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Title: Top 10 Ways to Prepare Your School for Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling


1
Top 10 Ways to Prepare Your School for
Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling
  • Eric Sparks
  • Past President
  • American School Counselor Association

2
Objectives
  • Participants will learn
  • Practical tips for ASCA National Model
    implementation
  • Ways to create interest among principals and
    district administrators in school counseling
    programs
  • How to connect the ASCA National Model to school
    data and School Improvement Plans
  • Tips for data usage and collection

3
The Best Thing to Do for Your Students
  • Implement a Comprehensive School Counseling
    Program
  • The ASCA National Model is Your Guide

4
Wake County Public School System (WCPSS)
Implementation
  • 139,000 students
  • 156 schools district wide
  • 350 School Counselors

5
First Year WCPSS Participation Results (03-04)
  • High level of participation!
  • Elementary 60
  • Middle 77
  • High School 88

6
Fifth Year of Implementation (08-09)
  • 25 RAMP Award Winners
  • 9 Elementary
  • 7 Middle (1 Alternative)
  • 9 High (2 Re-Ramp)

7
13. Present the National Model to Stakeholders to
get Buy-In
  • Principals
  • Superintendent/Asst Superintendent
  • Curriculum and
  • Instruction Admin
  • PTA
  • Faculty Meeting
  • School Counselors

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Present to School Counselors
  • Share the vision
  • Prepare counselors for change
  • Show how National Model addresses perennial
    school counseling issues
  • Challenge them to continue to improve

9
Determine What Information to Provide
  • Administrators
  • ASCA National Model Executive Summary
  • School Counselors
  • ASCA National Model
  • (1 per person)
  • ASCA National Model Workbook (1 per school)

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How are students different as a result of the
school counseling program?
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12. Connect with school/district goals and plans
  • School Improvement Plans
  • District Goals
  • State Goals

12
WCPSS Goal 2008
  • By 2008
  • 95 of students in grades 3 through
    12 will be at or above grade level as
    measured by NC EOG or EOC tests
  • All student groups will demonstrate high growth
  • 1 goal for entire district!

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11. Provide Appropriate Training
  • Great for teambuilding!
  • Foundation
  • Action Plans
  • Use a team approach
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Nurses
  • Administrators
  • Career Development Coordinators
  • Instructional Resource Teachers
  • Intervention Coordinators

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10. Understand Measurable Goals and Objectives
  • Counselors may have difficulty writing clear
    action plans
  • Goals are broad statements that describe expected
    outcomes
  • Objectives are are clear, realistic, measurable
    and time-limited statements of actions which,
    when completed, will move towards goal
    achievement

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Writing Goals and Objectives for Action Plans
  • Choose a reasonable number of action plans
  • All school counseling goals should be written in
    the terms of improving
  • Academics
  • Behavior
  • Attendance
  • Strategies are counseling strategies, and fit
    within the activities in the Delivery System

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Example of Goals and Objectives
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9. Define At-Risk
  • How do you define at-risk?
  • How does NCLB define at-risk?

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Define At-Risk
  • Big 3
  • Academics
  • Behavior
  • Attendance

The Big 3!
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WCPSS Academic Risk Factors for High School
  • Below Grade Level (8th)
  • Math
  • Reading
  • Competency Not Met
  • Math
  • Reading
  • F on Computer Competency
  • Below grade level any of 5 End of Course Tests
  • F in one course last year
  • F in more than one course last year
  • Retained last year

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8. Collaborate on Data
  • Data may be difficult to get it is
    confidential
  • Determine who has the data
  • School level
  • District level
  • State level
  • Find out what data is available
  • Can they make it simple to use?

21
Who do you collaborate with?
  • Evaluation and research experts
  • Staff development experts
  • Conduct Data Academies
  • Independent Organizations
  • EDSTAR

22
7. Use the Data
  • May be the most difficult piece for counselors
  • Counselors must
  • get comfortable with data
  • interpret data
  • collect data
  • Not turning counselors into statisticians or
    researchers

23
Some Ways to Examine Data
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Phase I
Getting Comfortable with Data
  • Learning to use data, technology, to target
    students

Phase II
  • Identifying effective practices

Phase III
  • Asking questions that can be answered with data

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Phase II Identifying Effective Practices
  • Increased minority enrollment in AP courses
  • Fewer suspensions
  • More ESL parent participation at conferences
  • Increased test scores
  • Documentation and evidence of success has
    clarified their roles
  • Teachers have begun to make students more
    accessible for services

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Phase III Asking Questions
  • Are there variables that can predict who is
    likely to drop out as 9th graders?
  • Can we use this data to identify effective
    practices for serving these students?
  • Can we identify students to target for
    interventions who are likely to drop out as 9th
    graders?

27
Student Information Given To Counselors
(Individual)
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Student Information Given To Counselors (By Grade)
29
6. Determine what services are available in your
schooldistrictcommunity
  • Large schools offer many services
  • Who knows all of the services?
  • Counselors
  • Social WorkersNursesPsychologists
  • Teachers
  • Administrators
  • Parents
  • Students
  • How do you let students and parents know about
    these services?
  • The power of resource lists

30
Resource Checklist
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5. Focus on Leadership, Advocacy, Collaboration
  • Need 1 person with a vision
  • Youre here
  • (This is you!)
  • Expect difficult questions
  • Answer questions within these categories
    (leadership, advocacy, collaboration)
  • All lead to Systemic Change

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4. Develop a Long-Range Plan
  • Be clear about your vision
  • Create a 3-5 year implementation plan
  • Divide model into manageable chunks
  • Start wherever it makes the most sense for your
    district
  • Remember accountability takes time

33
WCPSS Recognition (Implementation Plan)
  • ¼ carat
  • ½ carat
  • ¾ carat
  • Full carat!
  • (RAMP Ready)

34
What Level 1 (1/4 carat) Schools Do . . .
  • Beginning of Year (by Nov. 9)
  • Calendar (Including Suicide Prevention Activities
    - MS HS)
  • Action Plans
  • Management Agreement
  • Resource Checklist
  • End of the Year (by June 15)
  • Results Report (year end)
  • Results Over Time

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WCPSS District School Counseling Goals
Objectives
  • Goal All schools will demonstrate how students
    are different as a result of their school
    counseling program.
  • Objectives
  • 1. By the end of 2007, 100 of WCPSS schools
    will be at the ¼ carat program or higher.
  • 2. By end of 2007, 20 (26) of schools will be
    RAMP.

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3. Accept the Yeah, buts . . .
  • Learn from probletunities
  • Not everyone will embrace the model
  • Improve from their questionscommentscomplaints
  • Acknowledge issues
  • Wont solve all the issues in one year
  • Look for solutions
  • Keep Moving!

from David Langford
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2. Find Your Sardines!
  • Some school counselors and administrators will
    buy in immediately
  • Only need 20 to get going
  • Start with volunteers

40
Blue Whales
  • Blue whales take 3-5 minutes to turn 180 degrees

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Committed Sardines from Doug Manning

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1. The number one way to prepare your school or
district to implement the ASCA National Model
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Contact Information
  • Eric Sparks
  • Past President
  • American School Counselor Association
  • esparks_at_wcpss.net
  • 919.858.1702
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