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School Counseling Programs
Ms. Martha Z. Harris, Administrative Director
mharris1@dadeschools.net
305-995-7338


Articulation/Transition Orientation Initiatives

 
 
   
 
Transition to Kindergarten: Strategies for Early Childhood Parents
Description: A questionnaire for parents of students entering kindergarten to be completed during the registration process. Questionnaires are available in the three languages, (English, Spanish, and Creole) and cover topics such as: separation anxiety; educational needs of parents; home environment; special learning needs; interpersonal skills; and/or unique talents of their child. Through Health Connect in Our Schools (HCiOS), school social workers, and school site counselors will be able to use information to provide assistance to parents and school staff.

Moving On: Transition Strategies for 5th Grade Students

Description: A transition manual including four (4) lesson plans and Student Personal Reflection Guide. Lessons include: Requirements for Middle School; Organizational Skills; Confronting/Resolving Fears and Insecurities; and Interpersonal and Communication Skills for dealing with new people and new experiences. All lessons incorporate literacy skills, home learning/parent components and accommodations for diverse learners and are aligned with the Standard-Based Student Development Program. The curriculum will be implemented be elementary school guidance counselors.

Middle Moves: Orientation for 6th Grade Students (Counselors)

Description: Lessons include educational achievement, personal/social/career awareness, and health/community awareness. All lessons incorporate literacy skills, home learning/parent components, and accommodations are aligned with the Standards-Based Development Program for diverse learners.. The curriculum will be implemented by middle school guidance counselors to all 6th grade students. Eight (8) lesson plans (2hours/block period) are design for use by guidance counselor.

Middle Moves: Orientation for 6th Grade Students (Teachers)

Description: Twelve (12) lessons, with activities that support Middle Moves: Orientation for 6th Grade Students (Counselor), are to be taught by classroom teachers. In addition to covering transition issues, lessons are easily adaptable, and can be integrated into any subject area. Websites with additional resources are cited throughout the text. Activities support addressing multiple intelligences, learning styles and teaching styles.

Transition Tools: Strategies for 8th Grade Students

Description: Lessons include one lesson per week; all 8th grade students. Four (4) lesson plans (2 ours/block periods) and Student Personal Reflection Guide. It will also include requirements for senior high school, organizational skills, senior high school programmatic and extracurricular program opportunities, and Interpersonal and Communication Skills for dealing with new people and new experiences. All lessons incorporate literacy skills, home learning/parent components and accommodations for diverse learners and are aligned with the Standard-Based Student Development Program. The curriculum will be implemented by Middle School Counselors.

Tools for Success: Preparing Students for High School and Beyond - Teacher Edition

Description: A ninth grade orientation course consisting of lesson plans and activities that has been developed to address issues and competencies that impact student transition.  The lesson plans developed in this document are designed to be informational, developmental, project-based, and include authentic assessment and real-world experiences. An inquiry question is included in each lesson to stimulate student thinking and to serve as a writing prompt in preparation for the lesson. National Standards for Freshman Transition (NSFT), The Sunshine State Standards (SSS), Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC), the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) benchmarks, and the Student Development Framework Standards and Benchmarks are infused throughout six main goals.

Tools for Success: Preparing Students for High School and Beyond - Student Edition
Description: The activities are designed to assist you in the development of skills and an information base that will contribute to your education. Personal/social, career, health and community areas, all of which are important to your development, are infused within seven main goals.  These lessons are in support of four main areas in the essential development of students’ academic proficiency, personal integrity, civic awareness, and workplace literacy.

Personal Improvement Plan: Transition Curriculum

M-DCPS is committed to ensuring that students in alternative education schools be exposed to programs that support growth in the areas of academic, personal/social, career, community awareness and health.  As leaders in education, it is imperative that students be provided with an individualized, educational experience.  This experience must be one that strengthens academics, builds character, and instills a strong sense of personal and social responsibility.  To this end, students must engage in specific activities which foster a sense of belonging and purpose, while achieving defined educational outcomes that determine success. This curriculum is aimed to serve this purpose. In addition, real world opportunities for study are represented within each lesson through the incorporation of USA Today Newspaper in Education.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools is continuously improving the delivery of services in alternative education.  To this aim, students in alternative education schools will be provided with a group orientation experience at the beginning of the school year.  An Alternative Education Specialist (AES) has been appointed to provide support and strategies to help students have a successful transition. Students should be informed of school expectations, responsibilities, and resources available to them.  Additionally, students will develop a Personal Improvement Plan focusing on personal/social, academic, and behavioral goal setting while enrolled at various sites.  Student Services staff are to play a major role in the introduction, development, and monitoring of the Personal Improvement Plan.  Finally, the Personal Improvement Plan will assist the school faculty in framing and gauging the student’s progress. 

Surviving My First Year After High School

Description: This manual is an 11th and 12th grade course taught by identified student services personnel i.e., career specialists, CAP advisors, and guidance counselors, intended to improve social, personal and professional skills of students, and increase the amount of graduating students that pursue postsecondary areas of enrichment. It consists of Twenty-One (21) lesson plans that are informal, developmental, project based; and include authentic assessment and real world experiences. The lessons focus on improving personal effectiveness, planning life after high school, and succeeding in post-secondary academic institutions. The FCAT, Competency-Based Curriculum and the Student Developmental Framework Benchmarks are infused throughout the curriculum.

 

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