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Planning School Counseling Core Curriculum 

Course Title

Planning School Counseling Core Curriculum 

Course Number

ISCA 201 

Course Overview

School counselors are an important part of the academic and social emotional curriculum in a school.  Before writing a curriculum, it is essential to develop and conduct a needs analysis. This analysis connects to the school mission, counseling department mission statement, needs of the students and other stakeholders. Additionally, in some countries, national criteria also must be met. This course will delve into those important factors and participants will leave with an action plan to take back to their school.

A.3. Comprehensive Data-Informed Program School counselors:

d. Use data to determine needed interventions, which are then delivered to help close the information, attainment, achievement and opportunity gaps.(ASCA Ethical Standards, 2016)


A.4. Academic, Career and Social/Emotional Plans School counselors:

d. Provide opportunities for all students to develop the mindsets and behaviors necessary to learn work-related skills, resilience, perseverance, an understanding of lifelong learning as a part of long-term career success, a positive attitude toward learning and a strong work ethic. (ASCA Ethical Standards, 2016)


Intended Audience

This course is for PK-12 Counselors.

Essential Questions

To what extent are we meeting both the academic and social emotional needs of our students through our current curriculum?


In my role as an international school counselor, how might I target the needs of our students and school through the development of our curriculum?


Knowledge

Skills

Participants will know:

Participants will be able to:

  • ISCA Crosswalking Tool

  • Scope and Sequence  for School Counseling Core Curriculum 

  • Student Development Domains:

    • Academic

    • Social-Emotional

    • Career

    • Global Perspective

  • Identify and analyze the needs of their students and school by conducting a needs analysis 

  • Develop an action plan for how they will create lessons for topics identified through the needs analysis


About the Facilitator

Cheryl Brown (M.A. International Affairs and French Studies, Certified Teacher ) has worked and taught in international schools thirteen years with nine years experience in high school counseling in Pakistan, England, Indonesia, China, Poland and Oman . Additionally, Cheryl has experience in working  in organizations around the world, including managing policies in an educational accreditation agency to improve and maintain standards and quality of educational programs. Cheryl has extensive experience working as a school counselor with expertise in comprehensive counseling programs, counselor leadership, consulting with international school counseling department, as well as student protection program design,  Cheryl is also an adjunct professor at The College of New Jersey.

Dates and times of offerings

Cohort 1: March 24 and 28, 2021 @14:00 - 17:00 GMT 

Cohort 2: May 11 and 25, 2021 @ 12:00 - 15:00 GMT 


Contact hours

Six (6) Professional Development Hours

Time commitment between sessions

3-4 hours between Part A and Part B (of a Cohort)

Required Resource(s)

Fezler, B. and Brown, C. International School Counseling Association. (2011).  International Model for School Counseling Programs.

References

American School Counselor Association (2019). ASCA School Counselor Professional Standards & Competencies. Alexandria, VA: Author.

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