The Northside Independent School District Guidance and Counseling Department will provide a comprehensive developmental school counseling program that is implemented by Certified School Counselors, at the campus level, PK - 12.
Northside uses as it’s framework the Texas Model for Comprehensive School Counseling Programs 5th edition (TEC §33.003 - 33.007) The 10 school counselor responsibilities/roles described in The Texas Model addresses the whole child to maximize academic achievement, social and emotional development, and post-secondary college and career readiness.
The Northside School Counseling Program on each campus supports the educational, career, personal, and social development of all students PK - 12, and is designed to include the following components: Guidance Curriculum, Individual Planning, Responsive Services, and System Support.
School counselors provide classroom guidance lessons that facilitate student growth and development in the areas of educational, career, personal, and social development in four curricular content areas: Intrapersonal Effectiveness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Post-Secondary Education and Career Readiness, and Personal Health and Safety.
The individual planning component guides students to plan, monitor, and manage their own educational, career, personal and social development. Each student is provided with necessary steps toward his/her established goals.
In this component, school counselors intervene with or on behalf of those students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grades whose personal circumstances, concerns, or problems are threatening to interfere with or are interfering with their healthy educational, personal, social, career and/or educational development.
The System Support component describes management activities which assure the delivery of a high quality school counseling program, and service which indirectly benefit students by supporting other programs.
- Positive student self-concept
- Effective executive functioning skills
- Appropriate behavior to the situation and environment
- Effective interactions with diverse populations
- Effective and appropriate communication skills
- Recognition of personal boundaries, individual rights and privacy needs of others
- Effective conflict resolution skills
- Development of healthy relationships
Graduation Requirements and Post Secondary Information
- Motivation to succeed in personal endeavors
- Demonstration of career exploration skills
- Possession of the knowledge and skills to gather information for the purpose of postsecondary education and career planning
- Demonstration of awareness of the importance of postsecondary education
- Understanding of the relationship of academics to the world of work and to life at home and in the community
Personal Health and Safety
- Incorporation of wellness practices into daily living
- Demonstration of resilience and positive coping skills
- Possession of assertiveness skills necessary for personal protection
Roles of a Professional School Counselor
The following eight domains constitute the roles of the professional school counselor:
The Safe School Initiatives Program (SSIP) in Northside ISD plans and implements a comprehensive drug and violence prevention program. Our goal is to:
- prevent the use, possession, and distribution of tobacco, alcohol and illegal drugs by students and employees.
- prevent violence and promote school safety.
- create disciplined environments conducive to learning.
Northside Independent School District is dedicated to the education of all children. Because of this, Northside ISD has developed the CONNECTIONS Program to provide services to students and families experiencing homelessness, so that children can attend school and achieve success.
CONNECTIONS is made possible through the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act.
Currently, more than 7,000 children with parents who are connected to the military attend schools in the Northside Independent School District. Led by the efforts of school counselors, NISD school communities work diligently to support military families and address their unique educational challenges.
NISD is committed to attending to the specific emotional and educational needs of youth who are in foster care. We help cultivate success by ensuring immediate enrollment and expeditious transfer of records; maintaining school stability; providing needed resources; and coordinating with caregivers and state, regional, and local stakeholders. This work is facilitated by a district foster care liaison.
NISD’s Foster Care Liaison
M. Michelle Kelley
Coordinator for High School Counseling Services
Post-Secondary Education Services