When in-class behaviors escalate to the point that they are disrupting the learning of others (and teachers have repeatedly tried interventions), schools need to provide timely and effective support. Equally as important, the students exhibiting the behaviors need individual support and attention. This is the intention behind Seneca’s Reset Counselor position in Seattle schools. Reset Counselors partner with teachers to effectively address student behaviors, and to create consistent, reliable supports for students who are struggling. Over time Reset Counselors build relationships with both teachers and individual students, oftentimes playing a key role in behavior plans, academic interventions, family engagement, and building of whole-class structures.
I find one of the most important parts of the Reset Counselor’s role to be their involvement with school-wide strategy. Reset Counselors are vital members of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) teams, PBIS teams, and school-wide social-emotional initiatives. These platforms offer excellent opportunities for Seneca staff to introduce components of the UE model, nudging schools towards functional systems that address the needs of all students unconditionally.
Most importantly, I want to acknowledge the amazing staff that Seneca are filling Reset Counselor positions across Seattle (I really don’t know how we found them!). The work wouldn’t be possible without the compassion, love, joy, respect, curiosity, courage and joy that they bring every day.
Adam Campbell, Assistant Director of Implementation and Evaluation