Innovative Counseling Strategies Explored

  • Increased counseling contacts and support
  • Face to face individual contacts
  • Use of peer mentors
  • Cohort gatherings
  • Development and updating of an Individualized Professional Development Plan
  • Use of online discussion boards

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® States That Participated in the Innovative Counseling Project

  • Arizona
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • New Mexico
  • South Carolina
  • Wisconsin

“I liken T.E.A.C.H. participants to the Wizard of Oz tale. The scarecrow, tin man and lion embarked on a journey to get something from the Wizard, but they all realized in the course of the journey that they already had the brains, heart and courage they were seeking. In the same way, early educators think they are not college material because their friends and relatives have not attended college and in many cases they have had experiences in high school that made them feel inadequate. As these early educators take steps along their path – succeeding in passing tests and courses and connecting with instructors – they realize they have always had the brains, courage and heart to succeed. Mentors and counselors can help them to appreciate their successes and confirm that the new view they have of themselves is real. The professional development plans provide an opportunity for overall assessments of progress, too. They also provide the mentor or counselor with a deeper understanding and connection with the student.”

Andrea Lopez, Innovative Counseling Project Coach, New Mexico