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Summary of OCSN Community School Coordinator’s Role

  • Collaboration and Assessment: Regular meetings with school principals and staff to assess and address student needs, including human, behavioral, and medical health services.
  • Implementation and Compliance: Enforcing Community School Standards and conducting necessary screenings and assessments.
  • Progress Tracking: Working with school leadership to focus on results and monitor progress.
  • Resource Coordination: Managing assessments of assets and needs, incorporating feedback from the school community to identify ongoing requirements.
  • Partnership Development: Acting as a liaison for potential partners and fostering new collaborations aligned with school objectives.
  • Relationship Building: Establishing strong connections with teachers, parents, and students.
  • Leadership Team Coordination: Leading the Community School Leadership Team to set priorities and strategies.
  • Professional Engagement: Participating in relevant meetings and professional development activities.
  • Feedback and Reporting: Gathering feedback, reporting intervention data, and completing paperwork promptly.
  • Communication Enhancement: Promoting effective communication among parents, school staff, and community partners.
  • Advocacy: Championing the needs of students and families with service providers.
  • Community Engagement: Focusing on community strengths, diversity, and inclusion.

Summary of Local School Counselor’s Role

Based on Michigan Department of Education guidelines:

  • Academic Guidance: Advising on curriculum requirements, monitoring academic performance, and developing support strategies.
  • Career and College Planning: Assisting with dual enrollment, post-secondary plans, career exploration, and facilitating college and career events.
  • Personal Development: Delivering lessons on test-taking, time management, and organization skills; helping students develop interpersonal skills and healthy coping strategies.
  • Student Support: Providing individual and group counseling, aiding students in challenging situations, and connecting them with community resources.
  • Community Engagement: Encouraging positive relationships among students, peers, and adults; promoting school counseling programs and positive learning environments.
  • Professional Leadership: Leading professional development for educators, advocating for effective school counseling practices, and using data-driven approaches for program development and evaluation.