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As you begin to think about going back to school, it’s the perfect time to think about how to best establish small groups. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be doing a new deep dive series on small groups so that you can feel prepared to dive right into forming effective small groups! In the following episodes I’ll discuss using small group data, organizing small group materials, and how to design a small group curriculum that works.

There's a lot to consider when it comes to forming small groups. How do I determine which students should be in which group? Is it okay to mix grade levels within the same group? How large should groups be? How long should I meet with groups and for how many weeks? I’m answering all of these questions and more in today’s episode as I share three things you need to know when it comes to establishing small groups.

Some topics covered in this episode are:

  • How to best collect paper or digital referrals

  • Reaching out to teachers in the beginning of the year

  • Examples of preventative small groups that all students would benefit from

  • Using a caseload spreadsheet to form and schedule groups

  • Sample language to use when sending permission slips home to parents

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More About School Counseling Simplified:

School Counseling Simplified is a podcast offering easy to implement strategies for busy school counselors. The host, Rachel Davis from Bright Futures Counseling, shares tips and tricks she has learned from her years of experience as a school counselor both in the US and at an international school in Costa Rica.

You can listen to School Counseling Simplified on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and more!


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