Atlanta Public Schools Mission: Through a caring culture of equity, trust, and collaboration, every student will graduate ready for college, career, and life. Atlanta Public Schools Vision: A high-performing school district where students love to learn, educators inspire, families engage, and the community trusts the system. APS Strategic Plan: www.atlantapublicschools.us/domain/9278 David T. Howard Mission: Through an inclusive culture of equity, collaboration, and excellence, all students will be empowered to be innovators and responsive leaders. David T. Howard School Counseling Department Vision: Utilizing the APS 5, DT Howard MS plans to show inclusivity and equity to all of students by using a whole child approach that enhances the uniqueness and individuality of all our students.
What is the role of a School Counselor? The School Counselor is a specifically trained and certified professional working within a school setting with students, parents, teachers and administrators. The Counselor coordinates the school counselor curriculum/instruction in alignment with the ASCA Mindsets and Behaviors for student success, helping students acquire skills needed for school success and provides services to meet the needs of students within the public school system. The school counseling department’s mission is to provide services and supports to all students to ensure that they can achieve the greatest level of academic, social, and emotional success.
I. Instruction/Curriculum: consists of small group sessions, classroom presentations, and/or team teaching situations. Topics include: study skills, decision making skills, career awareness, career exploration, conflict resolution skills, and personal safety issues. II. Individual Planning: includes activities that help all students plan, monitor, and manage their own learning as well as their personal and career development. Often times, these activities take place on an individual or small group basis. Topics include: career awareness, interest inventories, strength/weakness inventories, and career exploration. III. Responsive Services: deals with activities that meet the immediate needs and concerns of all students and are most often student initiated. Services may be based on student referrals from teachers, parents, etc. In this area the counselor(s) work closely with the school Social Worker/School Psychologist and School Support/Care Team.
I strive to foster a sense of community for our students and promote the academic, personal, social and emotional development of all students. Throughout the school year I will… • Meet with students on an individual basis, conduct small groups, which can be initiated by student(s) request or by a parent or teacher or member of David T. Howard Middle School staff. This includes classroom instruction around targeted skills (study skills, perseverance, etc.) and assessment administration (YouScience). • Consult with parents, teachers, and administrators, serving as a student advocate. • Build partnerships with community agencies and organization particularly in alignment with college, career and life skill preparation.
CORE Counseling Outcomes Increased achievement Increased collaboration between parents, school, and community Decreased discipline problems Improved attendance Improved academic grades Increased self-awareness and self-esteem Better student decision-making
*A Note on Privacy & Confidentiality Information shared between a student and a counselor is confidential. Confidential means that the information shared between the student and the counselor will not be shared with others except under specific circumstances: if someone is hurting the student, if the student is planning on hurting someone else, or if the student is planning on hurting themselves. Privacy and confidentiality are essential to having an effective school counseling program. Inman Middle School recognizes the importance of good communication and good working relationships between students, parents, and the school. Therefore, every effort will be made to protect student and parent privacy rights except under certain limited conditions. These conditions generally include safety issues (harm to self and/others), legal issues, and professional responsibilities (see APS ETHICAL STANDARDS: https://www.atlantapublicschools.us/page/438 and ASCA Ethical Standards for School Counselors at www.schoolcounselor.org).
For more information, please read The Role of a Professional School Counselor at www.schoocounselor.org to learn even more about the services that School Counselors are here to provide. This document was developed by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA).