How to Use This Site

This site is designed to support local leaders in the implementation of a student advisement system and contains practical tools to assist building-level practitioners develop and deliver an effective, standards-based advisory system for all students.

The site is divided into SIX key sections to allow easy access to relevant information.

  • Advisor
  • Counselor
  • Coordinator
  • Principal and Steering Committee
  • Framework
  • Resources

The following information provides a summary of information found within each hyperlink of the website.

Advisor

  • Roles and Responsibilities – describes key roles and responsibilities that help clarify the advisor’s role related to LINKS
  • Students – contains LINKS resources for students to be able to complete work outside of LINKS.When students miss class, they can download worksheets and other items such as portfolio information and Career Cruising activities
  • LINKS Curriculum – contains tools to help advisors deliver and evaluate LINKS lessons and contains the following hyperlinks:
    • Engaged Learning Rubric – helps advisors examine ways program components and increase student engagement through LINKS lessons
    • Guide to Delivering LINKS Lessons – helps the advisor understand their role in delivering LINKS lesson and encourages a paradigm shift from a roles of lesson delivery to that of a facilitator helping students teach each other
    • Curriculum Delivery Schedule – provides a topic outline of forty lessons per grade level designed to meet grade level needs of WV students
    • Lesson Plans – includes 40 prepared lesson plans on LINKS template, complete with all handouts for students. The lessons are available online and downloaded by schools as needed.  (The school coordinator is asked to download and copy lessons for each advisor.) Advisors are encouraged to preview lessons in advance
    • Policy 2520.19 - provides content standards and objectives for LINKS and gives schools the opportunity to offer student advisement for credit
    • Program Evaluation – contains surveys and other evaluation materials for advisors and students that will be used to help improve the LINKS program. A PowerPoint is available in the Resource section of this site to help clarify understand various roles in the evaluation process
    •  (ISTP)for:
      • Two Year Plan – completed in 8th Grade, update in 9th
      • Three Year Plan – completed in 10th grade, update in 11th and 12th
      • Portfolio – allows students to record grades, test scores, co-curricular activities, work experience(s) and document completion of key LINKS components. It is recommended that all students complete electronic portfolios which could replace this tool

Counselor

This section contains tools and information for school counselors as they support LINKS advisors.

Roles and Responsibilities – describes key roles and responsibilities that help clarify the counselor's role related to LINKS

  • Why School Counselors - provides the role description of high school counselors as developed by American School Counselor Association ASCA and can be shared with school staff and parents to help clarify and gain support for your role
  • Policy 2315 – defines the role of the West Virginia School Counseling and Comprehensive School Counseling Programs
  • LINKing Activities Templates –allow the school counselor to document programs and activities that align with and support LINKS lessons

Coordinator

  • Selecting the Coordinator(s) – provides ideas on how to select and compensate the LINKS building level coordinator and grade level coordinators
  • Roles and Responsibilities - describes key roles and responsibilities to clarify the coordinator’s role related to LINKS
  • LINKS Flow Chart – includes a graphic showing the organizational structure of the LINKS model
  • Responsibility Timeline – provides a flow chart of responsibilities for the LINKS coordinator
  • Coordinator Power Point – provides a tool for coordinator training

Principals and Steering Committee

  • Roles and Responsibilities – describes key roles and responsibilities that help clarify the principal’s role related to LINKS
  • Implementation Guidelines – provides guidelines to assist schools with planning and implementation of LINKS including:
    • Flow Charts of LINKS organization structure
    • Do’s and Don’ts
    • Materials and Resources
    • Implementation Timelines – month by month "How-to” guides
  • Connect LINKS with other School-wide Initiatives – provides an overview of strategic partnerships developed by WVDE and provides information to encourage collaboration with relevant stakeholders to increase the success of LINKS
  • Planning Tools - provides tools and templates for steering committee use
  • LINKS Brochures - includes color brochures with an overview of LINKS for staff and parents that can be downloaded, printed and shared
  • National and State Standards – includes National Standards that align with LINKS and WV Policy 2520.19 (allows schools to offer LINKS for credit).

Framework

  • Overview - gives an overview of the development of the LINKS program
  • Guidance Vs Counseling Vs Advising – supports the  belief that advising is everyone's responsibility
  • How to Use This Guide - provides a description of each component of the LINKS website
  • Acknowledgements – provides contact information of taskforce members and other key players who assisted with LINKS development
  • Learning from the Past, Planning for the Future - provides an outline of the SWOT analysis or the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats that the taskforce agreed were important variables to consider when developing the LINKS program.  Each school should ideally complete its own SWOT analysis when planning a program.
  • More About LINKS – contains the MISSION Statement, Program Purpose, Rationale, Goals, and Expected Outcomes. Other information regarding the development of the  WV State Model for Student Advisement is also included.
  • National Education Initiatives – contains supporting documents that serve as the basis of LINKS:
    • ARCC Six Principals of Redesigning High Schools
    • SREB Goals of Guidance and Advisement Programs
    • HSTW Ten Key Principles
    • 21st Century Framework
    • Elements of High Achieving Schools (AES)
    • American School Counseling(ASCA) Association National Standards
    • National Career Development Standards

Resources

  • PowerPoints – contains various Powerpoints that can be used for lessons or for the sharing information about the program.
  • Powerpoints include:
    • Support for lessons
    • Training sessions for students and parents
    • Training sessions for staff
    • SAMPLES from other schools
    • Training samples from other states
  • Websites
    • Lists the most trusted career websites that both advisors and students can search as they explore careers
    • Links to other state advisory programs and allow advisors and steering committee members to explore additional lessons and tools to meet individual needs
    • Provides a list of other topic-specific websites containing tools and lesson plans to compliment lessons
  • Team Builders and Energizers – contains links to sites and activities to use with LINKS lessons