Counselors make a difference—and now you can prove it. As students’ needs change, dedicated school counselors have been evolving their practice. You see the results every day, on the faces of the at-risk students you serve. To meet accountability standards, though, you need more than faces: You need data the number-crunchers can understand. With this user-friendly manual, make the shift to evidence-based practices and interventions in a data-driven, comprehensive school counseling program based on ASCA’s national model–while keeping the personal nature of your work intact. The book includes • Visual guides and checklists for every step of the process • Examples of successful counseling program evolution • Guidance on developing and submitting a successful Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) application • Supporting documents in an online resource center Ensure that school counseling is recognized as an essential part of school improvement and students’ academic success by using this unique and innovative model. “Provides realistic examples, clear templates, and step-by-step strategies that ease the stress of what is often seen as an overwhelming process.” Judith Bookhamer, Executive Director Pennsylvania School Counselors Association “Provides succinct and straight-forward tools to assist school counselors in marrying data-based decision-making practices with evidence-based counseling to create successful outcomes. This is a school counselor’s dream!” Franciene Sabens, Professional School Counselor Chester High School, Chester, IL “Starting with creating mission and vision statements and ending with advocacy efforts, the authors outline specific ways school counselors can integrate evidence-based interventions in their programming to positively impact student outcomes.” Jennifer Betters-Bubon, Assistant Professor University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Assessing the Situation
Assessing the Situation
A Checklist for Assessing the Situation
Processes (including any necessary materials)
Download the school improvement plan. Copy the major goals from the school improvement plan.
Download the school report card. Examine each grade level carefully for equity gaps.
Distribute needs assessments to every student in the school, to each teacher, to administration, and to parents.
Analyze the results of the needs assessments.
Combine the assessment pieces.
Purpose of Assessing the Situation
Whether you are a first-year school counselor or a counselor with twenty years of experience, the idea of evolving to a different way of doing things can be intimidating. The first step in the process is to stop, take a deep breath, and relax. You can do this! You already possess all the skills needed, and ...