The Oak Park High School Counseling Department
College & Career Center Jean Gilbert-Hawkins: email@example.comFreshman Counselor Janet Svoboda: firstname.lastname@example.orgGrade 10-12 Counselors:(Fr-Mh) Suzie Stasiefski: email@example.com(Mi-Tn) Jenny Charrett: firstname.lastname@example.org(To-Z, all 504, International & Summer School Students) Randy McLelland: email@example.com an exciting new website, provided by our district. It is an open door site for parents to view the vital role of counselors and the counseling scheduled events in our district. In addition, it provides some invaluable resources for parents to access information on the social-emotional well-being of children.
Oak Park Unified School District K-12 Counseling PhilosophyThe philosophy of the Oak Park Unified School District is to provide a comprehensive school counseling program that promotes and enhances student learning through three broad and interrelated areas of student development. Each of these areas of student development encompasses a variety of desired student learning competencies, which in turn are comprised of specific knowledge, attitudes, and skills. The foundation of a developmental school counseling program includes:
A comprehensive, effective, results-based school counseling program includes:
- Academic development
- Career development
- Personal/social development
- Measurable student competencies
- A team effort of parents, teachers, counselors, administrators, and other support staff; school, home, and community collaboration
- Program accountability and evaluation
- On-going training and professional development for school counselors
- A program aligned with the National Standards for School Counseling Programs
Definition of the OPUSD K-12 School Counseling ProgramThe OPUSD K-12 school counseling program is comprehensive, developmental and systematic in nature, sequential, clearly defined and accountable. The program is integral to the educational process, proactive and preventive in its focus. It employs strategies to enhance academics, provide career awareness, develop employment readiness, encourage self-awareness, foster interpersonal communication skills and impart life success skills for all students.
- Group counseling services
- Individual counseling services
- Result-based guidance curriculum
- Consultation with parents and teachers
- Collaboration with community resources
The school counselor:
- Is similar to other educational programs, inclusive of curriculum, standards, and assessments.
- Is developed by design, focusing on needs, interests, and issues related to the various stages of student growth.
- Promotes more effective and efficient student learning.
- Expresses a commitment to individual uniqueness and maximum development
- Is integral to school planning, school programs, and the school environment
- Is a trained, credentialed professional.
- Is not the school counseling program.
- Is part of a collaborative team.
- Facilitates communication and establishes linkages for the benefit of students, with teaching staff, administration, families, student service personnel, agencies, business and other members of the community.
- Is recognized as an indispensable partner of the instructional staff in the development of good citizens and leaders.
The primary goal of the K-12 school counseling program is to promote and enhance student learning. Recognizing that all children do not develop in a linear fashion according to a certain timetable, there is intentional overlapping among grade levels (elementary, middle school and high school). The OPUSD school counseling program reflects the progression of student development throughout the K-12 experience. It is understood that mastery of basic skills facilitates the mastery of higher-order skills in each area of development. Our counselors utilize a variety of strategies, activities, delivery methods and resources to promote student development. Our school counselors’ responsibilities include the design, organization, implementation, and coordination of the program.