This is 2 of 6 in a series to promote the importance of ICAP process and the school counselorís role in guiding all students through this process.
HERRERA, M.A. LSC
(SLV BOCES Counselor Corp Grant)
VALLEY ó According to the American School Counselor Associationís (ASCA) Career Development Standards - ďa studentís road to success in Jr High and High school is improved when they are working on the areas of academic achievement, career development, and personal/social development.Ē
Here are the identifiable areas in more detail:
1) Academic Achievement: Work with their school counselor to create Individual Career Academic Plan (ICAP) of required courses for graduation and courses to ready the student for post-secondary choices in which students will understand the importance of planning goal/s to improve their learning with the ultimate goals of graduating from High school and going on to post-secondary workforce readiness.
2) Career Development: A student will acquire knowledge of skills needed for post-secondary/workforce readiness by identifying career goal/s through the college in Colorado curriculum, which courses will enable them to work towards the goal of graduation. Attending courses that challenge a student and fit into their ICAP process is crucial.
3) Personal/Social Development: Students work with their school counselor to help them make appropriate decisions regarding personal issues, clubs, organizations, volunteering, being consciously active in pursuing their post-secondary goal. Students work on survival skills to stay in school, finish daily work and homework, study for tests and ultimately pass the courses they are taking. Parents can help by keeping in touch with their childrenís teachers, attend Parent/Teacher conferences and
Always find the positive of their child/ren every day.
Students need to hear the good they have done that day. Parents who find themselves feeling left out may reach out to the school counselor for consistent student-parent and school counselor meetings to ensure the student is on task. This can be hard to do but there are ways to work around this by telephone conferences, use lunchtime meetings, and most useful - Technology (texting, email, and/or checking students grades on-line on a consistent basis.)
A community succeeds and students succeed when all work together, supporting parents to be able to be actively involved with their child/renís education. ICAP system is here to help this Valley and state to ensure all students are capable of succeeding 6th through 12th grade. School counselors are advocates for students.
All students are capable of succeeding when the system works together and the student has a sense of connection with their respected school, teachers, coaches, fellow classmates, clubs, school counselor, and parents/guardians.