Redesigning School Counseling – Advisory Council

The Redesigning School Counseling Online System provides schools with everything they need facilitate seven meetings of a School Counseling Advisory Council including sample meeting agendas, Power Point presentations, facilitator notes, and various templates .  The council, composed of counselors, teachers, students, parents, business representatives, and community members participate in guided discussions related various steps of the Redesigning School Counseling process.

Advisory Council Meeting 1
Focus: Introduction
Suggested Completion: October

Advisory Council Meeting 2
Focus: Vision
Suggested Completion: November

Advisory Council Meeting 3
Focus: Achievement & Student Choice Priorities
Suggested Completion: December

Advisory Council Meeting 4
Focus: Guidance & Counseling Priorities
Suggested Completion: January

Advisory Council Meeting 5
Focus: Resources
Suggested Completion: February

Advisory Council Meeting 6
Focus: Student Goals
Suggested Completion: March

Advisory Council Meeting 7
Focus: Activities
Suggested Completion: April

Meeting 1: Introduction

Suggested Completion: October

Objectives

PARTICIPANTS WILL . . .

  1. Become familiar with the Indiana Gold Star School Counseling initiative
  2. Develop an understanding of the benefits of school counseling
  3. Establish group norms

PRODUCTS

  1. Complete roster
  2. Group norms list
  3. School counseling benefits brainstorm

Handouts

1.1 Cover Page
1.2 Meeting 1 Agenda
1.3 Advisory Council Roster
1.4 Redesigning School Counseling Introduction Presentation
1.5 Redesign Process Diagram
1.6 Benefits Brainstorm Poster
1.7 Meeting Dates

Tools

T1.1 Prep for Meeting 1
T1.2 Meeting 1 Facilitator Notes
T1.3 Group Norms
T1.4 Advisory Council Brainstorm
T1.5 Introductory Phone Call
T1.6 Introductory Letter
T1.7 Follow-Up Letter
T1.8 Benefits Statement (sample)
T1.9 Mission Statement
T1.10 Assurances Page
T1.11 Tasks Following Meeting 1

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Meeting 2: Vision

Suggested Completion: November

Objectives

PARTICIPANTS WILL . . .

  1. Consider external reasons for raising student achievement (labor market trends)
  2. Consider internal reasons for raising student achievement (core convictions)
  3. Create a common vision for student success

Handouts

2.1 Cover Page
2.2 Meeting 2 Agenda
2.3 Redesign Process Diagram
2.4 Global Economics Presentation
2.5 Visioning Presentation
2.6 Local Convictions Poster
2.7 Vision Brainstorm Poster
2.8 Elements of High Achieving Schools

Tools

T2.1 Prep for Meeting 2
T2.2 Meeting 2 Facilitator Notes
T2.3 Vision Statement Sample
T2.4 Tasks Following Meeting 2

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Meeting 3: Achievement & Student Choice Priorities

Suggested Completion: December

Objectives

PARTICIPANTS WILL . . .

  1. Analyze student achievement data and student choice data (prior to the meeting)
  2. Prioritize student achievement data fields according to which should be the focus of the school counseling program
  3. Prioritize student choice data fields according to which should be the focus of the school counseling program

Handouts

3.1 Cover Page
3.2 Meeting 3 Agenda
3.3 Redesign Process Diagram
3.4 Achievement & Choices Priorities

Tools

T3.1 Prep for Meeting 3
T3.2 Meeting 3 Facilitator Notes
T3.3 Achievement Priorities Instagraph
T3.4 Achievement Student Groups Instagraph
T3.5 Student Choices Priorities Instagraph
T3.6 Achievement Priority List
T3.7 Student Choice Priority List
T3.8 Tasks Following Meeting 3

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Meeting 4: Guidance & Counseling Priorities

Suggested Completion: January

Objectives

PARTICIPANTS WILL . . .

  1. Analyze student guidance data and student counseling data (prior to the meeting)
  2. Prioritize student guidance data fields according to which should be the focus of the school counseling program
  3. Prioritize student counseling data fields according to which should be the focus of the school counseling program

 

PRODUCTS

  1. Guidance Data Instagraph
  2. Counseling Data Instagraph

Handouts

4.1 Cover Page
4.2 Meeting 4 Agenda
4.3 Redesign Process Diagram
4.4 Guidance and Counseling Priorities

Tools

T4.1 Prep for Meeting 4
T4.2 Meeting 4 Facilitator Notes
T4.3 Guidance Instagraph Grades K-2
T4.3 Guidance Instagraph Grades 3-5
T4.3 Guidance Instagraph Grades 6-8
T4.3 Guidance Instagraph Grades 9-12
T4.4 Student Groups Guidance Instagraph
T4.5 Counseling Instagraph
T4.6 Student Groups Counseling Instagraph
T4.7 Guidance Priority List
T4.8 Counseling Priority List
T4.9 Tasks Following Meeting 4

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Meeting 5: Resources

Suggested Completion: February

Objectives

PARTICIPANTS WILL . . .

  1. Review the list of priorities that they developed in the last two meetings for student achievement, student choices, guidance indicators, and counseling needs
  2. Review the resources that are currently held by the school counseling program that can be used to address the defined priorities
  3. Develop a plan of action for gaining additional resources to enable the school counseling program address more of the defined priorities

Handouts

5.1 Cover Page
5.2 Meeting 5 Agenda
5.3 Redesign Process Diagram
5.4 School Counseling Resources
5.5 Resources Self Study
5.6 Resource Action Plan

Tools

T5.1 Prep for Meeting 5
T5.2 Meeting 5 Facilitator Notes
T5.3 Famours Pairs
T5.4 Balance Guidance Instagraph
T5.5 Balance Counseling Instagraph
T5.6 Balance Advocacy Instagraph
T5.7 Balance Management Instagraph
T5.8 Balance Non-Program Instagraph
T5.9 Resources Instagraph
T5.10 Resource Action Plan Poster
T5.11 Non-Program Activity List
T5.12 Tasks Following Meeting 5

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Meeting 6: Student Goals

Suggested Completion: March

Objectives

PARTICIPANTS WILL...

  1. Review the list of priorities that they developed in meetings 3 and 4 for student achievement, student choices, guidance indicators, and counseling needs.
  2. Review the resources that will be avaialbe next year (especially the resources related to time and energy).
  3. Narrow down the four lists of priorities which will become their GOALS for next school year.

NOTE: The program goals are the items that will "drive" the rest of our program transformation process and will be the items for which you will hold yourself accountable next year. Avoid the tendency to identify too many goals. Ask yourself, "Given who we are and the resources we have what can we reasonable accomplish next year?"

Handouts

6.1 Cover Page
6.2 Meeting 6 Agenda
6.3 Redesign Process Diagram
6.4 Program Goals

Tools

T6.1 Prep for Meeting 6
T6.2 Meeting 6 Facilitator Notes
T6.3 Program Goals Worksheet
T6.4 Tasks Following Meeting 6

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Meeting 7: Activities

Suggested Completion: April

Objectives

PARTICIPANTS WILL . . .

  1. Identify program goals for which there are no or inadequate school counseling activities
  2. Identify school counseling activities that do not align with any program goals
  3. Add new school counseling activities as needed to address all program goals
  4. Omit school counseling activities that do not align with any program goals

Handouts

7.1 Cover Page
7.2 Meeting 7 Agenda
7.3 Redesign Process Diagram
7.4 Activities

Tools

T7.1 Prep for Meeting 7
T7.2 Meeting 7 Facilitator Notes
T7.3 M&M Warm-Up Slides
T7.4 Guidance Activity Survey
T7.5 Tasks Following Meeting 7

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