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California Elementary School Guidance & Counseling

A year in review of an elementary school guidance & counseling program

Tawnya Clause

on 26 March 2014

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Transcript of California Elementary School Guidance & Counseling

California Elementary Counseling and Guidance Program
How do we know counselors and their programs are effective? Let's look at the research

1. “Missouri Professional School Counselors: Ratios Matter, Especially in High Poverty Schools”. Lapan, R. T. , Gysbers, N. C., & Stanley, B. (2011).

Lower counselor ratios were significantly associated with higher graduation rates and lower disciplinary incidents.

As the percentage of students receiving free and reduced lunch increased across schools, lower student to counselor ratios became an important ingredient for promoting student success.

In high poverty schools, those schools that met the ASCA criteria of having at least one professional school counselor for every 250 students had better graduation and school attendance rates and lower disciplinary incidents.

ASCA recommended ratio of 250 students for every school counselor is (with enrollment size and free and reduced lunch held constant at their mean values) associated with a high school graduation rate of 89.9%.

For every increase of 50 students, there is a .8% decrease in graduation rates in our sample.

Research Continued........
Let's start with the why
Professional school counselors align with the school’s mission to support the academic achievement of all students as they prepare for the ever-changing world of the 21st century. This mission is accomplished through the design, development, implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive, developmental and systematic school counseling program.

Counselor to Student Ratios DO Matter!
The adoption of state-funded counselor subsidies or minimum counselor-student ratios:

reduces the fraction of teachers reporting that their instruction suffers due to student misbehavior;

reduces the fractions reporting problems with students physically fighting each other, cutting class, stealing, or using drugs;

These findings imply that there may be substantial public and private benefits derived from providing additional elementary school counselors.
“Schools’ Mental Health Services and Young Children’s Emotions, Behavior, and Learning,” Reback (2010). Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 29(4),
CSIP Goals
Moniteau County R-1 Mission Statement
"It is the mission of the Moniteau County R-1 Schools to equip our students to be productive citizens who will have positive attitudes and be value oriented, career directed, competent in communications, capable of problem-solving, skillful in creative and critical thinking, and knowledgeable of business and technology for future challenges in the 21st century."
A fully implemented guidance and counseling program aligns directly with our mission!
Goal #1 - Increase student performance

In its' simplest form of explanation - A child that is emotionally healthy is a child that is ready to learn. Also research supports that counseling interventions increase attendance, decrease behavior problems, and increase grades & test scores.
Number of Students on Free
and Reduced Lunch?
340 Students
Professional School Counselors play an integral role in students' school lives as well as the overall school climate.
Internal Improvement Review
For the elementary building the
results were:
53% out of 100% degree of implementation in 2012/2013

60 % out of 100% degree of implementation 2013/2014

With a 7% increase there is data to prove that our program is improving!
We will be presenting information
related to the CES counseling
program including:
Relationship of comprehensive guidance to CSIP goals & CES mission
Future plans & program goals
Needs Assessment
The degree of implementation is indicative of quality ~ The higher the percentage of implementation the higher the quality of services, program, etc. in a school.

Our goal is to increase our score to 70 percent (a 10% increase) by the end of the 2014/2015 school year.

Our ultimate goal is 100% implementation district wide!
57% of our student body lives in poverty
Counseling Referral Data
130 students were referred for counseling services so far this year.
This is a large number and consider this...........
If just 25% of our students were struggling with academic, emotional, family or personal social issues that would equate to 150 students.
“Are School Counselors a Cost Effective Education Input?” Carrell, & Hoekstra (2011).

Results indicate that school counselors have a direct positive impact on student achievement; adding one full time equivalent counselor to a school increases boys’ reading and math achievement by over one percentile point, and reduces disciplinary infractions by boys and girls by approximately 20 percent.
In addition, calculations suggest that hiring a school counselor is approximately twice as effective as hiring an additional teacher.

We sent out a survey to all staff
and teachers at CES at the beginning of the year.
Results were that student behavior that disrupts student learning was the
#1 concern of 78% of teachers/staff
Improvements are being made and additional counseling interventions and programs are needed to further progress in this area.
School Counseling Programs Have Many Benefits:

Students earn higher grades (Lapan, Gysbers & Sun, 1997).

Their education better prepares them for the future (Lapan, Gysbers & Sun, 1997).
Their schools have a more positive climate (Lapan, Gysbers & Petroski, 2001).
They have positive relationships with teachers (Lapan, Gysbers & Sun, 1997).
They feel safer in school (Lapan, Gysbers & Petroski, 2001).
Counselors spend more time with students, parents, and teachers (Lapan, Gysbers & Blair, 1999)
Goal #4 - School & Community Partnership:

Counseling staff are your best friends in this area. We already communicate frequently with parents, families, and community members regarding our school, our students and our programs. A school counselor is often the liaison between the community and school. Next year we plan to propose a roll out of a new program that will improve the Home to School connection.
There are 5 we are going to focus on 2 of these
Why am I watching this?
A lot of what school counselors do is behind the scenes. There is a call to advocate for ourselves and our programs.
We are passionate about what we do!
We want you to know what we are doing well and what we need to improve.
MSIP 5 Recommends a 1:250 counselor to student ratio
Small Group Counseling

Guidance & Curriculum
Both Counselors are
MHFA certified
Counseling Referral Procedures

What's new this year?
Talking Points
Final thoughts?
What improvements, additions, or changes would you like to see in the counseling program?
Data collection for next year
Google calendar
How can we improve communication?
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