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Guidance curriculum for counselors

Guidance Curriculum for Counselors

Danise Ackelson

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Program Supervisor for Guidance & Counseling

June 2013

Introductions who are you where are you from why are you here

IntroductionsWho are you?Where are you from?Why are you here?

Wa state board of education career college readiness

WA State Board of EducationCareer & College Readiness


Asca national model 3 rd edition


ASCA National Model – 3RD Edition


Direct and indirect services

Direct and Indirect Services


Ospi guidance curriculum and advisory

OSPI Guidance Curriculum and Advisory





No Skills




No Heart

Guidance curriculum for counselors

Intensive Intervention

TIER 3: 5% of Students




Responsive Services

TIER 2: 15% of Students

TIER 2: 15% of Students

Navigation 101


Core Instruction


Safe & Civil Schools

TIER 1: 80% of Students

TIER 1: 80% of Students

Guidance curriculum for counselors

What is the Curriculum?



All guidance lessons on ospi web page

All Guidance Lessons on OSPI Web Page


  • Career Guidance WA

  • Sparking the Future

  • My Dreams, My Story, My Voice

Curriculum has flexibility

Curriculum has Flexibility

  • Consolidation of lessons and variety to choose

  • Connection between lessons and HSBP

  • Lessons are meaningful for students if delivered with enthusiasm and authenticity

  • Teachers/counselors can build relationships with students through lessons

  • Grade specific vs. cross-graded lessons

Where are lessons delivered

Where are Lessons Delivered?

  • Delivered in Advisory/Homeroom, Career Centers, and/or Core Classes

  • Career Specialist and/or Counselor in classroom

  • Train teachers to teach lessons

    • Daily, weekly, monthly

    • All Lessons can be found onOSPI Website

    • Aligned with Common Core and ASCA model

Guidance curriculum for counselors

How do the Lessons fit in a school?



Common core state standards ccss

Common Core State Standards (CCSS)

ASCA National Standards for Students

A:A3.2 Demonstrate the ability to work independently, as well as the ability to work cooperatively with other students

A:A2.2 Demonstrate how effort and persistence

positively affect learning

A:B1.2 Learn and apply critical-thinking skills

Guidance curriculum for counselors

Aligned with Common Core Student Standards

  • Aligning with the school leadership team to ensure school practices and processes:

    • celebrate student achievement

    • signal a culture of college and career readiness for all students

    • support dual credit opportunities

    • identify and remove access barriers to rigorous coursework

    • provide strong academic supports

    • support a culturally relevant career and college readiness guidance curriculum for all students


Guidance curriculum for counselors

Elements of Career and College Readiness



Key Cognitive Strategies

Structure of Knowledge

Challenge Level




Problem Formulation




Precision & Accuracy

Key Content Knowledge

Key Learning Skills and Techniques

Key Transition Knowledge and Skills



Postsecondary Awareness

Postsecondary Costs


Career Awareness

Role and Identity


Ownership of Learning

Learning Techniques


CCSS Assoc. Collab. Meeting, 3/21/13

Source: Dr. David Conley, Educational Policy Improvement Center

Operational p lan includes

Operational Plan Includes

  • Curriculum-delivered Advisories/Homeroom

  • Individual Planning Student Planning Portfolios

  • Student-led Conferences

  • Forecasting & Student-informed Scheduling

  • Evaluation – Evidence-based Data Collection

  • Program Management and Leadership

  • Comprehensive Guidance & Counseling Program Connection and Integration

Guidance curriculum for counselors

HSBP Portfolios–What’s in it?

Goal Setting

4-Year Plan for Success (starting in MS)

Career Interest Inventory results

Examples of Best Work

Records / Assessments / Checklist

Activity list/Resume

Reflections/ Plan for Next Year

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Student-led Conferences at-a-Glance

  • In SLCs, students will organize their presentation around three statements that answer the question, “What will I do with my life?”:

  • Who I Am (a record of who the student is, and what they know NOW)

    • Self-Aware

    • Knowledgeable

  • What I Have Accomplished (this is a record of the student’s PAST)

    • Qualified (Work Samples)

  • What I Plan To Do With My Life (a record of the student’s planned FUTURE)

    • Plan Ready (6th to 7th to 8th to High School)

    • Financially Ready

  • Why student led conferences

    Why Student-led Conferences?

    • Helps students take responsibility for learning, show leadership, and develop their future plans

    • Increases advisor involvement

    • Opportunity for students to positively showcase and take responsibility for goals and academics

    • Students are empowered by SLC format, especially senior year

    • Creates a forum for school, students and parent communication

    • Many schools have 90 percent parent attendance

    • Increase in parent involvement

    More about student led conferences

    More About Student-led Conferences

    • Once or twice a year with advisor

    • Students can use pre-made PowerPoint, students use printout for notes

    • Makeups are done with advisor, counselor, or principal

    • Schools strive to get 100% students completed

    • Common to see 90% students with at least one parent at conference

    Best practices for student led conferences

    Best Practices for Student-led Conferences

    • Incentives for parent attendance include raffle, college career readiness information table, surveys

    • Schools report SLC’s are “powerful” for students, staff, and parents

    • Parents connect with school for college and career information

    • Through professional-quality presentations on High School & Beyond Plan and exemplary senior or culminating projects, it shows students care about their futures

    • Having more than one student-led conference (SLC)a year so that traditional conference can address specific academic concerns

    Forecasting and student informed scheduling

    Forecasting and Student-informed Scheduling

    Connect SLC with registration

    Gatekeeper courses and rigor linked key to later success

    Students select courses to help with transition to high school and beyond

    School bases schedule on student informed choices

    Students may need help to succeed

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    • Advisories

      • Develop meaningful relationships;

      • Alignment with academic programs

      • Consistent schedule

    • Curriculum

      • Develop scope and sequence using year-long curriculum map

      • Flexibility

      • Variety in delivery

    • Portfolio

      • Students take ownership of goals and HSBP

    • Student-led Conference

      • Powerful way for students to showcase

      • Parent connection

      • Can be CP/Senior Project

    • Student-informed Scheduling

      • Access to challenging classes for students

    • Evaluation

      • Use evidence-based data to inform and make changes

    • Program Management

      • Supports improvement plan and distributive leadership

      • Consists of principal, counselor, and teachers

    • Connection to CGCP

      • Foundation

      • Counselors as leaders

      • Counselors can make “change” in school

      • Vertical teaming between MS and HS for seamless transition

    What is role of school counselor to lead teaching guidance curriculum

    What is Role of School Counselor to lead teaching Guidance Curriculum?

    • Primary Leader?

    • Guidance Curriculum in Core Classes?

    • Extra Activities?

      • Publications / Communications

      • Evening Presentations

    • Transition Activities?

    • Other?

    • Other factors

      • Size of School

      • Number of Counselors

      • ASCA Model – Four Domains

    Evaluation says

    Evaluation says…

    • Curriculum-delivered Advisories: Increase in alignment with other academic programs such as AVID, professional development opportunities, and increase in career and college conversations.

    • Portfolios: Increase of e-portfolios and digital storytelling along with effortless connection to High School and Beyond Plan/Culminating Project.

    • Student-led Conferences: Increased parent involvement and goals of 100 percent participation.

    • Student-informed Scheduling: Increase in middle school algebra and increase in gateway class enrollment such as high school chemistry and physics.

    • Evaluation: Positive school climate as a result of program and positive perception data from parents, students, and teachers about student-led conferences.

    • Program Management: Program supports school improvement efforts, distributive leadership, and strengthened community partnerships.

    • Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling Program: The longer the engagement, the greater the increase in college-direct rates and increased connection with career centers.

    Managing change can be complex


    Guidance curriculum for counselors

    Curriculum Mapping and Planning



    How to do curriculum mapping

    How to do Curriculum Mapping

    Faculty surveyed; Part of School Improvement Plan

    Time set aside to plan

    Counseling Team develop next year’s plan

    Use time wisely by using a combination of OSPI and other lessons; limit re-writes

    Spiral lessons year to year to keep fresh for students

    Set aside time for online lessons and electronic portfolio development for HSBP and Senior CP

    Decide who will teach which lessons – advisors, counselors in core classes or career center, and/or core classroom teachers

    Organize lessons by topic

    Organize Lessons by Topic

    Topic Examples:

    Goal Setting

    Career Development

    High School &Beyond Plan

    Senior/Culminating Project

    Student-led conference prep

    Postsecondary planning

    Financial Literacy

    Planning for next year

    Plan for the school year

    Plan for the School Year

    Guidance curriculum for counselors

    Career Guidance WA




    Guidance curriculum for counselors

    WA State Resources23 lessons 6th-12th8 PowerPoints

    Curriculum map

    Curriculum Map

    Cte connection

    CTE Connection

    Curriculum goals

    Curriculum Goals

    • Help students chart pathways to college

    • Highlight Washington requirements

    • Highlight Washington resources and opportunities

    Lesson format

    Lesson Format

    • Lesson plans are 3 pages

    • Each includes:

      • Lesson goals

      • Alignment with standards

      • Materials needed

      • Core, enrichment, exploration activities

      • List of Washington resources

      • Student worksheet, family handout

    • Many are packaged withPower Point presentations

    Family handout format

    Family Handout Format

    • Introduce families tocollege and careerissues

    • Recap lessons to startfamily discussions

    • Provide links to Washington resources

    Presentation format

    Presentation Format

    • Many lessons include Power Point presentations

    • Presentations share resources and info

    • Engage students

    • Deepen understanding

    Grades 6 7 intro to stem

    Grades 6-7: Intro to STEM

    • Introduces 4 components of STEM

    • Explains importanceof STEM

    • Shows how studentscan do STEM

    • Easy to customize with your district’sprograms

    Grades 6 7 explore apprenticeship

    Grades 6-7: Explore Apprenticeship

    • Introduces conceptof apprenticeship

    • Explores LNI Web site

    • Shows many careersstudents can pursue

    • Easy to customize withyour district’s programs

    Grades 6 7 hs beyond plan

    Grades 6-7: HS & Beyond Plan

    • Introduces students toHS graduation requirements

    • Students think ahead to setgoals for high school

    • Start planning now forcourse goals in high school

    Grades 6 8

    Grades 6-8

    • 3 lessons span all 3middle school grades

    • Help students think ahead to high school

    • Lessons on:

      • Career Interest Survey

      • College Bound Scholarship

      • GET Savings

    Grade 8

    Grade 8

    • 4 lessons specificallyfor Grade 8 students

    • Each focuses on highschool transition

    • Lessons on:

      • HS graduation requirements

      • HS course selection

      • HS & Beyond Plan

      • Postsecondary admission

    Grades 8 hs graduation requirements

    Grades 8: HS Graduation Requirements

    • Introduces students toHS graduation requirements

    • Students can plan ahead

    • Explains difference between graduation requirements and collegeadmission requirements

    Grade 8 making the most of hs

    Grade 8: Making the Most of HS

    • Provides a guide to high school course planning

    • Ties courses tostudents’ goals

    • Introduces resources forstudents: dual credit, honors, CTE, etc.

    Grade 8 hs beyond plan

    Grade 8: HS & Beyond Plan

    • Students set goals for life after high school

    • Complete a preliminaryHS & Beyond Planchecklist

    • Learn about reason for HS & Beyond Planrequirement

    Grades 9 10

    Grades 9-10

    • 6 lessons specifically for Grade 9-10 students

    • Focus is on making themost of high school

    • Lessons on:

      • Career Interests

      • HS graduation requirements, course selection, HS & Beyond Plan

      • Postsecondary Admission

      • Paying for College

    Grades 9 10 making the most of hs

    Grades 9-10: Making The Most of HS

    • 3-lesson series covers:

      • HS graduation requirements

      • HS course planning

      • HS & Beyond Plan

    • Lessons help studentsfind CTE, Skills Center, dual credit opportunities

    Grades 9 10 postsecondary admissions

    Grades 9-10: Postsecondary Admissions

    • Students review collegeadmission requirements

    • Research entry requirements of a college choice

    • Plan for remaining yearsin high school

    Grades 11 12

    Grades 11-12

    • 7 lessons specificallyfor Grade 11-12 students

    • 1 lesson on careerexploration

    • 3 lessons on makingthe most of high school

    • 3 lessons on preparing for postsecondary

    Grades 11 12 career bridge

    Grades 11-12: Career Bridge

    • Career explorationbased on WA Career Bridge

    • Students explore postsecondary programs for careers of interest

    • Students researchpostsecondary requirements

    Grades 11 12 making the most of hs

    Grades 11-12: Making The Most of HS

    • 3-lesson series covers:

      • HS graduation requirements

      • HS & PS course planning

      • HS & Beyond Plan

    • Help students ensure they are prepared for on-time graduation

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    Power Point Example





    Where will you go


    • Four-year public college:

      • University of Washington

      • Washington State University

      • Western Washington University

      • The Evergreen State College

      • Eastern Washington University

      • Central Washington University

    • Community or technical college:

      • 34 in Washington State

    • Private college or out-of-state public:

      • More than 3,000 in the US

    • Military, apprenticeship, training

    How should you prepare


    • Learn about postsecondary programs based on interests

    • Learn about requirements (courses & exams)

    • Document your activities (sports, clubs, jobs, volunteer)

    • Learn about financial aid

    • Make a timeline for junior & senior year

    Learn about programs


    • Research colleges & programs:




    • Talk with your school counselor

    • Visit colleges if you can

    • Match your interests to program offerings

    Learn about requirements


    Required for four-year public college and recommended for two-year college, students must have a MINIMUM of:

    • College Academic Distribution Requirements (these are MORE than HS graduation requirements)

    • 2.0 minimum GPA

    • Official SAT/ACT test scores sent directly to the college

    College academic distribution requirements


    The MINIMUM for a Washington State college or university

    Document your activities


    • In addition to academics, show colleges your interests and skills:

      • Join clubs

      • Participate in activities

      • Play a sport

      • Get a job

      • Volunteer at school or in your community

    • Prepare a resume or activity log

    Learn about financial aid


    • Find scholarship matches:


    • Complete the FAFSA after January 1 senior year:


    • Complete the CSS Profile if required:


    Make a timeline


    • Junior year

      • Research programs

      • Visit colleges if possible

      • Talk with your counselor

      • Take entrance exams (SAT/ACT)

    • Senior year

      • Take entrance exams (SAT/ACT)

      • Apply to programs (during fall)

      • Complete FAFSA (after Jan 1)

      • Make your decision (during spring)

      • Prepare for graduation!

    Guidance curriculum for counselors

    Sparking the Future




    Curriculum map1

    Curriculum Map

    Curriculum goals1

    Curriculum Goals

    Help students understand the importance of college

    Explore a range of college and career options

    Learn how to apply and be admitted to college: two-year, technical, or four-year

    Lesson format1

    Lesson Format

    • Lesson plans are 2 pages

    • Each lesson plan shows:

      • Learning goals

      • Alignment with standards

      • Materials needed

      • Activities

      • Student products

      • Additional resources

    • Each lesson plan has sameformat

    Grades 7 9

    Grades 7-9

    • Six lessons focus on the importance of college

    • Themes include:

      • Education after high school

      • Knowing yourself

      • Career interests

    • Help with transition to high school

    Grades 9 101

    Grades 9-10

    • Seven lessons focus on exploring options for the future

    • Topics include:

      • Why go to college?

      • Two-year and four-year colleges

      • Admission requirements vs. graduation requirements

    • Help students plan for highschool success

    Grades 11 121

    Grades 11-12

    • Nine lessons focus on career options and the college admissions process

    • Topics include:

      • What kind of job do I want?

      • Apprenticeships and high- growth jobs

      • Application timelines and tasks

      • Financial aid

    • Help students plan for lifeafter high school

    What kind of job do i want

    What Kind of Job Do I Want?

    • Lessons 1-3 for grades 11-12 focus on career exploration

    • Students explore:

      • The need for postsecondarytraining

      • High-growth career areas

      • Apprenticeship programs

    • Lessons help students getspecific about next steps

    Application milestones

    Application Milestones

    • Lessons 4-5 for grades11-12 focus on junior/senior year milestones

    • Students explore:

      • Application milestones

      • Progress to date

      • Possible areas of study and entry requirements

    • Students focus on the specific tasks to complete

    Application process

    Application Process

    • Lessons 6-8 for grades11-12 focus on the collegeapplication process

    • Students explore:

      • College research andinquiries

      • Admissions essays

      • Completing a college application

    • Students get support tocomplete their applications

    Financial aid

    Financial Aid

    • Lesson 9 for grades 11-12focuses on financial aid

    • Students explore:

      • Financial aid options

      • The FAFSA & PROFILEforms

      • scholarship match

    • Cost can be a barrier–thislesson helps students findand apply for financial aid

    Guidance curriculum for counselors

    My Dreams, My Story, My Voice



    More supplemental guidance curriculum

    More Supplemental Guidance Curriculum

    • Aspirations

    • Planning and Follow Through

    • Academic and School Behaviors

    • Contextual skills and Awareness


    Curriculum map2

    Curriculum Map

    Lesson example explore with a partner

    Lesson Example: Explore with a partner

    • Why did you want to go to college?

    • Where did you find help?

    • Who was instrumental in supporting or encouraging you?

    • Why do today’s students want to go to college?

    • Where do first generation students find the help they need?

    • Who is instrumental in supporting or encouraging them?

    Project rationale research

    Project Rationale/Research

    • Providing first-generation students with strong self-advocacy skills lessens their stress andincreases their ability to access critical college- going information.

    • Students that understand the building blocks of self-advocacy

      • Experience greater academic satisfaction, higher grades, and

      • Have an increased level of ability to succeed in college and life.

      • (Astramovich, R. & Harris, K.. 2007, Downing, S., 2008), Engle, J. & Tinto, V. 2008).

    Embedded concepts

    Embedded Concepts

    Habits of the Mind:

    • Provide a framework and common language for students, teachers, school leadership, parents and the wider school community to share when discussing and planning for the development of student thinking.

    Common Core Standards:

    • Provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn.

    • Are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers.

    Key messages

    Key Messages

    • You have “what it takes” to be successful in higher education.

    • You can add new learning and strategies to compete with other students at a high level.

    • Individuals just like you who are first generation,low-income or under-represented minorities,have been very successfulin college and beyond.

    Big themes focus on the learning targets

    Big Themes Focus On The Learning Targets

    Attitudes and Beliefs


    Planning and Follow Through

    Academic and School Behaviors

    • Asset Recognition and Asset Building

    • Aspirations and the First Generation Student

    • Contextual Skills and Awareness

    Lesson format2


    • Lesson plans aretwo pages

    • Each lesson planshows

      • Learning Targets

      • Measures of Success

      • Materials needed

      • Facilitator notes

      • Core Activity

        • Introduction

        • Activities

        • Closing

      • Enrichment Activities

    Guidance curriculum for counselors

    Vertical / Transition from

    middle school

    to high school



    How does guidance curriculum prepare students for their next steps

    How does guidance curriculum prepare students for their next steps?


    Transition work

    Development of four-year plan – High School and Beyond Plan

    Postsecondary plan


    • Foundational Work

    • Develop sense of self and community

    • Readiness for high school

    How does middle school differ from high school

    How does middle school differ from high school?



    Academic Expectations?


    Guidance curriculum for counselors

    Why are transition activities important?

    - Produces student retention of knowledge- Causes less duplication and repetition of information- Helps student feel comfortable with less fear of change


    Guidance and counseling student visitations faculty meetings transition of portfolios

    Guidance and Counseling?

    Student visitations?

    Faculty meetings?

    Transition of portfolios?

    What are some transitional ACTIVITIES from middle school to high school?

    Guidance curriculum for counselors



    & Answer



    Transition discussion questions

    Transition Discussion Questions

    • How can you make transition “seamless” from middle school to high school?

    • What are some ways to organize counselor teams from middle school and high school to discuss transition activities? Meeting times? Early spring? Schedule?

    • How can lessons be coordinated between middle school and high school? Shared curriculum map?

    • How can portfolio – binder or digital portfolio- transfer with ease from middle school to high school?

    • What are ways to assist parents to gain a better understanding of transition and moving to the next level?

    Questions about advisories

    Questions about Advisories

    • How can advisories impact student achievement in your school?

    • How can advisories impact your school climate ?

    • How can advisories impact your school’s c & c readiness?

    Guidance curriculum for counselors

    Resources for Counselors



    Guidance curriculum for counselors


    OSPI Web Resources

    • OSPI/Secondary Education

    • Bi Monthly Newsletter

    • Daily/Weekly Listserv

    Ospi graduation toolkit

    OSPI Graduation Toolkit

    State board of education graduation 2013 16 chart http www sbe wa gov documents 2012 06

    State Board of Education Graduation 2013-16 Chart

    College admission standards

    College Admission Standards


    Where are you going career interest guide http www wtb wa gov whereareyougoing careerguide asp

    “Where are you going?” Career Interest Guide

    Career bridge career interest inventory http www careerbridge wa gov

    Career BridgeCareer Interest Inventory

    Ospi wsca partnership the washington framework

    OSPI / WSCA Partnership & the Washington Framework

    OSPI and the Washington School Counselor Association continue to actively partner in the ongoing development of a state guidance and counseling framework.





    Danise Ackelson, Program Supervisor

    Guidance & Counseling

    Cell: 360-339-3512

    Office: 360-725-4967

    Mike Hubert, Director Tim Stensager, Director

    Guidance & Counseling Data Governence

    Dan Newell, Assistant Superintendent,

    Secondary Education

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