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URGENT CALL TO ACTION!

27 Oct 2012 12:27 PM | Anonymous
Governor Kitzhaber and Chief Education Officer Rudy Crew are restructuring education in Oregon.  What is emerging is a seamless, outcomes-based P-20 system that addresses academic achievement, college/career readiness, and early childhood development.  School counselors have not been identified as providers of these key priority services.  We need to speak up at community forums that begin Monday! 

Here’s what’s needed:
1.     Attend and/or speak at the forum closest to you to advocate for our profession.  Locations and times are listed below. 

2.     Use the talking point examples and rhetorical question from this communication to guide your conversation.

3.     If possible include one example from your school or district of a positive school counseling outcome related to academic achievement, college/career readiness, or early childhood development.  For example, test score improvement, graduation rate, attendance, post-secondary placement, RTI, kindergarten success, and so forth.

4. Email your comments to Education.Investment@state.or.us if you cannot attend a session. If you attend a session remember that you have to check-in by 5:30 to speak for 2 minutes. There is also a webinar option on Monday, October 29th.

End goal: 
Communicate that professional school counselors are integral to the implementation of this initiative. Wonder aloud about how it is that although professional school counselors have specialized training to address the specific goals of this initiative we have not been named as contributors to its implementation. We want to be recognized and included in the conversations.

True Talking Point Examples of School Counseling Outcomes:
1.     Attendance:  School A (Elementary)*

a.     Goal:  improve attendance with 76 students who were absent at least 10% of the time during 2nd quarter

b.     School counselor interventions:

  • parent letter
  • attendance club
  • individual counseling
  • group counseling

c.     Results:

  • 65 out of 76 children improved attendance
  • identified children increased attendance from 85.4% to 92.4%
  • average attendance increase per student was 6.5 days
  • total increase for the school was 494 days
  • state aid to the school increased $5,433.00 as a result
2. Graduation Rates: School B (High School)*

a.     Goal:  improve graduation rates for credit-deficient juniors

b.   School counselor interventions:
  • parent letter with information and options
  • individual advisement meetings with students
  • parent consultations
  • teacher consultations
c.   Results:
  • graduation rates increased from 94% to 99%

* personal communication.  Sharon Sevier, American School Counseling Association President-Elect.  October 12, 2012.

Ask the rhetorical question:

How will professional school counselors be recognized and funded through this initiative? 

Because, professional school counselors are trained to do the following:

  • engage and support families and students
  • bridge transitions
  • develop goals for college and career readiness
  • strengthen Oregon Diplomas attainment through a focus on students’ academic, career, and personal/social development
  • equip students with essential skills for global success

We need to demonstrate evidence-based outcomes from comprehensive school counseling programs.  This particular audience isn’t looking for emotional appeals. Just be authentic and data-minded.

For more information see the 15-page document from the Education Funding Team’s Summary Recommendations to the Governor about the prioritized list of investments that the state could make in education.  What professional school counselors do is threaded throughout the document, but professional school counselors are not mentioned in the document. 

Oregon Education Investment Board Community Forums:

Monday, October 15 – Eastern Oregon
Hermiston High School, Commons Room
600 S. First Street, Hermiston, OR 97838
6-8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 17 – Eugene
University of Oregon
Ford Alumni Center, Giustina Ballroom
1720 East 13th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97403
6-8:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 18 – Portland
Marshall High School, Auditorium
3905 91st Avenue, Portland, OR 97266
6-8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 23 – Salem
McKay High School, Auditorium
2440 Lancaster Drive, Northeast  Salem, OR 97305
6-8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 24 – Medford

North Medford High School, Commons
1900 North Keene Way Drive, Medford, OR 97504
6-8:00 p.m. 

Thursday, October 25 – Coos Bay
Southwestern Oregon Community College, Performing Arts Center, Lakeview Room, 2nd Floor
1988 Newmark Avenue, Coos Bay, OR 97420
6-8:00 p.m.

Monday, October 29 – WEBINAR
Streams at:  http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=3310
3-5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 30 – Bend      
Pilot Butte Middle School, Cafeteria
1501 Northeast Neff Road, Bend, OR 97701
6-8:00 p.m.

Anyone wishing to speak must sign in beginning at 5:30 p.m. Individuals will be heard on a first come basis. Each speaker will be given two minutes.  Public comments may also be emailed to:Education.Investment@state.or.us.


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