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Englert, E-mail and Phone Interview, March 8, 2020). I didn’t feel that this was enough since a topic like course selection seems to be important given the ELL population, but with the support of teachers and the mandatory open house during the summer time, they are able to reach majority of the students on a personal basis to select courses with translators on staff. She also has cafeteria duty every morning before class starts and is open to speaking to students during that time. She can build a good rapport since they see her on a daily basis which can create a safe and consistent environment. In my experience, students are not good with change and having a consistent face representing support and advocacy is reassuring and nurturing. Too many schools are still struggling to create the nurturing, positive, and safe environments that we know are needed to boost student achievement and success. No student or adult should feel unsafe or unable to focus in school, yet this is too often a reality (U.S.
REFLECTION PAPER7Department of Education as cited in Goodman-Scott, Betters-Bubon & Donohue 2016). Mrs. Englert tries to maintain this environment by constantly reminding her students that all discussedis confidential. They also have a Behavioral Team they meet with once a month to discuss students on behavioral contracts and review their behavior and grades. She meets with the Principal, Assistant Principal, Director of Facilities, Athletic Director, and Dean of students (C. Englert, E-mail and Phone Interview, March 8, 2020). They sometimes all meet with the student themselves in a show of support so the students can feel they do have a team of educators ensuring they succeed despite any hardships they may be experiencing. I think that is a great team they have, but because of this and the demand for ESOL and ESE, there is little time for group counseling during the school day. For matters regarding graduation and college/career planning, they have been able to add a counseling team member called a Broward Advice for Continuing Education (BRACE) Advisor that takes majority, not all, of the individual and group activities. BRACE advisors provide students with information on Scholarships, Financial Aid and the College Application Process. Advisors can also provide information on Technical Schools, Military Options and Direct Workforce Entry(“Broward Advisors for Continuing Education (BRACE)” n.d.).Summary of Interview ExperienceConsidering all of the knowledge attained during this course, the scholarly literature and the interview conducted with Mrs. Englert, I must say that it was nice to picture how using all of this knowledge comes together in one day. The information attained during the course and in my text is overwhelming but hearing it all come together in a schedule is truly incredible. Her organization skills and dedication to the profession are admirable and I hope to be as organized
REFLECTION PAPER8with my time when I am a working professional school counselor. I have discussed so much of what she does for her program and still have to add that Mrs. Englert finds the time to stay up-to-