Friday, July 25, 2014

SMART Counseling Program Goals


Here are the SMART Goals we set the past 2 years:

2012-2013
Goal 1 By the end of the 3rd quarter of the 2012-13 school year, identified 4th grade students (failed one or more SOL in grade 3 and/or received low grades 1st quarter) will increase their report card grades (GPA in core subjects and work skills) by 10%.
Goal 2 By the end of the 2012-2013 school year, the number of documented bullying incidents reported and coached by staff involving 3rd-5th grade students will decrease by 3% compared to the 2011-12 school year.
Goal 3 By the end of the 3rd quarter of the 2012-13 school year, chronically tardy students (3 or more unexcused tardy arrivals) will decrease their number of unexcused tardy arrivals by 5% compared to the 1st quarter.

2013-2014
Goal 1 By the end of the 3rd quarter of the 2013-2014 school year, identified 4th and 5th grade students (failed at least one Standards of Learning (SOL) the previous year, scored below benchmark in writing/math/reading assessments, and/or received low grades 1st quarter) will increase their report card grades (GPA in core subjects and work skills) from first to third marking period by 8%.
Goal 2 By the end of the 2013-2014 school year, the number of documented bullying incidents reported and coached by staff involving 2nd-5th grade students will decrease by 2% compared to the 2012-13 school year.
Goal 3 For the 2013-2014 school year, average attendance rate will improve from 96.2% to 96.5%.

In 2012-2013 we were successful in all 3 goals. In 2013-2014 we did not meet goals 1 & 2; we did meet goal 3. We struggled to get the data for goal 1 because we had a new information system in place. It is very hard to impact grades (seem out of our control). Unfortunately we had a slight increase in bullying incidents that were documented and coached.  We track bullying incidents very carefully and with our school's growing population it is hard to decrease the number of incidents. We worked very hard on attendance this year to try to improve our school's culture that coming to school every day on time unless a child is sick (or at a medical appointment or family emergency) is important.

It is hard at the elementary level to set goals that have outcome data, as required in the ASCA Model (Third Edition). I'd love comments about the goals you set for your programs.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Hawn Foundation MindUp

This research based social emotional program has a lot to offer. It is funded by Goldie Hawn's Foundation. I have the books and use parts of it in my classroom lessons and with some groups.

Scholastic MindUp

Scholastic

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Career Song - Buckalope Elementary



I am planning to incorporate more visuals and music into my class lessons this year. I think the kindergarten students would find this one fun and educational.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Developing New Habits Takes Longer Than We Thought!

21Days
Research has recently proven that the 21 day guideline that has been around since 1960 underestimates the time needed to change.  On average, it takes more than two months before a new behavior becomes automatic -- 66 days to be exact. And how long it takes a new habit to form can vary widely depending on the behavior, the person, and the circumstances. Before you mislead yourself (or a student) read about Lally's research at www.huffingtonpost.com

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Multicultural and Anti-bias Children's Literature

My school is adding Spanish for all students this year so we are searching for additional resources about Spanish culture and especially children's literature we want to have in the classrooms and library. Two good resources I came across are:
1) A checklist by the Anti-Defamation League on criteria for selecting books
http://adl.org/bibliography/

2) A  web site contains links to annotated bibliographies of children's multicultural books appropriate for the elementary grades (kindergarten through grade six). Cultural groups currently listed include: African Americans, Chinese Americans, Latino/Hispanic Americans, Japanese Americans, Jewish Americans,  Native Americans, and Korean Americans.
multiculturalchildrenslit.com

Disclaimer

This is the disclaimer we put at the top of the referral list we provide parents when asked for outside resources. We usually give the names of many providers. I think it conveys we are only sharing information, not making a recommendation for treatment or a specific outside referral source.

Private Mental Health and Psychological Services Providers


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