Three Major Components of Guidance Curriculum
Academic Development – the academic standards serve as a guide for the school counseling to implement strategies and activities that support and maximize student learning. These include:
Acquiring skills, attitudes, and knowledge to learn effectively;
Employing strategies to achieve success in school; and
Understanding the relationship of academics to the world of work, and to life at home and in the community
Program strategies for career development serve as a guide for the school counseling program to provide the foundation for acquiring the skills that enable students to make a successful transition from school to the world of work. These include: ◦
Strategies to achieve future career success and job satisfaction; ◦
Fostering an understanding of the relationship between personal qualities, education and training, and the world of work; ◦
The development of career goals by all students as a result of career awareness and experiential activities.
Personal/Social Development Program
Standards for personal/social development serve as a guide for the school counseling program to provide the foundation for personal and social growth which contributes to academic and career success.
Personal/social development includes: The acquisition of skills, attitudes, and knowledge, which help students to respect self and others.
The use of effective interpersonal skills
The employment of safety and survival skills
The understanding of the obligation to be a contributing member of society, and
The ability to negotiate successfully and safely in the increasingly complex and diverse world of the 21st century.
Referred to as academic advisement. This generally refers to trained professionals counseling students on their academic plans, for cause-taking while secondary school as well as for post secondary education.
Facilitates contact for representatives from colleges and universities, military personnel and trade and technical school staff
Maintains a current library of career and post-secondary school information
Provides articulation services from grade six through post-secondary schools. Activities associates with career guidance and counseling programs typically include:
advising students and parents on high school programs and academic curriculum, preparing for the rigor of post secondary and admission.
Arranging dual/concurrent enrollment and advance placement credits to prepare students for the rigor of post secondary education.
Planning and preparation for college admission tests and the like.
Informing students about post secondary financing that can be used to support advanced education and training.
Developing career portfolios, which include test and grades result, example of student work, and resumes and cover letters prospective employers.
Arranging job shadowing, work placements, and community-based learning programs to allow students to directly experience workplace situations.
Sponsoring workshops, classes, focus groups, and special presentations that focus on job skills and personal development
Sponsoring specialized counseling and intervention services to provide students with individualized attention.
In order for students to experience positive academic, career, personal, and social growth within the school environment, the counselors endeavor to provide counseling and guidance programs so that: o
Students will develop an understanding of their interest, values, and abilities as they relate to educational and career/life planning and presentation
Students will be helped to deal with personal and social problems when they seek guidance from their counselor
Parents will have access to the counseling and guidance program in order to help develop and realize student potential.
Teachers and other staff members will understand the role and...
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