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Professional School Counselor’s Role in Plan 2020, the “new” Diploma, and Career Preparedness. C eceilia M ills M eg S mith Alabama Department of Education. 2020 Support Systems. All students will attend school daily and be engaged in rigorous and relevant learning environments.
Alabama Department of Education
Students will experience the following:
The high school counseling and guidance program builds on goals from the elementary and middle school. The high school program assists students in applying and enhancing acquired knowledge and understanding as they strive to become responsible adults. Counseling and guidance activities help students develop realistic and fulfilling life plans. Competency in decision making is stressed, career planning is refined, and personal responsibility is emphasized. The high school four-year educational plan and the educational/career planning portfolio, developed in the middle school, move with the student to the high school and are reviewed and updated annually.
During the middle school grades, counselors’ concerns shift to the changing needs of the young adolescent. Middle school counselors focus on helping students to establish, identify, and balance academic, career, and personal/social goals. Efforts begun in elementary schools are continued and expanded, although an emphasis is placed on the transition into high school. In addition, middle school counselors help students integrate knowledge of their interests, aptitude, and academic skills into the formation of a high school four-year educational plan and educational/career planning portfolio for high school and beyond.
At the elementary level, counselors assist students in their efforts to learn the skills and attitudes required for school success.
Elementary school counselors emphasize decision-making skills and early exploration of career and educational goals. These counselors also place strong emphasis on helping students develop self-awareness, self-esteem, and good interpersonal relationships
This one approach to the Alabama High School Diploma removes the need for endorsements or the Alabama Occupational Diploma. The focus will be on the coursework taken that necessitates a clearly articulated and individualized four-year high school plan built for each student based on the results from the EXPLORE academic and career interest assessment and middle school coursework.
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25 Character Traits
courage patriotism citizenship fairness respect honesty
kindness cooperation self-respect
self-control courtesy compassion
tolerance diligence generosity cleanliness cheerfulness punctuality
school pride patience creativity
loyalty sportsmanship perseverance
respect for the environment
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Dr. Rachael McDaniel
For Student Success
The help some students receive from credentialed professionals to overcome
personal and social problems that interfere
The help all students receive from parents, teachers, counselors, community members
and others to assist with educational and career development.
-bullying and cyberbullying prevention strategies at school, assemblies with speakers,
-curriculum and activities to discuss empathy towards one another,
-acceptable and unacceptable behavior
-appropriate/inappropriate use of computers and
Sample form and plan:
No student shall engage in or be subjected to harassment,
intimidation, violence or threats of violence on school property,
on a school bus, or at any school-sponsored function by any
other student in his or her school system. (Section 16-28B-4)
a drop out!
Based on Dropout Prevention Law 564
(Mandatory attendance until age 17)
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Request LEA access to STI I-NOW through LEA Coordinators
Access the GTS Implementation Guide:
Taped sessions on SharePoint
Send emails to: firstname.lastname@example.org
are now accessible
on the ALSDE website
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