How are students different as a result of the school counseling program?
Nottingham Elementary School (NES) began the implementation of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model during the 2007-08 school year. A needs assessment was conducted and analyzed to get input from all stakeholder groups: staff, parents, and students. A school counseling program advisory (counsel) committee was formed and met 6 times the first year and quarterly every year since. On our Outlook calendar we track every consultation session, individual, small group, and classroom lesson (process data). All classroom lessons taught by counselors in grades 2-5 are evaluated using pre and post tests (perception data). The evaluation in kindergarten and grade 1 is based on observation and performance assessment techniques. The Career Cafe initiative was assessed by staff, presenters, and students for several years. Outcome data is tracked by the counselors, particularly behavior, attendance, and grades (work habits). Each year we focus on particular SMART goals and carefully evaluate those components of the program. We share a summary of the assessment data each year with the administration, staff, and school counseling program advisory committee.
In the 2013-2014 school year individual counseling was provided to 145 students which was 25% of the student body. The average number of sessions per student was five. Forty-one students were seen for crisis response.
In the 2013-2014 school year 301 students participated in 58 small group counseling sessions. The counselors led 382 sessions lasting 25-35 minutes each. Forty one percent of students participated in a group with a counselor. The impact of the small groups is evaluated using a pre-post test design. A DATA Report on the study skills groups (grades 4 & 5) is available by emailing the counselors.
In the 2013-2014 school year all students received at least 10 classroom lessons taught by a counselor. There were 31 classes and each session lasted 30 minutes (314 sessions in total). Results of the Bullying Unit taught by the counselors is available via email.
In the 2013-14 school year more than 70 parents and community members presented to students about their postsecondary training and careers. The students in kindergarten through grade 2 have speakers in their classrooms and students in grades 3-5 get to sign up for Career Cafe approximately 3 times throughout the year. This valuable career development opportunity is coordinated by the school counseling program.