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TaRael Kee

ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL, SCHOOL COUNSELOR, YOUTUBER

TaRael Kee is an assistant principal at Collinsville High School. He is also currently serving as President of the Illinois School Counselor Association. He recently became a Site-Based Trainer for the American School Counselor Association. As a former school counselor at CHS, he utilized data and technology to push the department to become more innovative, efficient, and inclusive. TaRael is a published author. He was named the Collinsville School District e-Educator of the Year (2017), recognized by College Board in (2018), received the Lindenwood Alumni Spotlight (2019), and was awarded Illinois School Counselor of the Year (2021). TaRael graduated from Lindenwood University with a specialist degree in Educational Leadership in May 2021.

TaRael's Sessions

School counseling programs must account for the rapidly changing school demographics. Students from multiple backgrounds have a variety of needs that standardized school counseling programs cannot address. Learn how school counselors can practice cross-cultural communication skills, utilize ASCA’s National Model from an equitable lens, identify student needs from an MTSS perspective, and use data to identify and remove equity barriers.

After attending this workshop, you should be able to:

  • Facilitate student and staff discussions regarding race
  • Use the ASCA National Model to Define, Assess, Manage and Deliver a culturally sustainable school counseling program
  • Apply MTSS to address the needs of students from culturally diverse backgrounds
  • Use participation data, ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors data and outcome data to create an equitable school culture

School counselors must prepare to engage with students from varying demographic backgrounds. Students have so many needs and educators simply cannot meet them without preparation.  As school and community leaders we must develop our ability to communicate effectively with the people that we serve.  In this workshop, we will use data-based strategies like the ASCA National Model and MTSS to build effective programs for our students and our schools.

Full Day Workshop

This training will provide a starting point for educators to begin having uncomfortable conversations about race. Recent history shows that no progress is made by avoiding conversations of this nature. Participants in this conversation will enter breakout rooms with strangers of varying ideological stances. Prepare for and expect discomfort. The idea is not for everyone to leave the conversation in agreement but to lay the foundation for understanding.

Many school counselors do not realize that equity is baked within the newest ASCA National Model.  School counselors can use ASCA’s mindsets and behaviors to promote, assess, and lead students and the school community.  In this session, we will discuss how we can utilize data to promote our program, write a sample lesson, and design pre- and post- tests that lead to success for all students.

In this presentation, TaReal uses his life story to provide educators with inspiration and strategies to become agents of change for themselves, their students, and school communities.

Keynote Presentation