ERIC Number: ED350530
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Guidance Advancement Plan.
Boston Public Schools, MA.
A task force discovered that the guidance and counseling program in the Boston Public Schools is designed to be preventive and developmental and that the program is goal-directed to assist students in the development of life skills at each level. However, over the past several years the guidance program has been driven by the budget which has resulted in staff reductions, staff inequities, and the elimination of guidance technology services. In addition, decentralization has created a dichotomy in managing citywide programs. To address these concerns the task force recommends the following to ensure that quality guidance services are provided to all students: (1) ensure coordination of counseling services by redefining the role of guidance counselor; (2) equalize the city-wide guidance counselor caseload; (3) establish staffing guidelines to ensure quality service and equity; (4) revise the method of selecting counselors; (5) expand guidance and counseling to the elementary school; (6) provide adequate counseling services for bilingual students; (7) enhance the role of guidance counselor; (8) provide professional development training; (9) expand the communication effort among counselors and parents; and (10) establish a computerized guidance information program in guidance offices. The appendixes provide information on guidance services in the Boston Public Schools, including charts of guidance counselor caseload and position descriptions. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Boston Public Schools, MA.
Identifiers: Boston Public Schools MA