Mindy Willard, School Counseling and Transitions Coordinator
Phone: (608) 663-8453
Amy Olson, Lead Counselor
Phone: (608) 442-2173
There are 45 school counselors in the Madison Metropolitan School District serving 12,700 students in grades 6-12.
MMSD School Counseling programs align with the ASCA National Model.
MMSD School Counselors’ Mission
MMSD school counselors are innovative leaders who actively work to identify and remove barriers to student achievement and well-being by championing practices that create equitable, safe, inclusive, and positive learning environments for all students. School counselors engage students in exploring and identifying interests and aspirations and play an essential role in providing all students the academic & post-secondary advising and social-emotional supports needed to experience personal success.
The Role of Comprehensive School Counseling Programs
In collaboration with staff, families, students, and community partners, school counselors facilitate implementation and continuous improvement of high-quality, culturally and linguistically responsive comprehensive school counseling programs: These data-driven programs are designed to provide all students and their families access to the information, advising, and experiences needed to support academic success, social-emotional well-being, and college, career, and community readiness. Comprehensive school counseling programs are delivered through the school counseling core curriculum, individual student planning, responsive services, program management & systems support.
School Counseling Core Curriculum
- Parent presentations
- College and career fairs
- Experiential learning
- Enrichment opportunities
- Transitions and orientation
- Standards-based classroom lessons
Individual Student Planning
- Course selection
- Conferencing (1:1 or group)
- Academic and career planning
- Post-secondary applications
- Scholarships and financial aid
- Goal setting and monitoring progress
- Academic problem solving
- Interventions (1:1 or group)
- Mediation/conflict resolution
- Parent/family consultation
- Collaboration and teaming
- Referral to mental health
- Supports and crisis response
Program Management and Systems Support
- Program development
- Culture and climate support
- Community partnerships
- Leadership teams
- Advisory council
- Professional learning
- Data analysis
Comprehensive School Counseling Programs are a key component of a thriving school and a critical equity strategy: School counseling services within the program are intentionally designed to close opportunity gaps by engaging all students in developing key knowledge, skill, and disposition competencies needed to realize our vision for college, career, and community ready graduates:
MMSD believes that college, career, and community readiness is about much more than mastery of content knowledge. As such, our graduate vision is comprised of nine competency areas:
- Growth Mindset
- Self Knowledge
- Cultural Competence
- Interpersonal Skills
- Mastery of Content
Additional details can be found at mmsd.org/gradvision.
Comprehensive School Counseling Programs also include intentionally chosen, culturally responsive intervention supports for students who demonstrate additional needs.
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