Counseling Core Curriculum: Classroom Lessons
Classroom lessons taught by the counselors are presented to all students at Nottingham. The counseling core curriculum provides structured sequential activities to address academic, college and career readiness, and social/emotional content. The lessons are based on the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Standards, Virginia Standards of Learning, and Arlington County Public Schools Competencies and Indicators for the School School Counseling Program. The lessons are thirty minutes once a month (September-June). The lessons about friendship and bullying draw heavily on the Steps to Respect materials. Most of the lessons in grades K-2 are literature based. Teachers may also request additional lessons to address specific needs unique to their class (i.e., sensitivity to students with exceptionalities).
During the 2014-15 school year the counselors taught 310 lessons from K-5.
The school counseling core curriculum consists of a planned, written instructional program that is comprehensive in scope, preventative in nature, and developmental in design. It consists of structured developmental lessons designed to assist students in attaining the ASCA Mindsets and Behaviors. The monthly lessons are planned around themes used at all the grade levels.
College and Career Readiness
Problem SolvingPersonal Safety
Parents are informed about these themes by sending home student work products from the lessons and through the Newsletter portion of this web page. Additonally some teachers share information about the lessons taught by the counselor on their class blog and Twitter page.