As many school counselors across the nation celebrated National Counselor’s Week, the counseling team at Hanover Schools in Cedar Lake shared an update about the future in store for students in Hanover schools.
Last year the counseling team at Hanover Community School Corporation successfully applied for and received a $30,000 planning grant that offered the team an opportunity to take a close look at what counseling services in Hanover schools should look like, and how to better assess the needs of students. The planning grant allowed for the development and submission of a Lilly Foundation Implementation Grant to help those dreams come true. In September of 2017 the team was awarded $214,200 to develop a comprehensive counseling program that aligns services for all students in all grades.
Setting achievement goals for the grant includes building a foundation of beliefs, philosophy and a mission to bring Hanover Schools counseling services into alignment with American School Counselor Association standards. With a firm foundation, the team will begin to implement school guidance curriculums, individual student planning initiatives, more responsive services and a support system for all students. Verifiable data, input from an advisory council and an action plan will keep the team on task and offer additional direction. At the end of the grant period, all Hanover school counselors will become Recognized ASCA Model Program certified.
Counselors will receive training and professional development that will allow them to create and implement a ‘peer helper program’ and develop a transition camp to help at risk students as they move from building to building.
A community Advisory Council will be re-convened periodically to analyze program development and results and target improvements.