School Counseling Program

Needs Assessment

Elementary Counselors Serve Students in Four Main Areas:

*Guidance Curriculum

*Responsive Services

*Individual Planning

*System Support

Guidance Curriculm

Counselors create and deliver guidance lessons that prepare students to incorporate R.E.A.C.H. (Respect, Encourage, Appreciate, Communicate, and Honor) into their daily academic routine. These five qualities, in addition to other life skills, help create a foundation on which Prosper ISD's Graduate Profile can build. The purpose of the guidance curriculum component is to help all students develop basic life skills. It is the foundation of a developmental guidance program. In Texas, seven areas have been identified for the guidance curriculum: Self-confidence development, motivation to achieve, decision-making, goal setting, problem solving skills, communication skills, cross-cultural effectiveness, and responsible behavior.

Responsive Services

The purpose of the responsive services component is to intervene on behalf of those students whose immediate personal concerns or problems put their continued personal-social, career, and/or educational development at risk. Although counselors respond to any concerns presented by students, some topics have been identified as having high priority and/or relevance within the school setting. Topics of priority in Texas include: academic success, working with child protective services, attendance, school attitudes and behaviors, peer relationships, study skills, emergent issues in intervention or post-intervention of traumatic event and violence on campus.Other areas include career awareness, divorce, family abuse issues, and further education.

Individual Planning

The purpose of the individual planning system is to guide all students as they plan, monitor, and manage their own educational, career, and personal-social development. Schools can systematically use a variety of resources-staff, information, and activities-and to focus resources toward the students and to assist individual students to develop

and implement personalized plans. Through the individual planning system, students can:

Set challenging educational, career, and personal-social goals that are based on self-knowledge and information about school, the world of work, and their society, or make plans for achieving short or long term goals.

System Support

Counselors serve as coordinators of and consultants to several systemic programs that serve students. Some of these include section 504 services, our campus Response to Intervention program, STAAR testing coordinator, community resource liaison, and support for the parent education program and community relations efforts.