Redesigning School Counseling enables schools to develop a data-driven and accountable school counseling program that aligns with the academic goals found in the School Improvement Plan.
RSC is based on the following beliefs:
RSC places a heavy emphasis on data-based decision making. RSC schools collect and analyze several types of data to help inform decisions during the strategic planning process. Most of the data is collected via a school-wide student survey.
RSC ADVISORY COUNCIL
RSC schools create an RSC Advisory Council with members representing a variety of stakeholder groups and perspectives in the school and community. Council members provide input during six meetings as the RSC Strategic Plan is being developed. They also provide feedback as the plan is being implemented. Advisory Council members from the community also choose to compliment the school counseling program by implementing community-based academic and career guidance activities for the community's young people. Typical members of the RSC Advisory Council include school administrators, counselors, teachers, students, parents. Members also include representatives of sending schools, receiving schools, economic development groups, business and industry, local government, community foundations, youth service organizations, faith-based organizations, service clubs, public libraries, and other community organizations. Care is given to ensure that the Advisory Council mirrors the community's diversity in terms of race, ethnicity, economic level and education level.
RSC Vision-to-Action Process
During the RSC strategic planning process, called Vision-to-Action, the Advisory Council participates in six discussions:
Year Two and Beyond
RSC STEERING TEAM MANUAL
RSC schools receive an online Steering Team Manual which includes everything they need to facilitate the Advisory Council meetings and develop their School Counseling Program Portfolio. Contents include sample meeting agendas, PowerPoint presentations, facilitator scripts, facilitator guides, discussion prompts, consensus building tools, and templates.
RSC PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
RSC schools receive free professional development via monthly webcasts. In some locations (Indiana), RSC learning communities are also available. Learning community participants attend one face-to-face workshop followed by a series of webinars where participants 1) share successes and challenges, 2) discuss upcoming activities in the Vision-to-Action process, and 3) ask questions.
RSC Program Development Standards and rubric items are available for each component in the RSC Strategic Plan. These rigorous standards include ASAI's Standards for School Counseing Program Design and the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) criteria for the Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) award.
ASCA RAMP AWARD
Schools may use the School Counseling Program Portfolio developed through the RSC process as part of their application for the ASCA RAMP Award. Schools that meet all of the rubric items associated with the RSC Standards will also have met all of the criteria for the ASCA RAMP Award.
RSC was developed by Sue Reynolds with input from a myriad of school counselors in Indiana and across the country. Sue served as a public school counselor in Indiana and received the National Secondary School Counselor of the Year Award from the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). She also received the Indiana Secondary School Counselor of the Year Award and is a four-time recipient of distinguished service awards from the Indiana Counseling Association. Sue has served as a board member for the American School Counselor Association, executive director of the Indiana School Counselor Association, and educational consultant for the Indiana Department of Education. In 1996, Sue founded the American Student Achievement Institute, a non-profit that she currently directs.