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Urban School Counseling  Initiative . Mesa Public Schools April 2, 2009. Confronting the brutal facts 20% is not good and it’s definitely not great Closing the achievement gap Defining excellence Challenges and supports Next steps. Confronting the brutal facts

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Urban school counseling initiative

Urban School Counseling Initiative

Mesa Public Schools

April 2, 2009


  • Confronting the brutal facts

    • 20% is not good and it’s definitely not great

  • Closing the achievement gap

  • Defining excellence

  • Challenges and supports

  • Next steps



Sat report
SAT Report

  • In 2007-2008, 29.5% of our seniors took the SAT. Also, 19.9% of our seniors took the ACT.

  • In 2007-2008, 1215 students took AP tests. During that school year, 14,859 students were enrolled in MPS secondary schools. As such, about 8% of our students took AP tests.




  • Defining excellence 1694 ELP students. Thus, about 23% of our junior high students are ELP students.

    • School counseling program advisory

    • Vision

    • Mission

    • Program goals


School counseling program advisory
School Counseling Program Advisory 1694 ELP students. Thus, about 23% of our junior high students are ELP students.

  • Meetings – Jan. 22, 2009, Feb. 19, 2009, and March 12, 2009

  • Team members – elementary school counselors, junior high school counselors, high school counselors, Diversity Specialist, Career and Technical Education (CTE) representative, Special Education representatives


Vision
Vision 1694 ELP students. Thus, about 23% of our junior high students are ELP students.

  • Upon graduation, all Mesa Public Schools (MPS) students will be ready to meet their college/career goals.


Mission
Mission 1694 ELP students. Thus, about 23% of our junior high students are ELP students.

  • Through classroom lessons, small group activities, data-based decision making, and programs and interventions, our school counselors ensure that ALL students have the academic, career, and personal/social skills they need to be successful.


Challenges
Challenges 1694 ELP students. Thus, about 23% of our junior high students are ELP students.

  • Providing professional development having to do with data-based decision making

  • Providing professional development having to do with research-based and evidence-based interventions

  • Building friendly systems of data collection

  • Turning the flywheel with teachers

  • Employing the hedgehog concept – becoming consistent and systemic

  • Creating systems of accountability for results

  • Doing more with less


Supports
Supports 1694 ELP students. Thus, about 23% of our junior high students are ELP students.

  • New leadership

  • Our College Core and other transformational initiatives

  • Changing models of professional development and support for quality instruction

  • Backing from leaders in key positions


Next steps
Next steps 1694 ELP students. Thus, about 23% of our junior high students are ELP students.

  • Work with MPS Professional Development to provide system-wide professional development having to do with data-based decision making

  • Work with MPS Research and Evaluation and/or Information Systems to build friendly systems of data collection (and/or purchase Cognos Software)

  • Revise teacher, counselor, and school evaluation systems to create systems of accountability for results

  • Continue to expand our MPS College Core as brand that can be turned into a broader initiative

  • Include principals and community members on advisory council


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