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

Setting Goals

Setting Goals

A Checklist for Setting Goals


Processes (including any necessary materials)

Start with the “Combining the Assessment Pieces” document.

Use the logic model.

Insert data indicators into the logic model.

Drill down from global data to specific data, then insert it into the logic model.

Set goals. Be sure to be specific about who, what, and how.

Use the SMART goals template.

Keep the partially complete logic model, and move to examining possible evidence-based interventions (or current programs or interventions).

Purpose of Setting Goals

Setting goals is vital to organize the structure of the school counseling program and to prioritize how school counselors spend their time. Too often, school counselors are on a downward spiral toward burnout within the first three years of their entry into the profession because they are overwhelmed ...

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