School Counselors Make an Impact. Students Matter.



    School Counselors Make an Impact. Students Matter.

    Posted by Kristina Clecak on Jan 09, 2017

    Be focused. Be determined. Be empowered. Be hopeful. Lead by example, with hope never fear.” –First Lady, Michelle Obama (FLOTUS)

    As honored from the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) website, today reminds all of us in the field of Education about the power, role and dedication that our thousands of school counselors showcase, day in and day out, in millions of student lives. Today, for the last time, the First Lady, Michelle Obama, was able to speak directly to a few of these tireless School Educators/Counselors and thank them for their work and encouragement for ALL students. To have the drive, tenacity and will to lead in their future without fear. If you haven’t had a chance to hear her speech from 1/6/2017, please see the link here:

    First Lady Michelle Obama, speaks to School Counselors and the Youth of America.


    Congratulations to the 2017 School Counselor of the Year, Terri Tchorzynski, from Calhoun Area Career Center in Battle Creek, Michigan. “For students, Terri is a tireless advocate, who in every decision and action asks herself, ‘what is in the best interest for this student?’ For the profession of school counseling, Terri is dedicated to advancing the ideals of counseling, career and college readiness and ethics," said Tim Staffen, principal, Calhoun Area Career Center. Read more

    Also, congratulations to the State Representatives and the four finalists: 

    Furthermore, as stated in her delivery and speech, School Counselors are a key role in students “reaching higher” and aspiring to go to college, vocational careers and preparing for their future.

    SchoolCity is proud to have the technical tools that are readily available to utilize in 1:1 sessions with students; goal setting and coordinating paths/interventions for particular groups of students who may be struggling in an area of conceptual standard. We believe in the urgency, necessity and power of reports that serve a purpose and empower data, so that ALL educators can move into action for ALL students.


    Imagine an array of reports that pop up in a moment’s notice for Educators, Teachers, Principals, School Counselors and Instructional Para-Professionals. Interested in viewing an “Item Analysis”? Yes. Interested in reviewing what item was selected and finding common ground for what error got in the way? Absolutely.  Was it the “type” of question? Was it the “DOK” level of the question? Or, was it the academic language component or skill set? These type of data analysis allows educators to quickly analyze, reflect and move forward with purposeful goals - instructional planning for students.

    Department, Grade level and School Level Data Analysis Meetings and Parent/Student Conferences allow for explicit goal setting that informs instruction, supports scope and sequence delivery, and fills gaps of instructional needs. Reflect with us, what Report works best for you. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google.



    Topics: Test Data, K-12, K-12 education, Engaging Students, Students, College, Technology, Educators, StudentsMatter, Education Technology

    Written by Kristina Clecak

    Kristina has been in public education for nearly 20 years. Serving as Lead Principal, Equity Data Instructional Coach and Classroom teacher at various grades. Her skills set and laser-like focus of Instructional pathways, mindset and data-driven goals have been at the heart of her work. Awards winning practitioner who holds multiple Masters degrees and Nationally Board Certified & Recognized in K-12 Literacy, she is no stranger to on-going, life time learning. She will continue to say her greatest accomplishment and purpose remains with equitable and cultural responsive and enlightened instruction for ALL students. Inclusive opportunities and the greatest expectations, along with support for all students, is her daily drive. She serves as the Senior Account Manager and Educational Innovation specialist for SchoolCity, Inc and continues her passion for Student Success, Quality of Instruction and Digital Platforms that reach all Students in their learning.

    Imagine a dynamic, equitable and effective "city" full of innovation, collaboration, educational drive and inclusivity for all, while overlapping with digital brilliance. Welcome to SchoolCity Suite, a place for all professional learning communities to thrive and make an impact.




    Did you know...

    SchoolCity continues to replicate and mimic current academic technology tools and make on-going adjustments, with various Technology Enhanced Items (TEI). Thus supporting students all year round to better prepare for true mastery of all skills and standards in a given grade.
    • Constructed Response (CR Items) - Requires a written response from the students and is scored with a rubric.
    • Evidence Based Selected Response (EBSR) - Requires students to answer a two part question in which Part B provides textual evidence for the answer in Part A.
    • Explicit Constructed Response (XCR)- Requires students to type / write an exact response to a question which is then automatically scored by the system in the online assessments. (aka short answer)
    • Hot Text (HT) - Require the student to select words, phrases, or sentences within a given text to answer the question.
    • Inline Choice (IC) - Requires the student to select the correct answer from a drop down menu. Answers are automatically scored by the system.