Best Practices for Effective Secondary School Counselors

Best Practices for Effective Secondary School Counselors

By: Carla F. Shelton (author), Edward L. James (author)Hardback

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The book is designed for secondary school counsellors faced with moving their current programmes from service-centered to programme-centered focus. The new school environment of standards-based and data-based practices is leading counselling programmes to establish student competencies and implement a process of continuous evaluation and improvement, and the authors provide the necessary tools for this transition following the ASCA Standards. The book identifies five core strategies that impact and improve the effectiveness of secondary school counselors, by focusing on continuous improvement, advisement, career education, transition, and communication.

About Author

Carla F. Shelton has 11 years of teaching experience in the special education profession. She has taught students with disabilities in Grades 2-12 in resource, self-contained, and inclusion settings. Shelton is certified in the areas of specific learning disabilities, emotional/behavior disorders, mildly intellectual disabilities, elementary grades (P-8), school counseling (P-12), and educational leadership and supervision. She has served as a high school counselor for the past five years, working with students in Grades 9-12. Shelton is the author of Best Practices for Secondary School Counselors. Shelton is knowledgeable in instructional techniques and best classroom practices that promote and foster student learning. She is skilled in designing and implementing strategies to assist students with disabilities in meeting academic and behavior goals and objectives, to bridge the gap between school and parents, and to assist students with the transition process from school-to-school and to postsecondary endeavors. Shelton has mastered the art of collaboration with regular education teachers and staff and works effectively with families of students with disabilities. She has presented at the High Schools That Work Summer Conference, the National Tech Prep Conference, the Georgia School Counselor Conference, and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Annual Conference. Shelton's professional affiliations include the American School Counselor Association, Georgia School Counselor Association, National Tech Prep Network, and Professional Association of Georgia Educators. Finally, Shelton's solid education background and broad-based educational experience is the foundation on which The Exceptional Teacher's Handbook is built. Edward L. James, Ed. S. has dedicated the last 35 years of his life to the education profession with the last 28 years dedicated solely to the field of school counseling. He spent 5 years in the elementary/junior high setting and 23 years at the high school level. He received his degrees from Georgia Southern College. Edward is active in professional organizations both local and national. He is a member of the American School Counselors Association, Georgia School Counselors Association, National Tech Prep Network, and Professional Association of Georgia Educators. Presently, Edward is a high school counselor who is committed to school-wide advisement and middle to secondary school transition. He is skilled in developing needs assessments, program goals/objectives, and implementation strategies. Edward has served as a consultant for a number of schools in developing comprehensive adviser/advisee programs and he is deeply involved with the High Schools That Work reform model created by the Southern Regional Education Board. Edward's knowledge, motivation, professionalism, and expertise make him an excellent co-author for Best Practices for Effective Secondary School Counselors. As a writing team, the authors bring solid professional credentials and expertise in the field of school counseling as well as the perspectives of prior classroom teachers and parents to this project. Carla and Ed's shared beliefs, philosophies, and love for the profession of school counseling led to the writing of a book that epitomizes their common vision and charts a new course for high school counselors across the nation.


Preface Acknowledgments About the Authors 1. Best Practice 1: Utilize Data to Evaluate Program Effectiveness and Plan for Continuous Improvement Section 1: Review the School Counseling Plan Section 2: Develop a School Profile Section 3: Obtain Stakeholder Perspectives Section 4: Create a Self-Evaluation Instrument Section 5: Formulate a Counseling Program Action Plan 2. Best Practice 2: Design and Implement a Comprehensive Advisement System Section 1: A Schoolwide Advisement Program Section 2: An Individual Advisement Program Section 3: A Rising Ninth-Grade Advisement Program 3. Best Practice 3: Design and Implement an Extensive Career Education Program Section 1: Basic Principles of Career Development Section 2: Design Appropriate Career Development Plans for Middle and High School Students Section 3: Design and Implement a Comprehensive Career Center Section 4: Career Portfolios for Students 4. Best Practice 4: Create Transition Programs That Prepare Students for Success Section 1: A Keystone Program for Rising Ninth-Grade Students Section 2: A Credit Recovery Program for High School Students Section 3: A Capstone Program for Twelfth-Grade Students 5. Best Practice 5: Establish and Maintain Communication With the School Community Section 1: Establishing Communication Section 2: Maintaining Communication 6. Best Practice 6: Design a Personal Plan for Professional Development Appendix A: Stress Management for Secondary School Counselors Appendix B: Writing Effective Letters of Recommendation Form B1: Student Recommendation Worksheet Form B2: School Profile Resource B3: Tips for Writing Effective Letters of Recommendation Resource B4: Word Bank of Adjectives Resource B5a: Sample Letters 1 Resource B5b: Sample Letters 2 Resource B5c: Sample Letters 3 Resource B5d: Sample Letters 4 Resource B5e: Sample Letters 5 References Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781412904490
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 256
  • ID: 9781412904490
  • weight: 936
  • ISBN10: 1412904498

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