There are 11 school counseling standards. Each entry you complete will list the standards which should be represented in your writing. I mentioned in my post National Boards: Start Planning Now that I printed all of the standards so I could manipulate them in order to highlight and jot notes. Once I copied them, I stapled them separately so I could pull the ones I needed at any given time. Entry 1 uses all but one of the standards while Entry 4 only uses four of them. Additionally, stapling separately helped me to break down all of the information into small chunks which is how I learn best.
You’ll need to know what each entry is about in order to understand how the standards connect to them. Therefore, I have given a brief explanation of each.
Entry 1- Addressing Personal/Social Needs: This entry involves a small group session that focuses on a critical need at your school. You’ll need to collect data to support the need for this group and use your analysis of the data to create the lesson. You will also be required to submit student work samples.
Entry 2- Exploring Career Development: This entry involves a whole class career lesson. You will be required to submit a video segment that is 15 minutes or less and that proves your ability to help students gain more knowledge about the development of careers.
Entry 3- Maximizing Academic Learning: This entry involves an individual academic counseling session. You will also submit a video segment for this entry. Again, it should be 15 minutes or less. You will need to demonstrate your ability to assist a student with a plan for academic progress. The academic intervention plan documents will be required for review as well.
Entry 4- Documented Accomplishments: Contributions to Student Learning: This entry highlights your involvement with the families of students as well as the community. You will need to show how you are a learner as well as a leader/collaborator. With this entry, you can showcase things you do that go beyond what’s expected. You will be allowed to submit a maximum of 16 pages of documentation to support your accomplishments.
The National Boards for Professional Teaching Standards includes the following standards for school counseling candidates:
I. School Counseling Program (Entries 1, 2, 3, 4)
II. School Counseling and Student Competencies (Entries 1, 2, 3)
III. Human Growth and Development (Entries 1, 2, 3)
IV. Counseling Theories and Techniques (Entries 1, 2, 3)
V. Equity, Fairness, and Diversity (Entries 1, 2, 3)
VI. School Climate (Entry 1)
VII. Collaboration with Family and Community (Entries 1, 2, 3, 4)
VIII. Informational Resources and Technology (Entry 2)
IX. Student Assessment (Entries 1, 2, 3)
X. Leadership, Advocacy, and Professional Identity (Entries 1, 4)
XI. Reflective Practice (Entries 1, 2, 3, 4)
It’s good to know ahead of time which entries and standards match up. This will make your highlighting and note writing more meaningful and exact.
Although you will receive a CD with all of the forms and information you need in “The Box” after applying for candidacy, you can always go to the NBPTS website to download and print everything you need to get started and to begin planning out your school year. I say, why wait? Also, remember to look into any sessions being offered by your school district.
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