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State Board | Department | Teachers | Parents | Students | Community | Data

West Virginia Department of Education1900 Kanawha Boulevard East, Charleston, WV 25305 (Staff Phone and Email by Name) (School Directory)


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The advisor is not a substitute for the school counselor!

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Advising v. Guidance v. Counseling

  • Guidance: The help all students receive from teachers, parents, community members, and others to assist with educational and career development.

  • Counseling: The help some students receive from credentialed professional to overcome personal and social barriers to learning.

  • Advising: A process to help all students develop awareness and skills about themselves, career and personal options, and to strengthen decision-making abilities.

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How are advisors involved?

  • Facilitate delivery of LINKS lessons

  • Establish a personal relationship with students that supports and encourages them as they go through high school

  • Develop and support a partnership with parents/guardians to encourage student progress

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Before Advising classes begin, Advisors need to….

  • Complete Advisor training

  • Become familiar with Advisor responsibilities

  • Become familiar with the LINKS resources at the website

    Lesson Plans, etc.

  • Complete an evaluation

    • Students and Advisors must complete an online pre-LINKS Program survey prior to October 1st

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How to implement LINKS

  • LINKS is a facilitated learning experience. You support and encourage students’ discussion!

  • Your LINKS coordinator will provide copies of each lesson plan and handouts in time for you to prepare.

  • Lessons are also available online at

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LINKS Lesson Plan

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LINKS Web site

Planning and implementation tools are available at

Save this as a favorite site for easy access.

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Web site Toolbar Provides Easy Access

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LINKS Curriculum

Program Evaluation


LINKS Brochure

The Advisor Section contains…

  • Roles and Responsibilities

  • Advisor Responsibility Flow Chart

  • Student Section

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40 Lesson Plans (per grade level)- Policy 2520.19

Course Code 7676

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Tools to help advisors deliver and evaluate LINKS lessons, including the

  • Engaged Learning Rubric

  • Guide to Delivering LINKS Lessons

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Assessing LINKS Lessons

  • After each session, advisors complete the online Advisor Log available on the Web site found under the Evaluation Table in the Advisor section.

  • Take time to complete the Advisor Log as soon as possible after the session

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Next Steps

Start building those relationships with students—YOU make the difference!

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