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Title: Principal


1
Principal Counselor Partners in Success
  • School Counselor Frank Phinney, M.Ed., LPC
  • Principal Dana Nolan, Ph.D.
  • Walker Freshman High School

2
Partners in Success
  • ASCA National Model
  • Professional School Counselors (PSC) collaborate
    with many stakeholders to ensure a quality school
    counseling program.
  • Administrators provide support for the
    organization, development and implementation
    encourage counselor and teacher cooperation
    recognizes importance of each participants
    role in implementing the school counseling
    program.

3
Partners in Success
  • Emphasis on student achievement challenges the
    notion that principal's are the sole leader in a
    school (Janson, 2008).
  • Janson (2008) also noted additional research that
    indicated that a leadership model that empowers
    and utilizes the skills and knowledge of all
    professionals on a school campus serves as a
    catalyst to improve student achievement
    (Halverson, 2003 Leithwood, Seashore Louis,
    Anderson, Wahlstrom, 2005)

4
Partners in Success
  • Chata Loesch (2007) indicated that research
    reveals the effectiveness of a school counseling
    program is largely determined by the principal's
    provision of support.
  • This serves as the basis for ASCA recommendation
    of principals and PSCs working as a team toward
    the common goal of assisting students in all
    areas where they may need assistance (Chata
    Loesch, 2007).

5
Partners in Success Potential Barriers
  • Mallory Jackson (2007) indicate some potential
    barriers as follows
  • Training before ASCA
  • Inappropriate duties lack of understanding of
    professional competencies of PSCs
  • Perception Communication is necessary

6
Partners in Success Breaking Barriers
  • Self-Advocacy
  • Adherence to Professional Standards
  • Contribute to School Environment
  • PSCs must learn how to discuss student
    development and provide data to support their
    assertions (Hardesty Dillard, 1994).

7
Partners in Success Top Ten
  • At Walker Freshman High School we have gone to
    great lengths to ensure the PSC is directly
    involved in a leadership role and a collaborative
    partnership with the administrative team.
  • School Counselor Magazine (Nov/Dec 2006),
    Covington Grant provided a Top Ten List of why
    PSCs should be involved in leadership activities.

8
Partners in Success WFHS Top Ten
  • Visibility
  • Presence is Fundamental
  • Teachers, students and parents have to see you as
    leader
  • Availability
  • Counselor as advisor rather than chairperson
  • Engage in efforts directly related to student
    achievement

9
Partners in Success WFHS Top Ten
  • Extension of Leadership Team
  • Shared Philosophy and Passion Buy-In for Entire
    school!
  • PSCs when in partnership with Administration can
    have dramatic impact
  • Knows the Trends
  • Front Lines knows student perceptions
  • Communicates to administration student concerns
  • Assists new teachers with effective strategies

10
Partners in Success WFHS Top Ten
  • Big Picture Perspective
  • Solution-Focused approach to problem solving
  • Changing Climate partnership ensures we assist
    our students their families access resources
  • Decision-Making Skills
  • Assimilate information, process information and
    make decisions on the data
  • Data-Driven decision-making influence school
    policy, learning strategies, etc.

11
Partners in Success WFHS Top Ten
  • People Skills
  • Inherent in who we are as counselors
    communicators and listeners
  • Principals are bombarded with information and
    request to see them serve as first line of
    defense!
  • Coordination and Follow-Up Skills
  • Do this every day for our students
  • Apply these skills globally school improvement
    plans and presenting data to stakeholders

12
Partners in Success WFHS Top Ten
  • Leadership Skills
  • PSCs by position are seen as leaders within the
    school and community
  • Utilize this to develop and nurture other leaders
  • Principals Need Our Help
  • Roles and Expectations are ever-changing
  • Principals need leaders willing to step to the
    task Gone are the days of the Counselor in a
    Closet!

13
Partners in Success
  • Contact Information
  • Frank Phinney, M.Ed., LPC Frank.phinney_at_lpsb.org
  • Dana Nolan, Ph.D. dana.nolan_at_lpsb.org
  • Walker Freshman High School
  • 13443 Burgess Avenue
  • Walker, Louisiana 70785
  • http//walkerfh.lpsb.org/
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