Resource Guide for Elementary School Counselors (Updated 2011) Resource Guide for Elementary School Counselors Contributing Members: Sarah Altman ISCA Elementary VP 2011-2012 Sycamore Elementary School Counselor email@example.com Melissa Flager ISCA Elementary VP 2010-2011 firstname.lastname@example.org Lisa Crick ISCA Membership Chair 2011-2012 West Noble Elementary Counselor email@example.com Amanda Culhan School Counseling Consultant Indiana Department of Education firstname.lastname@example.org Attendees of the 2010 and 2011 Elementary School Counselor Retreat Resource Guide for Elementary School Counselors Contents: Letter and Welcome from the ISCA President Comprehensive Guidance Academic Guidance Career Guidance Personal/Social Guidance Legal Information Licensure Professional Development Appendix Indiana School Counselor Association “Counselors Care” 9820 W. 450 South, South Whitley, IN 46787 Phone: 260-723-5413 email@example.com ______________________________________________________________________ Dear Colleagues, ISCA, in conjunction with the IDOE, is pleased to continue to provide this level guide for all professional school counselors, but this is only the beginning. Each year ISCA sponsors an Elementary Retreat, the Fall ISCA Conference, the ISCA website, and legislative activities, but it still won’t stop there. We realize that each school year will introduce a variety of changes and challenges for school counselors, but we can conquer each new challenge with the support of our ISCA relationships. As we embrace our role as school counselors, ISCA will continue to work to support all Indiana school counselors. Thank you to the ISCA members who join each year and to those who choose to join as new ISCA members. Without your membership, ISCA cannot succeed in meeting the notable goals listed in our strategic plan. If you have questions or concerns, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org ISCA cannot communicate, advocate, relate, or educate without your involvement or input. Every member is important. May you each have a successful school year as you embrace your role in the profession of school counseling! Don’t forget to visit the ISCA website at www.isca-in.org for additional resources and information. Let’s continue to work together to achieve success. Best wishes! Susie Matzat, 2011-2012 ISCA President Comprehensive Guidance Calendar of Events/Responsibilities (Appendix A) Data Collection o IDOE Website Information o Data-Driven Decision Making: The Engine of Accountability o Use of Time-Use Log (Appendix C) o ASCA website (www.schoolcounselor.org) contains documents, articles, websites, and publications related to “Accountability/Advocacy” – you must be an ASCA member to access the resources o American Student Achievement Institute provides tools for counselors to track data and effectiveness of their program User name and password required o Research and Evidence-Based School Counseling o EZAnalyze is a free program (used on both Mac and PC) that can be used by elementary counselors to track data related to their counseling program and based on the ASCA National Standards. Gold Star o Recipients of the Indiana Gold Star School Counseling Award have demonstrated that their guidance and counseling program is in compliance with the Indiana Program Standards for School Counseling and the National Model. o Recipients of the Gold Star Award have also met the standards for the national RAMP award. Guidance Lesson Plan Template (Appendix B) Guidance Logs, (Appendix C) Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) o The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) established RAMP to promote exemplary, comprehensive school counseling programs. RAMP is based on the ASCA National Model. Role of the School Counselor Brochure School Counselor Job Description Sample (Appendix D) School Counselor Evaluation Sample (Appendix E) Sample Counseling Curriculum Guides and Resources o Pittsylvania County o Timberlake Regional School District o Texas Public Schools o South Carolina Schools o School Counseling Toolkit Standards o Indiana Student Standards for Guidance Aligned with academic standards (see Appendix J) o Indiana Program Standards for School Counselors o ASCA National Standards for Students o School Counselor National Competencies Academic Guidance LAS Links o The LAS Links assessment is administered to determine a student's level of English proficiency. The placement test, administered upon the student's arrival in the United States, is used to determine the ELL services appropriate for the student. The annual assessment, administered in January and February, is used to determine the student's current level of English proficiency and is used for accountability purposes. o The LAS Links assesses students in grades K-12 on four domains: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing. This assessment is administered in five grade bands: K-1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-8 and 9-12. o Levels 1 – 5 are assigned to each of the four domains. Level 5 is proficient. o Enrollment forms, testing records, Individual Learning Plans (ILP), and any teacher evaluation data should be updated at least annually. Some counselors may be in charge of collecting and maintaining this data. o Trainings are offered to teachers and counselors who administer the tests. Please look for dates of these trainings. o Do not forget to consider ELL students and their accommodations when planning for the ISTEP test. Academic-based guidance lessons and small groups o Guidance lessons can be implemented to meet the Grades K-5 Academic Guidance Standards. o Sample lessons can be found based on standard and grade level on the IDOE website. o The topic of study skills can be incorporated into lessons and small groups. ISTEP+ Guidelines Because ISTEP+ information can change every year, it’s important to first take a look at the latest information on the Indiana Department of Education’s ISTEP+ website at www.doe.in.gov/istep. o Almost all questions about ISTEP+ administration can be answered by downloading and reading through the ISTEP+ Program Manual. The manual is updated annually and provides detailed information about test preparation, security, testing students with disabilities, dealing with testing anomalies and much more. o All Indiana students in grades 3-8 must participate in the state ISTEP+ assessment. All high school students must take and meet the requirements of the ISTEP+ Algebra I and English 10 end-of-course assessments (ECAs) in order to graduate. High school students are required to take the Biology I ECA but passage is not required for graduation. Who to Contact o Every Indiana public school corporation identifies a Corporation Testing Coordinator (CTC) who can provide you with guidance and assistance with any ISTEP+ questions you might have. o Find general contact information for the IDOE Office of Student Assessment at http://www.doe.in.gov/assessment/ Parent Resources o Substantial information about ISTEP+ testing is available for parents at http://www.doe.in.gov/assessment/parent.html o Parents can find ISTEP+ assessment results and helpful information on the ISTEP+ Parent Network at https://www.stage.inparentnetwork.com/pn/pages/login.seam Graduation Plan All Indiana students are required to develop initial graduation plans with their parents/guardians by the end of 6th grade. The plans are then considered part of students’ permanent records. School counselors are required to further develop the graduation plans—with the students and parents—by the end of 9th grade and then annually review them with the students until they graduate. o Indiana Statute o Online Samples (Printable sample can also be found within the student’s profile in the Indiana Career Explorer) o FAQ Graduation Requirements o Diploma Types Completion of Core 40 is a graduation requirement for all Indiana students. The legislation includes an opt-out provision for parents who determine that their student could benefit more from the General Diploma. The Core 40 diploma is also the minimum college admission requirement for the state’s public four-year universities. o General Diploma, 511 IAC 6-7.1-4 (Opt out process required), o Core 40 (511 IAC 6-7.1-5), o Core 40 with Academic Honors (511 IAC 6-7.1-6), or o Core 40 with Technical Honors (511 IAC 6-7.1-7) o Opt Out Process o Required Courses o Course descriptions provide brief statements of the content of high school curricular areas. These descriptions will assist in communicating, in a broad context, the content standards of courses. o Code numbers listed before each course description should be used when reporting courses on Indiana Department of Education documents. o The maximum number of credits that may be granted for each course is listed in the course description bullets. o Course description bullets identify those courses in which students may receive credit for successive semesters of instruction. o Minimum and recommended prerequisites are listed for some courses. Local schools and districts may require additional prerequisites. o State Approved Course Titles & Description Packet Course descriptions in this document are based upon State Board approved course titles. o Non-Standard Courses (courses not included in the state approved course packet) o Schools may create and offer courses that are not included in the list of state approved courses. To do so, schools can apply for a non-standard course waiver (appendix F). Testing Requirements (see ISTEP+ ECA section below) o Waiver Options Transcript Requirements and Guidance o e-transcripts Non-Diplomas (Certificates) Testing Advanced Placement (AP) – Every school corporation has a designated AP Coordinator Students that earn a score of 3 or higher on an AP exam shall receive college credit towards their degree if they attend any Indiana public institution of higher education; this includes all two and four year schools and any accompanying satellites. Indiana public institutions of higher education may require a score higher than 3 to award credit for a course that is part of a student’s major but the student will still receive elective credit that counts toward their overall degree requirements to graduate from college. o IC 20-36-3 Advanced Placement Courses o AP Courses & Exams o Online AP Courses Indiana has an agreement with Pearson K-12 Virtual Learning Powered by Florida Virtual School (FLVS) to provide online College Board approved Advanced Placement (AP) courses throughout Indiana. The purpose of this agreement is to supplement current or help provide AP course offerings at various schools throughout the state. College Entrance o PLAN/ACT o PSAT/SAT Opportunity to Learn (OTL) o Students must complete the Algebra I class before taking the Algebra I ECA and the English 10 class before taking the English 10 ECA. o Before retesting, students should have sufficient “opportunity to learn” (OTL) in order to have a better chance of meeting the ECA requirement. ECAs and GQEs o The ISTEP+ Algebra I and English 10 end-of-course assessments (ECAs) are often just referred to by educators as “ECAs.” o Prior to the 2011-12 school year, all high school students were required to meet the requirements of the state’s Graduation Qualifying Exam (GQE) in order to graduate. The last administration of the GQE was in the spring of 2011. Students who have left high school but have not met one or both of the ISTEP+ GQE requirements will be able to meet the requirements by completing the appropriate ECA. Waivers o Students who complete the Algebra I, English 10 or Biology I courses are required to take the respective end-of-course assessment (ECA). Students who are unsuccessful in passing the ECA by the end of their senior year, may be eligible for one of two state waivers: 1. Evidence-Based Waiver, or 2. Work Readiness Waiver o A brief description of the requirements for these waivers is available at http://www.doe.in.gov/assessment/meetinggqe.html Career Guidance IDOE Elementary School Career Guidance resources Indiana Pathways to College Network provides career development curricula and instructional materials. o Activities correlated with guidance standards. The Development of Elementary-Aged Children’s Career Aspirations and Expectations Mr. Breitsprecher’s Career Exploration website Pennsylvania Department of Education provides lesson plans and coloring books specific to K-3 and 4-5 grade levels. o These can all be downloaded free online. Counselors can either create or use a pre-existing assessment for students to determine their career interests. In conjunction with the Holland Code, counselors can guide students to explore their career knowledge through Interest Inventories. o Career Zone – Pennsylvania o Learn More Indiana – Indiana o Paws In Jobland o Tiger Woods Foundation Counselors can keep career portfolios for all students. o Each year, the counselor adds that year’s career activity to the portfolio. o The portfolio can be given to the student prior to leaving the elementary school. o Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education sample guide Career Days can be held in elementary, middle, or high schools. o This is when it is important to have a good relationship with community members and parents in your school. o EHow Family (online) provides counselors and teachers some good examples of activities. Personal/Social Guidance Social and affective development of elementary-aged children o There are research articles that discuss the importance of addressing affective development in schools. o There is also discussion of social and affective curriculum related to gifted students’ education. The Indiana Department of Education has created a document that aligns code requirements to meeting the needs of gifted students. Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted article Guidance Lesson Ideas o Meeting the Indiana Guidance Standards o Teacher, Student, and Parent Needs Assessments can be given at the beginning of the year to determine specific needs for a specific group. You can create your own surveys at www.surveymonkey.com. It is a free and easy way to include your own topics and concerns. Surveys can be emailed to parents and teachers, and they can be linked on your webpage to be completed by students. These surveys could also be used to evaluate the effectiveness of your guidance program. Samples can be found on www.schoolcounselor.org website. You must be an ASCA member to access samples. o Scheduling Lessons At the beginning of the year, it is important to plan a year-long schedule of your guidance lessons. Appendix I includes a sample Beginning-of-the-Year form that can be given to teachers to schedule your guidance lessons. You may be asked to visit classrooms once a week, or you may only have enough time to visit every month or every other month. Either way, it is important to communicate with the teachers to determine their needs. o Free Curriculum and Resources (see Appendix F) Operation Respect – Don’t Laugh at Me Tiger Woods Foundation Disabilities Awareness Month Internet Safety Missouri Career Education curriculum Small Group Counseling o Scheduling/Marketing/Recruiting/Topics Small groups are a great way to meet the more specific needs of students. Groups can begin as soon as you receive recommendations from teachers, parents, and students themselves. At the beginning of the year, counselors can inform the students of what groups will be run throughout the year. Any former group members can be reminded of groups Depending on your school’s schedule, groups can be run throughout the day. Lunch groups = groups can be held in the counselor’s office during students’ lunch times. Flex time = groups can be held during a flex time in the students’ schedule. Study hall = if your school has a study hall period, groups can be run during that time. It is imperative to receive recommendations for your groups from teachers. Counselors can ask teachers to complete a needs assessment to determine the needs of the students. A SAMPLE REFERRAL FORM is in Appendix G. Parent permission is an important part of small group counseling. Written (or verbal) permission should be received prior to the first group meeting. A SAMPLE PERMISSION FORM is in Appendix H. o Curriculum and Resources Depending on the topic of the group, different resources can be used to meet the goals of the group. See Appendix F for lists of resources (compiled by Indiana elementary counselors) Research-based curriculum School Counselor Curriculum Objectives Center for School Counseling Outcome Research Indiana Department of Education Counseling Best Practices Violence Prevention Curriculum Research on School Counseling Effectiveness Second Step Curriculum (See Appendix F) Individual Counseling o It will be necessary to meet with individual students throughout the school year based on the needs of the student. o Counselors may opt to have set times when they meet with students, while others may keep an open schedule to see kids as needed. Either way, it will be important to have some times available, apart from lessons and groups, to meet individual students’ needs. o Students can access the Counselor as determined by the teacher. One way for students to gain access is through a “Counselor Pass.” http://www.bisd.us/martin/Documents/Counselors%20Stuff/couns elor%20pass.pdf (Completed by teacher prior to leaving classroom.) They can be purchased at your local teachers’ store. If the counselor is not available when the student walks to the office, then there should be a note that the student can complete. (see Appendix K) o Ethics Refer to Ethical Standards for School Counselors Reporting child abuse (See Legal Information) o Resources Depending on the student’s needs, the counselor can use a variety of resources. Games, such as Uno, Jenga, Play-Doh, Lego’s, and bouncy balls, can be used to encourage communication between counselor and student There are also several resource books that are specific to elementary school counseling. http://www.marcoproducts.com/individual-counseling- 4pk.html Positive Behavior Supports o Counselors may be involved in Behavior Support Teams, also known as Student Success Teams or Response to Instruction (RtI) Teams. o RtI and Positive Behavior Supports are “programs” that are designed to help educators intervene with research-based strategies related to both academics and behavior. www.pbis.org – a website with the overviews of Positive Behavior Supports The Indiana Department of Education has created a webpage with guidance related to RtI. http://www.doe.in.gov/sservices/discipline/ Behavior Plans o As part of Positive Behavior Supports is the strategy of creating, implementing, and evaluating individual behavior plans with students. o Appendix F includes websites that contain sample behavior plans Legal Information Indiana Register (Search for Indiana laws) Article 4 (Indiana’s Student Services Rule) Article 7 (Indiana’s Special Education Rule) o Navigating the Course: Finding Your Way Through Indiana’s Special Education Rules Ethical Standards for School Counselors Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) o Forum Guide to Protecting the Privacy of Student Information Laws & Rules of Interest to Indiana School Counselors Liability Insurance (through ASCA) Mandatory Reporting o Child Abuse and Neglect IC 31-33-5 o Duty to Warn IC 34-30-16-2 o Privileged Communication IC 20-28-10-17 Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (504 Plans) Licensure Counselor Education Programs in Indiana License Requirements, 515 IAC 8-1-45 Original License o IMAP License Types o Initial Practitioner, 515 IAC 8-1-1.1 o Proficient (5 year) o Accomplished Practitioner (10 year) License Renewal o Professional Growth Plan o List specific school building for online renewal o Complete 2 months prior to license expiration date o Accomplished Practitioner License (10 year license) o http://www.doe.in.gov/educatorlicensing//LVIS.html – website for renewal NBCC (National Board Certified Counselor) Professional Development Professional Associations for School Counselors Indiana is fortunate to have multiple professional associations that support the work of school counselors. Contact information for many of these organizations is listed below: o American School Counselor Association – ASCA – www.schoolcounselor.org o Indiana School Counselor Association – ISCA – http://isca-in.org ISCA serves Indiana K-12 school counselors with multiple conferences and workshops, a website, legislative advocacy and more. o Indiana Association of College Admission Counseling – IACAC – http://www.iacac.net IACAC membership includes high school counselors, administrators, college admission counselors, and other representatives from secondary and higher education. IACAC offers a fall conference and spring workshop, a website with access to multiple resources (including the popular guidebook of secondary and postsecondary contacts), information on college fairs, and much more. o Indiana Counseling Association – ICA – www.indianacounseling.org ICA members include both K-12 school counselors as well as counselors and mental health professionals from around the state. ICA hosts a spring conference, multiple workshops, and has a website with more information. Important Organizations o College Board – www.collegeboard.com Look for their annual fall workshops for high school counselors. o ACT – www.act.org Look for their annual fall workshops for high school counselors and dates of the Spring ACT Conference in Indianapolis. o Independent Colleges of Indiana – ICI – www.icindiana.org o State Student Assistance Commission for Indiana - SSACI – www.in.gov/ssaci Your Indiana source for financial aid for Hoosier students. o Indiana Department of Education – IDOE - www.doe.in.gov/sservices/counseling Amanda Culhan is Indiana’s School Counselor Consultant– email@example.com or 317-232-0510 o Indiana Commission for Higher Education – ICHE – www.in.gov/che o IYI o Learn More Listservs & Communication o ASCA Scene o CounselorTalk – To register, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org o Learning Connection After registering for an account, you can join any of the three communities specifically for school counselors: IDOE - Elementary School Counselors IDOE – Middle School Counselors IDOE – High School Counselors o SSIntouch is a monthly newsletter for school counselors and includes updates from the state. To access these updates you can join one of the learning connection counseling communities noted above or visit the archive. o Yahoo Groups o Facebook also has several School Counseling blogs Appendix A Calendar of Events (Created by Elementary Counselors at 2010 Retreat) August: November Give counseling standards to teachers High Ability testing to determine who delivers ISCA Conference New students Mix It Up Day @ Lunch Counselor introductions Community Resources for holiday Lessons for Kindergarten orientation needs/service learning (Off to School) Consult with Teachers Organize Student Assistance /RtI December team Kids Count Conference Student Ambassadors Holiday Help High School Mentors Academic Checks Orient teachers/Advocate Staff Morale January Needs Assessment NWEA Transient new students September Gr. Level Transition discussions Finish LAS Links testing NWEA February Needs Assessments Test Taking Skills Student Assistance/RtI team LAS Links Elementary Counselors’ Retreat Food Drive Records Reviews Black History/Cultural Awareness Professional Goals Diversity (Teaching Tolerance) Start groups, clubs Nat. School Counseling Week Guidance Lesson Rotations Individual counseling March Teaching Tolerance ISTEP Kids’ Hope National Disabilities Awareness Month October Red Ribbon Week April/May Parent Teacher Conferences Transitions to Middle School Track data ISTEP 504/Special Ed. conferences Sex Ed. High Ability evaluations Child Abuse 21st Century Parent Night Summer Safety (“Little Obie” for Go M.A.D. Railroad Crossing Safety) Regional Conferences Appendix B Guidance Lesson Plan Template School Corporation: School Name: Contact: Telephone, Email: Indiana Student Standards for Guidance Addressed Standard(s) addressed: Indicator(s) addressed: I. Instructional Development Grade Level(s): Title: Summary: Time Frame: Lesson: II. Evaluation How will mastery of the guidance indicator(s) be evaluated? Learning Resources Resources needed: e.g., technology resources, media resources, books, web sites Citation(s): You may include copyrighted materials in “resources needed,” but do not reproduce copyrighted materials in your lesson plan. Non- copyrighted materials need to be reproduced and included with your lesson plan. Cite sources here. Collaborative Partners: e.g., advisory teachers, other teachers, community resource people Appendix C Weekly Counselor Time-Use Log Sample G = Guidance / C = Counseling / A = Advocacy / M = Management / N = Non-Program MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY 7:00 7:20 7:40 8:00 8:20 8:40 9:00 9:20 9:40 10:00 10:20 10:40 11:00 11:20 11:40 12:00 12:20 12:40 1:00 1:20 1:40 2:00 2:20 2:40 3:00 3:20 3:40 Additiona l TOTAL TOTAL BOXES FOR THE WEEK OUTSIDE-OF- CONTRACT COUNSELING ADVOCACY MANAGEMENT NON-PROGRAM BOXES GUIDANCE ANNUAL TIME USE GOALS (percent of time use) Appendix D School Counselor Job Description Sample Community School Corporation Job Description Title: Middle School Counselor Reports to: Principal, Assistant Principal Employment Status: Contract, 190 days Fair Labor Standards Act Status: Exempt Qualifications: 1. Appropriate state of Indiana school counseling license. 2. A sincere desire to aid all students with social, emotional, and academic needs. 3. Strong human relation skills, including professional tact, diplomacy, and presentation. 4. Good health, high moral character, and a good attendance record. 5. Good communication skills. 6. Multi-tasking ability and strong organizational skills. 7. Valid Indiana driver’s license. General Description: Promotes educational success for all students by developing and managing school counseling programming related to academic, career, social, and emotional growth. School counselors use facilitative, consultative, and collaborative leadership skills to provide a certainty of educational opportunities for all students. Essential Functions: 1. Maintains respect at all times for confidential information. 2. Develops, manages, and evaluates the school counseling program in the context of the community culture and the total educational program. 3. Encourages students to evaluate alternatives, formulate realistic goals and become increasingly self-directed; help students understand themselves and enhance positive self- concepts. 4. Maintains non-punitive relationships with students and respects their confidences. 5. Promotes positive relationships among members of the school community. 6. Models and practices advocacy for all students. 7. Promotes teaching, learning, and behavioral strategies that reach all students. 8. Analyzes, interprets, and utilizes data for decision-making and program development. 9. Provides an orientation program for all students new to the building. 10. Provides preventative guidance materials and/or activities for the classroom. 11. Provides solution-based counseling with students. 12. Maintains liaison with community services and referral services. 13. Maintains a current referral list of community resources and assists individuals and families to access those resources. 14. Conducts, supervises, and interprets the standardized testing program with the school staff. 15. Teams and collaborates with other educators, community leaders, and parents for the good of students, i.e. attend a rotation of team meetings. 16. Provides school counseling services, which are appropriately balanced among leadership, student assistance services, and educational and career services. 17. Implements prevention programming to support healthy physical, social, emotional, and academic development for all students. 18. Identifies and intervenes with individuals exhibiting at-risk behaviors, including people affected by alcohol and/or drug use. 19. Assesses the physical, emotional, and social level of individuals and makes and follows up on referrals as appropriate. 20. Implements individual and group counseling strategies. 21. Implements the conflict resolution/peer mediation program. Assesses for effectiveness on an ongoing basis. 22. Develops, coordinates, and evaluates advisement and mentoring services. 23. Coordinates the placement and/or monitoring of students within the gifted and talented program. 24. Plans for the annual awards night. 25. Involves all educators and community members in the collaborative development and delivery of educational and career services. 26. Helps students and families understand a variety of educational opportunities and how to prepare for them. 27. Increase student awareness of the relationship among personal interests, values, and talents and their application to educational and career choices. 28. Assists teachers with developing student educational and career goals and specific plans for reaching those goals. 29. Serves as a consultant in the application of teaching/learning strategies to enhance educational achievement of all students. 30. Supervises and evaluates the counseling office secretary. 31. Uses current literature, research, and resources, such as laws, ethical standards, and position statements, to promote school counseling programming. Other Duties and Responsibilities: 1. Conducts other duties as assigned by the administration on a temporary or emergency basis to facilitate the operation processes of the school and/or School Corporation. 2. Serves as a role model for students in how to conduct themselves as citizens and as responsible, intelligent human beings. 3. Helps instill in students the belief and practice of ethical principles and democratic values. Additional Working Conditions: 1. Occasional or possible interaction with unruly children or adolescents. 2. Occasional or possible interaction with hostile parents. 3. Possible exposure to blood, bodily fluids, and tissue. Typical Physical Demands: 1. Requires corrected hearing and vision to normal range. 2. Requires occasional lifting of boxes or other items weighing up to 50 pounds. Appendix E Professional School Counselor Effectiveness Rubric (Finalized August 2011) Appendix F Elementary Counselor Resources (compiled at the 2011 Elementary School Counselor Retreat) https://www.counselingtechnology.net - it provides free surveys that can be put into EZ Analyze www.vaview.vt.edu/k5/<http://www.vaview.vt.edu/k5/> - a free, interactive website for exploring careers. http://www.madsec.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=5DdGJDU%2BPlQ%3D&tabid=10 2 - This website has power point slides for an FBA. Paws in Jobland - http://www.xap.com/images/_uploaded_content/documents_library/product_spec ific_docs/PAWS/PawsUS2011_GrK-2.pdf; http://www.xap.com/images/_uploaded_content/documents_library/product_spec ific_docs/PAWS/PawsUS2011_Gr3-5.pdf; http://paws.bridges.com/cfnc1.htm - online surveys I-Care Cat – mediation section; http://store.peaceeducation.org/ 6 Pillars of character education Why am I Here? Matthew Kelly Foundation Bubber - http://www.timberdoodle.com/Bubber_s/408.htm Biodots BIGS – Big Brothers, Big Sisters National Center for College Costs – Learn More Indiana BAL-A-VIS-X – Balance board - http://www.bal-a-vis-x.com/material.htm DEBUG – Tattling/Reporting; Did you try to DEBUG? Student Success Skills/Ready for Success - http://www.studentsuccessskills.com/ReadyForSuccess_overview.htm Coping Cat – Cognitive behavioral therapy for kids - http://www.workbookpublishing.com/information.php?info_id=8 www.simpletruths.com Warm Fuzzy book – in conjunction with Bucket Filling www.bucketfillers101.com – books, resources, materials Indigo Dreams – relaxation CD Tiger Woods Foundation (career lessons) - http://web.tigerwoodsfoundation.org/programs/twlcLessons/index Chrissa Stands Strong – American Girl curriculum G.I.R.L.S. curriculum - http://www.amazon.com/Girls-Real-Life-Situations- Development/dp/0878225439 Project Peace – peer mediators = train students Day of Play - http://www.nick.com/thebighelp/worldwide-day-of-play; T.V. Turnoff Week 2 times a year Different “hats” for ISTEP – beach, baseball, etc. Characters in the Movies – short video clips for elementary students Peaceful Hut Day – get boxes from Pizza Hut – during lunch time Mix It Up Day at lunch and other Tolerance resources - http://www.tolerance.org/activities Raspberries to Rhinos curriculum is free to counselors and educators Lunch and Learn time – go into lunch room and reinforce character skills; show video, do skits, reminders Bullying videos - www.stopbullying.org/kids/webisodes/index.html First Grade Takes a Test - http://www.amazon.com/First-Grade-Takes-Miriam- Cohen/dp/1595720553 Intervention Central – website with a variety of behavioral interventions Drive of Your Life – career exploration for upper elementary and middle school students Staff Building activities can help enhance the issue of community within your school – these can be done at beginning-of-the-year meetings or monthly staff meetings Second Step Curriculum – the Committee for Children organization has developed research-based curriculum Helping students understand death is an important topic - http://www.nasponline.org/resources/crisis_safety/griefwar.pdf, http://www.nncc.org/guidance/understand.death.html, http://www.counselingstlouis.net/bibliotherapy.html, http://www.compassionatefriends.org/home.aspx, http://www.dcoe.health.mil/ForFamilies/HelpingBereavedMilitaryChildren.aspx, http://www.thetrevorproject.org/, http://www.schoolcounselor.org/files/When%20Kids%20Grieve.pdf (curriculum) School Counselor website with lesson plans by topic The PATINS Project provides a range of support services for impacting both the organizational capacity and the professional capabilities of Indiana’s local educational agencies in serving students with unique learning needs. These services include: o Operation of the Indiana Center for Accessible Instructional Materials www.icam.k12.in.us o Regional Lending Libraries o Technical Assistance and Training o Vendor Offered Discounts o PATINS Rapid Fire Blog o Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Blog o PATINS Refurbished Computer Program o Family Resources http://patins- training.wikispaces.com/Free+Online+Resources+for+Teaching+Across+the+Curric ulum o This has a very comprehensive listing of web links to educational sites, categorized by subject (Math, Science, Lang Arts, Special Ed, ELL, etc). All sites have been fully screened for content and safety both to viewers and to school networks! Appendix G Small Group Counseling Teacher Referral Form School Counseling Program Information *Please return this completed form to Counselor’s mailbox by xxx! Teacher: ________________________________ o Group Counseling: If you have a student who you believe would benefit from participating in group, please place their name in appropriate space. I will be in contact with parents for permission once I get referrals from. Groups will, once again, be done during the lunch time, and, therefore, class time won’t be missed. Here are the groups that I will be leading, so please list student names where appropriate. Seasons Social Skills School Success Girls’ Friendship Boys’ Social Skills Higher Ability (grades K-4) (grades K-2) (grades 3-4) (grades 3-4) (grades 3-4) (grades 3-4) Help with Help with Help with Help with self- Help with Help with coping with understanding organization, esteem or initiating social/emotional family changes social cues homework friendship issues. friendships and aspects of HA (divorce, planning, test understanding students military, anxiety social cues adoption, death) Appendix H Sample Small Group Counseling Parent Permission Form Dear Sycamore Parent(s)/Guardian(s), The Sycamore Elementary counseling program offers students the chance to meet with their peers to discuss feelings, behaviors, and situations. Groups will last for 2-week increments during your child’s lunch time; therefore, your child will eat lunch with me for two straight weeks. The next group will start when the previous one finishes. During the group meetings, students will participate in discussions, hands-on activities, role-plays, etc. that enhance their academic or personal and social development. There will be four different groups offered this school year. Either your child’s teacher or I would like your child to participate based on our observations of the child’s behavior, or based on discussions we have had. Also, some students have previously been in groups, and either I or the child would like to continue involvement in the group. (*Your child has been referred to the group(s) highlighted.) 1. Family Changes Group (grades K-4 boys and girls): This group is for students whose families are experiencing changes within the home, such as divorce, death, adoption, or military leave. 2. Social Skills Group (grades K-4 boys and girls): This group is for students who could benefit from additional support in enhancing their interpersonal relationships. A research-based curriculum is used to facilitate the learning of these skills. 3. Girls’ Friendship Group (grades 3-4 girls): This group is for girls who could benefit from extra time to discuss developmental issues related to growing up (e.g., friendship changes, self-esteem). 4. School Success Group(grades 3-4 boys and girls): This group is for students who could benefit from additional strategies to overcome slight challenges at school related to organization, test anxiety, or study skills. All of the students are encouraged to talk about meetings at home, but to only share what they themselves have learned and not what others have discussed. I lead the groups, and you will be notified of any serious unresolved issues with your child. A key component of students participating in groups is parent permission. I believe that parents have the right to know what their children are doing during school hours, and the students like to know that their parents are concerned with their well-being. If you agree that your child would benefit from attending group sessions, please complete the form below and return to school. If you have any questions, please contact me at school either by phone or email (544-6600, ext. 6620) or email@example.com. Sincerely, Sarah Altman School Counselor PARENT PERMISSION FOR COUNSELING GROUP PARTICIPATION If you are interested in having your child participate in a counseling group during 2011-2012 school year, please complete this form and return to the school counselor’s office. Student’s Name _____________________ Parent/Guardian's Signature ____________________ Appendix I Sample Beginning-of-the-Year Guidance Lesson Scheduling Form Teacher: ________________________________ o Guidance Lessons: I will come to your rooms monthly, unless you have an immediate concern. In scheduling the lessons, it would be helpful for you to pick a day and time of each month, and we will follow that as best as possible. I will send you an email reminder the week before your lesson! Day Time Choice 1: ____________________ ____________________ Choice 2: ____________________ ____________________ Appendix J Indiana Guidance Standards aligned with Academic Standards Indiana Student Standards for Guidance Kindergarten – Grade 2 Standard 1 Academic Development Students gain knowledge and develop skills required to experience academic success, maximize learning through commitment, produce high quality work, and be prepared for a full range of options and opportunities following high school. Effective Learning K-2.1.1 Describe qualities of effective learners (e.g., effort, perseverance, responsibility). K-2.1.2 Explain how people can learn from their mistakes. K-2.1.3 Describe why working hard helps people achieve goals. K-2.1.4 Describe how responsible students use their time. K-2.1.5 Explain how students have the ability to choose their behaviors. K-2.1.6 Identify people who can help when a student has a problem. K-2.1.7 Demonstrate the ability to ask for help when needed. K-2.1.8 List academic tasks that students do independently. K-2.1.9 Specify the skills needed to work independently. K-2.1.10 List academic tasks that students do as a group. K-2.1.11 Specify the skills needed to work in a group. K-2.1.12 Discuss the different ways that people learn. Preparation for Postsecondary Education Options K.3.1.13 Demonstrate an understanding that education continues throughout a lifetime. Relationship of Academics to Work and Life K-2.1.14 Identify the similarities between the behaviors expected at school and those expected in the work place. Standard 2 A. Career Development Students develop a positive attitude toward work; develop the necessary skills to make a successful transition from school to the world of work, and from job to job across the life career span; and gain an understanding of the relationship between success in school and future success in the world of work. Career Awareness (Self Knowledge, Career Exploration, Career Planning) K-2.2.1 Describe one or more jobs they find interesting. K-2.2.2 Identify different types of job environments. K-2.2.3 Discuss occupations held by adults in their community. SS K.4.1 Explain that people work to earn money to buy the things they want. SS K.4.2 Identify different kinds of jobs that people do. SS K.4.3 Explain why people in a community have different jobs. SS 2.4.2 Identify community workers who provide goods and services for the rest of the community and explain how their jobs benefit people in the community. SS 2.5.5 Identify people of different ages, cultural backgrounds, traditions, and careers and explain how they contribute to the community. K-2.2.4 Identify examples of traditional careers and non-traditional careers. SS 2.4.6 Define specialization and identify specialized jobs in the school and community. Preparation for Career Options K-2.2.5 Discuss the importance of attendance, punctuality, and doing one’s best. Relationship of Careers to Academics and Life K-2.2.6 Discuss the importance of learning new skills throughout one’s lifetime. Standard 3 Citizenship Development Students develop the personal management and team-building skills needed to become successful learners, responsible citizens, and productive workers. Respecting Self and Others K-2.3.1 Identify ways in which people are similar and different. SS K.5.1 Identify ways in which people are alike and different. SS K.5.3 Give examples of how families in the community are similar and different, yet are part of the community. SS 2.5.2 Explain how individuals are members of many different groups and compare and contrast the expectations of behavior in different groups. K-2.3.2 Discuss the importance of showing respect for all people. SS K.5.2 Identify individuals who are important in students’ lives — such as parents, grandparents, guardians, and teachers — and give examples of how families cooperate and work together. H K.5.2 Describe characteristics needed to be a responsible friend and family member. H K.5.4 Demonstrate ways to communicate care, consideration, and respect of self and others. H 1.5.2 Describe characteristics needed to be a responsible friend and family member. H 1.5.4 Demonstrate ways to communicate care, consideration, and respect of self and others. H 2.5.2 Describe characteristics needed to be a responsible friend and family member. H 2.5.4 Demonstrate ways to communicate care, consideration, and respect of self and others. K-2.3.3 List ways to demonstrate respect for others at school. K-2.3.4 Identify situations that make them angry. K-2.3.5 Practice strategies for reducing anger. H K.3.2 Demonstrate how to apply coping strategies when feeling anxious, upset, angry, too excited, or out of control. H 1.3.2 Demonstrate how to apply coping strategies when feeling anxious, upset, angry, too excited, or out of control. K-2.3.6 Describe simple ways to resolve conflicts. H K.5.7 Demonstrate positive ways to resolve conflicts. H 1.5.7 Demonstrate positive ways to resolve conflicts. H 2.5.7 Demonstrate positive ways to resolve conflicts. K-2.3.7 Demonstrate healthy ways to express needs, wants, and feelings using “I” messages. H K.5.1 Describe verbal and nonverbal communication. H K.5.3 Demonstrate healthy ways to express needs, wants, and feelings including I messages and assertive communication strategies. H 1.5.1 Distinguish between verbal and nonverbal communication. H 1.5.3 Demonstrate healthy ways to express needs, wants, and feelings including I messages and assertive communication strategies. H 2.1.4 Describe the relationship between physical health and emotional health. H 2.5.1 Demonstrate effective verbal and nonverbal communication skills to enhance health. H 2.5.3 Demonstrate healthy ways to express needs, wants, and feelings including I messages and assertive communication strategies. K-2.3.8 Explain the benefits of good listening. H K.5.5 Demonstrate attentive listening skills to build and maintain healthy relationships. H 1.5.5 Demonstrate attentive listening skills to build and maintain healthy relationships. H 2.5.5 Demonstrate attentive listening skills to build and maintain healthy relationships. K-2.3.9 Identify student responsibilities at school. SS K.2.2 Give example of rules in the classroom and school and provide reasons for the specific rules. SS K.2.4 Identify examples of responsible citizenship in the school setting and in stories about the past and present. SS K.2.5 Identify and follow school rules to ensure order and safety. SS 2.2.1 Discuss the rights and responsibilities of citizens in the school and the community. SS 2.5.1 Identify some of the responsibilities that individuals have to themselves and others. Preparation for Good Citizenship K-2.3.10 Identify three things that they do well. SS 1.2.6 Identify civic virtues that are needed to be a good citizen. H 2.1.3 Identify examples of emotional, social, and physical health during childhood. H 1.3.4 Demonstrate the ability to assess personal health perceptions and behaviors. K-2.3.11 Identify at least one area in which they would like to improve. K-2.3.12 Describe the benefits of behaving appropriately at school. SS 1.2.5 Suggest ways that students’ actions can contribute to the common good of the community. K-2.3.13 Describe the consequences of behaving inappropriately at school. K-2.4.14 Identify a work activity and a leisure activity in which they participate. SS K.4.4 Give examples of work activities that people do at home. K-2.4.15 Describe the benefits of being honest. Safety and Survival K-2.3.16 Demonstrate refusal skills. H K.5.6 Demonstrate refusal skills to enhance health. H 1.5.6 Demonstrate refusal skills to enhance health. H 2.5.6 Demonstrate refusal skills to enhance health. K-2.3.17 Demonstrate techniques for managing stress. H K.3.1 Demonstrate how to apply skills to manage stress. H 1.3.1 Demonstrate how to apply skills to manage stress. H 2.3.1 Demonstrate how to apply skills to manage stress. H 2.3.2 Demonstrate how to apply coping strategies when feeling anxious, upset, angry, too excited, or out of control. K-2.3.18 Describe situations in which it is appropriate to seek help and to whom the students may turn to for help in each of those situations (e.g., threat of self-harm, weapon possession at school, physical abuse, emotional abuse, neglect). H 1.3.3 Demonstrate ways to avoid and seek help in threatening situations. H 2.3.3 Demonstrate ways to avoid trouble and seek help in threatening situations. Grades 3-5 Standard 1 Academic Development Students gain knowledge and develop skills required to experience academic1 success, maximize learning through commitment, produce high quality work, and be prepared for a full range of options and opportunities following high school. Effective Learning 3-5.1.1 Demonstrate learning skills (e.g., taking notes, reading texts, memorization techniques, test taking strategies, active listening). 3-5.1.2 Describe qualities they possess that make them effective learners at school (e.g., effort, perseverance, responsibility). 3-5.1.3 Identify a situation in which they have learned from a mistake. 3-5.1.4 Describe an experience where hard work resulted in achievement of a goal. 3-5.1.5 Discuss how time-use affects student learning. 3-5.1.6 Develop a plan for bringing about a desired change in academic performance. 3-5.1.7 Analyze their use of skills needed to work independently. 3-5.1.8 Evaluate their use of skills needed to work as a group. 3-5.1.9 Identify their learning style(s). 3-5.1.10 Identify educational opportunities that exist outside the classroom. 3-5.1.11 Describe how not turning in assignments impacts one’s grades in school. 3-5.1.12 Identify sources of extra help available to students in grades 3-5 needing academic support. 3-5.1.13 Develop a plan for academic improvement based on their classroom work, report card grades, standardized test results, teacher comments, and life experiences. Preparation for Postsecondary Education Options 3-5.1.14 Explain the importance of earning a high school diploma. 3-5.1.15 Describe the Core 40 Diploma in general terms, and what they can do to prepare for it. 3-5.1.16 Explain why it is important to continue one’s education after high school. 3-5.1.17 Describe in general terms the options that exist for continuing one’s education after high school. 3-5.1.18 Discuss ways people with limited financial resources are able to continue their education after high school. Relationship of Academics to Work and Life 3-5.1.19 Describe how academic performance at school can open or close future career opportunities. Standard 2 Career Development Students develop a positive attitude toward work; develop the necessary skills to make a successful transition from school to the world of work, and from job to job across the life career span; and gain an understanding of the relationship between success in school and future success in the world of work. Career Awareness (Self Knowledge, Career Exploration, Career Planning) 3-5.2.1 Use a career interest inventory to identify career interests. 3-5.2.2 Identify factors to consider when selecting a job (e.g., income, working conditions, employment outlook). 3-5.2.3 Identify their needs and preferences within job factors (e.g., income, working conditions, employment outlook). 3-5.2.4 Use personal, print, and electronic resources to research an occupation. 3-5.2.5 Discuss the availability of high-skill and low-skill jobs locally, statewide, and globally. 3-5.2.6 Identify criteria that employers consider and don’t consider (e.g., gender) when hiring new employees. 3-5.2.7 List jobs that relate to their hobbies and/or leisure activities. Preparation for Career Options 3-5.2.8 Discuss how attendance, punctuality, and completing schoolwork on time are habits that transfer to the workforce. Relationship of Careers to Academics and Life 3-5.2.9 Discuss how jobs change over time and the resulting need for life-long learning. Standard 3 Citizenship Development Students develop the personal management and team-building skills needed to become successful learners, responsible citizens, and productive workers. Respecting Self and Others 3-5.3.1 Describe how to predict and prevent inappropriate expressions of anger. 3-5.3.2 Identify cultural groups (e.g., gender, ethnicity) and give examples of the challenges faced by various cultural groups. 3-5.3.3 Discuss the benefits of consensus building. 3-5.3.4 Describe a situation at school in which they have reached consensus with a group. 3-5.3.5 Describe the steps of a conflict management model. H 3.3.1 Demonstrate how to apply skills to manage stress. H 3.5.6 Demonstrate refusal and negotiation skills to enhance health. H 3.5.7 Differentiate between negative and positive behaviors used in conflict situations. H 3.5.8 Demonstrate nonviolent strategies to resolve conflicts. H 4.3.1 Demonstrate how to apply skills to manage stress. H 4.5.6 Demonstrate refusal and negotiation skills to enhance health. H 4.5.7 Differentiate between negative and positive behaviors used in conflict situations. H 4.5.8 Demonstrate nonviolent strategies to resolve conflicts. 3-5.3.6 Relate a situation at school in someone has been kind to others. 3-5.3.7 Demonstrate the characteristics of active listening. H 3.5.5 Demonstrate attentive listening skills to build and maintain healthy relationships. H 4.5.5 Demonstrate attentive listening skills to build and maintain healthy relationships. 3-5.3.8 Tell how they have practiced active listening at school. 3-5.3.9 Demonstrate verbal and non-verbal communications. H 3.5.1 Demonstrate effective verbal and nonverbal communication skills to enhance health. H 4.5.1 Demonstrate effective verbal and nonverbal communication skills to enhance health. 3-5.3.10 Describe how people act when they are aggressive, passive, and assertive. H 3.3.2 Demonstrate how to apply coping strategies when feeling anxious, upset, angry, or out of control. 3-5.3.11 Describe the steps of being assertive. H 3.5.3 Demonstrate healthy ways to express needs, wants, and feelings including I messages and assertive communication strategies. H 4.5.3 Demonstrate healthy ways to express needs, wants, and feelings including I messages and assertive communication strategies. 3-5.3.12 Describe a situation in which assertiveness is appropriate. 3-5.3.13 Identify student rights (e.g., the right to attend school, safe learning environment, respect from others). H 3.3.3 Demonstrate ways to avoid, reduce, and report threatening situations. H 4.3.3 Demonstrate ways to avoid, reduce, and report threatening situations. 3-5.3.14 Describe how students can lose their rights if they act irresponsibly. SS 3.2.1 Explain that people are citizens of their community, state, and nation and explain the importance of good citizenship. 3-5.3.15 Describe ways in which a student can demonstrate respect for oneself. H 3.5.4 Demonstrate ways to communicate care, consideration, and respect of self and others. H 4.1.1 Identify responsible health behaviors. H 4.5.4 Demonstrate ways to communicate care, consideration, and respect of self and others. 3-5.3.16 Describe ways in which students demonstrate respect for other students. 3-5.3.17 Describe ways in which students demonstrate respect for authority. 3-5.3.18 Describe ways in which students demonstrate respect for their parents and home. H 3.5.2 Describe characteristics needed to be a responsible friend and family member. H 4.4.1 Describe how the family and school influences personal health behaviors. H 4.5.2 Describe characteristics needed to be a responsible friend and family member. 3-5.3.19 Describe ways in which students demonstrate respect for others’ views and religious beliefs. 3-5.3.20 Describe ways in which students’ respect the property of others. 3-5.3.21 Describe the process of grieving. H 4.3.2 Demonstrate how to apply skills to manage grief and anger. Preparation for Good Citizenship 3-5.3.22 Describe the importance of focusing on one’s strengths. 3-5.3.23 Discuss the relationship between behaviors and consequences. 3-5.3.24 Apply the steps of a decision-making process. 3-5.3.25 Describe the benefits of goal-setting. 3-5.3.26 Identify the qualities of a well-written goal. 3-5.3.27 Write a goal for a specific timeframe. 3-5.3.28 Develop an action plan related to one of their goals. 3-5.3.29 Describe a healthy balance between work and healthy leisure activities. H 3.1.6 Describe ways in which a healthful school and community environment influences personal health. H 4.1.2 Describes relationships between personal health behaviors and individual well-being. H 4.1.6 Describe how physical, social, and emotional environments influence personal health. 3-5.3.30 Describe the importance of persistence in doing one’s best. 3-5.3.31 Identify ways in which students can provide service in the community. SS 3.2.6 Discuss and explain the meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance. Explain other ways citizens can affirm their citizenship. SS 4.2.6 Give examples of how citizens can participate in their state government and explain the right and responsibility of voting. SS 4.2.7 Define and provide examples of civic virtues in a democracy. Safety and Survival 3-5.3.32 Discuss the emotional and physical dangers of alcohol and other substance abuse. H 3.1.3 Identify examples of mental, emotional, social, and physical health during childhood. H 3.1.4 Describe the relationship between physical health and emotional health. H 4.1.4 Describe the relationship between physical health and emotional health. Appendix K Student Individual Counseling Referral I want to talk to the Counselor Name ________________________ Teacher______________ I want to talk about: (check one) friends family school and class other I am feeling: (check one) sad confused mad scared worried happy This situation is: (check one) EMERGENCY: I must see you today. VERY IMPORTANT: I want to see you soon.
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