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101. N A V I G A T I O N. NAVIGATION IN MIDDLE SCHOOL. WHY MIDDLE SCHOOL?. WHY MIDDLE SCHOOL?. Help students transition into middle school If students don’t adjust, they are at risk for dropping out. WHY MIDDLE SCHOOL?. Help students engage in school

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N A V I G A T I O N

NAVIGATION IN MIDDLE SCHOOL



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WHY MIDDLE SCHOOL?

  • Help students transition into middle school

  • If students don’t adjust, they are at risk for dropping out


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WHY MIDDLE SCHOOL?

  • Help students engage in school

  • Navigation encourages them to join activities at school and belong


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WHY MIDDLE SCHOOL?

  • Help students use this pivotal time in personal development

  • Middle school actions have lifelong consequences


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WHY MIDDLE SCHOOL?

  • Help students prepare for transition to high school and beyond

  • Middle school is a “predisposition phase”



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BASED ON RESEARCH

  • American School Counselor Association (ASCA)

  • Breaking Ranks II, (NASSP)

  • Breaking Ranks in the Middle: Strategies for Leading Middle Level Reform (NASSP)

  • “Developing & Managing Your School Guidance and Counseling Program” (Gysbers&Henderson)


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FIVE KEY ELEMENTS

1. Personalizing:

Curriculum-Delivered Advisories

2. Planning:

Portfolios

5. Evaluating:

Data

4. Empowering:

Student-Driven Scheduling

3. Demonstrating:

Student-Led Conferences


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PERSONALIZING

Key Element 1

Curriculum-Delivered Advisory


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NAVIGATION ADVISORIES

  • Curriculum-Driven

    • Curriculum available for Grades 6-12

    • Organized by themes

  • Advisories are regular meetings with educator-advisors

  • Small advisory group is personalized for students’ needs

  • Advisories often meet biweekly or weekly in middle school


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PLANNING

Key Element 2

Portfolios


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PORTFOLIO STRUCTURE

  • Portfolios help students store work and reflect on it

  • Portfolios are organized around 3 ASCA standards:


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DEMONSTRATING

Key Element 3

Student-Led Conferences


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STUDENT-LED CONFERENCES

  • Truly student-led!

  • Focused on three ASCA-based questions

    • What have I accomplished in school this year?

    • What do I hope to do in the future?

    • Who am I?

  • Reverence – time to listen


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    EMPOWERING

    Key Element 4

    Student-Driven Scheduling



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    EVALUATING

    Key Element 5

    Data Collection



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    HOW DOES

    NAVIGATION WORK?


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    CURRICULUM-DELIVERED ADVISORIES

    • OSPI has created a complete Navigation curriculum

    • Curriculum is based on ASCA standards

      • ACADEMIC DEVELOPMENT: What have I accomplished in school this year?

      • CAREER DEVELOPMENT What do I want to do in the future?

      • PERSONAL/SOCIAL: Who am I?


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    ADVISORY THEMES

    • Setting goals

    • Building community

    • Improving academically

    • Planning for life after high school

    • Exploring careers

    • Using money

    • Preparing for student-led conferences

    • Planning for next year

    • Updating the four-year plan


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    SCOPE & SEQUENCE

    • Shows plan for each grade level

    • Themes repeat each year

    • Each lesson includes standards and activities


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    LESSON PLANS

    • One each month for each grade level (can be broken into parts for more frequent meetings)

    • Three pages each, consistent format

    • Each outlines goals, activities, additional opportunities


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    HANDOUTS

    • Prepared for each activity

    • Simply need to be copied and distributed

    • Explain student’s task and where to file in portfolio


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    PORTFOLIOS

    • Portfolios organize important information

    • They help students plan for the future

    • And reflect on accomplishments

    • Portfolios help students move from storage to stories…


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    PORTFOLIO SETUP

    • New students learn why they will keep portfolios

    • And they get help starting their portfolios


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    PORTFOLIO CHECKLISTS

    • Students receive a checklist of contents each fall

    • And have time at each advisory to add to their portfolios


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    STUDENT-LED CONFERENCES

    • STUDENT – Lead the conference

    • PARENTS – Listen and ask questions

    • ADVISOR – Listen, support as needed


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    CONFERENCE BASICS

    • 1 student, 1 advisor, 1-2 parents or significant adults

    • Approximately 20 minutes

    • At least once a year – middle schools may do 1 in fall (goal setting) and 1 in spring (reflection and planning)

    • Typically use early release days

    • Portfolios support students


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    STUDENT PREPARATION

    • Students begin preparing in advisory

    • Students are responsible for all aspects of the conference


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    ENRICHMENT

    Navigation can enrich other school programs – and other programs can enrich Navigation:

    • Anti-bullying programs

    • Tiered intervention

    • Mentoring and tutoring

    • Volunteer service

    • Transition programs



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