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Duneland Schools awarded $50K Lilly grant for counseling services

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The Duneland School Corporation has been awarded a $50,000 Lilly Endowment Counseling Initiative Planning Grant to help students from elementary grades through high school prepare for academic, career and personal success.

This grant is the first phase of a five-year effort to strengthen public schools through a Comprehensive Counseling Initiative for Indiana K-12 students.

Since 2005, the Chesterton High School (CHS) Counseling Department has achieved and maintained the Indiana School Counseling Association (ISCA) Gold Star Award and the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) RAMP Award.

“As a result of being awarded the Lilly grant, all the Duneland Schools will be working to achieve these same awards and CHS will be working to renew those awards,” Duneland Schools said. “The planning grant moneys will be used to explore ideas, programs, and methods that will allow each of the school counselors to provide a more comprehensive school counseling programs to the students, parents, and other stakeholders within the Duneland School Corporation.”

Presently, the Duneland School counselors are a team of educators who work to help all students in grades K-12 in the areas of academic achievement, personal/social development, and career development. Each of the Duneland Schools works with an advisory council made up of counselors, administrators, teachers, students, parents, and community members who have created a vision statement for students, a mission statement aligned with the school and district mission statements and program goals for each school building.

“Together they are designing programs that align with the ASCA Mindsets and Behaviors for Student Success in the areas of academic, career, and social/emotional development,” Duneland Schools said. “All school counselors in the Duneland district have masters’ degrees in school counseling or related fields and abide by the ASCA Ethical Standards to maintain the highest levels of integrity, leadership, and professionalism.”


Posted 4/10/2017





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