In order for students to compete in today’s global economy, our schools need to help them develop better cognitive and technological skills. School counselors have an enormous impact on students’ achievement and their success in their post-secondary education, yet initiatives to improve student outcomes often overlook them. Fitzpatrick and Costantini present their own action-based curriculum for high school counselors that will meet the needs of 21st century students, helping to foster their growth and ambition and actively engage them in learning what they need to succeed beyond high school. Important steps covered in this curriculum include
- Making the transition to ninth grade successful
- Using technology in the advising process, such as online resources for college and career research, assessing interests, and structuring advising sessions
- Preparing for standardized testing and using it to motivate students about the college application process
- Assisting students in researching careers and colleges, making the most of college visits, applying for college, and writing the application essay
Equally important, the book focuses on the counselor and his or her role as an advocate and leader for students and details running a guidance office, working with parents, and writing Secondary School Reports. While applicable for all school counselors and students, the authors’ curriculum has a special focus on students in urban public schools to enable them to have the same experiences as their counterparts in suburban and private schools. An accompanying CD contains the tables, exercises, and charts from the book so they can be easily accessed and reproduced.
Table of Contents
Part I: Understanding the Challenge. Counseling for College and Career Readiness: Bringing Pride and Direction Back to the Adolescent Dream of Success. School-College Collaborations: Why They Are Important to College and Career Readiness and to the Challenge. Addressing the Challenge: Overview of the Counseling Curriculum for Grades 9-12. Part II: Making the College and Career Advising Process Optimal: The Curriculum. The Move to High School: Making Transitioning to 9th Grade Successful. Using Technology in the College and Career Advising Process. Motivation and Testing: Learning about Standardized Testing and Using it to Get Motivated About the College Process (10th Grade). Advising Students in College Research (11th Grade). Empowering Students in their Essay Writing (11th-12th Grades). Assisting Students in Making the Final List of Colleges (12th Grade). Exploring Options in Higher Education Other than Four-Year College/University (12th Grade). Helping Seniors Make the Transition to College (12th Grade). Part III: The Counselor as Creator and Manager. Running a College Guidance Office. Writing the Secondary School Report. Working with Parents. Financial Aid and Merit-based Scholarships. Counseling Students with Learning Disabilities. Students with Special Talents. Gaining Admittance to the Military Academies.
"With a strong theoretical base, this book is a practical guide and text that I enthusiastically recommend for school counseling graduate programs, and is a valuable resource for school counselors, college applicants, and parents." - A. Scott McGowan, PhD, Senior Professor of Education, Long Island University; Member, Governing Council of the American Counseling Association
"This resource is a great read and does a wonderful job mixing the factual knowledge necessary to advise students in the college preparation process with examples of how to put the knowledge and theory into place. The examples, tables, and helpful hints are fabulous." - Robert Bardwell, MEd, School Counselor, Monson High School; Past President, New England Association for College Admission Counseling and the Massachusetts School Counselors Association
"This excellent book is essential for professional school counselors in high schools. The authors provide practical and readily usable activities in a sequential, psychologically grounded curriculum that facilitates career development in our complex, rapidly changing, technological world." - John S. Pellitteri, PhD, Associate Professor and Program Director, Graduate Program in Counseling, Queens College, City University of New York
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