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School Counseling

 

The School Counseling Program in the Omaha Public Schools encompasses preschool through twelfth grade.

Vision
Every Student. Every Day. Prepared for Success.

Mission
Omaha Public Schools prepares all students to excel in college, career and life.

Goals
1. Every student will be assigned a school counselor who will provide the personal support needed to achieve social competence and academic success.
2. Every student will be empowered to gain the attitude, knowledge and skills necessary for lifelong academic, career, and personal success.
3. Every student will be provided a system of support to address immediate needs and concerns impacting school success.

Focus
Elementary – Students will be supported to:

  • attend school regularly
  • advance on grade level
  • achieve literacy


Middle School – Students will be supported to:

  • attend school regularly
  • advance on grade level
  • transition to high school

    Senior High School - Students will be
  • attend school regularly
  • advance on grade level
  • graduate
  • prepare for post-secondary opportunities

 

THE OPS SCHOOL COUNSELING FRAMEWORK

The OPS School Counseling framework is built on a strengths-based foundation, utilizing a balanced management model of counselor assignment and domain specialization, delivered via curriculum, individual student planning and responsive services with a focus on being data/results driven to ensure accountability.

OPS school counselors are responsible for monitoring the progress of their assigned students. At the secondary level, our school counseling program utilizes a balanced management system. Counselors are first responsible for assigned students, and also responsible for a domain specialization for purposes of curriculum delivery and professional development.

Strengths-based school counseling focuses on identifying strengths and promoting positive development. By assuming a more proactive role, students are served more effectively.

School counselors actively promote leadership, collaboration, student advocacy and systemic change through evidence-based and research informed practice. School counselors focus on improving school connectedness to assist students and families in overcoming barriers that are impacting the students’ success. The purpose of our School Counseling program is to support students’ preparation for college, career and life.

COACHING/PROGRAM REVIEW VISITS 

  • Coaching/program review visits will be completed by School Counseling leadership.
  • The goal of the visits is to increase the focus, clarity and priority by which counseling services are provided and to ensure full implementation of a school counseling program.

DELIVERY (80%)

  • Direct Student Services

  • School Counseling Curriculum-Structured lessons designed to provide students with the knowledge, attitudes and skills needed for success at their developmental level.
  • Individual Student Planning-Systemic, individualized solution focused activities designed to assist students in establishing personal goals and future plans.
  • Responsive Services-Individual counseling/small groups designed to meet students’ and families’ immediate needs and concerns.

  • Indirect Student Services
  • Agency Referrals
  • Consultation
  • Collaboration

PROGRAM PLANNING AND SCHOOL SUPPORT (20%)  

This School Counseling Framework is intended to provide greater support to the district’s Academic Action Plan through the use of a multi-tiered system of support and data monitoring (via the Academic Dashboard). Other supports not considered direct or indirect services to students would include:

  • Program Management
  • Professional Development
  • Data Analysis
    • Academics/College Access Milestones
    • Attendance
    • Behavior
  • Fair Share Responsibilities (non-counseling duties not to exceed requests made of other staff)

School Counseling Contacts

School Counseling Division
Omaha Public Schools
3215 Cuming Street
Omaha, NE  68131

TAC Building, Room 365
Office
(531) 299-0227
Fax
(531) 229-0380


Dr. Nancy Bond, Supervisor
nancy.bond@ops.org