Getting Up to Speed

Gene Kalb, publisher of High School Counselor Week, explains how his free publication helps busy counselors stay in the loop.

Being a high school counselor has never been easy. With so many students and deadlines, your job can sometimes feel like a never-ending game of catch up. Factor in the current financial crisis and the ever changing world of college admissions—with its Web cam interviews, MySpace profiles, and SAT-optional schools—and it’s a wonder that anyone can keep up! Staying current is an important part of being a counselor, but where do you find the time?

High School Counselor Week, a free, weekly e-newsletter, helps busy counselors get the news they need faster. The publication arrives every week to your inbox and provides a quick snapshot of topics that are of interest to high school counselors nationwide. There’s a tremendous amount of news out there, and it would take hours each week to pinpoint the most relevant information. High School Counselor Week reads the news from a counselor’s point of view, scanning an average of 2,000-3,000 stories each week and then narrowing that list down to the 15-20 stories that are most relevant to the counseling profession.

Once the final list of news items are chosen, they are sorted by category and presented as previews with a hyperlink to the full story. There are four different geographic sections—Northeast, Midwest, South, and West—allowing readers to access regional stories of interest. With this format, you can scan the latest news in minutes, devoting more time to the stories that matter to you.
A typical weekly newsletter contains stories on the college admissions process and advice on everything from filling out the application to dealing with stress and talking to parents. High School Counselor Week also covers non-college-related issues that high school counselors deal with every day, such as vocational education, school violence, bullying, and retention efforts. Read what this counselor from Maryland said about High School Counselor Week:

“I’ve been a high school counselor for 24 years…Your publication is definitely one of the most helpful I have ever seen—and I’ve seen and read a lot in 24 years. I look forward to reading it and sharing it with colleagues each week.”—A. G., Montgomery County Public Schools, MD

For a free subscription to High School Counselor Week, or to learn more, visit


This article was written by Hannah Purnell

Hannah Purnell is a staff writer for Hannah writes extensively on the topic of undergraduate studies and the college search process.

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