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Looking for Ideas and Samples for Building your ASCA Model Program?

You've come to the right place. This web-site page was created to support the submission and distribution of many examples and samples of materials and best practices for each component of the ASCA National Model®.  For example: mission statements, job descriptions, action plans, curriculum, pre-post tests, PowerPoint’s, school counselor evaluations etc. You can do all this by just downloading them. Click on Resource Finder to start.

To begin, we suggest you Log In. Once you do, you will have unlimited access to the training components, uploading capabilities and the opportunity for feedback form CESCaL. We hope you will give it a try!

Each of the ASCA National Model components will be reviewed here briefly and examples submitted by school counselors will be found in the Resource Finder page. You'll note we've added a few NEW areas that we hope will be helpful as well.


Beliefs and Philosophy/Mission The philosophy is a set of principles guiding the program development, implementation and evaluation. A mission statement describes the program’s purpose and goals. The Resource Finder will contain samples from various districts' philosophies and mission statements.

ASCA National Standards Developmental Crosswalk Many schools, districts, state associations have crosswalked the ASCA National Standards developmentally: elementary, middle and high school. The Resource Finder will contain various samples.

ASCA National Standards Curriculum Crosswalk The Resource Finder will locate samples of school counselor curriculum crosswalks design to indicate the implementation of the standards, competencies and indicators addressed within the school-wide school counseling curriculum.


School-wide Guidance Curriculum Plan The Resource Finder contains samples of school-wide school counseling curriculum plans. The plns are designed to provide a listing of the school counseling curriculum, by grade level, that is planned and delivered school-wide for every student. The guidance curriculum consists of structured developmental lessons designed to assist students in achieving the desired competencies and to provide all students with the knowledge and skills appropriate for their developmental level. The guidance curriculum is infused throughout the school’s overall curriculum and is presented systematically through K-12 classroom and group activities. A blank form is available here.

Guidance Curriculum Lesson Plans  The Resource Finder will contain samples of counselor generated lesson plans by school counselors who are implementing guidance curriculum as well as recommendations for where to go to find lesson plans. For information on how to create a lesson plan, or to review samples from various sources, click here.

Guidance Curriculum PowerPoints Sometimes, pre-packaged curriculum does not exist for the lesson the school counselor plans to teach. For instance, your school may have specific graduation requirements and you may want to create your own presentation to deliver this content. If you are looking to get a sample of a counselor generated PowerPoints to use or build on, several are located in this section of the Resource Finder.

Individual Student Planning School counselors coordinate ongoing systematic activities designed to assist
students individually in establishing personal goals and developing future plans. School counselors are always looking for new and more efficient ways to create and support students individual learning plans (4-6 year plans). This category in the Resource Finder will contain samples for review.

Responsive Services Lesson Plans/Activities When school counselors provide intervention services, it may be done through group counseling. If you have a lesson plan to share with others, this is the place to do it.

Responsive Services Forms Good referral forms are an important necessity in a school counseling program. Here you can upload yours, review others or download a favorite!

System Support  What are school counselors doing to support their personal, school and community system? Look here for examples of school counselors who have created their plan for system support.


Management Agreements Here you will find various examples of agreements and duties and responsibilities provided by school counselors in various districts. Management agreements ensure effective implementation of the delivery system to meet students’ needs. These agreements should be negotiated with and approved by designated administrators at the beginning of each school year.

Advisory Council An advisory council is a group of people appointed to review counseling program results
and to make recommendations. Many school counselors set up their own Advisory Councils while others attend school wide advisories. School Counselors will share samples of agendas, minutes and advisory participants here.

Use of Data A comprehensive school counseling program is data driven. School counselors learn types of data (standards and competency, achievement related and achievement); ways to evaluate data (process, perception and results data); and data over time(immediate, intermediate and year to year data). The use of data to effect change within the school system is integral to ensuring every student receives the benefits of the school counseling program. Here counselors and graduate students are encouraged to share samples of their various data tools or their analysis of personal/social or academic data they use to inform their practice. For example:   

Youth Behavior PowerPoint’s Many states have state-wide healthy student data. Counselors are encouraged to research this data and provide reports such as the ones presented here to their staff and to use the data to inform their practice.

Academic Achievement PowerPoint’s The academic PowerPoint’s monitor students’ progress as well as highlight achievement gaps among disaggregated groups of students. The data can be obtained from the state web-sites (for instance in CA  it is www.cde.ca.gov - and the link is DataQuest).

Action Plans for Guidance Curriculum Guidance Curriculum are designed to take ONE of the many guidance curriculum lessons (or units) the school counselor plans to deliver and provides space to plan for how perception data and results data will be measured. We recommend school counselors start by measuring ONE THING they do in Guidance Curriculum and ONE THING in Intentional Guidance (Closing the Gap). By measuring ONE THING school counselors can begin the process of learning how to design, develop, implement and evaluate their programs. Measuring too many activities each year can be very overwhelming, therefore it is recommended school counselors measure one curriculum unit and one intentional intervention. Read more about why it is a good idea to start by only measuring ONE THING. To learn about how to create an Action Plan click here.  To obtain a blank form, click here.  If you would like CESCaL to support you and assist you through this process buy providing feedback, LOG IN and go to FLASHLIGHT BUILDER.

Action Plans for Intentional Guidance (Closing the Gap) At CESCaL we recommend that school counselors start by measuring ONE intervention they wish to provide in the areas of attendance, behavior or achievement and use the Intentional Guidance (closing the Gap). Read more about why it is a good idea to start by only measuring ONE THING. To learn about how to create an Intentional Guidance Action Plan click here and scroll to the second page. To obtain a blank form, click here.

Pre-Post Tests As school counselors are being asked to measure the impact of their lessons and/or activities, they seek sample pre-post tests which measure the attitudes, skills and knowledge students have gained as a result of the lesson or activity. The Resource Finder will contain many samples and examples of pre-post tests. Many of these are school counselors generated and are not perfect, however, they are a beginning. Counselors are encouraged to align the pre-post tests with the lesson content and ensure that the content reflects the pre-post and visa versa and then strive to improve their pre-post tests such that they measure what they purport to measure (attitude, skill and knowledge).

Use of Time  As school counselors are working to improve their programs, they may want to assess how they use their time.

Calendars  When planning to implement a school counseling program, keeping a calendar is essential. Here are a few samples of ways to calendar activities. School counselors are encouraged to post their calendards outside their offices, on the website for all to see.


Results Reports When the activity is completed, the ASCA Model calls for school counselors to create results reports which include process, perception and results data, ensure programs are carried out, analyzed for effectiveness and modified as needed. Sharing these reports with stakeholders serves to advocate for the students and the program.

Flashlight Approach PowerPoints After completing the Results Reports, school counselors are encouraged to create PowerPoint Presentations of their results to share with their school staff. The year can culminate in a Celebration Day where school counselors gather with administrators and other stakeholders to share the successes of the year’s activities.  If you’d like to create your own results flashlight, follow this basic flashlight format. Take one school counseling activity and present the following as though you are telling a story.

Start by indicating the standards this activity addressed, then share process data (explain what you did and when, where, and how often the activity was performed). Then add your pre-post perception data (measuring attitude, knowledge & skills), and the results data (the behavior change you intended to get in attendance, behavior or achievement). Next, share any limitations of results, recommendations for how to improve the activity next time, implications and a thank you to the staff for their support of the school counseling program. For an example of what might be on each slide and what to say to your school staff audience, click here for an example. Click on notes pages.

School Board / Legislature PowerPoint Presentations From time to time school counselors are encouraged to share their

Performance Standards, Hiring and Evaluation The ASCA National Model contains performance standards for school counselors. This section will contain job descriptions, hiring suggestions and evaluation samples and examples to assist school counselors and administrators to support professional school counselors.

Program Audit The ASCA National Model calls for school counselors to audit their program and to use the audit results for program improvements. Recognizing that school counseling programs do not evolve overnight, recommendations for building an ASCA Model Program are available as well.