School Counselor - IDEA Elsa College Prep (21-22)
Company: IDEA Public Schools
Posted on: May 3, 2021
Position at IDEA Public Schools
About IDEA Public Schools:
At IDEA Public Schools, we believe in college for ALL and we are
committed to ensuring thatallour students graduate from college.
IDEA Public Schools has grown from a small school to the
fastest-growing network of tuition-free Pre-K-12 public charter
schools in the United States sending 100% of our students to
college. 50% of our students graduate from college in 6 years thats
8 times the national rate for students in our communities!
IDEA was founded in 2000 as a single school with 150 students in
the Rio Grande Valley. When interest exceeded building capacity, to
meet the demands, IDEAs co-founders committed to serving more
students in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and beyond. We now
serveover 65,000students across Texas and Louisiana. Be on the
lookout for IDEA schools opening near youwith continued growth in
our current regions and new launches inTampa Bay,
FL(2021),andJacksonville, FL (2022)!
When you choose to work at IDEA, you are part of our IDEA Team and
Family. You will work alongside team members who set and reach
ambitious goals every day, are excited to continue to grow with
IDEA, and work relentlessly to make college for all a reality.
To learn more about IDEA, check out this .
About the Rio Grande Valley:
Since 2000, IDEA Public Schools has grown from a school of 150
students in Donna, TX, to the fastest- growing family of
tuition-free, public charter schools in the United States. In the
Rio Grande Valley, we are a nucleus of four counties (Cameron,
Hidalgo, Starr and Willacy Counties) that work as one unit to
support our children academically and holistically.
RGV is home to a population of just over 1.3 million residents.
Children across the region truly benefit from IDEAs mission of
college for all, as only 1 out of 17 students currently graduate
college ready. Our mission holds true as we have over 5,000 IDEA
alumni that currently attend, or have graduated from, 300 colleges
and universities across the country.
Join our passionate team of changemakers in south Texas as we
prepare to expand our home region to 55 schools, serving over
38,000 students in 2022.
Role Mission:The role of School Counselor supports our
vision of 100% of students to and through college by leading the
work of family engagement, student social emotional learning, and
counseling/critical incident/crisis services. Our key tenets of
family engagement are implemented through the role of the Certified
School Counselor to ensure all staff are building authentic
relationships with students and families, there is open two-way
communication between the school and family, and a school culture
is created with a common mission to foster student growth and
When the work is lead effectively, the entire school staff is
inspired and supported to engage with students and parents in a
meaningful way to ensure all students have the academic and social
skills they need to achieve their goal of going to and through
- Collaborate with school leaders and teachers to reach school
- Coordinate all standardized testing and district-wide
- Empowering students to build emotional intelligence
- Identify and proactively work with truant and other at-risk
students Identify students at risk of leaving IDEA and lead
prevention strategies Facilitate family involvement
- 90% Student Persistence
- Provides individual/group counseling for at-risk students and
refers students who need intense or specialized services
campus-based Licensed Mental Health Provider and/or outside
- Leads the planning of and execution of student and family
engagement events that are aligned to the schools culture,
community and family needs and promotes the authentic relationship
building between the school and the family
- Owns the data accuracy and reporting of the campus persistence
data. Ensures all data for student persistence is entered correctly
and is audited regularly in partnership with the campus SIS. Ensure
all staff members know the persistence data and the reasons why
students are leaving to allow the campus the chance to adjust and
respond to trends identified.
- Partners with the grade level teams to help identify and
coordinate interventions for at-risk students.
- Leads parent conversations and problem solves to ensure we are
meeting the needs of our students and families. May bring in
- Leads the recapture process to bring students that have left
back to the campus to help fulfill our promise oftoand through
- Coaches and develops teachers to work with all students, even
if the student is struggling behaviorally. Partners with the
appropriate lead team/campus team members to support the staff and
the student to work together to achieve goals.
- Recruits community agencies as a resource to meet student and
- Prepares and delivers guidance lessons to all students to
develop life skills, promote good character, develop resilience,
and emphasize the importance of higher education and goal
- 90% New Student Persistence
- Leads the work of ensuring 100% of new students and families
receive high quality on-boarding starting on day 1 of school in
partnership with the Enrollment Specialist and APO on the
- Leads the planning of and execution of specific new student
interactions to help students get acclimated to the campus culture
and expectations in a way that is inviting and engaging
- Lead the planning and execution of specific new parent events
to welcome the new parents to the campus and helps them integrate
and get acclimated to the campus culture and expectations
- Leads the parent conversations and addresses concerns of our
newest families to ensure they areheardand the campus is
- Partners with the APO to ensure all new student on-boarding is
completed and operational support is given at all new student and
new parent events
- Owns the campus new student persistence data accuracy and
reporting through a close partnership with the SIS at the campus.
Ensures all data for student persistence is entered correctly and
is audited regularly. Ensure all staff members know the persistence
data and the reasons why students are leaving to allow the campus
the chance to adjust and respond to trends identified.
- 97.5% ADA
- Partners with the Operations team to increase and ensure all
students are in school on time, every day. Identifies barriers to
attendance and support in connecting the family with community
resources or hosts in school sessions to support ADA for the
student. Conducts home visits if necessary.
- Leads the campus use of REMIND, this entails supporting the
training and development of staff to use the app appropriately and
consistently to engage with all parents. Proactive communications
will be used to support the ADA goal using the mentioned
- Creates,distributesand maintains the Parent Communication Flow
Chart to help parents know who to contact for the most immediate,
accurate response to a question or concern. Will train and hold
staff accountable to following the campus process of
- Leads the creation of and distribution of the school Parent
- Leads communication on Facebook. Is responsible for consistent,
at least one per week, posting of messages and events and
responding to comments in a professional and timely manner
- Administers the mid-year survey to get feedback from parents on
communication and events. Is responsible to analyze and create a
strategic plan to respond to the parent input.
- School receives a 4.5 rating on the TCP survey question Adults
at the school care about me
- Conducts parent workshops, training, and general outreach to
educate parents on the importance of positive environments and SEL
and enhances parents ability to support their childrens success in
coordination with other student support team members.
- Provides brief direct counseling individually or in group
setting to at-risk students.
- Leads staff professional development related to self-care,
trauma-informed practices, relevant developmental needs of
students, and other SEL-related topics in coordination with other
student support team members.
- Coordinates activities that foster bully prevention and social
and emotional and academic well-being of all students.
- Leads campaigns on campus to promote a healthy community (ex.
Red Ribbon Week, anti-bullying)
- Participates in the creation and feedback on the campus culture
rubric. Supports the training and implementation of the campus
culture rubric to foster a healthy, safe environment for
- Organizes and leads culture walk-throughs to evaluate the
effectiveness and alignment of adult and student culture to the
school culture rubric. Provides feedback and coaching to team
members based on ratings of the rubric, personal observations and
interactions with staff and students
- Provides support through feedback, training, coaching, and
developing teachers in working with students social/emotional needs
in the classroom. Manages the execution of the SEL survey 3 times
per year to achieve at least 95% completion in all grade
- Documents all interventions and crises/critical incidents in
district-wide documentation system.
If no school social worker on campus:
- Leads the implementation of the MTW curriculum for the school.
Trains, observes, and coaches teachers to implement the program
with fidelity. Pulls and reports data for lesson completion weekly
to the lead team and campus wide.
- Conducts a needs assessment and evaluation of bullying,
violence, and risky behavior.
- Leads and coordinates crisis response team on the campus to
provide and ensure student or family social/emotional needs are
- Connects student and families to community resources to get the
support needed. Is the liaison between community support person and
campus to share information to wrap services around the
5)100% of assessments are administered with fidelity to the
testing program and meet the threshold of 95% students
- Leads the creation of the campus testing plan as well as the
communication and execution of all assessments at the campus.
- Responsible to work with special populations partners to ensure
100% of students have the correct accommodations and groupings to
allow them to perform to the best of their ability
- Leads the training of all staff on the campus to maintain test
security and fidelity to the testing programs being
- Leads the assessment system management on the campus by
providing training and support to staff to ensure thy have access
to the assessment data needed to make data driven decisions.
- Manages all testing materials while remaining in compliance
with test security rules and processes
- Reports all testing irregularities to District Testing
Coordinator and lead investigations at the campus
6)50% of students receiving RTI supports will meet identified
progress monitoring goals for behavior
- Designated as the campus RTI point person and will manage the
process across the campus
- Lead campus trainer on RTI process and positive behavioral
supports in the classroom
- Gather pertinent data (academic and behavioral) on struggling
students from teachers, parents, and support staff.
- Oversees data collection and progress monitoring at every
- Use data to help teachers implement Tier 1 behavioral
interventions during whole and small group instruction
- Use data to help teachers identify and group students who need
additional help using Tier 1 behavioral support interventions
- Support teachers in documenting student progress
- Organize and facilitate the Response to Intervention Committee
- 100 % of students in the RTI process will be accurately entered
intoeRTIand reported to PEIMS
- Live values of IDEA
- Believes and is committed to our mission: that all studentsare
capable of gettingto and through college
- Is driven by outcomes and results, and wants to be held
accountable for them
- Has a propensity for action, willing to make mistakes by
doingin order tolearn and improve quickly
- Thrives in an entrepreneurial, high-growth environment; is
comfortable with ambiguity and change
- Seeks and responds well to feedback, which is shared often and
freely across all levels of the organization
- Works through silos and forges strong cross-departmental
relationshipsn order toachieve outcomes Embodies IDEAs core
- Possess a Masters degree in School Counseling, Counseling,
Social Work, or related field.
- Possess a Valid Texas School Counselor Certificate or current
clinical license in the state of Texas (LMSW, LCSW, LPC-I, LPC,
LMFT-A, or LMFT).
Knowledge and Skills:
- Proven track record of success
- Excellent organizational, communication, and interpersonal
- Ability to manage student behavior
- Belief in and alignment with IDEAs mission and values isnon-
- Ability to adjust and adapt to a multitude of situations in the
- Salaries for this role typically fall between $57,141 and
$68,569, commensurate with relevant experience and
qualifications.This role is also eligible for a performance
bonus based on individual and organizational performance and goal
IDEA Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race,
color, national origin, age, sex or disability, in admission or
access to, or treatment of employment in its programs and
activities. Any person having inquiries concerning the
organization's compliance with the regulations implementing Title
VI of Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), Section 504 of the
Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), or Title II of the
Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), may contact IDEA
Human Resources at (956) 377-8000.
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