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1 A Vision of Excellence: Summit Public Schools Fall 2012 Guidance and Support for Every Student in the 21 st Century

2 Tonight’s Take-Away How we address BOE Focus Areas How we address BOE Focus Areas Enhance each child’s social and emotional development Enhance each child’s social and emotional development Eliminate the achievement gap/ raise achievement for all Eliminate the achievement gap/ raise achievement for all

3 Tonight’s Take-Away… Examples of the excellent programs and services currently in place Examples of the excellent programs and services currently in place Vision to meet the ever-changing needs of the 21 st Century student and family Vision to meet the ever-changing needs of the 21 st Century student and family

4 Outcome As a result of our vision we will support every student pre-K through grade 12 in order to: Help each student develop to full potential Help each student develop to full potential Help each student gain complete 21 st Century skills for the workplace Help each student gain complete 21 st Century skills for the workplace Help each student gain the competencies to be selected by the top colleges and universities throughout the country. Help each student gain the competencies to be selected by the top colleges and universities throughout the country.

5 Tonight we will present that vision and begin the Board and community discussion of how to move forward in addressing these goals. Step One

6 Create an environment where the social, emotional development of each child is enhanced Create an environment where the social, emotional development of each child is enhanced Eliminate the achievement gap and raise academic achievement for all Eliminate the achievement gap and raise academic achievement for all BOE Focus Areas

7 Taking a Stand and enhanced empathy building curriculum, grades pre-K through 5. Taking a Stand and enhanced empathy building curriculum, grades pre-K through 5. Middle School Advisory Program to enhance character development, decision-making skills and positive relationships. Middle School Advisory Program to enhance character development, decision-making skills and positive relationships. Comprehensive college planning support with multiple programs, grade level groups, and utilization of emerging technologies. Comprehensive college planning support with multiple programs, grade level groups, and utilization of emerging technologies. Sample of Programs in Place **Please see handout with comprehensive program listing.

8 Emerging Needs Need for high level of visibility for all district programs from counseling to academic to co- curricular to social/emotional programming which is directed at multiple constituencies: parents, community members, community leaders, organizations, and colleges Need for high level of visibility for all district programs from counseling to academic to co- curricular to social/emotional programming which is directed at multiple constituencies: parents, community members, community leaders, organizations, and colleges Increased need for skilled group and individual counseling, as well as community outreach Increased need for skilled group and individual counseling, as well as community outreach Expanded and creative use of technology to enhance all programs and greater access to programs Expanded and creative use of technology to enhance all programs and greater access to programs

9 Primary Centers Focus on helping all students develop healthy social skills Focus on helping all students develop healthy social skills Support for families through parent education and enhanced home-school connections Support for families through parent education and enhanced home-school connections Specialized assistance in collaboration with Special Services for those students with additional needs Specialized assistance in collaboration with Special Services for those students with additional needs Outreach services which build relationships with all facets of our communities including Spanish-speaking parents Outreach services which build relationships with all facets of our communities including Spanish-speaking parents

10 Elementary Schools Focus on helping all students develop healthy social skills and creating healthy, bullying-free environment Focus on helping all students develop healthy social skills and creating healthy, bullying-free environment Support for families through parent education and enhanced home-school connections Support for families through parent education and enhanced home-school connections Specialized assistance for students experiencing achievement issues, especially when related to social or emotional challenges Specialized assistance for students experiencing achievement issues, especially when related to social or emotional challenges Support for students entering from other school districts in their adjustment to demanding academic programs Support for students entering from other school districts in their adjustment to demanding academic programs

11 Middle School Focus on helping all students develop the decision-making skills needed to navigate the transition to adolescence and creating healthy, bullying-free environment Focus on helping all students develop the decision-making skills needed to navigate the transition to adolescence and creating healthy, bullying-free environment Support for families through parent education and enhanced home- school connections embodied in counselor-led Family and Student Advocacy/Advisory program (SEF grant possibility) Support for families through parent education and enhanced home- school connections embodied in counselor-led Family and Student Advocacy/Advisory program (SEF grant possibility) Individual counseling and motivational programming for students experiencing achievement issues, especially when related to social or emotional challenges (SEF grant possibility) Individual counseling and motivational programming for students experiencing achievement issues, especially when related to social or emotional challenges (SEF grant possibility) Programs to raise the college awareness for those students in families who are less likely to connect school success with long-term success in the 21 st century (SEF grant possibility) Programs to raise the college awareness for those students in families who are less likely to connect school success with long-term success in the 21 st century (SEF grant possibility)

12 High School Focus on helping all students develop the self-management skills and resilience to succeed in rapidly changing world Focus on helping all students develop the self-management skills and resilience to succeed in rapidly changing world Development of a college specialist position which will enhance our ability to support all students in pursuing quality opportunities (SEF grant possibility) Development of a college specialist position which will enhance our ability to support all students in pursuing quality opportunities (SEF grant possibility) Individual counseling and motivational programming for students experiencing achievement issues, especially when related to social or emotional challenges Individual counseling and motivational programming for students experiencing achievement issues, especially when related to social or emotional challenges Programs which support students interested in specialized postsecondary opportunities (HBCU institutions, performing arts, athletics, other specific areas, as well as expanded college visitations for counselors) (SEF grant possibility) Programs which support students interested in specialized postsecondary opportunities (HBCU institutions, performing arts, athletics, other specific areas, as well as expanded college visitations for counselors) (SEF grant possibility)

13 Priorities To complement program innovation and expansion there will be a need for: Counseling staff for primary centers. Counseling staff for primary centers. Counseling staff for middle school level (over 5 years enrollments have increased caseloads at the Middle School from 210 to 265). Counseling staff for middle school level (over 5 years enrollments have increased caseloads at the Middle School from 210 to 265). Counseling staff for elementary schools ( caseloads have been stable but both the number of students with special needs as well as the depth of students needs have increased significantly). Counseling staff for elementary schools ( caseloads have been stable but both the number of students with special needs as well as the depth of students needs have increased significantly).

14 Additional priority areas… To complement program innovation and expansion there will be a need for: Redefinition of high school counselor roles with the development of Family and Student Advocacy. Redefinition of high school counselor roles with the development of Family and Student Advocacy. College specialist position will support counselors in their college advisement as well as create opportunity for school counselors to spend more time on social and emotional needs of students. College specialist position will support counselors in their college advisement as well as create opportunity for school counselors to spend more time on social and emotional needs of students. Creation of the college specialist position will also support the leadership and supervision function by making the Director of Guidance more available to programs outside the high school. Creation of the college specialist position will also support the leadership and supervision function by making the Director of Guidance more available to programs outside the high school. Maintaining the high level of service in terms of smaller caseloads will lead to need for an additional school counselor position by 2015 or Maintaining the high level of service in terms of smaller caseloads will lead to need for an additional school counselor position by 2015 or 2016.

15 Next Steps Naviance showcase including overview of comprehensive college support programs already in place and ways this program can be expanded to assist Middle School students. (November 1 st meeting, possibly) Naviance showcase including overview of comprehensive college support programs already in place and ways this program can be expanded to assist Middle School students. (November 1 st meeting, possibly) Skilled counselors, Naviance, and the full complement of planning programs have enabled Summit High to place the highest percentage ever of students into colleges identified as most competitive. Skilled counselors, Naviance, and the full complement of planning programs have enabled Summit High to place the highest percentage ever of students into colleges identified as most competitive.

16 Next Steps Proposals from both the Middle School and the High School on Counselor-led Family Advocacy programs to increase “touch points” for each and every student 6 through 12 Proposals from both the Middle School and the High School on Counselor-led Family Advocacy programs to increase “touch points” for each and every student 6 through 12 Report on newly emerging support programs founded in collaboration with local alumni who want to support our students in various phases of the college process Report on newly emerging support programs founded in collaboration with local alumni who want to support our students in various phases of the college process

17 Conclusion Hopefully this presentation has helped provide a vision which will promote discussion of all the ways Summit can: Guide and support every student pre-K through 12 to develop their full potential and have complete 21 st Century skills for the workplace and to be positioned for entrance to the top colleges and universities in the country Guide and support every student pre-K through 12 to develop their full potential and have complete 21 st Century skills for the workplace and to be positioned for entrance to the top colleges and universities in the country


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