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Principal & Counselor: Partners in Success. School Counselor: Frank Phinney, M.Ed., LPC Principal: Dana Nolan, Ph.D. Walker Freshman High School. Partners in Success. ASCA National Model:

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Principal counselor partners in success

Principal & Counselor: Partners in Success

School Counselor: Frank Phinney, M.Ed., LPC

Principal: Dana Nolan, Ph.D.

Walker Freshman High School

Partners in success
Partners in Success

ASCA National Model:

Professional School Counselors(PSC) collaborate with many stakeholders to ensure a quality school counseling program.

Administrators provide support for the organization, development and implementation… encourage counselor and teacher cooperation… recognizes importance of [each participant’s] role in implementing the school counseling program.

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Partners in Success

  • Emphasis on student achievement challenges the notion that principal's are the sole leader in a school (Janson, 2008).

  • Janson (2008) also noted additional research that indicated that a leadership model that empowers and utilizes the skills and knowledge of all professionals on a school campus serves as a catalyst to improve student achievement (Halverson, 2003; Leithwood, Seashore Louis, Anderson, Wahlstrom, 2005)

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Partners in Success

  • Chata & Loesch (2007) indicated that research reveals the effectiveness of a school counseling program is largely determined by the principal's provision of support.

  • This serves as the basis for ASCA recommendation of principals and PSCs working as a team toward the common goal of assisting students’ in all areas where they may need assistance (Chata & Loesch, 2007).

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Partners in Success: Potential Barriers

  • Mallory & Jackson (2007) indicate some potential barriers as follows:

    • Training: before ASCA…

    • Inappropriate duties: lack of understanding of professional competencies of PSCs

    • Perception: Communication is necessary

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Partners in Success: Breaking Barriers

  • Self-Advocacy

  • Adherence to Professional Standards

  • Contribute to School Environment

    PSCs must learn how to discuss student development and provide data to support their assertions (Hardesty & Dillard, 1994).

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Partners in Success: Top Ten

At Walker Freshman High School we have gone to great lengths to ensure the PSC is directly involved in a leadership role and a collaborative partnership with the administrative team.

School Counselor Magazine (Nov/Dec 2006), Covington & Grant provided a Top Ten List of why PSCs should be involved in leadership activities.

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Partners in Success: WFHS Top Ten

  • Visibility

    • “Presence” is Fundamental

    • Teachers, students and parents have to see you as leader

  • Availability

    • Counselor as advisor rather than chairperson

    • Engage in efforts directly related to student achievement

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Partners in Success: WFHS Top Ten

  • Extension of Leadership Team

    • Shared Philosophy and Passion = Buy-In for Entire school!

    • PSCs when in partnership with Administration can have dramatic impact

  • Knows the Trends

    • Front Lines – knows student perceptions

    • Communicates to administration student concerns

    • Assists new teachers with effective strategies

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Partners in Success: WFHS Top Ten

  • Big Picture Perspective

    • Solution-Focused approach to problem solving

    • “Changing Climate” partnership ensures we assist our students & their families access resources

  • Decision-Making Skills

    • Assimilate information, process information and make decisions on the data

    • Data-Driven decision-making – influence school policy, learning strategies, etc.

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Partners in Success: WFHS Top Ten

  • People Skills

    • Inherent in who we are as counselors: communicators and listeners

    • Principals are bombarded with information and request to see them… serve as first line of defense!

  • Coordination and Follow-Up Skills

    • Do this every day for our students…

    • Apply these skills globally: school improvement plans and presenting data to stakeholders

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Partners in Success: WFHS Top Ten

  • Leadership Skills

    • PSCs by position are seen as leaders within the school and community

    • Utilize this to develop and nurture other leaders

  • Principals Need Our Help

    • Roles and Expectations are ever-changing

    • Principals need leaders willing to step to the task… Gone are the days of the “Counselor in a Closet!”

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Partners in Success

Contact Information

Frank Phinney, M.Ed., LPC [email protected]

Dana Nolan, Ph.D. [email protected]

Walker Freshman High School

13443 Burgess Avenue

Walker, Louisiana 70785