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Counselor Mentoring Program

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), School Counseling Section has partnered with the Missouri School Counselor Association (MSCA) on a statewide two year mentoring program for school counselors who are new to the profession and for those who have been out of the profession for an extended period of time.  This program follows a Professional Learning Community format and has been tailored to meet the unique needs of school counselors. PLC’s challenge the practice of isolation and foster collaboration and sharing of best practices.

Missouri’s most talented and respected school counselors have been selected as PLC mentors to provide leadership and share their experiences and knowledge. Research indicates that mentoring is most effective when trust is established and mentors provide support that is non-judgmental and confidential.

The program has three major goals.

  1. The program’s first goal is to offer a professional development opportunity to new and returning counselors along with mentors that encourage skill development, collaboration and reflection. 
  2. A second goal is to become familiar with the responsibilities and administrative culture that are inherent in a comprehensive school counseling program. 
  3. The third goal is to support new and returning school counselors in their work with students and to build a cohort group of new and returning school counselors.

To upgrade from an Initial Student Services (ISS) certification to a Career Student Services (CSS) certification a school counselor must participate in a two year mentoring program (in addition to other criteria). After completion of this two year program, mentees will be issued a Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education certificate that can be used for certification upgrade.

For more information regarding the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education School Counseling mentoring program please contact Amber Ernst, supervisor, at the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, P.O. Box 480, Jefferson City, MO  65102.

Amber.ernst@dese.mo.gov     573-751-3368

This Designation is intended to recognize Missouri school districts or buildings that have demonstrated the commitment to pursue full implementation of the Missouri Comprehensive School Counseling Program, and may also be used to apply for the ASCA RAMP Award. The decision to apply for this designation should be made by the building or district after completion and analysis of the results of the Internal Improvement Review (IIR) Documents must use Font Type: Arial and Font Size: 12 with no more than 200 words per section. One copy of the Gysbers Exemplary School Counseling Program Narrative, the building or district IIR and the IIR Program Improvement Plan must be uploaded as one PDF by the first Monday in September for the year applying.

For more information contact Dr. Rene’ Yoesel, DESE Director of School Counseling, at Rene.Yoesel@dese.mo.gov  or 573-751-0857.​

www.missouri.schoolcounselorawards.org/scoy/


History of Missouri RAMP Schools

  1. Green Pines Elementary - Wildwood, MO (2010)
  2. Lasalle Springs Middle School - Glencoe, MO (2007)
  3. Morgan Selvidge Middle School - Ballwin, MO (2008, 2012)
  4. Stanton Elementary School - Fenton, MO (2009)

 

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), School Counseling Section has partnered with the Missouri School Counselor Association (MSCA) on a statewide two year mentoring program for school counselors who are new to the profession and for those who have been out of the profession for an extended period of time.  This program follows a Professional Learning Community format and has been tailored to meet the unique needs of school counselors. PLC’s challenge the practice of isolation and foster collaboration and sharing of best practices.

Missouri’s most talented and respected school counselors have been selected as PLC mentors to provide leadership and share their experiences and knowledge. Research indicates that mentoring is most effective when trust is established and mentors provide support that is non-judgmental and confidential.

The program has three major goals.

  1. The program’s first goal is to offer a professional development opportunity to new and returning counselors along with mentors that encourage skill development, collaboration and reflection. 
  2. A second goal is to become familiar with the responsibilities and administrative culture that are inherent in a comprehensive school counseling program. 
  3. The third goal is to support new and returning school counselors in their work with students and to build a cohort group of new and returning school counselors.

To upgrade from an Initial Student Services (ISS) certification to a Career Student Services (CSS) certification a school counselor must participate in a two year mentoring program (in addition to other criteria). After completion of this two year program, mentees will be issued a Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education certificate that can be used for certification upgrade.

For more information regarding the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education School Counseling mentoring program please contact Amber Ernst, supervisor, at the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, P.O. Box 480, Jefferson City, MO  65102.

Amber.ernst@dese.mo.gov     573-751-3368

NCI 2018 will be held at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia on July 9-12, 2018.  NCI is designed for those entering school counseling positions with:

  • A Temporary Authorization Certificate
  • An Alternative Certification with no or one year of school counseling experience
  • Recent graduation from a school counseling masters program and no counseling experience
  • No public school experience
  • Certification and experience but changing positions

Space is limited so apply as soon as possible. Priorities for acceptance will be based on the bulleted list above and date registration is received.  Local administrator approval is required. Registration must be received by July 1. No purchase orders accepted. Contact Chrissy Bashore at 573-751-6875.