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A school counseling program is an articulated, sequential kindergarten-through-grade 12 program that is comprehensive in scope, preventative in design, developmental in nature, driven by data, and integral to the school district’s curricula and instructional program. The program must be implemented by a qualified professional school counselor, appropriately licensed by the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners. This site provides information to guide and assist school counselors, administrators, teachers and parents in the implementation of a comprehensive and accountable K-12 school counseling program. Ultimately, by using these resources, these stakeholders will support all students in becoming college-, career- and citizen-ready.
Iowa School Professional Counseling Program Brochure - The brochure designed by members of the Iowa school counseling task force. The brochure illustrates the role and impact of school counseling programs based on the Iowa School Counseling Framework and ASCA model. Space is provided on back page to insert local school district information.
Student Curriculum (8th Grade) Plan - This webpage gives information and details about the Required State Components of the Student Curriculum (8th Grade) Plan.
Iowa School Professional Counseling Framework Resources
ASCA National Model, Third Edition Revisions - This presentation was delivered by Carol Kaffenberger at the School Counseling Summit on June 21, 2012. It crosswalks the changes in the revised model and highlights four themes of advocacy, leadership, collaboration and systemic change. The accountability section has been enhanced.
School Counseling Program Assessment Guide - The school counseling program assessment helps K-12 school counselors align their school counseling program with the four components of the ASCA Model, 3rd Rev and the Iowa School Counseling Framework (rev 2014). This tool will help you analyze each component. This information will guide program development and provide more equitable support for all students.
ASCA Model Executive Summary - School counselors design and deliver comprehensive school counseling programs that promote student achievement. These programs are comprehensive in scope, preventive in design and developmental in nature. “The ASCA National Model: A Framework for School Counseling Programs” outlines the components of a comprehensive school counseling program.
Changes in the Third Edition of the ASCA National Model - This document gives a brief overview of the changes in the 3rd edition. Your AEA school counseling consultant has a copy of the revised model and trainings are being offered statewide on how to infuse these revisions.
Iowa School Counseling Program Framework - The third edition of the ASCA National Model: A Framework for School Counseling Programs was released July 2013. Following its release, Iowa school counseling leaders worked on revising the Iowa School Counseling Framework to incorporate the changes in the ASCA national Model. This framework is designed to help school counselors implement a K-12 school counseling program that is comprehensive in scope, preventive in design and developmental in nature.
Student Standards Planning Tool - Implementing a K-12 comprehensive program is a multifaceted and continuous process. This form is a tool that can be used to assist you in planning your overall guidance curriculum.
Implementing Iowa School Counseling Framework Elements
Video: Introduction to the Iowa School Counseling Framework Elements- Teresa Keefe Omeara introduces the elements of the Iowa School Counseling Framework. "A school counseling program is..."
Teresa Keefe Omeara is the K-6 elementary school counselor at North Tama Schools. She loves the opportunity to work closely with students and families of a small, rural community. She served as ISCA’s President and Elementary Vice President and is the recipient of the Iowa Governor’s Award for Outstanding Service To Children.
Video: Foundation of the Iowa School Counseling Framework - Richard Jackson talks about building a solid foundation; the "WHAT" of the school counseling program.
Richard Jackson is a graduate student in University of Northern Iowa’s School Counseling Program.
Video: Delivery System of the Iowa School Counseling Framework - Tim Lambertsen discusses the delivery system; the "HOW" of the implementation process.
Tim Lambertsen is a school counselor at Waukee High School. He is committed to supporting all students through the implementation of a comprehensive K-12 school counseling program. He served as ISCA’s High School Vice President Elect.
ASCA Crosswork with I Have A Plan Iowa - This document shows how features of the IHAPI aligns with the ASCA career development standards. The ASCA career development standards align with the Iowa School Counseling Framework career standards.
School Counseling Curriculum Delivery Time Log and Instructions - This program is an easy way to log school counselor activities and identify percentages of time spent in each of the areas.
Video: Management System of the Iowa School Counseling Framework - Careyanne Wood explains the management system, the "WHEN, WHY, BY WHOM" of the implementation process.
Careyanne Wood is the K-12 school counselor at Preston Community Schools and strong advocate for K-12 solo school counselors who work hard to offer a comprehensive program to all K-12 students. She is a member of the Iowa School Counseling Transformational Design team.
Video: Accountability System of the Iowa School Counseling Framework - Shelley Klaas shares the accountability system. "How are students different as a result of the school counseling program?"
Shelley Klaas works as the elementary school counselor at Neil Armstrong Elementary for Bettendorf Community Schools. She is the K-12 Curriculum Director for the K-12 school counseling program. Shelley is 2012 ASCA School Counselor of the Year finalist.
School Data Profile Worksheet - Instead of answering the question, “What do school counselors do?”, theThe question school counselors now ask is, school counselors now ask, “How are students different because of participating in the school counseling program? This School Data Profile template is one example of how school counselors can organize and disaggregate data. This template will help you identify achievement gaps or equity issues.
Making Data Work Presentation - from the March 30, 2012 conference
Making Data Work Training Handout - from the March 30, 2012 conference
Preparing for an Iowa Department of Education Site Visit
With the reinstatement of school counselors in the Iowa Code with the adoption of administrative rules in July of 2007, Iowa school counselors are required to demonstrate their school district has an articulated, K-12 comprehensive school counseling program. The following training materials will provide both background information on the Department's comprehensive site visit process and examples of school counseling artifacts that meet requirements.
Professional School Counselor Standards & Competencies
Professional School Counselor Skills
Challenging the Myths: Rethinking the Role of School Counselors - This document was created by Education Trust’s National Organization for Transforming School Counseling and challenges school counselors to transform their school counseling programs to ensure equitable access and opportunities for all students.
Own the Turf Presentation - This presentation was created by National Organization School Counselor Advocacy which is supported by the College Board Policy and Advocacy Center. It promotes the importance of school counselors as leaders in school reform, student achievement, and college readiness.
Video: The Whole Child and the School Counselor - Jan Kuhl, Clare Struck and Michelle Bruty address the role of the school counselor in supporting the whole child.
Jan Kuhl is a consultant at the Iowa Department of Education, working in the areas of school counseling and career education. She testified before the U.S. Senate HELP Committee on the impact elementary school counselors have on teh development of the whole child.
Clare Struk is the elementary school counselor at Malcolm Price Laboratory School and an adjunct instructor for the School Counseling Practicum experience at the University of Northern Iowa. She testified for the Whole Child Initiative at a 2009 U.S. Senate hearing for the reauthorization of ESEA.
Michelle Bruty is the school counselor for Bettendorf Community Schools. She serves on the Iowa School Conseling Transformational Design Team and is a National Board Certified Teacher in the area of school counseling.
Finding A Way: Practical Examples of How an Effective Principal Counselor Relationship Can Lead to Success for All Students - A result of a collaborative effort of the College Board, ASCA and NASSP, this report presents 10 characteristics of an effective principal-counselor relationship.
Inspiration & Innovation: Ten Effective Counseling Practices - The best practices in college counseling are highlighted in the booklet and were condensed from research commissioned by the College Board for the National Center for School Counseling Outcome Research.
College, Career & Citizenship Readiness
Video: College, Career and Citizenship Ready - Mike Danilson talks about college, career and citizenship readiness. "Owning the Turf"
Mike Danilson is in his eighth year working as Gilbert's middle school counselor. His is currently ISCA's Middle School Vice President and has served on the Iowa School Counseling Transformational Design team. He is committed to working to ensure Iowa students graduate college, career and citizenship ready.
Video: Crisis Management - Kathie Barry discusses supporting children, families and educators in times of crisis.
Kathie Barry is an adjunct professor at the University of Northern Iowa and was the school counselor at Aplington-Parkersburg Community School District. Her advocacy for school counselors led to the American Red Cross using school counselors when working with communities in crisis.
2014 Iowa School Counseling Conference (Lake Rathburn)
- Learner Mental Health Needs in Iowa
- When Words Aren't Enough
- A Dose of Hope-handout
- ISCA Professional Final Eval Supplement
- ISCA Data Presentation
- Advocacy and the Professional School Counselor
- Social Justice in Professional School Counseling
- Final Eval Supplement
Protecting Students, Protecting Yourself - Carol Greta, former legal counsel for the Iowa Department of Education, covers a range of challenging, yet common, legal issues that school counselors and administrators must address.