Review Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 9/30/2021 - 5:30 PM
Category: Report of the Committee on Student Achievement and School Innovation
Type: Action
Subject: 4. Report with Possible Action on Comprehensive School Counseling Program
Strategic Plan Compatibility Statement:
Goal 1
Academic Achievement
Policy: Admin Policy 7.32 - Comprehensive School Counseling Program
File Attachment:
Background: This report is being presented in compliance with Administrative Policy 7.32, Comprehensive School Counseling Program, which requires that a report on the comprehensive school counseling program's activities to improve post-secondary outcomes be provided to the Milwaukee Board of School Directors.

As a result of the pandemic, school counselors implemented a virtual school counseling program across all grades K though 12. School counselors' tasks were prioritized to address other program areas, such as individual and small-group student support. In the spring of the 2019-2020 school year, college-planning services were provided virtually and continued in the same format throughout the following year and in-person services upon the return to school in the spring. A number of elementary, middle, and high schools had increases in the amount of school counseling services through the referendum.

During the the 2020-2021 school year, a number of activities were provided for students virtually, with the goal of improving post-secondary outcomes. Those activities included the following:

1. School Counseling Curriculum – grades K5-12
2. ACP School Teams and School Plans – all schools
3. ACP Conferences – grades 5, 7, 9, 11
4. High School Fair – grade 8
5. Job Fair – students over 16
6. M-cubed Lunch and Learn Series - grades 9-12
7. Virtual College Conversations – grades 9-11
8. College Application Week – grade 12
9. FAFSA Campaign – grade 12
10. Cash for College Campaign – grade 12
11. Virtual Decision Day - grade 12
12. M-cubed Milwaukee Parent Institute - Elementary, Middle & High
13. Virtual Mindfulness Room - grades K - 12

The comprehensive school counseling program is closely aligned with the Academic and Career Planning (ACP) process, which is a statewide requirement. Students in Milwaukee Public Schools use the Xello software program, which is provided by the State, to engage in some ACP activities and to document their own academic and career plans. With the addition of the Xello Family Portal, parents and guardians can be invited to gain full visibility into their children's future plans and goals so they can better support their learning and development.
Fiscal Impact Statement:
Implementation and Assessment Plan
Recommendation: Your Committee reports having received the foregoing report from the Administration. Although this item has been noticed for possible action, no action is required.
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Jacqueline M. Mann, Ph.D. - Board Clerk/Chief Officer