November awaits your arrival. Are you ready? Hopefully, the year is going well. And, if it’s been non-stop stress, a good break is around the corner. Here are a few resources for awareness dates to plan the school counselor November calendar. Enjoy!

Remember, Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, November 5th (in the US). “Fall back” one hour, enjoy a little extra snoozing. We also kick-off the holiday season with (US) Thanksgiving on November 23rd.

National Scholarship Month

How do you promote your scholarships? Here is a sampling of links to various national scholarships. Please feel free to copy and paste them to your own site or share a link to this article with your students. – United Negro College Fund – Hispanic Scholarship Fund – International Education for Financial Aid – Mexican – American legal defense fund – American Indian Science and Engineering – Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute – National Assoc. of College & Univ. Food Services – Gates Millennium Scholars – National Society of Black Engineers – American Chemical Society

Parents or Students with Disabilities
Scholarships specifically for high school seniors and college students who have parents with disabilities.
American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) Scholarship Program provides scholarships for people with disabilities. (November 15 application deadline.)
George Washington Heath Resource Center. Online clearinghouse and postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities.

US Bank Scholarship Program

Check the following sources to verify the legitimacy of any financial aid consultants or search services you may use or hire and for tips on avoiding scholarship scams:

U.S. Department of Education:
Federal Trade Commission:
Better Business Bureau:

Picture Book Month

According to their site, “Picture Book Month is an international literacy initiative that celebrates the print picture book during the month of November.” Here are a few of my favorites:

Fish is Fish
by Leo Lionni

This book introduced me to the concept of constructivist learning theory. It’s a beautiful story of how the world is seen through the eyes of a fish. Cow udders? They are “pink bags of milk”. Nice approach for starting a conversation about how we see things differently.



by Chris Haughton

Oh my goodness, poor George cannot control himself. Will he learn his lesson? Kick-off a conversation about self-control. Students know exactly how it feels to be George & the story elegantly illustrates the struggles and triumphs of controlling yourself.


by Mies Van Hout

Need a lesson on identifying feelings? These adorable, colorful fish are just the solution. They are happy, furious, brave, shy, loving & more.

A few more of my other favorite books can be found here.



World Kindness Day November 13
Random Acts of Kindness Friday November 24

Do a random act of kindness. That’s it. Easy. Check out the Random Acts of Kindness website for more ideas and resources.

Editable Google doc & PDF November Planning Calendars

Feel free to use these resources to help you and your team make your plan for November.

Have any tips for tackling November? Does your school do anything unique this month? Is there anything you’d like to see in my blog posts? I’d love to hear from you! Leave comments below or contact me privately with the contact form, I’m always listening.

These are just a sample of activities, you DO NOT have to do something for every awareness event. If you are just getting started as a school counselor, choose one or two to focus on and make the events meaningful. Consider your school’s culture, the data you’ve collected and the needs of the community. 

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