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Often, families of students will reach out to teachers for resources. It is good practice for you to know the community resources that can help families with various needs from understanding their child’s developmental stages to homelessness and financial need outside of the school.

Inside the school, school psychologists and counselors play a key role in helping students and families. School counselors and school psychologists in secondary education are an important part of the education team. They often act as a conduit between students, faculty, and administration, assisting students with academic achievement, career planning, and social and emotional development. They rely heavily on data related to test scores, graduation rates, and attendance records to plan actions and interventions for individuals and groups of students.

Allocate at least 2.5 hours in the field to support this field experience. Because this course does not require you to have a fingerprint clearance card, your field experience may not be conducted in the presence of K-12 students.

Interview 1

Interview one person involved with a community resource organization that provides services to adolescents, early adolescents, or their families. Examples of community resource providers include social workers, employees of non-profit organizations, public health employees, or employees of organizations that provide services to people in your community. Speak with them to learn more about their organization and the services they provide.

Include the following in your interview:

What is the name and purpose of the organization?

What are the demographics of the adolescents or early adolescents with whom they work?

Is the organization involved with local schools? If not, is there an option to collaborate with schools?

What are the desired or stated outcomes for the adolescents or early adolescents with whom you work and what are the methods and tools used to measure the outcomes?

How are adolescents or early adolescents motivated, based on what the organization does or believes about adolescents and their development?

Interview 2

Interview one school counselor or school psychologist involved with adolescents or early adolescents regarding his or her responsibilities and the type of student data they analyze. Ask the school counselor/psychologist for examples of data reports that you can review, within the school’s rules of maintaining individual student confidentiality.

Include the following in your interview:

What are the primary responsibilities and activities of the counselor/psychologist? What are the differences between the school counselor and psychologist roles on a school campus?

What types of data do you analyze? Where is the data obtained? What are the purposes for which the data are analyzed, both group and individual data?

What happens as a result of the data you analyzed?

How do you collaborate with faculty and administrators?

What ethical issues have you experienced related to gathering, analyzing, and making decisions in response to data?

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