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School Counseling and Guidance, K-12

93%

of High School students think they will graduate

86%

of RI teachers expect their students to go to college

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RIDE is currently working with counselors and administrators to determine updated statewide strategies for supporting Comprehensive School Counseling programs in schools.  Please share your feedback by emailing nicole.smith@ride.ri.gov 

As a component of the Rhode Island Basic Education Program, "each LEA shall establish and maintain a Comprehensive School Counseling Guidance (CSC) Program, including guidance and counseling services, available to all students in grades K-12. Each LEA shall ensure that the CSC Guidance program shall:

  • Be developed and delivered in accordance with the Rhode Island Framework for Comprehensive K-12 School Counseling Programs;
  • Support each student in meeting the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) standards in the academic, career, and personal and social domains;
  • Be a coordinated effort among the professional counseling staff and the rest of the educational community; and
  • Include services to be provided to students at each developmental stage and specify how the services will be provided to all students.

The Rhode Island Framework

The Rhode Island Framework for Comprehensive K-12 School Counseling Programs is the product of a broad collaborative effort by Providence College, the Rhode Island School Counselor Association, Rhode Island School-to-Career and the Rhode Island Department of Education. School counselors are critical players in systemic change. Their role as leaders, advocates, and collaborators allows them to be important contributors to positive educational change and to the success of students in three developmental domains: academic, personal/social and career. While continuing to serve as the primary conduit whereby the needs of students are addressed, counselors now develop and implement a program that is comprehensive in scope, preventative in design, developmental in nature, and data driven. Twenty-first century school counseling in Rhode Island ensures equitable access to educational and career exploration opportunities for all kids, promotes a rigorous academic curriculum for every student, provides strategies for closing the equity gaps, supports the development of skills to increase student success, and fosters advocacy for all students. The model encourages administrators and counselors to align school improvement strategies with school counseling by redefining and re-positioning the role of school counselor.

The Framework can be accessed here.

Standards & Competencies

Comprehensive School Counseling address a broad array of learning for students. Rhode Island has adopted both national and state-specific standards that support schools and counselors in developing robust programs. 

Further, a group of approximately 100 practitioners known as the Rhode Island Learning Champions have met over the past year to develop rubrics for assessing student competencies with applied learning skills: communication, problem-solving, critical thinking, research, reflection and evaluation, and collaboration, among other content areas. More information about their work will be available in January 2018.  

Individual Learning Plans

The Individual Learning Plan (ILP)

has been a requirement for all Rhode Island students in grades 6-12 since 2005 when it was incorporated into the state’s Secondary School and Graduation Requirement Regulations. ILPs are a student-directed planning and monitoring tool that customizes learning opportunities throughout students' secondary school experience, broadens their perspectives, and supports attainment of goals. The ILP documents students’ interests, needs, supports, course selections (including access to college level programming), transition placements and other learning experiences both in and out of school. This information produces a thoughtful program of study leading to proficiency for graduation and postsecondary experiences. A meaningful ILP for all Rhode Island students:

  • Begins no later than entry into sixth grade and is maintained through 12th grade.
  • Is revisited at least twice each school year, and at key transition periods for students.
  • Helps students identify and meet their goals in three domains: academic, career and personal/ social.
  • Coordinates with other support plans as appropriate. For example, individualized education programs (IEPs), Section 504 plans, Personal Literacy Plans, etc.
To date, schools largely have not been able to implement this tool in a meaningful way, mostly because the ILP has not been prioritized for resource allocation and the state has not supported the implementation with professional development or training since its introduction. The PrepareRI state action plan for career readiness identified the Individual Learning Plan (ILP) as a central tenant of personalization and a tool that has the potential to be a meaningful and intentional facilitator and connector of career exploration and academic study throughout a student’s middle and high school experience. To make this a reality, RIDE has worked with stakeholders to develop new resources and tools, including a forthcoming menu of vendor that will help with implementation of revised ILP systems. 

 

ILP System and Curriculum Vendor Menu of Options 

As a result of the Spring 2017 workgroup's recommendations,, RIDE issued a request for proposals for vendors that could provide comprehensive ILP system and curriculum. A review team, supported by a number of school and district staff serving as technical advisors, are currently considering vendor proposals. This will culminate in a menu of vendors that schools and/or districts can choose from as they implement or revise the ILP programs for their students. 

DATE

 ITEM

October 2017  Department of Administration issues RFP 
November 2017 RFP closes & RFP Review
December 2017 RFP Review & Recommendations to Department of Adminstration
Jan/Feb 2018 Master Price Agreement (MPA) Contracts Awarded
February – April, 2018 Information Sessions for Schools and Districts
May 2018 Schools/LEA begin contracting with MPA Contractors
September 2018 Schools begin new ILP implementation as contracts/situation allows.
Academic Year 2020-21 All schools have adopted an ILP system from the MPA or alternative vetting process.

 

ILP Framework 

In Spring 2017, the Rhode Island Framework for Individual Learning Plans was updated to include additional information and supports for developing and implementing an ILP program at a school or district, including the primary components, stakeholder roles and additional information required for a successful program. The revised framework can be reviewed here. 


 

The updated ILP system is part of PrepareRI, a statewide initiative to build career pathways for all Rhode Island youth. Learn more about PrepareRI at www.prepare-ri.org.


Becoming a School Counselor

School Counselor Credential Requirements

Educator Quality is essential to improving student achievement. Educator Quality begins with clear standards for educator practice. Improvement of achievement requires implementing strong practices in recruiting, developing, recognizing, and retaining talented and demonstrably successful staff in LEAs.

Individuals seeking to become a school counselor in Rhode Island should work with RIDE's Office of Educator Excellence and Certification Services:   email:  EQAC@ride.ri.gov phone: 401-222-8893

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