School Counselor

ROLE OF THE SCHOOL COUNSELOR

It is the responsibility of the FRSD School Counseling Department to ensure a comprehensive school counseling program for all students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. School counselors act as leaders, advocates, collaborators and agents of systemic change to ensure that students have the best possible school services to enable them to take advantage of future post-school opportunities. As school leaders, counselors must work with students and all stakeholders to help fulfill the school district’s mission. Through counseling students and families on academics, careers, and personal/social needs, school counselors collaborate with teachers and staff to help students work to attain their goals. As student advocates, counselors help students learn how to find and to utilize the resources to achieve success. Gathering and analyzing data to assess what current needs should be addressed is a primary focus of the FRSD School Counseling Department.

Leader

As a leader for the student and the counseling program;

  • During the next several school years, the school counselors at FRSD refined the comprehensive K-12 Guidance and counseling plan that follows Pa’s academic standards for career education and work.

  • In addition, the school counselors at FRSD will continue to utilize the following career programs: High School and Middle School will utilize websites: Career Cruising, Education Planner. The elementary level program will use Kids.gov, jobs in paw land, pa career view and a Career Game brochure being purchased for school year 2017-18.

  • The school counselors at FRSD will continue to serve on district level curriculum teams. These Teams include the district curriculum cabinet, school wide behavior support plan, professional learning communities, and school improvement team

Advocate

As an advocate for the student and the K-12 school counseling program the counselors;

  • Are members of the academic intervention teams

  • Participate in the MTSS process, SAP (Student Assistance Team), Grade level team meetings (PLC), pupil services

  • Provide student support for student learning through behavior plans, academic support, Check In/ Check Outs.

  • Ensure the academic, personal, social, and career development of all students by participating in professional learning communities.

  • Collaborate with others within and outside the school to help meet all students needs.

  • Participate in parent teacher conferences, FBAs, IEPs, GIEPs, and 504s.

Collaborator

As a collaborator for the student and the K-12 school counseling program the counselors;

  • Provide a comprehensive school counseling program that engages the educational community to ensure that all students benefit from the program.

  • Offer Parents/Guardians information to enhance the educational opportunities for students and their families. The school counselors have resources available to all stakeholders, updated information on FRSD main web page and via email at the elementary level

  • Maintain an open communication style to foster an effective team culture and sense of community for the school system.

  • Serve actively on school leadership teams

  • Will team with staff to provide professional development that enhances student success

  • Collaborate with numerous outside agencies to provide needed resources and services for the students depending on needs.

Agent of Systemic Change

As an agent of systemic change for students and the K-12 counseling program the counselors;

  • Create pro-social programs directed by counselors. Each level will participate in career development activities.  Grades K-3 will focus on career awareness, exploration, retention and entrepreneurship, the career cruising assessment will be used in grade 8, and the career cruising portfolio and college and career fairs in grades 9-12.

  • Work with community members to preview program of speakers and career talks from community members (Career Journeys at the elementary level grades 4th and/or 5th)

  • Gather data to support the need for change

  • Disseminate data to find populations with achievement gaps

  • Identify realistic goals and create action plans for students in collaboration with teachers and support team

  • Develop intervention strategies through Positive Behavior Support Plans, AIP’s, FBA’s, 504, GIEP, and IEP

  • Enlist support of stakeholder to increase student opportunities

  • Consult with administration to bring about change to programs.

  • Consult with trade and technical career centers for program development; NWCTC, FRCTC (Elementary field trip for all 5th graders to Northern Westmoreland CTC planned for Fall 2017)