The Guidance and Counseling Program in CISD (K-12) is focused on helping our students: be successful learners; consider their futures; identify the pathways to those futures; and take the steps necessary along the way to be successful. The program also is designed to help those students who may not be in a good place academically, socially or emotionally to be supported so that they may find academic success. In elementary and intermediate schools, the focus is on building good citizens, as well developing those skills necessary to be successful academically. This is where students take their first look at future careers, and begin to hear about post-secondary opportunities. In junior high, planning for the future takes on new urgency. Counselors work with students, not only to plan their academic pathway to graduation, but to investigate careers, majors, and colleges. Naviance, a web-based career/college exploration and planning system, is introduced to students as they begin their search and start their high school academic planning. Social and emotional priorities are also addressed. In high school, focus becomes more specific to future plans, academics, and making sure the student not only has the academic prerequisites for future endeavors, but also has a clear pathway on how to reach his/her goals. Once again, Naviance is a powerful tool in helping students and counselors track progress toward attaining academic, career, and post-secondary goals. Counselors work with students on any barriers to reaching those goals, and help them find financial opportunities that are available to help them access the education they want and need to fulfill their plans. In May, once counselors near the end of the year, they reflect on which issues/topics have presented particular needs throughout the year. Specific student needs are the focus for counselor staff development.
FOR STUDENT SAFETY AND WELL BEING CONCERNS AFTER SCHOOL HOURS,
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