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Promoting a Systematic Focus on Learning Supports to Address Barriers to Learning and Teaching - Anticipating Congressional hearings related to reauthorizing NCLB, this report focuses on how learning supports can be enhanced in the reauthorized law. The emphasis is on fully integrating the development of a comprehensive system of learning supports as an essential component in school improvement efforts. (Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA, July 2006) ...

Helping Students Make Good Decisions and Act on Them: The Real Meaning of Guidance and Advisement - This four-page brief provides recommendations for successful guidance at the high school level and examples of schools whose counseling programs include these important components. Among the recommendations: counselors should help students develop six-year plans for all years of high school and the two years following graduation; technology can and should be used to “help students plan a challenging high school program of study, explore career options, maintain a list of potential colleges and careers and build a résumé." According to the brief, students whose mentor or advisor helped them plan a high school program of study and review their course choices at least annually had substantially higher academic achievement than other students. (Southern Regional Education Board, September 2005)...

Below the Accountability Radar Screen: What Does State Policy Say About School Counseling? - - This report examines the state policy context of implementing an initiative that transforms the training and role of today’s school counselors. The author examines the educational reform contexts of California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana and Ohio as it relates to implementing the Transforming School Counselor Initiative and the final analysis ranks the five states with regard to their institutional capacity to fully implement and stabilize reform initiatives related to school counseling.(Angela M. Eilers, Education Policy Analysis Archives, Education Policy Studies Laboratory, January 2004)...

High School Guidance Counseling - The first national data since 1984 on high school guidance programs, this survey examines the self-reported goals of such programs, the prevalence of guidance counseling plans and standards, the perceived effects of block scheduling and other features on schools' capacity to provide guidance services and availability and student participation rates in various types of guidance activities. The survey also reports characteristics of guidance counselors such as certification levels, time spent on various activities and professional development activities. (Basmat Parsad, Debbie Alexander, Elizabeth Farris and Lisa Hudson, National Center for Education Statistics, August 2003)...

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