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Changing needs bring new roles for school counselors

from Grand Fork Herald

Grand Forks school counselor Denise Loftus recently told elementary students what happens when you wear the "give up" hat. To illustrate the idea, she donned a knitted black hat. "I can't even write my name in second grade," she woefully proclaimed. She took off the hat. "We learn that brain paths don't get made when you put on the give up hat," she said. That day, Loftus taught Winship Elementary students about the importance of a willing attitude. Teaching character education isn't unusual for Loftus or other counselors today, who, in addition to reviewing student academic data and meeting with parents, generally perform work that goes beyond the stereotype often associated with counselors — one who helps students during a crisis or discusses academic work. more

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