Comprehensive Guidance Programs / College Readiness Margaret Morris, Clear Creek Elementary Counselor – Killeen ISD Lendy Jones, Liberty Hill Middle School Counselor – Killeen ISD Sarah Noteboom, Ellison High School Counselor – Killeen ISD Michael Ann Fitch, Ellison High School Counselor – Killeen ISD Angela Reese, Central Texas College, Director of Recruitment Communication & Outreach
KISD uses the ASCA school counseling framework • District has established guidelines • Each campus works with their administration to establish priorities
Four components of the Comprehensive Guidance Program • Guidance Curriculum (15-25%) • Responsive Services (25-35%) • Individual Planning (25-35%) • System Support (15-20%)
Guidance Curriculum • Promotes guidance content in a systematic way to all students • Purpose is awareness, skill development, and application of skills needed in everyday life • Addresses: self-confidence development; motivation to achieve; decision-making; goal-setting; planning and problem-solving skills; interpersonal effectiveness (including social skills); communication skills; cross-cultural effectiveness; responsible behavior
Responsive Services • Addresses the immediate concerns of students • Purpose is prevention and intervention • Addresses: academic concerns; school related concerns; relationship concerns; physical/sexual/emotional abuse; grief/loss; substance abuse; family issues; harassment issues; coping with stress
Individual Planning • Assists students in monitoring and understanding their own development (PGP’s, 4 year plans) • Purpose is for student planning and goal setting (Associate’s Degree Plan) • Addresses: educational needs; career needs; personal/social needs
System Support • Includes program and staff support activities and services • Purpose is program delivery and support • Addresses: Guidance Program development; parent education; teacher/administration consultation; staff development for educators; school improvement planning; counselor’s professional development; research and publishing; community outreach; public relations; needs of the transit military family
Senate Bill 158 & Senate Bill 518 • Senate Bill 158 relates to counseling students regarding higher education • Senate Bill 518 requires all school counselors to assume responsibilities for working with school faculty and staff, students, parents and community to plan, implement and evaluate a developmental guidance and counseling program
Recommended Percentages • The state recommends you spend 35-40% of your time working with guidance curriculum (This component is used to help students develop basic life skills and lessons are taught in small groups or classrooms). • The state recommends you spend 30-40% of your time working with responsive services (The purpose of this component is to intervene on behalf of students who have immediate personal concerns or problems). (Example: individual counseling) • The state recommends you spend 5-10% of your time working with individual planning (The purpose of this component is to guide students as they plan for their future, set goals, discuss test scores, and help develop a healthy self concept). • The state recommends you spend 10-15% of your time working with system support (This component describes services that indirectly benefit students such as teacher consultation, parent education, helping with testing, and staff support activities.)
Programs and Materials • Yello Dyno • Second Step • books in counseling office • family puppets • playdough or clay • drawing materials • games • play therapy items • career awareness materials
Forms • Elementary Student Survey • Elementary Teacher Survey • Student Referral Form • Parent Referral Form • Teacher Referral Form
Problem Areas • Inadequate computers • share an office space • in the master schedule • have bus duty • morning or afternoon duty • handle discipline referrals • student council sponsor • cover classes on regular basis • parent liaison • volunteer coordinator • tutoring • in charge of TAKS testing • placement testing • 504 coordinator • ELL coordinator • morale committee member/chair • part of administrative team • in charge of impact aid • coordinate parent teacher conferences • assist with class placement • Education Foundation representative • in charge of awards ceremony • in charge of benefits for staff
Middle School Comprehensive Developmental Guidance Program
Recommended Percentages 10%-15% 35%-45% 15%-25% 30%-40%
Individual Planning Assigning Counselors: Looping method • 6th Grade A-L and M-Z • 7th Grade • 8th Grade Personal Graduation Plans Goal Setting
Guidance Curriculum Developed based on needs assessment (students, staff and parents) and Campus Improvement Plan Lessons presented 1-2 times /month • 6th grade: History and Science • 7th grade: History • 8th grade: Technology Aps/Career Investigation
Topics • Goal setting • Responsibility and Respect • Study Skills/Student Success Skills • Test taking Skills/Test Anxiety • Responsible Behavior • Career Exploration • Bullying • Stress Management
Example: Lessons/Activities • 6th Grade: Study Skills/Learning Styles-(Education Planner) • 7th Grade: Getting the Most out of Class- (Skills for Living by Rosemarie Morganett) • 8th Grade: Auction- (Activities That Teach by Tom Jackson)
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Learning Style Inventory Reflection Learning Style Inventory Reflection The results of the inventory indicate that I am primarily a (an) __________________ learner. I learn by __________________and ______________________. **************************************************************** After reading about my learning style, I will use the following tips in class and at home to help me learn better: 1).______________________________________________________________ 2).______________________________________________________________ 3).______________________________________________________________
Guidance Feedback for Teachers • During classroom guidance, all 6th grade students participated in a computer inventory exercise to discover their learning styles and how to use the knowledge to help in their endeavor to become better students. The students received a print out describing their learning style and strategies they could implement to aid in class and when they are studying at home. • Here are some things that Tactile Learners can do to learn better: • Use flash cards and arrange them in groups to show relationships between ideas. • Trace words with their fingers to learn spelling (Finger Spelling). • Take frequent breaks during reading or studying periods (frequent, but not long). • Use a computer to reinforce learning through the sense of touch. • Use lots of hand-on activities like art projects, taking walks, or acting out stories. • Here are some things that Auditory Learners can do to learn better: • Be sure they sit where they can hear. • Use flash cards to learn new word, but read them aloud. • Read stories, assignment, or directions out loud. • Tape yourself practicing spelling words and then listen to the tape. • Study new material by reading it out loud. • Here are some things that Visual Learners can do to learn better: • Sit near the front of the classroom. • Use flashcards to learn new words. • Try to visualize things that you hear or things that are read to you. • Write down key words, ideas, or instructions. • Draw pictures to explain new concepts, and then explain the pictures. • Color code things. • Avoid distractions during study times.
Responsive Services • Academic Support Group • Anger Management Support Group • Girl Power Group • Math At Risk Support Group • Divorce Support Group • Deployment Support Group • ADHD Support Group • Junior Student to Student • Social Skills Group • Etc…
Liberty Hill Middle School Counseling Department Dear Students: Several small group counseling sessions will be offered during the current school year. The groups will meet for approximately 6 weeks at a designated time and location. Sessions offered will be based on student interest and need. If you are interested in participating in one of these groups, please mark your choices below. Please rank your choices: mark 1 for your first choice, 2 for your second choice and 3 for your third choice. • _____Deployment • _____Anger Management • _____Stress Management • _____Girl Power • _____Bullying • _____Coping Skills • _____Divorce • _____Skills for Success • _____Grief and Loss • _____Self-Esteem
Academic Support Group Membership: Students who were retained or earned promotion through summer school Topics: Goal Setting Study Skills Time Management Celebration for Success Field Trip to Central Texas College
What is College Readiness? • Promoting a college-going culture that promotes access and participation by all students (includes dual credit or continuing education) • The College and Career Readiness program is developing and implementing educational standards that reflect what high school graduates must know in order to be successful in higher education and beyond
Facts: • Learners with a college degree earn 49% of all income in the US • The public high school graduation rate in Texas has increased by 6.8% over the last 10 years while the national rate has only grown by 2.8% *TEA statistics
Texas College Readiness Standards • The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that 90 percent of 21st-century skilled workforce jobs will require some form of post-secondary education. If America is to remain competitive in tomorrow's global workforce, our students must first be able to successfully complete the first year of college without the need for remedial or developmental education. That is why it is up to us as concerned educators, parents and citizens to ensure every child within our respective states graduates from high school college-ready, equally prepared to meet the challenges of a college curriculum or the demands of an increasingly knowledge-based workforce.
Why do we need College Readiness? • We want to make all students aware that college is possible • We want to know that students are on the path to be prepared for college level coursework • We want all students to identify career areas that align with their interests (Continuing Ed, licensed programs, certification programs)
Large numbers of students take remedial courses or fail to make it beyond the first year of college (Over 40% of all new Texas students in 2005 required developmental education.) (Accuplacer – diagnostic testing) The proportion of first-generation college attendees will continue to increase
The purpose of the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) program is to identify and define the competencies and skills graduating high school students must posses in order to be successful in higher education and beyond.
How are we addressing College Readiness at each level? • Elementary School • Middle School • High School
Elementary School • CATE student presentations • Static vehicle display • Dress up days • Ask administration to speak • Community businesses • Media resources • Thematic Unit • Career Video
Middle School-College Readiness Examples of School-Wide Initiatives: • College Day-(wear t-shirts) teachers discuss college experiences • Door Decorating Contest-College of Choice • Guest Speakers from Colleges for Classroom Guidance-CTC, UMHB, former students,etc • Workshop for Parents
College Readiness • Education Planner • Bridges • Texas Scholars • Achieve Texas • Gear Up • The Great College Mystery starring the E-kids • Guest Speakers from CTC • Field Trips to CTC, Baylor, Texas A &M
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High School • AP Program • Dual Enrollment with Central Texas College and Temple College • Concurrent Enrollment with Central Texas College • Bioscience Program with Temple College • Fast Track to CTC for KISD seniors • College/Military personnel visit the campus
High School CONTINUED… FAFSA Night (with CTC) Senior/Parent Night Pathways to the Future Presentation (to all grade levels) PSAT given during the week to all 10th and 11th graders at no cost to them KISD College Night Financial Aid Night
High School CONTINUED… Accuplacer Testing on campus at no charge ASVAB testing to interested students Scholarship and current events newsletter provided to all seniors (and available online) Allow college visits Achieve Texas Access to Communities in Schools and Texas Workforce Commission
College Readiness • TEA – College Preparation Program • Provides opportunities for Texas public schools and districts to participate in certain college readiness assessments • Provides for state-funded college preparation assessments for students in grades 8, 10, and 11 • Districts decide which assessments to use – either ACT or SAT
Measuring Readiness • The following will measure students’ readiness for advanced high school coursework: • Algebra I EOC • English II EOC
Measuring Readiness • The following will measure students’ college readiness: • Algebra II EOC • English III EOC
College Ready Initiatives • In 2006, the 79th Texas Legislature (3rd Called Session) enacted legislation that placed Texas at the forefront of the nation in advancing college and career readiness. Through House Bill 1, Texas put in place the mechanism for developing one comprehensive system that enables students to progress from one level of education to another, prekindergarten through college.
The initial step and foundation for creating a P-16 system is the development of college readiness standards. These standards are not the end of one system and the beginning of another, but rather an indicator of student readiness to progress to the next level of a unified system of public education. College and career readiness standards indicate what students need to know and be able to do to be successful in either entry-level college courses or the skilled workplace.
How CTC works with KISD to ensure College Readiness • Programs starting in Elementary School and continuing through High School • Café Con Leche • 8th grade AVID/CI classes • Mentors • ESL Fast Track • How can other districts work out an agreement with CTC or their local Community College?