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

Beliefs, Mission, and Vision

Beliefs, Mission, and Vision

A Checklist for Building Beliefs, Mission, and Vision


Processes (including any necessary materials)

Download examples of others schools’ beliefs, missions, and visions.

Build a belief statement. Check to ensure the language reflects why you became a school counselor.

Collect your state department of education’s mission statement, your school district’s mission statement, and your school’s mission statement.

Collect your state department of education’s vision statement, your school district’s vision statement, and your school’s vision statement.

Build the school counseling program’s mission statement.

Build the school counseling program’s vision statement.

Practice scoring your mission and vision statements using the RAMP rubric.

It may be that the natural progression from our rough-draft goals would be to move directly to exploring our interventions. However, creating the foundation for our school ...

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