Alternative Programs - School Counselor (2022-2023 SY)

Norwalk Public Schools
Norwalk, CT, US

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  • Position Type:
    High School Teaching/School Counselor

  • Date Posted:

  • Location:
    District Wide

  • Date Available:

  • 2022-2023 SCHOOL YEAR


    The K-12 school counselor provides academic; career; college access, affordability and admission; and social-emotional competencies to every student annually by helping design, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive evidence-based school counseling program in each district school. The school counselor provides an annual plan and advising to every student, classroom school counseling lessons in collaboration with other educators for all students, group and individual counseling for some students. The school counselor also provides additional school-wide activities that promote student success helping to close achievement, opportunity, and attainment gaps, increase student career/college success, and improves mental health/well-being. The school counselor is an advocate, leader, and change-agent partnering with colleagues inside the schools, in the community, and with family members for optimal student success. The school counselor is supervised by the Director of School Counseling in consultation with the building principal.

    Services to Students
    • Plans, delivers, and evaluates school counseling interventions to help close achievement, opportunity, and attainment gaps.
    • Delivers academic success skills including: organization, time management, study skills to all students annually.
    • Delivers career development skills including assessments, career clusters, use of Occupational Outlook Handbook (embedded in Naviance), creating resumes/cover letters, job shadowing/searching techniques.
    • Delivers college access/affordability/admission skills to all students with attention to first-generation students, students with disabilities, and students needing affordability resources.
    • Provides social-emotional skills to all students including anti-violence/ anti-bullying, stress management, cultural diversity, and strategies to improve energy/ mood Ensures every student has an annually updated ACCESS & Accomplishments Plan.
    • Ensures ethical practice by using a decision-making model and sharing most recent updates of the ACA, ASCA & NACAC codes of ethics with all stakeholders.
    • Coordinates orientation for new and transfer students and families.
    • Applies developmental, learning, counseling, and education theories.
    • Uses Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success standards (ASCA) in the school counseling program.
    • Demonstrates an understanding of the impact of cultural, social and environmental influences on student success and opportunities.
    • Designs and implements instruction aligned to Mindsets and Behaviors in Classroom, Group, and Individual Settings.
    • Provides appraisal/advisement in Classroom, Group, and Individual Settings.
    • Provides short-term counseling in Group and Individual Settings.

    Collaboration with School and Professional Staff
    • Collaborates with teachers, school social workers, and school psychologists for optimal student success.
    • Collaborates with multiple school systems and peers for systemic change: as Equity Consultants on the Master Schedule, supporting all students' access to challenging coursework for all students, Academic Support Services, and Co-Curricular Activities.
    • Consults with teachers on creative, culturally responsive interventions to support struggling students including noncognitive factors affecting student success.
    • Participates in PPT/504 meetings, team meetings, and restorative justice settings.
    • Makes referrals to appropriate school resources.
    • Consults with educators for student achievement and success.

    Liaison and Collaboration with Outside Resources
    • Maintains professional memberships in state and national school and college counseling organizations (ASCA/CSCA, ACA, NACAC/NEACAC).
    • Collaborates with family members and community agencies/businesses in a school/family/community partnership for student achievement/success.
    • Makes referrals to appropriate community resources.

    Planning and School Counseling Program Development/Evaluation
    • Demonstrates leadership as a system change agent for equity by developing and implementing a comprehensive school counseling program.
    • Establishes and maintains School Counseling Program Advisory Council.
    • Assists in annual Equity Audit of school programs/policies/practices.
    • Assesses the School Counseling Program annually and shares results with all stakeholders using ASCA Program Assessment and the ACCESS Questionnaire.
    • Uses disaggregated data to plan School Counseling Program interventions.
    • Uses technology effectively in the school counseling program.
    • Annually updates school counselor/administrator agreement.
    • Analyzes school disaggregated data to inform school counseling program best practices.
    • Demonstrates understanding of educational systems, legal issues, policies, research, and trends Applies school counseling professional standard, competencies and legal and ethical principles to the school counseling profession.
    • Creates school counseling program beliefs, vision and mission statements aligned with school and district.
    • Identifies gaps in achievement, attendance, discipline, opportunity, and resources.
    • Develops annual student outcome goals based on data.
    • Develops and implements action plans aligned with student outcome goals and data.
    • Assesses and reports program results to the school community.
    • Uses time appropriately according to national recommendations and student/school data.
    • Establishes annual agreement with building leaders about the SC program.
    • Uses a SC appraisal process (ASCA SC Appraisal/101 Solutions-CAFE Model).
    • Maintains weekly and annual calendars of SC use of time and school counseling program/ school-wide events for all stakeholders.

    • 068 School Counselor certification/eligibility in CT.
    • Master's degree in Counselor Education/School Counseling.
    • Knowledge of evidence-based research and best practices in designing, implementing, and evaluating a school counseling program and interventions including school counseling curriculum lessons, group and individual counseling, and planning/advising for all students.
    • Demonstrated professional identity/memberships in state and national school and college counseling professional organizations.

    Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
    • Effective skills in working with all school stakeholders and community partners.
    • Ability to identify students with disabilities and refer for appropriate services and accommodations.
    • Ability to affirm and work effectively with students and other stakeholders of multiple cultural and linguistic identities.
    • Knowledge of ACA, ASCA and NACAC professional codes of ethics for school and college counselors.
    • Experience in implementing and evaluating a school counseling program model such as the ASCA National Model.
    • Experience in advising/planning for all students, developmental school counseling curriculum lessons, group counseling, and individual counseling.
    • Technology skills including use of spreadsheets, social media, websites, apps, and other ways that build and enhance the school counseling program effectiveness with all stakeholders.

    Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
    • Bilingual Fluent in Spanish.
    • Experience and understanding of bilingual students' unique academic and social-emotional strengths and challenges.
    • Experience in urban, diverse environments.
    • K-12 teaching, advising, and/or coaching experience.
    • Experience using the ASCA Model, Code of Ethics, Professional Competencies, & Mindsets & Behaviors.
    • Experience in career and college access, affordability, and admission counseling.
    • Experience in a distance learning work environment.

    Days: Monday - Friday
    Salary: In alignment with NFT contract
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    It is the policy of the Norwalk Board of Education to ensure equal educational opportunity for all students and to prohibit unlawful discrimination because of race, color, religion, creed, age, marital status, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or physical and mental disability in the school district's educational program and activities; and to prohibit unlawful discrimination in employment because of race, color, religion, creed, age, marital status, national origin, gender; gender identity or expression, sexual orientation or physical and mental disability.

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