Presentation on theme: "Implementing a Comprehensive School Counseling Program"— Presentation transcript:
1 Implementing a Comprehensive School Counseling Program A link to the current educational reform movement emphasizing achievement and successJudy Kuse, DPI Counseling Consultant , Jan 2009
2 Current Trends In School Counseling ASCA’s National Standards and ModelAmerican School Counselor AssociationTransforming School Counseling InitiativeEducation Trust – DeWitt WallaceStandard “e”WDGM – update and revisionState Models for School CounselingResults-based School Counseling
3 NEW WI Comprehensive School Counseling Model (WCSCM) Sections Program ImplementationTrainingStudent StandardsBenchmarks at 4, 8, and 12Accountability / Evaluation
4 Rationale for a Comprehensive School Counseling Program A comprehensive school counseling program is an integral component of the school’s 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 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 workshopsResponsive Services: individual & small groups, crisis, consultations, referralsIndividual Student Planning: individual & small group appraisal or advisementSystem Support: professional development, consultation, collaboration, program management
6 School Counseling Curriculum – Three Domains Academic DomainCore Content Standards: A, B, CA: 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 optionsC: 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 DomainCore Content Standards: D, E, FD: 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 DomainCore Content Standards: G, H, IG: 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 SupportStudy SkillsTest Taking StrategiesTest AnxietyTutoringListening SkillsHomework Completion SkillsProper Course Placement
10 School Counseling Program impact on Students Personal/Social SupportCharacter Education/CitizenshipBullying/Harassment InterventionPeer Mediation/Conflict ResolutionAsset DevelopmentPositive School ClimateCritical Thinking SkillsDiversity Skills
11 School Counseling Program impact on Students CareerStudent, Parent, Counselor Educational – Career ConferenceIndividual Learning PlanIncreased sequence of Career/Technical education coursesFewer “undecided’s” Provide 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 schoolSome factors:Failure to connect to goals after high schoolFailure to enroll in exploratory or CTE coursesFailure to connect with an adult in schoolFailure 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 futureStudents and parents gain insight into student’s growth and developmentParents feel more informed and involvedStudents and parents are motivated to be involved earlier in post-secondary planningStudent apprehension about school and future goals is reducedA 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 PlanTraditional Four Year PlanA format that serves as a learning record and looks toward the pastIndividual Learning PlanA format that identifies what is to be achieved and looks toward the future
21 Individual Learning Plan ILP’s meet benchmarks within the Model Academic Standards for school counselingILP’s take into account what happens to students outside the walls of the school buildingILP’s can provide a process and product for students to use that opens them up to unique educational and career opportunities
22 Sample ILP BenchmarksB.1 Apply the skills necessary to improve learning and make successful academic transitionsB Apply critical thinking skills for making successful academic transitionsE.1 Apply self-knowledge in the decision-making or goal-setting processE Develop an action plan to achieve short- and long-term goalsH.1 Attain educational achievement and performance levels needed to reach personal and career goalsH Develop an individual learning plan to enhance educational achievement and attain career goals
23 ILP Components Curricular Domains [required] AcademicCareerPersonal/SocialProgram of Study [required]Portfolio / E-Portfolio [Highly suggested]
24 Curricular DomainsEstablish learning and/or developmental goals in the three domains including action plans and reviewAcademicPlan of Study; achievement; attendance; etc.CareerCluster; pathway; program of study; experiential; education; etc.Personal/SocialPeer; family & friends; organizations; community; etc.
25 SummaryImplementation 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 counselorFor more information: