The New Year is here, be ready for 2018 with this month’s planning guide. Links, an editable Google Doc and PDF planners are linked at the bottom. Here are a few events you can recognize and plan as a school counselor. Remember, if you need to slow down and just take it easy for the month, that’s OK too. : )

Get Organized Month

Spend the month organizing some of those things you may not ordinarily organize. The National Association of Professional Organizers promotes this month not only to help everyone get organized but to be more productive as well. Find out about GO Month here.

National Mentoring Month

Mentoring programs provide students with incredible opportunities. If you are not already, be sure to connect with local mentoring programs. The mentoring month campaign toolkit is available here.

Nebraska is home to the TeamMate’s mentoring program, started by Tom and Nancy Osborne. Tom Osborne shares a personal story from his family history that illustrates the reverberating effect of mentoring.

MLK National Day of Service January 15

To honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the MLK National Day of Service recognizes the tremendous contributions made by the reverend. Click on this link for planning resources and lesson plans.

National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week January 22-28

Take part in this annual event that helps Shatter the Myths surrounding drugs and alcohol. Find more information on their site and register your event.

Checklist for Planning

  • Holidays & major school events
  • Grade level curriculum
  • Individual meetings
  • Small / lunch groups
  • Team / IEP meetings
  • District or building planning
  • Professional development
  • Advisory group tasks
  • College prep information
  • Reference your master calendar (see Start with the Big Rocks)

The checklist is a general guideline to get started on your monthly plan. It’s never too late to start planning, even if you find this article in the middle of the month, you can still get organized.

Have any tips for tackling January? Does your school do anything unique in the month of January? Leave comments below. Remember, February includes National School Counseling Week.

 

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