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  • Transitional Counseling

    1. 1. The 5 and 6 Year Plan is the New 4 Year Plan <ul><li>College Planning and Transitional Guidance from 7th to 9th Grade </li></ul>
    2. 2. Stephen Torode 7th - 9th Grade Guidance Counselor Valley Christian Schools K-12 San Jose, Ca. San Jose, Ca. San Jose, Ca. San Jose, Ca.
    3. 3. Guidance Staff Structure <ul><li>One dedicated 7th - 9th grade Counselor </li></ul><ul><li>Three counselors handling grades 10-12 divided alphabetically </li></ul><ul><li>One Student Support Counselor </li></ul>
    4. 4. Media Frenzy Raised Tuition Budget Cutbacks A-G Requirements Sooner Tighter Admissions Policies
    5. 5. Where are we going today? The Purpose The Plan The Prize
    6. 6. The Purpose
    7. 7. <ul><li>Parents comment: “If I had only known sooner.” </li></ul>
    8. 8. <ul><li>Makes college counseling easier </li></ul>
    9. 9. <ul><li>Students need to know sooner how success in junior high builds toward high school and college especially math and science. </li></ul>
    10. 10. The Plan
    11. 11. Information Gathering <ul><li>Meeting with Junior High Math, Science, History, and English Departments and finding out what is working and what is not working. </li></ul><ul><li>What is being miscommunicated and how can we correct it? </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a plan to better prepare students for the transition from Jr. to Sr. High. </li></ul><ul><li>Developing documentation (Honors-level placement recommendation, math, science, and foreign language maps, 4-6 year plan) </li></ul>
    12. 12. Incoming Freshman Parent Night (mid-April) (mid-April) <ul><li>Helping parents and students transition from 8th to 9th grade </li></ul><ul><li>Unique modified-block schedule </li></ul><ul><li>Class placement recommendations made </li></ul>
    13. 13. Freshman F.A.S.T. Track Freshman All Out Success Training (Mentor Program) (Mentor Program) (Mentor Program) <ul><li>Offered one week before school starts </li></ul><ul><li>Friendship-building activities </li></ul><ul><li>Presentations on high school life </li></ul><ul><li>Orientation information - campus tour, locker location etc. </li></ul>
    14. 14. Freshman Parent Night <ul><li>Reinforce 4-Year Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitate hand-off to college counselors </li></ul><ul><li>Expectations for the next three years </li></ul><ul><li>Added services provided </li></ul>
    15. 15. Plan Early <ul><li>many parents don’t realize that a college education builds on the knowledge and skills acquired in earlier years. Your child should plan a high school course schedule early, in the sixth or seventh grade. </li></ul>
    16. 16. Present Comprehensive Plans They are not meant to produce stress but to alleviate fears through early education (4, 5 and 6 Year Plans) (4, 5 and 6 Year Plans) (4, 5 and 6 Year Plans) (4, 5 and 6 Year Plans) (4, 5 and 6 Year Plans) (4, 5 and 6 Year Plans) (4, 5 and 6 Year Plans) (4, 5 and 6 Year Plans)
    17. 17. 6-Year Plan
    18. 18. VC 6-Year Plan Career Awareness
    19. 19. What are Your Gifts and/or Talents? and/or Talents? VC 6-Year Plan
    20. 20. Getting There from Here VC 6-Year Plan
    21. 21. The Formula for Success The Parent + The Student + The School = Success VC 6-Year Plan
    22. 22. Organizational Skills <ul><li>Daily Planner </li></ul><ul><li>File System </li></ul><ul><li>Grovesite </li></ul><ul><li>Add in Accountability </li></ul>VC 6-Year Plan
    23. 23. Communication is Key VC 6-Year Plan
    24. 24. 5-Year Plan
    25. 25. VC 5-Year Plan
    26. 26. VC 5-Year Plan
    27. 27. VC 5-Year Plan
    28. 28. VC 5-Year Plan Difference in amount of homework from Jr. to Sr. High
    29. 29. VC 5-Year Plan Can’t save yourself as easily - extra credit/make up etc.
    30. 30. 4-Year Plan
    31. 31. What do you think you’ll be doing after graduation? VC 4-Year Plan
    32. 32. VC 4-Year Plan
    33. 33. VC 4-Year Plan
    34. 34. VC 4-Year Plan
    35. 35. VC 4-Year Plan
    36. 36. VC 4-Year Plan
    37. 37. <ul><li>CSU and UC Preparation </li></ul><ul><li>Standard, Honors - AP, and Community College Tracks </li></ul><ul><li>Conservatory of the Arts </li></ul>VC 4-Year Plan
    38. 38. Colleges Look for 3 Things First California Preparation California Preparation <ul><li>Minimum Number of Required Classes (A-G Requirements) </li></ul><ul><li>GPA </li></ul><ul><li>SAT and/or ACT Scores </li></ul>VC 4-Year Plan
    39. 39. VC 4-Year Plan Helicopter parents become allies! Bible requirement adds 7 classes to schedule
    40. 40. Offer the Plans in Multiple Formats Multiple Formats <ul><li>Live meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Booklets </li></ul><ul><li>Webcasts - Elluminate </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasts </li></ul><ul><li>PDF or other document </li></ul><ul><li>Other Flash-Based Presentation (Slide Share) </li></ul>
    41. 41. Garage Band - Free-ware - Mac OS
    42. 42. Slideshare.net - Free-ware
    43. 43. Slideshare supported formats Presentations: PowerPoint - ppt, pps, pot, pptx, potx, ppsx; OpenOffice - odp, pdf; Apple Keynote - key, zip or pdf. Documents & Spreadsheets: Microsoft Office - doc, docx, rtf, xls; OpenOffice - odt, ods, pdf; iWork Pages. For anything else, saving as pdf usually works.
    44. 44. Don’t be Afraid to Talk About Failure. About Failure. <ul><li>Students need to know the direct consequences of their actions- image of closed doors </li></ul><ul><li>Preparation for “Remediating” </li></ul><ul><li>JUST DO YOUR HOMEWORK! </li></ul>
    45. 45. Provide Group Counseling Sessions <ul><li>Offer lunch-time sessions according to letter of the alphabet </li></ul>
    46. 46. Mentoring Groups <ul><li>Lead by Leadership students </li></ul><ul><li>Meet once per month </li></ul><ul><li>10 students per leader </li></ul>
    47. 47. Study Skills Seminar (Summer) (Summer) <ul><li>Helping incoming 9th graders who struggle with organization, time-management and study skills. Students learn what learning style best suits them and focus on acquiring tools to improve performance on homework and and tests. </li></ul>
    48. 48. Essay and Grammar Seminar (Summer) (Summer) <ul><li>Helping incoming 9th graders who struggle with writing and grammar </li></ul>
    49. 49. Have a Plan for At-Risk Students At-Risk Students <ul><li>Assess special needs early </li></ul><ul><li>Accommodate the student </li></ul><ul><li>Dedicated counseling services </li></ul><ul><li>Game plan for students with extended illnesses </li></ul>
    50. 50. Highlands Ability Battery www.highlandsco.com www.highlandsco.com <ul><li>Counseling staff certified </li></ul><ul><li>expensive option </li></ul>
    51. 51. Incentive Program <ul><li>Reward students for positive academic growth </li></ul><ul><li>GPA group awards/certificates (4.0 lunch with your counselor) </li></ul><ul><li>Enhance self esteem </li></ul>
    52. 52. Student to Student Tutoring <ul><li>Establish list of high-end students and pair them with students who need help </li></ul><ul><li>Set up the relationship and monitor </li></ul>
    53. 53. Career Counseling Early <ul><li>Earlier discussions about student’s interests, gifts, and talents </li></ul><ul><li>Bring it up often </li></ul><ul><li>Bring in guests </li></ul><ul><li>Career search in Naviance </li></ul>
    54. 54. We are a Family <ul><li>Foster a sense of belonging through clubs and activities </li></ul><ul><li>Social transition from Junior High to Senior High </li></ul><ul><li>Social counseling </li></ul>
    55. 55. Don’t go it Alone Resources and Help for parents Resources and Help for parents <ul><li>Naviance / Family Connection </li></ul><ul><li>College Board - Springboard </li></ul><ul><li>Blog for parents and student communication </li></ul>
    56. 57. The Prize
    57. 58. <ul><li>Solid College Placement </li></ul><ul><li>Career Goals Met </li></ul><ul><li>Scholarship Opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Maximize Talents </li></ul>
    58. 59. Resources: <ul><li>Financial Aid www.finaid.org </li></ul><ul><li>Education Statistics http://nces.ed.gov </li></ul><ul><li>America’s Career Resource Network: http://cte.ed.gov/acrn/Default.aspx </li></ul><ul><li>http://pbskids.org/itsmylife/index.html </li></ul><ul><li>For Students: http://pbskids.org/itsmylife/index.html </li></ul>
    59. 60. <ul><li>Creating Podcasts: http://www.learninginhand.com/podcasting/index.html </li></ul><ul><li>12 Tips for creating great presentations: http://www.microsoft.com/atwork/getworkdone/presentations.mspx </li></ul><ul><li>Council for Exceptional Children: http://www.cec.sped.org/am/template.cfm?section=Home </li></ul><ul><li>LD Online: http://www.ldonline.org/kidzone/ways_school.html </li></ul><ul><li>At Risk Youth: http://www.at-risk.com / </li></ul>
    60. 61. <ul><li>National Education Association: http://www.nea.org/home/index.html </li></ul><ul><li>College Board: http://www.collegeboard.com / </li></ul><ul><li>College Net: http://www.collegenet.com/elect/app/app </li></ul><ul><li>Peterson’s: http://www.petersons.com / </li></ul><ul><li>Fastweb (Scholarships): http://www1.fastweb.com / </li></ul><ul><li>Princeton Review: http://www.princetonreview.com / </li></ul><ul><li>Grade Book: http://www.gradebook.org/Guidance </li></ul>
    61. 62. <ul><li>Guidance Web Links: http://home.comcast.net/~kenhartman/guidlinks.htm </li></ul><ul><li>College Search: http://www.uscollegesearch.org/blog/category/guidance-counselor-resources/ </li></ul><ul><li>Resource List for Counselors: http://www.ed.state.nh.us/education/doe/organization/adultlearning/Guidance/InternetResourcesforSchoolCounselors.htm </li></ul><ul><li>Slideshare: www.slideshare.net </li></ul>

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