School Counselors in the Middle Grades: Top Strategies & How Everyone Can Help!
Presenter: Summer Kuba, Jennifer Adams
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Join AMLE, ASCA, Summer Kuba, and Jennifer Adams for this engaging and informative session! Middle school can be a challenging time for your middle school students. They are experiencing changes surrounding their physical, cognitive and social-emotional development. They begin to focus on their own identity and where they fit in the world, which can lead to overwhelming feelings of confusion and uncertainty. Learn how school counselors support students at the middle level through a comprehensive school counseling program that focuses specifically on the unique needs of young adolescents.
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Summer Kuba is a certified school counselor in St. Lucie County, has elementary and middle school experience, and is currently the guidance director at Palm Pointe Educational Research K-8 School in Port Saint Lucie, Florida. She earned her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Central Florida and her Education Specialist Degree in School Counseling from Florida Atlantic University, where she is currently a doctoral candidate in the Department of Counselor Education and Supervision. Summer has served on the FSCA Governing Board since 2014 where she continues to serves as their advocacy chair and is now also serving as the Chair of the Board of Directors. Summer also works for Lamar University and provides field supervision to master's level students in practicum experience. In addition, she has presented at numerous state and national conferences and continues to seek out opportunities to advocate for students and school counselors.
Jennifer Adams, Director of Counseling at Carolina Springs Middle School in Lexington District One, in Lexington, South Carolina has been a school counselor for nearly 13 years at both the elementary and middle school level. She has been awarded the Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) designation three times, one being re-RAMP, at her two previous schools. Jennifer is active in her state and national associations, having served as the president of the Palmetto State School Counselor Association. Most recently, Jennifer was named a top five 2017 School Counselor of the Year finalist. The School Counselor of the Year award, presented by the American School Counselor Association, honors the professionals who devote their careers to serving as advocates for the nation’s students and addressing their academic and social/emotional development and college and career readiness.