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Title: Writing Your School Counseling Curriculum


1
Writing Your School Counseling Curriculum
  • By
  • James E. Guarino, Ed.D.
  • Westerly (RI) Middle School
  • Arthur W. Lisi, Ph.D.
  • Coventry (RI) High School
  • ASCA National Conference
  • Denver, Colorado
  • June 24, 2007

2
Goals
  • Develop an essential school counseling curriculum
  • Align the curriculum with ASCA Standards
  • Document essential counseling activities
  • Assess student progress toward the standards.
  • Evaluate the impact of the program

3
The RISCA TOOLKITS
  • There are eight RISCA toolkits which can be found
    on the RISCA website. They are available for
    free download at www.rischoolcounselor.org.
  • Todays discussion will center around Toolkit 2
  • Toolkit 2 tells us what we do tomorrow morning.
    It is the essential counseling program

4
THE EIGHT RISCA TOOLKITS
  • 1. Strategic and Annual Planning
  • 2. Essential Counseling Program
  • 3. School Counseling Data Management
  • 4. Professional Development Program
  • 5. Family and Community Engagement
  • 6. Program Implementation Management
  • 7. Planning for Results
  • 8. Individual Student Learning Plans

5
Using the RISCATOOLKIT APPROACH
  • Answers the question What do I do tomorrow to
    implement a comprehensive school counseling
    program based on the ASCA National Model.
  • Provides structured processes, clearly defined
    protocols, and easy to use tools to capture and
    organize the results of your work.
  • Produces quality documentation that can be used
    to promote the value of school counseling to
    student success and health of the school community

6
What Do We Need To Do ToWrite a School
Counseling Curriculum?
  • Identify the essential activities critical to
    students achieving the standards
  • Identify the Scope and Sequence of those
    essential curriculum activities
  • Align those activities to the ASCA Standards
  • Document instructions for delivering each
    activity
  • Develop a program to assess student progress
    toward meeting the standards

7
Brainstorm what you do to deliver your school
counseling program
  • Counseling Curriculum (what you do to include
    ALL students, such as classroom
    lessons/presentations, small group activities,
    etc.)
  • Individual Planning
  • Responsive Services
  • System Support
  • Non-counseling activities

8
Scope and Sequence
  • The scope will cover the nine ASCA standards (are
    all 9 standards listed? Which ones do you need to
    address?)
  • The sequence will list when each activity will
    take place grade-by-grade and month by month.

9
What is a Curriculum?
  • Curriculum is
  • the planned interaction of students with
    instructional content, materials, resources, and
    processes for evaluating the attainment of
    educational objectives.
  • www.doe.state.in.us/asap/definitions.html

10
The Essential School Counseling Curriculum Is One
Which
  • Is a written instructional program presented
    developmentally and comprehensively
  • Aligns with ASCA standards in the areas of
    academic, career, and personal/social
    development.
  • Identifies the activities which will meet the
    standards.

11
Documented Instruction for Delivering Each
Activity
  • Define the schools essential counseling
    curriculum.
  • Align the curriculum with the standards.
  • Document each essential counseling activity
    identified in the scope and sequence.
  • Create an action plan for each activity.

12
School Counseling Action PlanSend for Help
  • Title your activity it can be referenced,
    catalogued, and becomes a part of your guidance
    curriculum
  • Give yourself credit!
  • Grade level
  • Materials
  • Collaboration required? Helpful?
  • ASCA and National Career Development Standards
    utilized
  • What results do we expect from the students?

13
Action Plan (continued)
  • What preparations do we need to make?
  • What resources do we need?
  • How many sessions are there?
  • What are the action steps and who is
    responsible for each step?
  • Attach any worksheets.

14
Have Students Met the Standards? RESULTS!!
  • Is there an understanding of the school
    environment and academic demands?
  • Is there an understanding of career awareness,
    decision making, and planning?
  • Is there an understanding of self and others
    through the development of interpersonal and
    communications skills?

15
Evaluating Your Counseling Curriculum
  • Are your counseling curriculum activities/action
    plans.
  • For all students?
  • Organized, planned and written?
  • Sequential and flexible?
  • An integral part of the educational process?
  • Opportunities to collaborate with teachers and
    other staff?
  • Helping students learn more effectively in all
    three domains?

16
For More Information
  • Visit the RISCA Website at www.rischoolcounselor.o
    rg
  • Arthur Lisi, alisi7_at_cox.net
  • Jim Guarino, jaguar1_at_cox.net
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