Roles and Responsibilities
teacher per grade level, LINKS coordinator, community and business leaders,
post-secondary institution representatives, parents, school counselor, student
May use some of the Guidance and Advisement team for the first year
of the program; meet in summer, then revisit membership at least annually as
- Initiate implementation of program within the school.
- Decide upon logistics of the program.
- time in school day
- designation of roles and duties
- who does what
- group size
- frequency & duration
- lessons relevant to the school
- mechanism for accountability/evaluation/results
- Provide support, input, and recommendations for program development.
- Look at school-wide data to determine school needs.
- Develop and monitor program goals and competencies.
- Participate in making recommendations regarding school and community needs to the LINKS program.
- Assist with planning of professional development needs.
- Facilitate delivery of LINKS lessons.
- Facilitate student achievement and personal growth through collaborative classroom guidance experiences.
- Advocate for your advisees.
- Serve as a positive role model for your students.
- Maintain appropriate student-adult boundaries.
- Establish a nurturing environment that promotes communication.
- Support advisee success by being the primary school contact for your LINKS students and other relevant stakeholders, including parents and guardians
- Develop a partnership with parents/guardians to support student progress.
- Meet face-to-face with parents at least 2x per year
- Develop and update Individual Student Transition Plan (ISTP)
- Conference regarding other student information
- Communicate regularly with parents, including positive updates as well as other information to provide for student needs
- Provide information on available resources (e.g. tutoring)
- Monitor student needs regarding attendance, behavior, academics, extra-curricular activities, etc.
- Monitor academic progress, and promote career awareness and personal growth.
- Assist with career/academic portfolio development.
- House career/academic portfolios for your advisees.
- Develop positive relationships and provide extra support for individual students as needed. (The advisor is not a substitute for the school counselor.)
- Collaborate with relevant community stakeholders to address student needs.
- Collaborate with coordinator, school counselor, and school administrator to secure resources and support students.
- Facilitate the evaluation process.
- Take online survey http://wvde.state.wv.us/forms/links-assessment and make every effort to ensure every student in your advisement group completes the survey at the beginning and end of each school year.
- Use other online tools to evaluate LINKS lessons and program (found in the evaluation section of the website).
- Facilitate student completion of online LINKS lesson evaluate at least twice per semester
- Enhance the implementation of the LINKS program, such as:
- Serve as a resource to LINKS advisors regarding lesson plans and activities
- Respond to ongoing needs of the program
- Collaborate and provide consulting services that support the development and implementation of the program
- Provide educational research for the program
- Provide professional staff development on academic, career and personal/social domains as needed
- Provide appropriate grade-level guidance lessons on relevant topics not covered by the LINKS program
- Identify and include guest speakers on a variety of topics
- Ensure students meet all graduation requirements
- Share student transcripts, ISTP (5 year plan), career pathway and concentration information, school graduation requirements and checklist and portfolio planner
- Collaborate with LINKS advisor to develop and revise Individualized Student Transition Plan (ISTP) annually
- Provide counseling services to students referred by the LINKS advisors
- Work with referred students to adjust schedules and ensure they are enrolled in all courses required for graduation and career concentrations
- Refer students to outside resources as needed
- Provide student group counseling and access community resources on topics such as: substance abuse, anger management, grief, domestic violence
- Connect and coordinate compatible advising programs and activities to LINKS, such as:
- Student schedules
- Grade level orientations
- Grade level and senior projects
- "Making High School Count," "Making College Count"
- School-wide assemblies that relate to LINKS program
- Online career exploration programs
- Career day programs and post secondary exploration programs (including "College Day" and field trips)
- Interview expositions
- Scholarship and financial aid information and school-wide programs
- Actively engage in the LINKS program.
- Be responsible.
- Be respectful.
- Cooperatively work with adults in the program to ensure success.
- Acquire 21st century learning skills.
- Become more self-aware, self-managed, and self-directed.
- Offer and seek peer support when needed.
- Seek support from school staff when needed.
- Develop constructive relationships.
- Make up LINKS work when absent from school.
- Download and complete missed worksheets from LINKS website.
- Continually develop and update your student portfolio.
- Participate in ISTP academic planning meeting with your parent/guardians and advisor and/or counselor.
- Track your own graduation requirements, using credit checklist.
- Be an active player in your own career planning, including developing a personalized career plan
- Participate in program evaluation.
- Attend all training provided by district or state for the LINKS program.
- Provide support for the implementation of the LINKS program and ensure that school-specific needs are addressed.
- Stay abreast of policies, procedures, and changes relevant to the LINKS program.
- Assist with delivery and/or scheduling of professional development for all persons in the LINKS program.
- Copy and distribute lesson plans and handouts to advisors or facilitate process through grade level coordinators.
- View all lesson plans well in advance and ensure that all school specific forms are provided to advisors. (graduation requirements, checklists, course information, co-curricular activities, etc.)
- View curriculum PowerPoints and align to specific school needs and/or programs.
- Communicate with building administrator and school board regarding program logistics, successes, challenges, funding, and other needs.
- Collect and share results data for the program with steering committee.
- Provide public relations for the LINKS program.
- Promote and advertise the program to all stakeholders. This may include, but is not limited to:
- Parent and Staff brochure (provided on LINKS website)
- Websites (updated regularly)
- Public Service Announcement
- Morning announcements
- Coordinate the maintenance and secure storage of student portfolios (hard-copy files)
- Secure school board support and resources needed to implement LINKS.
- Serve as chief promoter of the LINKS program.
- Determine if school will offer credit for LINKS, calculate the appropriate number of required instructional minutes, and develop schedules to accommodate program delivery
- Work collaboratively with relevant stakeholders to provide time, facilities and resources to implement the LINKS program.
- Review LINKS website, particularly the Framework and Principal/Steering Committee tabs, to gain knowledge of the LINKS program
- Establish a Steering Committee to plan and evaluate the LINKS program.
- Select a building level and/or grade level LINKS coordinator(s).
- Develop a professional development plan that assures all school staff are trained to implement LINKS.
- Educate staff members regarding LINKS roles and responsibilities.
- Hold advisors and other team members accountable.
- Actively collaborate with the LINKS coordinator, steering committee, and program advisors to:
- support ongoing training of advisors in LINKS lessons content
- ensure that evaluations are completed by students, staff, and parents.
- Actively monitor the LINKS program and eliminate barriers to successful implementation.
- Recognize and support community members and school personnel for successful implementation of the LINKS program.
- Share evaluation results with faculty and other key stakeholders. (end of school year)