Read description (program development) wk 3 discussion response

Respond to  2 students discussion using the rise Model

Due Saturday JULY 15, 2023

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Reply to at least two classmate’s posts, applying the RISE Model for Meaningful Feedback

I will also show an example below of how the response needs to be addressed.

Here’s an example of how the response should look. Please don’t copy it. The response to the classmate need to be just like this. 

Example Response (Response Needs to be writin just like the response below No copying)

RISE Feedback:

REFLECT: I concur with “Action plans should reflect the type of services that are needed and have an idea of the expected outcome of the services” because it is in line with Hatch and Hartline’s intentional school counseling guidelines in regards to determining students needs. 

INQUIRE: Can you further explain what “closing-the-gap action plans” are?

SUGGEST: I encourage you to revisit Hatch and Hartline’s MTMDSS tier interventions in order to add a citation that would illustrate your example on bullying prevention efforts. 

ELEVATE: What if you re-purposed “For example, after a needs assessment, the school is having problems with bullying” as “Following Trish Hatch’s MTMDSS tier based interventions, if the school is having problems with bullying, after a needs assessment, we could… citation…”  for a more weighted argument?


Hatch, T., & Hartline, J. (2022). The use of data in school counseling: Hatching results (and so much more) for students, programs and the profession (2nd Ed.). Corwin.


Below are the two classmate discussion post that you will need to respond to.

Classmate 1- Joelle

How are school counselors being held accountable for supporting effectiveness?

          In order to implement and support effectiveness on campus, it is important school counselors remain accountable in their role and duties. One of the main goals for school counselors is to create programs that highlight particular areas of need and are successful in creating positive change on campus. To uphold these responsibilities, Dr. LaWanda Edwards highlights a number of areas that school counselors must remain accountable in. First and foremost, school counselors have a duty to recognize and understand the needs of the students as well as the school as a whole. Dr. Edwards shares the importance of conducting needs assessments in the form of surveys or questionnaires that evaluate areas to be addressed by the students, parents, school personnel and the community (2018). Due to their connection with so many different groups on and off campus, school counselors can be held accountable for reaching out and gathering this data in order to better direct a school’s goals, mission and values. Once this information is gathered, school counselors are then held accountable to use this data in forming an action plan for the students, staff and school to follow (Edwards, 2018). These action plans could come in the form of curriculum, lesson plans, interventions, activities, and events on campus. It would be vital the school counselor use this as an opportunity to collaborate and work with others when implementing these programs and activities. By doing so, the school counselor is upholding their responsibility of not only advocating and collaborating with others, but also showing up as a leader when pushing for these action plans on campus (ASCA, 2023). To demonstrate the impact and change these action plans may have, it is also critical school counselors remain accountable in monitoring and collecting data as well (Edwards, 2018). Further, this data could also be used to share with stakeholders to not only note progress made but also encourage further support from those in the community (Edwards, 2018). Within their role, school counselors hold the responsibility to recognize the needs of the students and school, create an action plan and collect data throughout the process to monitor progress. At my site, I have seen the school counselors I work with follow within these duties, while also seeing the aftermath if they do not fulfill their responsibilities. Some of the school counselors appear to not only be aware of the needs on campus, but work to make themselves known, build their relationships with those on campus and follow up on progress being made. By not only following their responsibilities, but also going above and beyond to create connections and listen to their students, there appears to be more effective changes on campus. However, those who don’t hold themselves accountable in these roles usually lose their trust of the students, families and staff. Without holding themselves responsible in these duties, not only will a school counselor have difficulty, but as will the students, school and community they serve. Seeing the dramatic shift accountability can have, it is important school counselors are remaining aware of and adjusting their role as needed. By doing so, school counselors can continue to contribute to overall school effectiveness.


American School Counselor Association (2023). The Role of the School Counselor. Alexandria, VA: Author. to an external site.

Edwards, L. (2018). Accountability = Successful School Counseling. American School Counselor Association. to an external site.


Classmate 2- Ashley

How are school counselors being held accountable for supporting effectiveness?

School counselors must be accountable for their program’s effectiveness due to their responsibilities toward student success. As a result, they must report the outcomes of their programs and interventions through assessments, action plans, and results reports to their stakeholders. Data is also utilized to track their progress and later report the information to the district, administrators, teachers, and parents through presentations, reports, and advisory council meetings.

“An advisory council is a representative group of stakeholders selected to review and advise on the implementation of the school counseling program by giving a voice to stakeholders through dialog and critique.” (ASCA, p.72) In May, I had the opportunity to attend an advisory council meeting for my elementary school practicum site, where the administrators, psychologist, two teachers, and parents were also in attendance. During this time, they learned about the counseling program and could provide feedback. The closing-the-gap reports were reviewed and mentioned the goal of decreasing the hands-off violations of males by 20% through teaching positive play in classroom lessons, conflict resolution skills, and the check-in/check-out method. As a result of these interventions, the percentage of male hands-off violations decreased by 25%, proving that this portion of the counseling program is effective.

 “Sharing the results of the programs and interventions will help stakeholders understand the school counselor’s role and how instrumental school counselors are in facilitating students’ success. (Edwards, 2018)” During a brief conversation with the school counselor, she revealed how crucial the advisory meetings are and their impact on the program. She referenced the previous year’s meeting and how the data presented helped her prove her effectiveness within the first year of her employment as a counselor. It also revealed how she could reach more students and make a more significant impact if the school had an additional counselor, as the ratio of students to counselors was 900:1. After the district reviewed her data, they agreed to allocate additional funding to honor her request. Sharing the program results and interventions not only held the counselor accountable, but it also created a new position that allowed them to reach more students and provide further support.


(2019). ASCA national model: A framework for school Counseling programs (4th ed). ASCA.

Edwards, D. L. (2018, September 1). Accountability = Successful School Counseling. Retrieved June 10, 2023, from

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