This set of standards from the American School Counselors Association describes the knowledge, skills, and attitudes students need to achieve academic success, college and career readiness, and social/emotional development. The standards draw from a wide array of educational research, best practices, and existing standards. The 35 standards are divided into mindsets and behaviors counselors should seek to foster in students. Behavior standards include learning strategies, self-management skills, and social skills. Any of the standards can be applied in each of three domains: academic, career, and social/emotional.
To accompany the standards document, the searchable Mindsets and Behaviors Database provides counselors with specific grade-level competencies, measurable expectations, and activities students should accomplish as they progress toward the standards. These competencies are aligned with the Common Core State Standards. To expand the database, counselors can also submit their own ideas for competencies and ways to demonstrate the standards. Counselors can use classroom lessons, activities, and small group or individual counseling to help achieve these competencies, and a planning tool provides a visual overview that can be used each year to identify the specific standards on which to focus programming.
Source Organization: American School Counselor Association