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1 How to Use School Counselor Standards to Your Advantage Cynthia Floyd School Counseling Consultant NC Department of Public Instruction

2 Objectives To increase understanding of the NC School Counselor Professional Standards and evaluation rubric and of G.S. 115C To enhance capacity to support and benefit from effective comprehensive school counseling programs that promote student and school success.

3 The ASCA National Model In 2006, NC aligned school counselor standards with national best practices as documented in the American School Counselor Association National Model: A Framework for School Counseling which provides guidance for implementing evidencebased school counseling programs which are Comprehensive Student Centered Data Driven 3

4 The ASCA National Model Framework

5 What it is that school counselors do? School counselors design and deliver comprehensive school counseling programs that promote student achievement. These programs are comprehensive in scope, preventive in design and developmental in nature. Remove barriers to learning and support student academic, career and personal/social success Personal/ Social Academic Career

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7 Vision of NC School Counselors NC State Board of Education, 2008 Schools need professional school counselors who are adept at creating systems for change and at building relationships within the school community. Professional School Counselors create nurturing relationships with students that enhance academic achievement and personal success as globally productive citizens in the twenty-first century. Utilizing leadership, advocacy, and collaboration, professional school counselors promote academic achievement and personal success by implementing a comprehensive school counseling program that encompasses areas of academic, career, and personal/social development for all students.

8 Standards and Evaluation Details can be found in the Users Guide at (Click on Support Staff on the right)

9 Evaluation Rubric The School Counselor Evaluation Rubric can also now be found in Home Base under Educator Effectiveness

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11 School Counselor Job Description

12 So what does the law really say? Basically, that school counselors are to spend the majority of their time being school counselors as defined by their State and national standards. 80% of the school counselors time in the delivery of counselor services to or for students 20% of the school counselors time in activities to support their programs such as participating in professional development, program planning, analyzing data from which to plan their services, collaborating with other staff, etc.

13 So what does the law really say? Imbedded in the 20% of time in program management is also the expectation of fair-share responsibilities which are the routine running of the school responsibilities that all members of the school staff take equal turns doing to ensure the school s smooth operation. The law specifically states school counseling services and program support (the 80/20) does NOT include coordination of testing

14 The ASCA National Model Framework 80% 20%

15 The ASCA National Model Framework 80% 20%

16 White House Reach Higher Initiative This has lead to increased support of school counseling at the national level such as Recommendations from the US Department of Education regarding school counseling The First Lady speaking at the ASCA Conference in support of school counselors Two national White House Convenings of professionals seeking to promote best practices in school counseling Promotion of the 80% of time in providing counseling services

17 White House Reach Higher Initiative The Reach Higher initiative seeks to help make sure all students understand what they need to complete their education, including Exposing students to college and career opportunities Understanding financial aid eligibility that can make college affordability a reality Encouraging academic planning and summer learning opportunities Supporting school counselors who can help more kids get into college

18 The first annual White House hosting of the National School Counselor of the Year ceremony Every day our school counselors help young people become the people they re meant to be and achieve what they were put on this earth to achieve. And that is truly an awesome responsibility - and it s also a tremendous privilege. So today, on behalf of myself and my husband and a grateful country, I want to just say thank you. And we look forward to continuing our work together to support all of you in the months and years ahead. ~ First Lady Michelle Obama

19 21 st Century NC School Counseling Programs are: Data driven Comprehensive, preventive and developmental Provide equity and access to every student Promote student achievement for college and career readiness Evaluate and seek continuous improvement/ Accountable to stakeholders

20 The Question to Answer is How are students different as a result of the school counseling program?

21 The performance evaluation rubric is based on the 2008 NC Professional School Counseling Standards Standard 1 School counselors demonstrate leadership, advocacy, and collaboration. Standard 2 School counselors promote a respectful environment for a diverse population of students. Standard 3 School counselors understand and facilitate the implementation of a comprehensive school counseling program. Standard 4 School counselors promote learning for all students Standard 5 School counselors actively reflect on their practice.

22 Standard 1 School counselors demonstrate leadership, advocacy, and collaboration. What does this look like? (examples) School counselors collaborating with other school personnel for school improvement School counselors reviewing school data and the school improvement plan from which they determine what school counseling services they need to provide School counselors advocating for initiatives that improve student success Potential barriers to this standard?

23 Standard 2 School counselors promote a respectful environment for a diverse population of students What does this look like? (examples) School counselors using materials that reflect diversity and counteract stereotypes School counselors facilitating school-wide implementation of character education School counselors implementing initiatives that help other school staff understand influences of different cultural backgrounds continued

24 Standard 2 School counselors promote a respectful environment for a diverse population of students (continued) What does this look like? (examples) School counselors assisting students from all backgrounds with rigorous goals School counselors collaborating with other school staff on customized plans to address student needs School counselors collaborating with families and community resources to address needs Potential barriers to this standard?

25 Standard 3 School counselors understand and facilitate the implementation of a comprehensive school counseling program What does this look like? (examples) School counselors conducting needs assessments to determine what counseling services to provide School counselors conducting academic, college and career guidance School counselors conducting small group counseling and classroom guidance based on identified needs continued

26 Standard 3 School counselors understand and facilitate the implementation of a comprehensive school counseling program (continued) What does this look like? (examples) School counselors conducing school-wide activities in response to identified needs School counselors collaborating with teachers to integrate Guidance Essential Standards into other curricular areas Potential barriers to this standard?

27 Standard 4 School counselors promote learning for all students What does this look like? School counselors planning strategies to address achievement gaps School counselors reviewing academic, behavior and/or attendance data to determine which students need which counseling services School counselors collaborating with school staff, families and other stakeholders to address student needs continued

28 Standard 4 School counselors promote learning for all students (continued) What does this look like? School counselors implementing activities that enhance critical-thinking, problem-solving and communication skills School counselors managing their time for 80% of time providing counseling services School counselors utilizing technology to support their programs Potential barriers to this standard?

29 Standard 5 School counselors actively reflect on their practice. What does this look like? (examples) School counselors maintain written plans of data-driven goals and strategies School counselors participate in professional development that will enhance their skills to accomplish their goals School counselors assess their activities and overall programs for effectiveness and needed changes Potential barriers to this standard?

30 Your best cheat sheet for artifact examples is the evaluation Summary Rating Form On the NCEES web page

31 Sample List of Observable Activities Go to the NCEES NCDPI School Counseling Wiki page and click on School Counselor Evaluation Rubric List of Sample Appropriate Observation Opportunities Can also link to this from the NCEES page

32 How does all this coincide with NC GS 115C-316.1? Direct services shall consist of: (1) Delivering the school guidance curriculum through large group guidance, interdisciplinary curriculum development, group activities, and parent workshops.

33 How does all this coincide with NC GS 115C-316.1? Direct services shall consist of (continued): (2) Guiding individual student planning through individual or small group assistance and individual or small group advisement.

34 How does all this coincide with NC GS 115C-316.1? Direct services shall consist of (continued): (3) Providing responsive services through consultation with students, families, and staff; individual and small group counseling; crisis counseling; referrals; and peer facilitation.

35 How does all this coincide with NC GS 115C-316.1? Direct services shall consist of (continued):. (4) Performing other student services listed in the Department of Public Instruction school counselor job description that has been approved by the State Board of Education.

36 G.S. 115C Duties of School Counselors Direct services shall consist of: (1) Delivering the school guidance curriculum through large group guidance, interdisciplinary curriculum development, group activities, and parent workshops. (2) Guiding individual student planning through individual or small group assistance and individual or small group advisement. (3) Providing responsive services through consultation with students, families, and staff; individual and small group counseling; crisis counseling; referrals; and peer facilitation. (4) Performing other student services listed in the Department of Public Instruction school counselor job description that has been approved by the State Board of Education. Note that there is Not an or included in 1-4

37 What does the data say? Every day our school counselors help young people become the people they re meant to be and achieve what they were put on this earth to achieve. And that is truly an awesome responsibility - and it s also a tremendous privilege. So today, on behalf of myself and my husband and a grateful country, I want to just say thank you. And we look forward to continuing our work together to support all of you in the months and years ahead. ~ First Lady Michelle Obama

38 What does the data say? Wakefield High School Participation Rate (%) Average Total SAT Score Cohort Graduation Rate* Wakefield 72% 1, % State 62% 1, % Nation 50% 1,010 ~80% 2014 NC High School Counselor of the Year and semi-finalist for National School Counselor of the Year, Laura Inscoe * NC graduation data ; national graduation data

39 What does the data say? Salem Middle School % at or above grade level Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8 Read g Math Read g Math Read g Math Salem 70.8% 65.0% 74.4% 70.7% 68.1% 63.3% State 46.4% 38.9% 47.8% 38.5% 41.0% 34.2% 2014 NC Middle School Counselor of the Year and semi-finalist for National School Counselor of the Year, Kerry Bridges

40 What does the data say? Middle Creek Elementary School Middle Creek Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5 Read g Math Read g Math Read g Math 53.6% 64.7% 61.8% 78.3% 54.1% 63.9% State 45.2% 46.8% 43.7% 47.6% 39.5% 47.7% 2014 NC Elementary School Counselor of the Year and semi-finalist for National School Counselor of the Year, Lisbeth Fillard

41 Closing Points Where are we going? School Counseling program and services should be based on your students needs and data driven How do we close the gap? Where are we now? School Counseling program and services should be comprehensive, affecting the success of all students School Counseling program and services should reflect the goals and mission of your school s School Improvement Plan School Counselors should be meeting with their administrators with an annual agreement

42 Closing Points School Counselors should be collaborating with other school staff in the planning and implementation of services How do we close the gap? Where are we going? Where are we now? School Counselors should be selecting at least a couple of their activities for which they will document and measure outcomes School Counselors should be able to answer the question How are students different as a result of the school counseling program? School Counselors need to be spending 80% of their time providing services to or for students in order to accomplish the standards on their evaluation rubric

43 Resources NCDPI Student Support Evaluation information Wiki Page at NCDPI School Counseling Web Pages nseling/ (sign up for the listserv) NCDPI School Counseling Wiki Page NCDPI School Counseling Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ncdpi.schoolcounseling

44 Resources - handout

45 For more information Contact Cynthia Floyd NCDPI Consultant for School Counseling /e/ Phone (919)

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