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Module 2 Assignment #1
Conducting a Comprehensive Multicultural Program Audit
5. Conceptualize how current models of school counseling programs help school counselors utilize interventions to promote academic development and strategies for curriculum design, equity, classroom management, lesson plans, and differentiated instruction.
6. Integrate and implement the use of current models of school counseling programs to plan for responsive services like emergency management plans, crises, disasters, trauma; techniques of personal/social counseling; along with strategies to facilitate transition, increase promotion and graduation on all related assignments/assessments at an 85% passing rate.
9. Use methods (i.e. technology and research/evidence-based) of accountability and data to inform decision making, advocate for programs and students, and identifies characteristics, risk factors, warning signs of students at risk for mental health and behavioral disorders on all related assignments/assessments at an 85% passing rate.
A program evaluation allows school counselors to evaluate the effectiveness of the school counseling program. Within that, an audit is one way to evaluate a program. During this assignment, two instruments will be used to evaluate your campus’ comprehensive program. A total of 79 items must be evaluated among both tools, so make sure there is time to speak with stakeholders (via phone, virtually, or face-to-face).
The School-Wide Cultural Competence Observation Checklist (Nelson and Bustamante, 2018)
Synopsis of Standards for a Guidance Program Audit (Gysbers and Henderson, 2012)
To start, and with collaboration of your campus school counselor and administrator/principal, complete both forms entirely. Once completed, please prepare to upload copies of the completed audits to Blackboard. Then create a chart that reveals your investigation of the following:
A self-created Campus Data Availability Audit (a list of five forms of collected data; purpose/need of the data time of year it is collected; how is the data used; type of data; recent results of this data)
Name of Data Set
Use of Data
Type of Data
(Perception, Process, or Results)
Recent Outcomes/ Results
Without restating line-by-line what is obvious in the review of the uploaded instruments, discuss the following elements in your written paper:
Describe your experience (positive/growth producing) of conducting an audit (multicultural and data informed). Provide general reflections and report who was interviewed and/or consulted.
Summarize the results of both instruments (e.g. 71% of items identified were present, essentially 33 out of 46 items were established in the school counseling program).
Include the chart from your data audit in your paper and provide a short narrative justifying the selection of these particular data sets.
How might what you have learned from conducting the audit and reviewing the data help plan interventions for curriculum design, responsive services, and identify warning signs or inherent risk factors for students?
Synthesize your findings and report what the audit comprehensively revealed. What inferences or take-a-ways are you making based on the audit results from a multicultural/comprehensive perspective?
Assignment Research Criteria
Include a minimum of five journal articles (cited in both the text and listed on the reference page) found in the Lamar University Library, Montana Journal of School Counseling (jsc.montana.edu), or Professional School Counseling Journal (Available with ASCA Membership). Other peer-reviewed journals available on the internet are allowed. However, non-peer reviewed sources, such as WIKIPEDIA is unacceptable. Your textbooks from this course and other courses are acceptable, but are additions to the five journal article requirement and should not appear to be the majority of your in-text citations.
All criteria from the APA manual should be followed. Do not copy nor paste from internet examples- you must type out each reference and citation in its correct format. Please review both videos, take notes, and download the APA Information document found under the course policies, procedures, and requirements link in Blackboard. This is the standard set for papers submitted in this and future courses.
Safe-Assign Score Policy
Reducing your safe assign score is easy by using original written-text, not borrowed from a peer nor circulated from a previous course you took; use peer-reviewed journal articles from different publishers/journals; and stay away from including verbiage from internet websites. Scores above 30% will be flagged, and graded as a “zero” by the Instructional Associate. You will then be referred to the Professor of Record for further intervention.