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Denver public schools

Denver Public Schools

Blueprint for District-Wide School Counseling Support


What is the it that these people have

What is the ‘IT’ that these people have?

They Have ‘IT’: They Own the Turf!


Ancient history until 2007

Ancient History (until 2007)

  • How did DPS get to this point?

  • Advisory Committee vs. Leadership Team

    • Difference in Philosophy

    • Amount of Empowerment


Recent history 2007 2011

Recent History (2007-2011)

  • How do we define ourselves and our work?

    • Professional School Counselors are…

  • How do we want to be known as in three years? What is our ideal state? (start of the SCLT)

    • How will we get there?

    • Three-year Strategic Plan was developed with yearly milestones


Structures to support sclt implementation

Structures to Support SCLT Implementation

  • Retreat

  • Monthly Meetings

    • PDU

    • Homework

  • Email Asks

  • Open Team

  • Targeted recruitment (ie – begging) to ensure representation


Current work 2011 present

Current Work (2011- present)

  • Revisiting Mission, Beliefs and Philosophy

  • Developing Vision

  • Data Elements

    • Plan to impact Data Elements through PD


Denver public schools

Leadership Development Collaboration

Shared Vision & Mission Team Decision-Making

SCHOOL COUNSELING LEADERSHIP TEAM


Denver public schools

State Vision & Mission

School District Vision & Mission

Mission: The mission of the Colorado State Board of Education is to provide all of Colorado’s children equal access to quality, thorough, uniform, well-rounded educational opportunities in a safe and civil learning environment.

Vision: All children in Colorado will become educated and productive citizens.

The mission of the Denver Public Schools is to provide all students the opportunity to achieve the knowledge and skills necessary to become contributing citizens in our diverse society.

Post Secondary Readiness: Our mission is to ensure that all Denver Public Schools students graduate and successfully pursue postsecondary opportunities that prepare them to be productive world citizens.

District-wide Transformed School Counseling Vision and Mission

Vision:

All Denver Public School students become lifelong learners and productive world citizens.

Our mission as professional school counselors is to provide a comprehensive, developmental counseling program to ensure that all students graduate from DPS college and career readyand successfully pursue postsecondary opportunities that prepare them to be productive world citizens.

Mission:

Urban School Counseling InitiativeCreating Alignment Between the State, District and School Counseling


School counseling leadership team

School Counseling Leadership Team

  • What DATA ELEMENTS do we, as DPS School Counselors, OWN?

    • Asked several subgroups of School Counselors

    • Variety of answers


School counseling leadership team1

School Counseling Leadership Team


School counseling data elements

School Counseling Data Elements


School counseling data elements1

School Counseling Data Elements


Data elements

Data Elements?

  • Brainstorm session!


What do school counselors need to know and be able to do to move these data elements

What do School Counselors need to KNOW and BE ABLE TO DO to move these Data Elements?

  • Brainstorm session!


School counseling leadership team2

School Counseling Leadership Team


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Q: How do we PRIORITIZE this huge list of elements?A: HOW WELL do School Counselors currently know or are able to do the priority elements?

  • Department Reviews

  • Individual Counselor Surveys


Denver public schools counseling department reviews 2010 2011

Denver Public Schools Counseling Department Reviews 2010-2011


Zoomerang survey areas to target

Zoomerang Survey - Areas to Target

Percent of Counselors who indicated they are “Meeting” & “Exceeding”


Tier 1 counseling pd blueprint

Tier 1 - Counseling PD Blueprint

  • Using data from:

    • Counseling Department Reviews

    • Individual Counseling Knowledge and Skills Survey

  • Results in Universal Counselor PD on:

    • Access to Data & How to Use Data to Intentionally Target Change

    • District & Community Trends and Expectations

    • College-Going Culture PK – 12: Strategies towards Improvement

    • Analyzing Data to Show Results & Presenting Information


Universal professional development how

Universal Professional Development (how)

  • Access & Use of Data

  • District/Community Trends & Expectations

  • College/Career Readiness ECE-12

  • Analyzing & Sharing Data

Optional Three Day Summer Academy:


1 st pd data knowledge areas of need

1st PD – Data KnowledgeAreas of Need


2 nd pd district trends areas of need

2nd PD – District / TrendsAreas of Need


3 rd pd college career readiness

3rd PD - College & Career Readiness


4 th pd communication presentations areas of need

4th PD - Communication/PresentationsAreas of Need


Http dps counseling wikispaces dpsk12 org data elements we own

http://dps-counseling.wikispaces.dpsk12.org/Data+Elements+We+Own


Tier 2 counseling pd blueprint

Tier 2 - Counseling PD Blueprint

  • Using data from:

    • Counseling Department Reviews

    • Individual Counseling Knowledge and Skills Survey

  • Results in Targeted PD on:

    • New Counselor Network

    • New Counselor Mentoring

    • PEP Trainings

    • Transitions

    • RAMP

    • School Counseling Leadership


Targeted professional development

Targeted Professional Development

  • New Counselor Network

  • New Counselor Mentoring

  • PEP Trainings

  • Transitions

  • RAMP

  • School Counseling Leadership


Tier 3 counseling pd blueprint

Tier 3 - Counseling PD Blueprint

  • Using data from:

    • Counseling Department Reviews

    • Individual Counseling Knowledge and Skills Survey

    • Other Data Sources (Time Task Analyses)

    • Anecdotal Data

  • Results in REALLY Targeted PD through:

    • Individual School Site Visits and Problem Solving/Support


Department and counselor performance

Department and Counselor Performance

  • Sharing of Best Practices & Resources

    • Wiki

  • PD

    • Highlighting Best Practices with each other

  • Next Survey

    • Looking for improvement

  • Next Department Review

    • Looking for improvement


Counselor resource page wiki

Counselor Resource Page (Wiki)

  • Denver Public Schools District Counseling Plan

  • Data Element Power Point Examples

  • ASCA Elements

  • DPS Counseling Website:

    http://curriculum.dpsk12.org/psp/PostSecondary/counselors/


As we move forward

As we move forward…

Plans

  • Survey this spring (instead of summer)

  • Using June SCLT Retreat to plan out PD for 2012-13

Naturally Occurring

  • Shared Leadership, not just Cori

  • More ownership to the work

  • More feelings of empowerment

  • More connections to drive the work forward,

  • Increased relationships

  • More cohesion within district


Continued work challenges

Continued Work & Challenges

  • Distributive & Shared Leadership

    • Recruitment to SCLT!

  • Advisory Board

  • Increased Visibility

    • School Board Presentations

  • On-going work with cohesion issues

    • Within schools

    • District-wide

    • Resistance!

  • Time (as always)

  • Balance & stability amidst waves of change


How to do this yourselves

How to DO THIS Yourselves

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.

Margaret Mead


Team approach

Team Approach

  • Big Picture/Vision

  • Dedicated times

  • Ask for support – HOW are you asking to be supported? What does support look like?

  • Empowering ourselves: OWN THE TURF


Tools for the team

Tools for the Team

Action Plan

  • How to Start a Team

    • Identify like-thinking people

    • Commitment to Move Forward: (Bus?)

    • Meeting days/times/locations

  • How to get Support

    • WHAT do you need to be successful?

    • WHO do you ask for this support?

    • What will be the BENEFITS for supporting this work?

      • How will students be different because of this work?

  • Defining Counseling

  • Vision Work

    • How do we want to be known in three years?

    • Vision/Mission Alignment Template

  • Data Elements Brainstorm List

    • How to develop survey based on list

    • NON-anonymous (to use to deliver the PD)


Money barriers

Money Barriers?

  • Summer Academy Strategy


Get on the bus

Get on the Bus!


Thank you

Thank You!

Denver Public Schools

School Counseling Leadership Team

  • Cori Canty, Director of Counseling, Cori_Canty@ dpsk12.org

  • Heather Dix, Professional School Counselor, [email protected]

  • Julia Henrichs, Counseling Internship Supervisor, [email protected]

  • Shanna Henry, Counseling Grants Manager, [email protected]

  • Joe Naughton, Professional School Counselor, [email protected]

  • Cathy Rowley, Professional School Counselor, [email protected]

  • Kathey Thompson, Professional School Counselor, [email protected]


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