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School Counseling and Guidance, K-12


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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.

Counseling Supports

The counseling team at RIDE works to support districts’ School Counseling Guidance Program through monthly newsletter communication as well as monthly professional development. New counselors may sign up here to receive the newsletter.  Professional development dates are listed below.


  • 9/20/21: Monday--High School Level (10AM); Elementary/ Middle Level (1PM)
  • 10/18/21: Monday--High/Middle Level (1PM)
  • 11/15/21: Monday--High School / Middle Level (1PM) 
  • 12/13/21: Shifted timing! Monday--ALL COUNSELORS: Youth Mental Health Depression & Anxiety Overview with Bradley Learning Exchange (11AM--12:30PM)
  • 1/10/22: Added training! Monday--ALL COUNSELORS: Suicide Screening, Prevention, and Response with Bradley Exchange (11AM-- 1PM)
  • 2/7/22: Monday--Elementary (11AM ); High School / Middle Level (1PM)
  • 3/14/22: Monday--High School Level (10AM); Middle Level (1PM)
  • 4/11/22: Monday--Elementary (11AM); High School / Middle Level (1PM)
  • 5/16/22: Monday--High School / Middle Level (1PM)

The team can also provide technical assistance with individual learning plan implementation and collates resources through the school counseling resource hub linked below. Please reach out to the following individuals or use counseling@ride.ri.gov for support.

School Counseling Resource Hub

The School Counselor Resource Hub has a variety of resources available in the three domains (Academic, Career, and Social-Emotional). The database can be searched by grade, domain, lessons, and keyword. 

School Counseling Resource Hub

If you would like to share a resource, website, or lesson that you have found helpful, please fill out this form. Please share your feedback on this tool here.


Please check out the planned RIDE School Counselor Professional Development Schedule for the upcoming year below. If you have any questions please contact Counseling@ride.ri.gov.


School Year Professional Development


  • 9/20/21--Monday: High School Level (10AM); Elementary/ Middle Level (1PM) 
  • 10/18/21--Monday: High/Middle Level (1PM)
  • 11/15/21--Monday: High School / Middle Level (1PM) 
  • 12/13/21--Shifted timing! Monday: ALL COUNSELORS--Youth Mental Health Depression & Anxiety Overview with Bradley Learning Exchange (11AM-12:30PM)
  • 1/10/22--Added training! Monday: ALL COUNSELORS--Suicide Screening, Prevention, and Response with Bradley Learning Exchange (11AM-1PM)
  • 2/7/22--Monday: Elementary (11 AM); High School / Middle Level (1PM)
  • 3/14/22--Monday: High School Level (10AM); Middle Level (1PM)
  • 4/11/22--Monday: Elementary (11 AM); High School / Middle Level (1PM)
  • 5/16/22--Monday: High School / Middle Level (1PM)

PrepareRI School Counseling Corps - Reimagining School Counseling

PrepareRI School Counseling Corps 

Reimagining School Counseling



  • Increase equitable access for students to effective comprehensive counseling programs
  • Increase the percentage of students accessing the Diploma Plus credential and courses


Ten (10) School Counselors will be funded as part of a three-year initiative to expand supports to students across Rhode Island.  Counselors hired will be fully embedded in the participating high schools and serve as the main point of contact for the project outcomes while serving as a full-time member of the counseling department. Together, the counseling team will create a comprehensive program offering proactive supports to all students with a focus on equity and expanding access. A two-year ASCA training will be provided for the primary high school counseling department as well as the feeder schools’ counseling departments to support the program goals.



A comprehensive counseling program enables schools to proactively ensure that they are reaching all students and addressing their needs. Studies have shown that implementation of the ASCA national model (which includes a comprehensive counseling program) and a lower student to school counselor ration can result in more first-generation students attending college, increasing attendance and increasing SAT scores.

Priority Areas:

LEA’s are eligible to submit for this opportunity to increase the number of school counselors for high school students and the level of school counseling services provided. The funding for this program is limited. Priority will be given to schools that are high priority according to the data and ready to engage in implementation of the PrepareRI School Counseling Corp. All RI high schools who meet two or more priority area are eligible to participate in the program.

  • Schools at which the graduation rate is lower than the state average (2019 4-year rate – 83.9%);
  • Schools with a FAFSA Completion rate lower than the average for the state (66% completion);
  • Schools with a rate of 54% or more of students who are eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch exceeding the statewide rate;
  • Schools with a Post-Secondary Success Score below the average of 49. (The Post-Secondary Success Score is part of Diploma Plus.  The index is created from the proportion of H.S. graduates who earn a credential beyond a H.S. diploma, for ex. AP course, Dual and/or Concurrent Enrollment, Approved CTE Credentials.) 
  • “Significant” Achievement gaps for subpopulations as defined by having more than one low performing subgroups


This program requires a 3-year commitment. 


Available Funds:

The first year of the three-year program includes a fully funded counselor (up to $75,000 base salary) for your school.













Hiring the PrepareRI Counselors:

The hiring process for this program will be a joint endeavor with districts and RIDE. Essential duties and responsibilities for the position will include elements required to meet project deliverables. Districts will post the position on job sites and be responsible for the screening and interview processes. The PrepareRI School Counseling RIDE team will interview and approve finalist candidates in collaboration with the district.

Program Timeline:

 Date Activity
 10/23/20    Interest Survey Launch
 11/2/20 - 1:00PM   PrepareRI School Counseling Corps Informational Webinar
 11/6/20  Interest Survey Deadline
 11/20/20    Signed Assurance of Commitment
 2/22/21  Counselors Start Date

Resources & Additional Information:

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Rhode Island FAFSA Initiative

The cost of college and career training can be a barrier for many students, so completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is essential for students to qualify for federal, state, and institutional funds.

Students can receive up to $6,195 per year in Federal Pell grants during the 2019/2020 cycle.

FAFSA dashboard for everyoneFAFSA toolkit for schools, families, and studentsFAFSA portal for administrators and counselors

  • The FAFSA Dashboard shows how many students are completing the FAFSA in each Rhode Island high school so we can track our progress.
  • The FAFSA Toolkit includes information and helpful resources for schools, families, and students.
  • The FAFSA Portal will allow qualified administrators and staff to access student-level completion data online. In order to access the portal, please make sure that your school team has submitted this Data-sharing agreement to FAFSA@riopc.edu as soon as possible (instructions here).

FAFSA Dashboard Check back weekly to see Rhode Island's completion rate!

Financial Aid Forum - English Financial Aid Forum - Spanish


  • 360 High School
  • Barrington High School
  • Blackstone Academy Charter
  • Blackstone Valley Prep High School
  • Classical High School
  • Cumberland High School
  • East Greenwich High School
  • E-Cubed Academy
  • Evolutions High School
  • Exeter-West Greenwich Regional High School
  • Jacqueline M Walsh School
  • Lincoln High School
  • North Providence High School
  • North Smithfield High School
  • Paul Cuffee Charter
  • Portsmouth High School
  • RINI Middle College
  • Scituate High School
  • Smithfield High School
  • South Kingstown High School
  • Times2 Academy
  • Trinity Academy for Performing Arts
  • Village Green Virtual
  • Westerly High School

COVID - Re-opening Schools

As districts plan for students and staff to return to school it is important to address the social and emotional learning needs of our students and staff. The School Counseling Program Re-Opening Guidance [PDF, 273 KB] has been created to help school counselors facilitate the planning of programs in this ever changing environment. The guidance is a framework to help think about programs in an effort to support all students and the school community.

Please share your feedback on the guidance here or contact onna.holland@ride.ri.gov

The RI School Counseling 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.

RI School Counseling Framework 2.0: An update to the original framework that includes the most current ASCA Standards:

If you would like to provide feedback on this Framework, please click here.


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.

Both the Secondary School Regulations and the state's PrepareRI state action plan for career readiness identifies the ILP as the backbone of personalization and relevance of a student's education. By the 2020-2021 academic year, it is the expectation that all middle and high schools will have either adopted an ILP system from the state-vetted menu of developed their own ILP system and curriculum model that meets the state's expectations.

Beginning in the 20-21 school year data will be pulled quarterly for the ILP.  The ILP Collection form details the data that will be pulled. 

Data Pull Dates:

--Wednesday, November 17

--Thursday, February 3

--Wednesday, April 13

--Monday, June 21

In addition, a narrative report will need to be submitted by each district by June 1, 2021. This will be submitted through the RIDE ILP District Annual Report. The narrative report asks for evidence of alignment with the RI ILP Scope and Sequence via a list of lessons or timeline that include the lessons. Here is a sample timeline.

ILP System and Curriculum: Vendor Menu of Options

To help guide the renewed focus on ILPs, the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) convened a diverse working group of education, postsecondary, community, and industry stakeholders. This working group provided a key series of recommendations to help guide the revitalization of the ILP as a meaningful way to connect a student’s academic, career, and social/emotional goals and passions with their secondary school experiences.

These recommendations have led to the release of the Individual Learning Plan Adoption Toolkit, as well as the release of a menu of turn-key ILP system and curriculum solutions that is now available. In fall 2017, RIDE issued a request for proposals for vendors that could provide a comprehensive ILP system and curriculum. A review team, supported by a number of school and district staff serving as technical advisors, considered vendor proposals. The final menu of vendor options that schools and/or districts can choose from as they implement or revise the ILP programs for their students includes four different vendor options.

ILP Adoption Toolkit

To help guide the renewed focus on individual learning plans (ILPs), the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) convened a diverse working group of education, postsecondary, community, and industry stakeholders. This working group provided a key set of recommendations to help guide the revitalization of the ILP as a meaningful way to connect a student’s academic, career, and social-emotional goals and passions with their secondary school experiences.

These recommendations led to the release of this toolkit, as well as the release of a menu of turnkey ILP system and curriculum solutions. In fall 2017, RIDE issued a request for proposals for vendors that could provide a comprehensive electronic ILP system and curriculum. A review team, supported by a number of school and district staff serving as technical advisors, considered vendor proposals. The final menu of vendor options that schools and/or districts can choose from as they implement or revise the ILP programs for their students includes four different vendor options. In December 2019, districts submitted an ILP Adoption Success Plan to indicate their chosen vendor option. The original toolkit was revised in 2020, in collaboration with the Regional Educational Laboratory-Northeast, with additional implementation recommendations and supports.

As districts begin to implement a new or revised ILP program, RIDE will help support implementation by continuing to develop toolkit resources, working directly with schools interested in state technical support, and reporting on statewide common and best practices. For more information about these resources and opportunities, visit ride.ri.gov/schoolcounseling.

Section ILP Toolkit Item Use Type Intent of Section
ALL Complete Toolkit [PDF] Systems-level decisions Complete ILP Adoption Toolkit to support decision-making and adoption of the ILP menu options.
A ILP Framework [PDF] Systems-level decisions This section explains the RI regulations requirements of an ILP. It identifies roles required for implementation and alignment to ASCA domains. This framework was revised in summer 2017 as a result of the ILP working group.
B ILP Scope & Sequence and  Curriculum Model [PDF] Program Integration and Implementation This section provides a RI ILP model scope and sequence, as well as a turnkey curriculum model with lesson plans aligned to vendors and vendor-specific features from the state-vetted menu.
C ILP Vendor Overview
Systems-level decisions
This section identifies the ILP System & Curriculum vendor menu, frequently asked information about each vendor, Master Price Agreement costs and implementation considerations.
D ILP School/ District Adoption Success Plan [DOCX] Systems-level decisions This section provides a template for schools and districts to document the current status of their ILP system & curriculum implementation and includes a brief section to indicate which vendor from the menu has been adopted or propose a model that is not on the menu.
E ILP District Decision Rubric Tool [XLSX] Systems-level decisions This section provides a rubric tool to help guide conversations about the ILP solutions that best meets local needs. Use the rubric as an adaptable template to evaluate ILP vendor options.

As districts begin to implement a new or revised ILP, RIDE will help support with implementation through continuing to develop toolkit resources, working directly with schools interested in state technical support and reporting on statewide common and best practice and best practices.

ILP Vendor Informational Sessions

To support in implementation, RIDE held a series of informational webinars between May 23, 2018 and June 6, 2018 for school and district staff to learn more about each of the state-vetted vendor options on the menu. All webinars covered the same content.  If you were unable to attend an informational webinar, a recording is available below.

PrepareRI logoThe 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.

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. Visit RIDE's Proficiency Based Learning page for more information.

Rhode Island School Competencies for Students

The Rhode Island School Counseling Competencies for Students were developed in May 2020 as a supplement to the Individual Learning Plan guidance. The competencies should serve as the foundation for building a K-12 comprehensive school counseling program of which the Individual Learning Plan should be a component. The information in this document is designed as the framework for each district’s written curriculum and is not necessarily all-inclusive. 

The competencies cover three domains: academic, career, and social/emotional development, align with the ASCA Mindsets and Standards, and are broken into grade-span expectations based on what a student should be developmentally able to demonstrate at the end of each span. All members of the school community should be engaged in exposing students to the information and encouraging growth in all three of these areas. 

The goal in writing this document was to answer the question: “What do all students in Rhode Island need to know in order to be lifelong learners and productive citizens in an ever-changing global society?” 

RI School Counseling Competencies

ILP Professional Learning Group

RIDE invites schools to join the 2020 / 2021 professional learning group (PLG) in an effort to continue to support districts in implementation of revised ILP programs, as spurred last by the updated Secondary School Regulations and PrepareRI Action Plan. The PLG is currently comprised of over 30 districts.  We invite new districts to join this great group of educators.  The PLG offers the forum for school teams to come together to customize, design implement and evaluate their ILP process.     

Opportunity: As part of the PLG, schools can expect to discuss and learn from each other’s successes and get feedback on how to address the obstacles they face, including: sharing of best practices; identifying and beginning implementation of a platform; identifying classes or logistics for working with students to create and update their ILP; and/or, identifying and planning related curriculum.  

Commitment: The PLG will meet quarterly and there will be at least one on-site visit to the school/district by PLG coordinators. PLG Teams should consist of district and school leadership along with school counselors (or other appropriate staff responsible for ILPs) who will be responsible for the implementation of the ILP program.  Districts are encouraged to select team members from both the middle and high school levels. 

The meeting dates this year are:

  • Full ILP Professional Learning Group - 10/19/20
  • Xello/Richer Picture - 12/10/20
  • Naviance - 12/14/20
  • Choices 360 - 12/17/20
  • Full ILP Professional Learning Group - 2/8
  • Full ILP Professional Learning Group - 4/12

You can RSVP here to the PLG meetings. If you have any questions about the ILP PLG please contact onna.holland@ride.ri.gov.

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) or phone (401-222-8893).