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Title: Implementing a Comprehensive School Counseling Program


1
Implementing a Comprehensive School Counseling
Program
  • A link to the current educational reform movement
    emphasizing achievement and success
  • Judy Kuse, DPI Counseling Consultant , Jan 2009

2
Current Trends In School Counseling
  • ASCAs National Standards and Model
  • American School Counselor Association
  • Transforming School Counseling Initiative
  • Education Trust DeWitt Wallace
  • Standard e
  • WDGM update and revision
  • State Models for School Counseling
  • Results-based School Counseling

3
NEW WI Comprehensive School Counseling Model
(WCSCM) Sections
  • Program Implementation
  • Training
  • Student Standards
  • Benchmarks at 4, 8, and 12
  • Accountability / Evaluation

4
Rationale for a Comprehensive School Counseling
Program
  • A comprehensive school counseling program is an
    integral component of the schools academic
    mission. Comprehensive school counseling
    programs, driven by student data and based on
    standards in academic, career and personal/social
    development, promote and enhance the learning
    process for all students.  ensures equity and
    access to a rigorous education for all
    students  identifies the knowledge and skills
    all students will acquire as a result of
    the K-12 comprehensive school counseling
    program  is delivered to all students in a
    systematic fashion  is based on data-driven
    decision making  is provided by a
    state-credentialed school counselor

5
WCSCM Delivery System
  • Four Components
  • Curriculum classroom, curriculum development,
    group activities, parent workshops
  • Responsive Services individual small groups,
    crisis, consultations, referrals
  • Individual Student Planning individual small
    group appraisal or advisement
  • System Support professional development,
    consultation, collaboration, program management

6
School Counseling Curriculum Three Domains
  • Academic Domain
  • Core Content Standards A, B, C
  • A Students will acquire the attitudes,
    knowledge, and skills that contribute to
    successful learning in school and across the life
    span.
  • B Students will develop the academic skills and
    attitudes necessary to make effective transitions
    from elementary to middle school, from middle
    school to high school, and from high school to a
    wide range of postsecondary options
  • C Students will understand how their academic
    experiences prepare them to be successful in the
    world of work, in their interpersonal
    relationships, and in the community

7
School Counseling Curriculum Three Domains
  • Personal/Social Domain
  • Core Content Standards D, E, F
  • D Students will acquire the knowledge,
    attitudes, and interpersonal skills to understand
    themselves and appreciate the diverse backgrounds
    and experiences of others.
  • E Students will demonstrate effective
    decision-making, problem-solving, and
    goal-setting skills.
  • F Students will understand and use safety and
    wellness skills.

8
School Counseling Curriculum Three Domains
  • Career Domain
  • Core Content Standards G, H, I
  • G Students will acquire the self-knowledge
    necessary to make informed career decisions.
  • H Students will understand the relationship
    between educational achievement and career
    development.
  • I Students will employ career management
    strategies to achieve future career success and
    satisfaction.

9
School Counseling Program impact on Students
  • Academic Support
  • Study Skills
  • Test Taking Strategies
  • Test Anxiety
  • Tutoring
  • Listening Skills
  • Homework Completion Skills
  • Proper Course Placement

10
School Counseling Program impact on Students
  • Personal/Social Support
  • Character Education/Citizenship
  • Bullying/Harassment Intervention
  • Peer Mediation/Conflict Resolution
  • Asset Development
  • Positive School Climate
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Diversity Skills

11
School Counseling Program impact on Students
  • Career
  • Student, Parent, Counselor Educational Career
    Conference
  • Individual Learning Plan
  • Increased sequence of Career/Technicaleducation
    courses
  • Fewer undecidedsProvide purpose and
    direction for students

12
Comprehensive School Counseling
  • As students understand themselves, explore the
    world around them and establish goals for their
    futures, they begin to see why an education is
    important. They no longer attend school simply to
    receive a diploma or avoid truancy. Instead,
    students understand the connection between
    success in school today and success in their
    lives and careers tomorrow.

13
The Answer For
  • Who am I?
  • Where have I been?
  • Where am I going?
  • What will I need to get there?
  • How can I help myself?
  • Who can help me and how?
  • How can I change when change is required?

14
Reduce Failure
  • Highest failure rates in K-12 education
  • Grade 9
  • Highly correlated to dropping out of high school
  • Some factors
  • Failure to connect to goals after high school
  • Failure to enroll in exploratory or CTE courses
  • Failure to connect with an adult in school
  • Failure to transition to new environment

  • SREB ECS

15
Parent and Student Educational/Career Conferences
  • Conferencing is a process that involves
    activities planned and directed by school
    counselors that assists students in planning,
    monitoring, and managing their own learning, as
    well as, their personal and career development.
    Through these activities, students are encouraged
    and given opportunities to set and evaluate their
    educational and career goals and develop their
    Individual Learning Plan that will help them
    achieve their educational, career and life goals.

16
P/S Conference Benefits
  • Students take responsibility for their future
  • Students and parents gain insight into students
    growth and development
  • Parents feel more informed and involved
  • Students and parents are motivated to be involved
    earlier in post-secondary planning
  • Student apprehension about school and future
    goals is reduced
  • A connection is developed between school,
    parents, and students to ensure academic success

17
Individual Learning Plan
  • Students will investigate the inter-relationship
    of educational achievement, life goals, career
    planning, training and placement evaluate the
    present job market and analyze predictions of
    future trends at local, regional, state, national
    and global levels and propose career options
    based on their Individual Learning Plan.

18
Individual Learning Plan
  • Learning Record versus Learning Plan
  • Traditional Four Year Plan
  • A format that serves as a learning record and
    looks toward the past
  • Individual Learning Plan
  • A format that identifies what is to be achieved
    and looks toward the future

19
Four Year Plan
20
Individual Learning Plan
21
Individual Learning Plan
  • ILPs meet benchmarks within the Model Academic
    Standards for school counseling
  • ILPs take into account what happens to students
    outside the walls of the school building
  • ILPs can provide a process and product for
    students to use that opens them up to unique
    educational and career opportunities

22
Sample ILP Benchmarks
  • B.1 Apply the skills necessary to improve
    learning and make successful academic transitions
  • B.8.1.2 Apply critical thinking skills for making
    successful academic transitions
  • E.1 Apply self-knowledge in the decision-making
    or goal-setting process
  • E.8.1.1 Develop an action plan to achieve short-
    and long-term goals
  • H.1 Attain educational achievement and
    performance levels needed to reach personal and
    career goals
  • H.8.1.5 Develop an individual learning plan to
    enhance educational achievement and attain career
    goals

23
ILP Components
  • Curricular Domains required
  • Academic
  • Career
  • Personal/Social
  • Program of Study required
  • Portfolio / E-Portfolio Highly suggested

24
Curricular Domains
  • Establish learning and/or developmental goals in
    the three domains including action plans and
    review
  • Academic
  • Plan of Study achievement attendance etc.
  • Career
  • Cluster pathway program of study experiential
    education etc.
  • Personal/Social
  • Peer family friends organizations community
    etc.

25
Summary
  • Implementation of the New Wisconsin Comprehensive
    School Counseling Model will be valuable to all
    students in planning for their futures and will
    involve parents in the decision making process!
  • Questions? Contact your school counselor
  • For more information http//dpi.wi.gov/sspw/couns
    l1.html
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