your school counselor.
Thank you for helping us to make our schools a safe and supportive place where everyone can learn.
Grade Level Activation Keys:
CPUKFAMILYGK - Kindergarten
CPU1FAMILYG1 – 1st grade
CPU2FAMILYG2 – 2nd grade
CPU3FAMILYG3 – 3rd grade
CPU4FAMILYG4 – 4th grade
CPU5FAMILYG5 – 5th grade