School Guidance is a planned, sequential program of guidance and counseling services based upon students’ developmental and special needs. The program consists of four components: counseling of individual and small groups; classroom guidance; consultation with other professionals for mutual sharing and analysis of information; and collaborative problem solving and evaluation of the program. UCSD K-12 Guidance Team is currently reviewing these program components. Iowa Core 21st Century Skills has been reviewed and curriculum will reflect alignment to Iowa Core 21st Century Skills.
Urbandale counselors work to connect students and their families to school in a positive way that instills joy in learning and gives support to teach unique students in the school environment. Students will develop 21 century skills that enable them to be college and career ready and provide options for future success. Counselors work with students to help them achieve and maintain happy, healthy relationships. Students are encouraged to become responsible citizens who show caring for others.
What Urbandale Educators Are Saying
“The Urbandale guidance program helps students seek out resources and develop the decision making skills to be successful and fulfilled in all areas of their lives. When we work with our students and their families to help them find and access these resources, it is empowering them. Helping people doesn’t mean telling them what they should or should not do, but is instead guiding them as they make their own decisions in life. Students who master these 21st century skills are preparing for life beyond high school. Our district’s guidance curriculum strives to provide opportunities for students to develop these skills.” – Darlene Wagner, School Counselor, Urbandale High School
Detailed curriculum information is coming soon!
Iowa Department of Education: School Counseling – A school counseling program is an articulated, sequential kindergarten-through-grade 12 program that is comprehensive in scope, preventative in design, developmental in nature, driven by data, and integral to the school district’s curricula and instructional program. The program must be implemented by a qualified guidance counselor, appropriately licensed by the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners. This site provides information to guide and assist school counselors, administrators, teachers and parents in the implementation of a comprehensive and accountable K-12 school counseling program. Ultimately, by using these resources, these stakeholders will support all students in becoming college-, career- and citizen-ready.
Iowa’s Comprehensive School Counseling and Guidance Program Guide – School Guidance is a comprehensive program. To learn more about the components for Iowa, view this PDF.