Not so in the knowledge economy of the 21st century. Today’s schools are judged by what each and every one of their
Tired of spending hundreds of millions of dollars to educate workers, business leaders urged lawmakers to raise standards,
The portrait of American schools clearly shows significant disparity in school and student performance based on geography and student demographics. While the strategies vary, there is a clear message from every state that student performance must improve. In order for student performance to improve, schools must alter their practice and engage students, families and faculties in very different ways. It is no longer business as usual.
In the midst of this call for improvement, there are glowing examples of schools achieving great successes in serving all students. Successful schools share practices that support and enhance student performance, and one of the promising strategies is effective collaboration between the principal and school counselors. The American School Counselor Association, the College Board and the National Association of Secondary School Principals are cooperating on a project to investigate and report the findings related to these successful principal and counselor practices that result in improved student performance.
In 2004 and 2005, NASSP released "Breaking Ranks II: Strategies for Leading High School Reform" and "Breaking Ranks in the Middle: Strategies for Leading Middle-Level Reform." These documents provide a framework for redesigning middle-level and high schools and offer three core areas of improvement: collaborative leadership; personalization; and curriculum, instruction and assessment. The interaction between principals and school counselors is important in each of these three
Collaboration in building high performing teams
The principal’s role has changed from manager to instructional leader. Likewise, today’s school counselor is a prominent member of the school leadership team. Counselors play a critical role in the success of each student and the overall success of the school. More than ever before, counselors are actively engaged with students, parents and faculty. An important artifact of counselors engagement is information and perspectives that contribute to more effective collaborative practices that support overall
The transition from success for some to success for each and every student demands a customized plan for each student. Students need multiple paths to success, and, in some cases, more instructional time to succeed. The need for customization,
Personalizing the school environment creates a sense of belonging and provides students with opportunities to assume ownership over their learning. Counselors play a critical role
Curriculum, instruction and assessment are about the relationship between students and learning. Today, we must
A close working relationship between the principal and the counselor ensures that there is alignment between the stated desires for student academic success and actual practice. Working as a team, counselors and principals can ensure that
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