Billy Amen has coached, mentored, and uplifted kids in the Dearborn Public School District for near 20 years. A Dearborn native, the Amens go back at three generations as proud Dearborn Public Schools alumni. Having served over two decades as HYPE’s operations and engagement director–along with being a high-school coach, a substance abuse mentor, and a community organizer–Billy has a unique and direct relationship with our youth and the challenges they face both inside and outside of the classroom. Together, we will continue to strengthen the foundation of learning by uniting as students, teachers, families, and community.

School counselors, originally known as guidance counselors, were first primarily responsible for facilitating students’ career development. Today, the role has drastically changed, and our schools are in need of professionals to allow us the foresight to identify student troubles and work to intervene early, setting up our children for success inside and outside of the classroom. The duties of school counselors will include:
Providing instruction on psychological and social issues. School counselors provide information to students about bullying, how to best handle life at school, or offer seminars on study skills.
Vocational guidance. Many school counselors help students prepare for college or select careers.
Counseling. School counselors often help students mediate conflicts with their peers, teachers, or parents. Many school counselors also provide therapy and counseling services to students during school hours.
Early intervention. School counselors receive training about learning difficulties and psychological concerns that commonly manifest in children and adolescents. They may also provide referrals, recommendations, and education to parents about mental health concerns.
Special needs services. Counselors often help special needs students integrate into classrooms and may oversee programs that address requirements for students with special needs or learning difficulties.

The safety and security of our children is non-negotiable; Children should be in school to concentrate on learning, and our teachers able to focus on teaching. A healthy, productive learning environment should be our top priority, and school safety strategies must balance physical and psychological safety measures. Effective school safety efforts require a comprehensive, whole-school approach which I will always consult the community and law enforcement to be best equipped. Also, school mental health services are essential to creating and sustaining safe schools. School mental health supports that encompass social-emotional learning, mental wellness, resilience, and positive connections between students and adults are essential to creating a school culture in which students feel safe and empowered to report safety concerns, which is proven to be among the most effective school safety strategies. Finally, our schools need school safety and crisis plans that are consistently reviewed and practiced.

Education, being a social institution serving the needs of society, is indispensable for society to survive and thrive. It should be not only comprehensive, sustainable, and superb, but must continuously evolve to meet the challenges of the fast-changing and unpredictable globalized world. The blended classroom is something I didn’t grow up with – but it’s something we’re all living with today. A physical classroom-online classroom mix is allowing students a fresh approach to use additional resources and tools on their own pace, while giving parents access to their child’s workload and performance to be an involved and supportive part of the learning cycle. But innovation is nothing without equity. Our children need an array of new supplies like textbooks, updated and proper classroom technology, and the 21st century tools which will allow them to succeed in our 21st century world.

Education is more than just reading, writing and arithmetic. It can be drawing, painting, and sculpting, too. Many of our schools view arts education as secondary, ignoring the benefits of combining smarts with creativity. The arts need to be front and center in education—taught in their own right to enable students to experience the range and nuance of meaning making across artistic disciplines. This is an essential priority, for the research is undeniable that arts learning may enrich and expand students’ experience, growth, and productivity across the curricula. The arts must be featured in our schools so that we can have more artists among us; An arts education provides us with a service that cannot be performed by machines: the creation of culture. And these new artists must also be featured so that we can have more of them among us guiding national policy, running businesses, breaking boundaries in science, medicine, education, and technology. As parents, students, teachers, administrators, community leaders, and policymakers, we need to propel them toward their full human potential.

Education about substance abuse is an important part of helping individuals understand the many aspects of this topic. What substance abuse is; warning signs of addiction; information about how specific drugs affect the mind and body; the consequences that addiction can have on one’s physical and mental health, family, relationships, and other areas of functioning; and how and why substances are abused. We need to talk about the root causes . Our children and our schools fight a battle against substance abuse every day, and we all need to be on the front lines with them. This could also include counseling education, which helps everyone involved—from the person abusing substances to family and friends. Studies have shown that substance abuse prevention programs are effective and have been shown to significantly reduce substance abuse behaviors, including use of nicotine, alcohol, and drugs. It is especially important to include substance abuse education and prevention in schools, because they can help students avoid trying substances and reduce the risk of developing a substance use disorder later in life.

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