Counseling Services

In order to serve students in the comprehensive counseling program, it is important to support students in learning to develop the leader in themselves to build character as well as effectively interact with others. Students can learn to live life well and with purpose.

We believe it is essential to develop the character and leadership of students, provide a curriculum that applies character in real-world challenges, and incorporate character and challenge into their community. Counseling services at VT desires students to develop into highly effective people prepared for life and enriched by their experiences at Village Tech.

The Program

SAFE SCHOOLS

  • Lift >

    Building the culture of excellence through education of…

    Anti-Hate (Bullying)

    Healthy Lifestyle

    SOS (Solution-Focused problem solving)

    Social-Emotional Learning (soft skills)

     

    Bully Prevention & Intervention

     

    Kindness, Empathy, and Compassion as a Proactive Approach:

     

    Interestingly, when most of us see the words kindness and compassion we often think of how the world should treat each other.  For now, I want to focus attention on our circle control.  As Stephen Covey explains, we have the ability to create a space between a stimulus and a response, and in between is a our freedom to choose.  While this concept is inspiring; practicing it can be quite difficult.  It requires self-discipline and attention to our choices. Our students are supported to practice and develop skills of curiosity, perseverance, and compassion. These traits help our students live out the 7 Habits which includes developing skills necessary for self-compassion and strong boundaries. They have the opportunity at Village Tech to learn more about who they are (character) while they are at school each week.  We are supporting people (with the tools and knowledge) to build themselves.

     

    Many traditional approaches to bullying focus on the negative behaviors of bullying. Instead, at Village Tech, we choose to focus on the positive attributes of kindness, empathy, and compassion to combat meanness and bullying. Susan Kaiser Greenland, an expert teacher of mindfulness to children, studies and writes about the importance for self-compassion in our children and adults states, "teaching strong, personal boundaries always begins with self-compassion." This is an antidote for bullying.

     

    Some of these tools are learning the 7 Habits, exploring and practicing personal and interpersonal skills for development, and providing opportunities to be more mindful of the feelings about our instinctive emotions; such as excitement, anger, frustration, etc... Maya Angelou said, "Now that I know better, I do better.”

     

    Bullies tend to not accept responsibility for their actions but instead blame others.

     

    Habit 1: Be Proactive teaches initiative, personal responsibility, and controlling emotions.

    Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind teaches visualizing the future, planning, setting goals, doing things that have meaning, and making a difference.

    Habit 3: Put First Things First teaches prioritizing goals and saying no to things you shouldn’t do because they don’t align with your goals.

     

    Bullies have a need to win or be the best at everything.

     

    Habit 4: Think Win-Win teaches that everyone can win; there is enough success for all.

    Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood teaches the importance of listening to others’ ideas and feelings and understanding and accepting different points of view.

    Habit 6: Synergize teaches the importance of working together to achieve more and celebrating and learning from others’.

     

    Bullies have a strong need for power and (negative) dominance.

     

    Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw teaches the importance of finding balance which impacts self-confidence.

    Habit 8: Find Your Voice and Inspire Others to Find Theirs teaches that everyone has the ability to contribute in a positive way.

     

    Every February, we celebrate Kindness Week, join us in celebrating and discovering more about acts of kindness, empathy toward others, and compassion for others as well as ourselves.

     

    Social Emotional Learning

     

    Social Emotional Skills are the basic building blocks we work to develop in children from a very early age.  This begins when we train our children to say "please" and "thank you" or to share their toys with friends.  These skills continue to develop as the child gets older and become more complex as life becomes more complex.  Sometimes life brings us more than we can handle or understand.  This is why social emotional development is so important and something we believe our students need to be taught explicitly in school.  The counselor guidance lessons and classroom lessons will emphasize this skill building in order to give the necessary skills to handle challenging situations that arise.

  • Lead >

    Building confidence through…

    Leader in Me

    Ambassadors

    Jobs Alike

    Citizenship (Real & Digital)

     

    Leader in Me

     

     Leader in Me is a whole school transformation process that teaches 21st century leadership and life skills to students and creates a culture of student empowerment based on the idea that every child can be a leader. Learn more here >

     

    Jobs Alike

     

    As a part of the Leader in Me Initiative, students are given the opportunity to lead on campus through positions of responsibility that fulfill a need and allow for student ownership on campus. In Jobs Alike, students go through a process of applying, interviewing and holding real positions within Village Tech. Some of the jobs include the morning news team, student ambassadors, and forge apprentices. The reward is often as simple as recognition of their work, personal pride and a sense of accomplishment.

  • Love >

    Building connections through…

    Leagues and Crews

    RAKit Crew

    Service Learning

     

    Leagues and Crews function as a place to belong.

     

    Every student will belong to one of five leagues through their student career at VT;  each league is made up of 10 crews. Crews are a group of 20 multi-grade students that meet weekly with a staff advisor. The purpose of the advisor is to create a point of contact for the students and parents with a staff member who is not necessarily their teacher. Ideally the advisor will create a personal relationship with each student and family, so that they feel comfortable approaching them with any questions, comments or concerns.

     

    The purpose of the Leagues & Crews is to establish a community atmosphere with students of varying ages to build social skills, instill a culture of pride, traditions and values among the students, and enrich and explore college and career awareness. Through weekly crew meetings, individual conferences and quarterly league activities, league time provides a critical context for academic planning, home/school communication, team and community building, and reflection about the Village Tech cause, mission, and beliefs.

     

    3 Themes of Leagues & Crews

     

    Community - being a part of a cross-generational group of students, service to give back to the community and learn leadership, building and exploring citizenship and patriotism, and team building experiences.

    Culture - leadership development, character-building learning, traditions-building, and league pride-builders.

    College & Career - professional and collegiate preparation, develop presentation skills, showcases, and exposure.

  • Staff Training & Education >

    Training & Preventative Education:

     

    Includes a provision for school districts to provide training for all school staff, including, but not limited to, teachers, aides, support staff, on preventing, identifying, and responding to bullying.

     

    - Bully Prevention Training for Administrators, Teachers, and Staff

    - Kognito online module available to staff

    - Counseling Services provides a yearly training to staff on prevention and how to minimize impact.

  • Elementary >

    Elementary Students:

     

    Future idea: Anti-bullying commercials written and produced by students

    Counseling sessions individual and groups

    Weekly SEL lessons discussing levels of interpersonal relationships- friendship to conflict resolution

    Leagues and Crews

    Red Ribbon Week includes bullying prevention

    RAK Week (yearly)

    Future Idea: Peer Mediation

    7 Habits of Highly Effective People- education curriculum as part of school-wide prevention

    Parent and Student information sessions about cyberbullying along with a discussion

  • Middle School >

    Middle School Students:

     

    - Weekly SEL lessons discussing levels of interpersonal relationships- friendship to conflict resolution

    - Assemblies from Aim for Success

    - Leagues and Crews

    - Red Ribbon Week includes bullying prevention

    - Open-door policy to report bullying

    - RAK Week (annually)

    - Staff Training on Anti-Bullying

    - Future Idea: Peer Mediation

    - 7 Habits of Highly Effective People- education curriculum as part of school-wide prevention

  • High School >

    High School Students:

     

    - Counseling provided to At-Risk Students

    - Assemblies from Aim for Success

    - Leagues and Crews

    - Open-door policy to report bullying

    - RAK Week (annually)

    - Staff Training on Anti-Bullying

    - Future Idea: Peer Mediation

    - Future Idea: Movie viewing

    - 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: education curriculum as part of school-wide prevention

  • Action on Bullying >

    Village Tech Schools Action on Bullying:

     

    Village Tech Schools  has a number of programs, resources, and activities in place to educate students, parents, and staff on how to stay safe.

     

    7 Habits of Highly Effective People

    (A Leader in Me School)

     

    Be Proactive - I’m in Charge of Me.  Circle of Control/No control

    Begin with the End in Mind - Start with a goal.  2 creations- The mental, then the physical.

    Put First things First - Work first, then Play.  Live above the line  (Q1 and Q2)

    Emotional Bank Account -  Make more emotional deposits than withdrawals.

    Think Win-Win - We can both win. Abundance Mentality, enough to go around.

    Seek First to Understand then to be Understood - Listen First, Talk Second. Empathy.

    Synergize - Better Together.  1 + 1 = 1,000

    Sharpen the Saw - Take care of yourself. Mind | Body | Heart | Spirit

     

     RAK and Kind Campaign (All Campuses)

     

    The purpose of this program is to set off a chain reaction of kindness, respect, and acceptance among all students. It is a district-wide approach and common language to promote a caring and kind campus.

     

    Leagues and Crews

     

    This weekly meeting is multipurpose and multi-age.  Each month one of 5 social emotional competencies is emphasized for student learning and development.  As each of these competencies are explored various methods are used such as; 7 Habits of Highly Effective People lessons, mindfulness, role play, group discussions, and experiential practice.

     

    As part of the future vision of Crew time, students will use this opportunity to identify needs on campus (community) and develop a plan to bring about change for improved condition whether it be cultural, environmental, or social. Bringing about the power to change your surroundings is key to developing empathy through social awareness and resourcefulness through responsible decision-making opportunities.

Kristy Quinn

Counselor

kquinn@villagetechschools.org

 

Schretta Stewart-Mays

High School Academic Advisor

smays@villagetechschools.org

Find Us

Early Childhood Center

535 South Clark Road

Cedar Hill, Texas 75104

469.454.4463

 

3rd-12th Grade Campus

1010 East Parkerville Road

Cedar Hill, Texas 75104

469.454.4441

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3rd-12th Grade Campus

1010 East Parkerville Road

Cedar Hill, Texas 75104

469.454.4441

Early Childhood Center

535 South Clark Road

Cedar Hill, Texas 75104

469.454.4441