By Stacy Eslick, WSCA Executive Director
Change can be exciting, stressful and a little scary all at the same time! As School Counselors we are masterful at supporting our students, families and staff when it comes to change and transition. As professionals, we are facing our own change based on requirements by the state such as ACP, RTI, PBIS, and EE. It seems like we finally get one initiative in place and there is another coming our way. As YOUR professional organization, we are working diligently to support members through all of this change.
Educator Effectiveness & School Counseling
by Lisa Koenecke, Professional Relations Coordinator
WSCA has put together an ad hoc committee of board members to work with Gregg Curtis from DPI on creating an evaluation tool specifically for school counselors. WSCA is excited to give back to the membership a tool we feel your supervisor/administrator can actually evaluate our unique role.
As you know, DPI did not push for our positions to be evaluated this year. Only principals and teachers had to use the Educator Effectiveness (EE) tools. In Stoughton, our administrators did want the school counselors to go through the process. We used Teachscape. Other WSCA board members on the ad hoc committee used the CESA 6 model for evaluation. In developing the WSCA evaluation tools, we tried to incorporate both versions, a hybrid, if you will.
Many meetings and collaborations with a variety of school districts in Wisconsin and other states have produced a template. One big change that you will see is that we refer to SLO (Student Learning Outcomes) as SCO (School Counseling Outcome). In the School Counseling Outcome Template, where you can record your Professional Practice Goal (PPG), information will guide you through your data collections. Please also note that ASCA's new Mindsets and Behaviors have changed our domain of Personal/Social to Social Emotional so you will see that terminology included along with career and academic goals.
As you complete the School Counselor Evaluation Plan Rubric, we tried to show you examples of how that specific rubric score could also be used to complete part of WSCA's WSCPAR (Wisconsin School Counselor Program Accountability Report)...kind of a two for one special! The rubric includes the following:
There will also be a workflow guide, similar to that of a teacher. In Wisconsin, school counselors belong to a group called WAPSO (Wisconsin Association of Pupil Services). This process has been in discussion for over three years trying to determine how to evaluate school counselors, school psychologists, school nurses and school social workers (WAPSO). Your WSCA president has been attending these meetings with our DPI School Counseling Consultant for years. Our proposed Wisconsin Pupil Services Evaluation includes the following workflow:
Thank you all for your continued dedication to improving our profession. Our goal is to truly show our relevance in the academic, career and social/emotional development of every Wisconsin student.
by Olin Morrison, Director
Congratulations! You made it through another school year. Now it’s time for the offseason. You have, no doubt, already assessed your on-the-job performance based on the required competencies needed to fulfill your building’s needs (yes, that is just a fancy way of saying you thought about how things went). Over the summer you will brainstorm how to improve your performance and that of your school counseling program. Come August, you will likely have plans for what to focus on professionally and programmatically. This is the basic process behind educator effectiveness: reflect, brainstorm, plan. The Wisconsin Educator Effectiveness (EE) System is a performance-based evaluation system designed to improve the education of all students in the state of Wisconsin by supporting guided, individualized, self-determined professional growth and development of educators.
So here are some of the questions that I asked myself while working on the Wisconsin School Association Educator Effectiveness Committee.
If you are like me, the answers to these questions bring a mixture of excitement and trepidation. I am anxious because of one word: more. As we all know, there is only so much you can add to the plate. My excitement, however, is two fold. First, highly effective school counselors are already actively engaged in the process of reflecting on and adapting their school counseling programs. This means that EE is not an addition, but an adaptation. Second, the impact of school counseling programs on students across Wisconsin is greatly improved when school counselors and their administrators communicate and collaborate on school counseling program outcomes.
I know for some the words “Educator Effectiveness” bring about an immediate negative and visceral reaction. My hope is that you will join me in embracing what I have come to find as the “spirit” of Educator Effectiveness: better outcomes for Wisconsin kids.
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The school doors have flung open for the last time this year, and our students have enthusiastically headed off to their summer activities. Once our initial elation at having survived another 437, 1050, or 1137 hours of instruction wears off and we realized there are only so many happy hours we can enjoy before permanently damaging our livers, we may face the question, “What should I do today to recharge my batteries for next fall?”
Pleasure self– engaging in pleasurable activities individually or with a group can create positive energy.
Mental/Mastery self – give yourself a boost by doing a task you’ve been putting off or challenge your brain in a unique way.
Spiritual self– get in touch with what really matters to you.
Emotional self – too often we label emotions as “good” or “bad.” Instead:
Physical self – engaging the body in physical activity releases pent-up energy and improves health.
Social self – connecting with others is an important part of self-care.
This is only a cursory list of how we can all take care of ourselves over the summer months in order to be at our best come August. For more suggestions you can visit the “80+ Self-Care Ideas” webpage.
Plan to Attend WSCA's 9th Annual Summer Leadership Academy
This year's topics: Data Boot Camp or Academic and Career Plans (ACPs). Choose from two levels of data training or choose to learn more about ACPs. Join us for some excellent professional development and to network with other professionals from across the state!
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
9:00 - 4:00 pm - Oshkosh, WI
CLICK HERE for more information
Thursday, Oct 22, 2015
9:00 - 4:00 pm - Turtle Lake, WI
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WISCONSIN SCENE! Network with Statewide School Counselors Today!
The Wisconsin School Counselor Association is excited to announce the addition of "Wisconsin SCENE" to the American School Counselor Association discussion board,
ASCA SCENE, located at www.schoolcounselor.org/SCENE. For directions on how to use Wisconsin Scene Click Here. We hope this new tool helps enhance and support the important work you do as a school counseling professional in Wisconsin.
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By Stacy Eslick, WSCA Executive Director
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