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.