What's Your Ideas On The Project Today?
Batch News - Vinod Krishnan's Spanking Offer! - Phase II
We need to be the change, we want to see happen.
We are the leaders, we have been waiting for.
Students’ Counseling Foundation
A few points brought up (or even a new proposal suggested), by Kishore,
Sasi, Unni, Rajmohan & Joshy, during our discussions are as follows:
Need for a window to the outside world for the students and teachers
Do something for students – ingredients deeper and satisfying that will
make them lead their life as more productive, individualistic,
non-approval seeking, and inner motivated humans
Need for helping students
a. build their confidence through specialized tutoring/personality
b. with development measures/peer group interaction etc
Should not exist just for students; be a venue for teachers for their
Can be realized only if its charter and activities are integrated with
the School Curriculum
Introduction of a WiKi server for sharing information about various
career options, schools, exams, etc., maintained by the students
Management and operations of the Center cannot be by current teachers -
it should have an Advisory Board comprising alumni and a staff of external
Personal stories and profiles of old boys to be projected - enabling
students to see what some of the old boys were able to do, the hurdles
they had to cross and the choices that really helped them
People with principles like NBN, KKV, PCN, CKC, Madhavan Nair, GDT, are
all around (Sasi sure willing to chip in) to impart their accrued wisdom
to the present teachers and students in a non formal way
Many kids who need help will only listen to peer figures they respect
Methods to draft this into our system to be found out, especially with
lot of system intricacies and external factors
The devil is in the details
I hope you see a pattern, by rearranging ideas that all of you came up
with, in a sequential thread.
Now, let me try and project the next phase of my proposal.
Structure & Functioning
The Foundation would have the following structure:
Executive Board, headed by a Chairman (Principal of SSKZM)
The Chair would be helped in operations by Vice Chairmen (Headmaster &
Registrar of SSKZM)
Two Management Committees Reporting to the Board, headed by the
respective Vice-Chairmen and supported by a professional counselor
a. Educational Committee
b. Comprehensive Development Committee
Action Task Forces, deployed and supervised by the Management
Permanent Employees of the Foundation for operational and
1. Executive Board of the Foundation:
2. Management Committees:
3. Action Task Forces:
The pivotal role in this would be played by the permanent student
counselor. Who is a counselor and what are his/her core skills?
o Are Leaders in Systemic Change
o Ensure Equity and Access
o Promote Academic, Career and Personal/Social Development for ALL
• Core Skills
o Leadership in Systemic Change
o Data-based Advocacy
o Teaming and Collaboration
o Counseling, Referral and Coordination
o Assessment, Accountability and Use of Data
o Technology Literacy
How are students different because of what school counselors do?
Counselors as staff developers: Counselors will need to engage and
prepare everyone for advising, surfacing and reshaping teacher attitudes
and beliefs about student capabilities, and they will need to plan
advisory and support services
Counselors as curriculum developers: Counselors will need to develop,
adapt or adopt an advisory curriculum. Advisory components may include
personal management, study skills, character development, college and
career awareness, or school related thematic elements
Counselors as resource developer: Counselors will need to secure outside
mentors, internships, community partners, counseling resources, and agency
The model aligns the counseling program with the school’s academic
Fundamental Objectives which the Counselor aims to fulfill:
• Uses data to effect change
• Advocates for including all students in rigorous courses
• Teaming and collaboration with educators, parents and community
• Act as Agents of change for equity and social justice
• Involved with students, parents, educators, community
• Act as Brokers for services for students and parents.
• Are Champions for creating pathways for all students to achieve high
He/She will have a to design a program
• That is program-centered and serves all students well
• Focuses on outcomes
• Measures progress towards goals
• Attends to goals and results
• Works to help the system adapt and change
• Focuses on accomplishments
• Talks about effectiveness
• Understands that his/her future rests on continuous improvement.
• Use data to design and evaluate programs and interventions.
I hope this structure answers Unni’s requirement of ownership by the
beneficiaries and its integration with the school system.
Let us discuss on these further. If this meets the approval of everyone,
then we need to put together a financial model encompassing costs: both
establishment & running costs.
If you still think that it doesn’t make sense let me not take this any
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