16 Podcast Recs School Counselors Should Not Miss

School is winding down, maybe you have a bit of free time? (I know– how DARE I say that!) Between fine tuning your students’ schedules, take some time to dive into a good podcast/TED talk. Maybe you’re traveling to a summer conference and need some entertainment in your earbuds. I’m sure some will tug at your heart strings as school counselors. Here are a couple of my all time favorites to get you started.

This American Life:

The Problem We All Live With:  Part 1 — Desegregation by accident in a school district in Missouri.
The Problem We All Live With: Part 2 — A city trying to integrate all of its schools in Connecticut.

Harper High School: Part 1 — Navigating school violence in inner city Chicago. (Hear a lot about the social work side.)
Harper High School: Part 2 — More about managing the gang and gun violence at Harper High School.

Three Miles — Students from a poor, inner city school and a wealthy, private school only three miles apart are connected with each other.

Middle School — Although I work in a high school, this is still entertaining…  full of awkwardness.

Back to School — The importance of teaching “cognitive skills” or soft skills.

The College Essay Guy: (all of his podcasts and resources are SO informative!)

How to Advocate for Undocumented Students: An area I always feel like I could learn more about.

How to Appeal a Financial Aid Letter: Who should contact the financial aid office for an appeal? What should they say? An experience financial aid officer gives do’s and don’ts of appealing financial aid awards letters.

What I’ve Learned from Reading Over 10,000 College Essays: A college admissions “expert” expands on do’s and don’ts of writing college admissions essays.

TED Talks: 

Every Kid Needs a Champion: “Kids don’t learn from people they don’t like.” (One of  my all time favorites!)

Why Some of Us Don’t Have One True Calling: May be encouraging for some of our students to hear.

There’s No Shame in Taking Care of Your Mental Health: “Being honest about how we feel doesn’t make us weak — it makes us human.”

How To Raise Successful Kids Without Overparenting: I have shown this one to students and parents alike. (Lots of talking points can come out of this!)

The Power of Vulnerability: If you haven’t seen this, I don’t know where you’ve been. 🙂 I highly recommend Brene Brown’s books as well.

How Stress Affects Your Brain: This one is TedxEd. More informative than entertaining.

Let me know your thoughts on these! Are there any I’m forgetting that are must-listens? What am I missing from this list? Comment below!

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