2013 NCSMA Annual Conference, Greensboro, NC March 18-19, 2013 Dear Mr. Jones:Letters from The School CounselorExploring the school counselor – principal relationship by challenging perceptions and exploring the ASCA Model for School Counseling
Jo Ann Norman, School Counselor, NCC, NBCT firstname.lastname@example.org Dr. Cathy Tomon, Principal email@example.com Broad Creek Middle School, Newport, NC
Who’s here? Administrators School Counselors TeachersInstructional Support
A Closer Look at the Principal –Counselor Relationship:A Survey of Principals and Counselors,May 2009A collaboration of College BoardAdvocacy, American School CounselorAssociation and National Association ofSecondary School PrincipalsWhy the need for this work?
“All three organizations recognized believe that understanding the principal –counselor relationship can lead tomore effective practices for bothprincipals and counselors, which in turn can lead to better educational outcomes for all students.”
Important Elements or Potential Barriers to a Successful Principal – Counselor Relationship Communication Respect Collaboration Shared Vision
Key Findings Both principals and counselors ranked communication and respect as the two most important elements in the principal – counselor relationship, with principals giving communication higher rank and counselors most frequently selecting respect. Principals more often mentioned quality of communication while counselors more often mentioned frequency of communication. Regarding respect, principals more often mentioned respect for their vision and goals while counselors more often mentioned respect for themselves and their expertise. Time was an often-mentioned barrier to collaboration. Counselors were more likely to indicate mutual trust between the principal and counselors as “high importance“ yet “less present”.
So, how does “perception”affect the quality of thisrelationship?And, what can we do to improvethe relationship?
What do you see? Upon firstglance, what were youexpecting to find?
What do you see?Does a change in what you are seeking change what you find?
Guidance• Is the state curriculum, represented through the Guidance Essential Standards and taught by teachers, school counselors and other school staff in a variety of ways (classroom guidance is but one method of delivery).
School Counselor Isthe person who works in your school, making sure the Guidance Essential Standards are delivered and performing duties as recommended by a national delivery model (basis of the newly adopted School Counselor Evaluation)
The ASCA National Model• A school counseling program based on ASCA’s National Model is data-driven and based on the academic, career and personal/social development standards.
American School Counselor’s Association (ASCA)Effective School CounselingPrograms are Built on aFramework of Four KeyElements
Foundation: Program Focus, Student Competencies and Professional Competencies
Management: Program and Counselor Assessments, Use of Time Assessment, AnnualAgreements, Advisory Counselors, Use of Data, Curriculum, SmallGroup and closing the Gap Action Plans
Accountability: analysis of data toshow impact of counseling program on attendance, behavior, achievement, and to plan improvements
What perceptions do you (and/or yourschool counselor) need to challenge tocontinue to move your school counselingprogram forward?How does principal support affectcounselor effectiveness?Counselors, have you studied ASCA?Have you begun to use some of thetools?