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The Role of the School Counselor in Improving Student Achievement   Eric D. Katz MSAC School Counselor, Newburgh Free Acad...
Creating a Culturally Sensitive Environment with a Diverse Population                                                     ...
What Defines our diverse populations? <ul><li>Ethnicity/Culture </li></ul><ul><li>Language </li></ul><ul><li>Sexual orient...
Clichés About Student Achievement or Horror Stories from the Faculty Room                  
Assessing the current climate in your school/district                      
Examples:
Perceived Educational Access Assesses the degree to which the school provides access for students of both sexes and all et...
Perceived Educational Access <ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Who is taking these courses? (What the data can tell us) </li></ul></...
How do we Advocate for ALL Students?                                                              
A working Definition for Advocacy: Advocacy is pursuit of influencing outcomes - including public policy and resource allo...
Advocacy has purposeful results: <ul><li>to enable social justice advocates to gain access and voice in the decision makin...
What do ALL Students Deserve?                     
To have parents, advocates, and concerned educators involved in  All  Decisions Affecting Their Education
Children benefit when parents help to set policy about school staffing, resource allocation, and curriculum. Along with ge...
Safe and Supportive Adults <ul><li>Not all students can find these people at home </li></ul><ul><li>Most students do NOT k...
College Application Rates Suburban HS in NY (data 2003-04)
Trail Markers And Trail Blazers
Finding One’s Way
The More Who Have Walked the Path in the Past, the easier it is for those who Follow <ul><li>Immediate or extended family ...
The Trail Blazers <ul><li>1 st  Generation College Students </li></ul><ul><li>Underrepresented populations </li></ul><ul><...
The Trail Markers <ul><li>Mentors from the Community </li></ul><ul><li>Current College Students </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers...
Different Ways Students Move Along the Path to College <ul><li>Directed by others  </li></ul><ul><li>Research, Research, R...
Directed by others  <ul><li>Friends </li></ul><ul><li>Family </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher </li></ul><ul><li>Counselor </li></...
Research, Research, Research <ul><li>College Visits </li></ul><ul><li>Consult with family, teachers and School Counselor <...
Path of least resistance <ul><li>Easy Application </li></ul><ul><li>No SAT or ACT </li></ul><ul><li>No Deadlines </li></ul...
The safe and familiar <ul><li>Live at Home </li></ul><ul><li>Not ready to leave friends </li></ul><ul><li>Frightened by th...
What if NOTHING felt safe or familiar?
Remembering Our Path…  <ul><li>can reacquaint us with some of the issues facing our students </li></ul><ul><li>can reconne...
As our colleagues focus on school improvement, the question we might be asked is: “ How do school counselors impact studen...
Every School Counselor Committed to Helping Every Student Achieve and Succeed
is driving the education agenda…………..   Accountability
It’s part of the ASCA National Model
Counting tasks?  Reporting numbers? Accounting for time?  Needs assessments? Activity Log? What do you think? Is School Co...
Why Do We Too Need to Be Accountable? <ul><li>School Counselors can: </li></ul><ul><li>show that we intentionally and purp...
MEASURE  A Six-step Accountability Framework M ission,  E lements,  A nalyze,  S takeholders- U nite,  R esults, and  E du...
MEASURE is ……… an accountability process for school counselors to identify and positively impact the critical data element...
M ission  - Connect to the Mission Of School       When school counselors focus their efforts on the mission of school imp...
E lements  - Identify Critical Data Elements Your school's success is measured by results, which are those critical data e...
Is the Situation in Your School to Improve: Access to AP Attendance Graduation Rate Promotion Rate Post Secondary Going Ra...
A nalyze: Critical Data Elements   Which critical data elements need to be carefully discussed and disaggregated?
AN EXAMPLE: Data Element   Seniors and Post Secondary Enrollment  Disaggregated by Ethnicity
Ethnic Breakdown of Senior Class
Seniors and Post Secondary Enrollment by Ethnicity
What Does the Data Tell Us?
What Needs to Change to Move the Data? <ul><li>Attitudes  </li></ul><ul><li>(Which ones and whose?) </li></ul><ul><li>Beha...
S takeholders- U nite To Take Action  How do we work together to move this data and improve student achievement?
Everyone Contributes - Let’s Fill in The Blanks Community Members Business Partners Higher Education Members Parents Stude...
R esults , Reflect, and Revise Rethinking…….refining…….. refocusing….reflecting Are More 1 st  Generation Students Applyin...
E ducate Others As To The Results School counselors can show  the positive impact the school counseling program has on stu...
What do ALL Students Deserve?                     
Developmentally appropriate and culturally supportive curriculum and teaching strategies offered in languages they can und...
Full access to a common body of knowledge along with the opportunity to learn higher-order skills,  i.e. AP Courses.  
Support services that address individual needs .
Within a standards based, developmental school counseling program, school counselors help teachers to design classroom act...
Schools that are safe, attractive, and free from prejudice
A school should pride itself on being  an inclusive democratic community  of children and adults. The administration shoul...
  Instruction by teachers who hold high expectations for  ALL  students and who are fully prepared to meet the challenges ...
Breaking down the Barriers
Cognitive Barriers
Emotional Barriers Handout #4
Taking Action! <ul><li>Assess the current climate </li></ul><ul><li>Remember the emotional aspects (yours & theirs) </li><...
References <ul><li>High School’s Not Forever (Deerfield Beach: HCI, 2005) by Jane Bluestein and Eric D. Katz </li></ul>
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    1. 1. The Role of the School Counselor in Improving Student Achievement Eric D. Katz MSAC School Counselor, Newburgh Free Academy This presentation can be downloaded from www.highschoolsnotforever.com College Board National Forum October 29, 2005
    2. 2. Creating a Culturally Sensitive Environment with a Diverse Population                                                                                  
    3. 3. What Defines our diverse populations? <ul><li>Ethnicity/Culture </li></ul><ul><li>Language </li></ul><ul><li>Sexual orientation </li></ul><ul><li>Socioeconomic status </li></ul><ul><li>Children of divorce </li></ul><ul><li>Transience </li></ul><ul><li>Goths and Jocks </li></ul><ul><li>Physical, emotional, and learning disabilities </li></ul>
    4. 4. Clichés About Student Achievement or Horror Stories from the Faculty Room                  
    5. 5. Assessing the current climate in your school/district                      
    6. 6. Examples:
    7. 7. Perceived Educational Access Assesses the degree to which the school provides access for students of both sexes and all ethnic/racial groups to instruction in which girls or minority group students are sometimes under-represented. For example, are girls and racial/ethnic minorities well represented in high-level math and science classes, i.e. AP Courses?
    8. 8. Perceived Educational Access <ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Who is taking these courses? (What the data can tell us) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Who is not? (also what we know from the data) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Why are certain groups of students NOT taking these courses? (what we need to know) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What are there attitudes, beliefs and/or mind sets that need changing? (whose) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    9. 9. How do we Advocate for ALL Students?                                                              
    10. 10. A working Definition for Advocacy: Advocacy is pursuit of influencing outcomes - including public policy and resource allocation decisions within political, economic, and social systems and institutions that directly affect people's lives.
    11. 11. Advocacy has purposeful results: <ul><li>to enable social justice advocates to gain access and voice in the decision making of relevant institutions </li></ul><ul><li>to change the power relationships between these institutions and the people affected by their decisions, thereby changing the institutions themselves </li></ul><ul><li>to bring a clear improvement in people's lives </li></ul>
    12. 12. What do ALL Students Deserve?                     
    13. 13. To have parents, advocates, and concerned educators involved in All Decisions Affecting Their Education
    14. 14. Children benefit when parents help to set policy about school staffing, resource allocation, and curriculum. Along with genuine parent participation come improved student attendance, academic achievement, and more positive attitudes toward schooling
    15. 15. Safe and Supportive Adults <ul><li>Not all students can find these people at home </li></ul><ul><li>Most students do NOT know the characteristics of safe and healthy adults </li></ul><ul><li>Students need to learn how to identify and connect with these safe adults. </li></ul><ul><li>See handouts from High School’s Not Forever </li></ul>Handout #2
    16. 16. College Application Rates Suburban HS in NY (data 2003-04)
    17. 17. Trail Markers And Trail Blazers
    18. 18. Finding One’s Way
    19. 19. The More Who Have Walked the Path in the Past, the easier it is for those who Follow <ul><li>Immediate or extended family </li></ul><ul><li>Ethnic group </li></ul><ul><li>Gender </li></ul><ul><li>Native language </li></ul><ul><li>Immigration status </li></ul>
    20. 20. The Trail Blazers <ul><li>1 st Generation College Students </li></ul><ul><li>Underrepresented populations </li></ul><ul><li>New Immigrants </li></ul><ul><li>Teen Parents </li></ul><ul><li>Adult and Returning Students </li></ul>
    21. 21. The Trail Markers <ul><li>Mentors from the Community </li></ul><ul><li>Current College Students </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers </li></ul><ul><li>School Counselors </li></ul><ul><li>College Bridge and Talent Search Programs </li></ul>
    22. 22. Different Ways Students Move Along the Path to College <ul><li>Directed by others </li></ul><ul><li>Research, Research, Research! </li></ul><ul><li>Path of least resistance </li></ul><ul><li>The safe and familiar </li></ul>
    23. 23. Directed by others <ul><li>Friends </li></ul><ul><li>Family </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher </li></ul><ul><li>Counselor </li></ul><ul><li>Advertising </li></ul>
    24. 24. Research, Research, Research <ul><li>College Visits </li></ul><ul><li>Consult with family, teachers and School Counselor </li></ul><ul><li>The Internet </li></ul><ul><li>College Guide Books </li></ul><ul><li>College Fairs </li></ul>
    25. 25. Path of least resistance <ul><li>Easy Application </li></ul><ul><li>No SAT or ACT </li></ul><ul><li>No Deadlines </li></ul><ul><li>No Essay </li></ul><ul><li>No minimum GPA </li></ul><ul><li>No specific high school courses required for admission </li></ul>
    26. 26. The safe and familiar <ul><li>Live at Home </li></ul><ul><li>Not ready to leave friends </li></ul><ul><li>Frightened by the unknown </li></ul><ul><li>Different rate of maturation </li></ul>
    27. 27. What if NOTHING felt safe or familiar?
    28. 28. Remembering Our Path… <ul><li>can reacquaint us with some of the issues facing our students </li></ul><ul><li>can reconnect us with the feelings involved </li></ul><ul><li>can remind us to value each student’s individuality </li></ul>Handout #3
    29. 29. As our colleagues focus on school improvement, the question we might be asked is: “ How do school counselors impact student success?
    30. 30. Every School Counselor Committed to Helping Every Student Achieve and Succeed
    31. 31. is driving the education agenda………….. Accountability
    32. 32. It’s part of the ASCA National Model
    33. 33. Counting tasks? Reporting numbers? Accounting for time? Needs assessments? Activity Log? What do you think? Is School Counselor Accountability……
    34. 34. Why Do We Too Need to Be Accountable? <ul><li>School Counselors can: </li></ul><ul><li>show that we intentionally and purposely act to “close the gap” </li></ul><ul><li>focus activities on student achievement </li></ul><ul><li>get involved in school improvement </li></ul><ul><li>use our leadership and facilitation skills to impact the system </li></ul>
    35. 35. MEASURE A Six-step Accountability Framework M ission, E lements, A nalyze, S takeholders- U nite, R esults, and E ducate Working with an Example
    36. 36. MEASURE is ……… an accountability process for school counselors to identify and positively impact the critical data elements that are the important barometers of student success.
    37. 37. M ission - Connect to the Mission Of School     When school counselors focus their efforts on the mission of school improvement they widen educational opportunities for every student and can positively impact student achievement
    38. 38. E lements - Identify Critical Data Elements Your school's success is measured by results, which are those critical data elements that are important to the internal and external stakeholders .
    39. 39. Is the Situation in Your School to Improve: Access to AP Attendance Graduation Rate Promotion Rate Post Secondary Going Rate Standardized Test Scores
    40. 40. A nalyze: Critical Data Elements Which critical data elements need to be carefully discussed and disaggregated?
    41. 41. AN EXAMPLE: Data Element Seniors and Post Secondary Enrollment Disaggregated by Ethnicity
    42. 42. Ethnic Breakdown of Senior Class
    43. 43. Seniors and Post Secondary Enrollment by Ethnicity
    44. 44. What Does the Data Tell Us?
    45. 45. What Needs to Change to Move the Data? <ul><li>Attitudes </li></ul><ul><li>(Which ones and whose?) </li></ul><ul><li>Behaviors </li></ul><ul><li>(Which ones and whose?) </li></ul><ul><li>Teaming </li></ul><ul><li>(New or revisited collaborations?) </li></ul>
    46. 46. S takeholders- U nite To Take Action How do we work together to move this data and improve student achievement?
    47. 47. Everyone Contributes - Let’s Fill in The Blanks Community Members Business Partners Higher Education Members Parents Students Teachers Administrators Conduct Early Awareness College Visits (get kids on campus!) School Counselor (s)
    48. 48. R esults , Reflect, and Revise Rethinking…….refining…….. refocusing….reflecting Are More 1 st Generation Students Applying For College this Year As opposed To Last Year?
    49. 49. E ducate Others As To The Results School counselors can show the positive impact the school counseling program has on student achievement and on the goals of your school’s improvement plan.
    50. 50. What do ALL Students Deserve?                     
    51. 51. Developmentally appropriate and culturally supportive curriculum and teaching strategies offered in languages they can understand
    52. 52. Full access to a common body of knowledge along with the opportunity to learn higher-order skills, i.e. AP Courses.  
    53. 53. Support services that address individual needs .
    54. 54. Within a standards based, developmental school counseling program, school counselors help teachers to design classroom activities that strengthen students' academic, social, personal, and career skills. When school counselors establish strong links with the community, they can connect students and families with services not available at school. Counseling staff should be culturally and linguistically knowledgeable about their school's population.
    55. 55. Schools that are safe, attractive, and free from prejudice
    56. 56. A school should pride itself on being an inclusive democratic community of children and adults. The administration should model respectful treatment of adults and children, and expect all members of the school community to be respectful of each other. Disrespectful treatment by adults or students should not be tolerated. There should be clear consequences, whether perpetrated by students or staff.
    57. 57.   Instruction by teachers who hold high expectations for ALL students and who are fully prepared to meet the challenges of diverse classrooms
    58. 58. Breaking down the Barriers
    59. 59. Cognitive Barriers
    60. 60. Emotional Barriers Handout #4
    61. 61. Taking Action! <ul><li>Assess the current climate </li></ul><ul><li>Remember the emotional aspects (yours & theirs) </li></ul><ul><li>Help kids learn to connect with safe adults </li></ul><ul><li>Prioritize your goals </li></ul><ul><li>Set obtainable benchmarks </li></ul><ul><li>Utilize data </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborate! </li></ul>           
    62. 62. References <ul><li>High School’s Not Forever (Deerfield Beach: HCI, 2005) by Jane Bluestein and Eric D. Katz </li></ul>
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