Welcome! While you wait…. On a post-it note, please write down any questions you were hoping to answer today. (Collected at 4:00 pm) Middle School Counseling Professional Development March 15, 2010 4:00 pm – 6 pm Agenda 4:00 4:10- 4:50 Overview: Goals and Objectives College Knowledge: College 101 By Shannon Noonan, College Counselor 4:50- 5:20 New H.S. Graduation Requirements By Theresa Jahangir and Maureen Carew 5:20- 5:40 Lau Plan and English Language Learner By Jen Fong, Supervisor, EL Support Services, Secondary 5:40- 5:50 Question and Answer 5:50- 6:00 Evaluations Extended Hour Time Sheets Goals and Objectives GOAL: To provide middle school counselors with information about high school requirements, post-secondary options and specific needs of English language learners, so that they can advocate for their students. OBJECTIVE 1: Become familiar with the latest post-secondary options for SFUSD students and be comfortable sharing this information with students and staff. OBJECTIVE 2: Learn the specifics of SFUSD’s new high school graduation requirements. Come away with practical ways to share the HS graduation requirements with students and ways to help your middle school students plan for high school graduation. OBJECTIVE 3: Understand how the Lau Plan will affect your students and learn how to advocate for English Language learners needs. High School 101 For Middle School Counselors Presented by Student Support Services Department Theresa Jahangir, MA, PPSC Overview New Graduation Requirements What do I really need to know? UC Doorways exercise 4 year Plan Sample Transcript Ideas for Classroom Guidance Board Resolution Resolution # 811-20Spt “ESTABLISHMENT OF THE A-G COURSE SEQUENCE AS PART OF THE HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION REQUIREMENT…” Current SFUSD Graduation Requirements High School Subject Area SFUSD Requirements English “b” requirement 4 years, 40 credits Math “c” requirement 2 years, 20 credits Science “d” requirement 2 years, 20 credits Social Science a” requirement 3 years, 30 credits Language other than English “e” requirement 1 year, 10 credits Visual and Performing Arts “f” requirement 1 year, 10 credits P.E. 2 years, 20 credits Health Ed 5 credits College and Career course 2.5 credits Electives “g” requirement 1 additional year of college prep math and science (10 credits) and 62.5 credits of other electives Total Credits/Units for graduation 230 credits Assessments CAHSEE Exam Must Pass Swimming Proficiency Test Class of 2014 New Graduation Requirements High School Subject Area SFUSD Requirements English “b” requirement 4 years, 40 credits Math “c” requirement 3 years, 30 credits Science “d” requirement 2 years, 20 credits Social Science a” requirement 3 years, 30 credits Language other than English “e” requirement 2 year, 20 credits Visual and Performing Arts “f” requirement 1 year, 10 credits P.E. 2 years, 20 credits Health Ed 5 credits College and Career course 5 credits ** pending board approval Electives “g” requirement 50 credits including 10 credits of advanced courses in math, arts, english, lab sciences, LOE or social sciences Total Credits/Units for graduation 230 credits Assessments CAHSEE Exam Recommended to Pass Swimming Proficiency Test **pending board approval New Graduation Requirements Specific Courses Needed: Subject Area English “b” requirement Courses Needed English 9, 10, American Literature, European Literature Mathematics “c” Algebra, Geometry, and requirement Intermediate Algebra (or a-g approved course sequence in IMP) Science “d” requirement Biology; Chemistry or Physics What is UC Doorways? Why is it important? http://www.ucop.edu/doorways/ Hand out High School Examples UC Doorways Website UC Doorways Website UC Doorways Website UC Doorways Website 4 year Plan and UC Doorways How is this useful to Middle School Counselors? Break Out- 5 min build a 4 year plan Sample Transcript Ideas for Guidance Lessons with Students Small Group (6-10 students) 4 year planning for 8th graders Preparing: Print the Doorways Item Deck for each school you are planning for Create an Academic Plan for each student to fill in (walk through) Transcripts/example Transcripts so students can see what it looks like A-G/New Graduation Requirements Go Over with Students: What to be aware of on your HS Schedule How to identify a "red flag" on your HS Schedule Who to contact when you get to HS Role Play: When Do I ask for help? Who can you talk to if you are concerned? How do you ask those questions? Any other ideas? Anything you’ve tried? Resources www.CalfeeSchoolGuide.org “A-G Course Requirements.” San Francisco Unified School District, http://portal.sfusd.edu/template/default.cfm ?page=home.a-g_requirements Healthiersf.org, resources, School Counselor (here you can find College 101 and A-G FAQs) FAQs Is the new plan set in stone? Yes. The board policy on graduation requirements is in stone for the Class of 2014. How will ELs who have low English skills fulfill a-g English? It is not yet clear how English Learners will be expected to meet the requirement. This question will be directed to the New HS Graduation Requirements Taskforce. Is a D passing for graduation? Yes. The board resolution reads that SFUSD will adopt the “establishment of the A-G Course sequence as part of the high school graduation requirement.” Students must take the courses which meet the UC A-G course requirements, but they are not necessarily attempting to become UC/CSU eligible. The latter would require grades of C or higher. What will happen to students who transition into a school in upper grade levels who are not a-g track at previous school? SFUSD schools will provide students with the opportunity to take a-g courses. Students not on track to graduate should enroll in credit recovery courses. English Learners are encouraged to stay for an additional year. For some 16+ year olds with few credits, an alternative high school may be advised. Along with SFUSD alternative/continuation schools, the CCSF Transitional Studies Department is an option. FAQs Will a-g courses be part of continuation school curriculum? Continuation schools will offer courses which meet the graduation requirements. Changes may be required so that students can meet the requirements. Students who are low performing, will they be moved to continuation schools? No. Every student has a unique situation, so there is no one-size-fits-all answer. Comprehensive high schools find ways to support low-performing students. How will parents be informed about the new a-g requirements? Each school will discuss the graduation requirements with the incoming class of 2014 and beyond, and additional outreach to eighth grade parents is being done and will continue. Will courses that do not fulfill a-g be cut? No. The board resolution reads that SFUSD will adopt the “establishment of the A-G Course sequence as part of the high school graduation requirement.” Thank You!