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Guidance Counselor Resources

Tools for Developing a Comprehensive K-12 Guidance & Counseling Plan (PDF)  - These tools were developed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education for use by all school districts in Pennsylvania. A committee of school counselors met and developed these tools as a companion guide for practical implementation of a comprehensive K-12 school counseling / guidance plan. This document provides school district counselors with a step-by-step process, a framework, resources and best practice models for developing their district plan. In Pennsylvania, school counselors are integral in the academic, career and personal/social development of all PreK-12 students in the Commonwealth.

Online Curriculum Resources

Pennsylvania Career Standards is a comprehensive web site specifically designed with many curriculum resources for school teachers, school counselors and administrators in teaching and implementing the academic standards for career education and work. The resources are user friendly and cover the elementary, middle and high school levels. 

Pennsylvania CareerZone is a web site specifically designed to convey a wide variety of career and labor market information for teaching and exploring purposes. There are some 900 careers to explore with video clips and linkage to the US labor market information site known as ‘O Net. The website is a collaborative initiative of the Pennsylvania Departments of Labor & Industry and Education; and targets all students at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. www.pacareerzone.org

Career Resource Links

A listing of postsecondary schools including business, trade and technical schools, colleges, and universities     www.universities.com
American School Counselor Association (ASCA) www.schoolcounselor.org
An interactive guide listing over 5,000 colleges and universities worldwide www.justcolleges.com
Comprehensive website for PA students planning to attend college; covers financial aid, career center, school selection www.educationplanner.org
American Education Services - Free career information www.aessuccess.org
Ohio Career Information System www.ocis.org
PA Career Guide and Teacher's Resource booklet (click on Products) www.paworkstats.state.pa.us
PA Career Zone www.pacareerzone.org
PA Disability Services www.dli.state.pa.us
PA Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) www.pheaa.org
PA School Counselor Association (PSCA) www.psca-web.org
Parent Guide for Career Information (click on PTA Programs, click on 'more' under Programs, click on 'more' under 'PTA Goes to Work,' click on 'more' under 'Parent Guide,' and download ) www.pta.org
Provides facts and figures on schools in addition to Web links for American schools www.petersons.com
The 'Real Game' series (Games for every grade level (grade 3-adult), teaching career exploration/research, work skills, and character building. Call 1-800-700-8940 to order games and facilitator's kit or call 722-461-4164 (Ethel Keeley or ethelkeeley@earthlink.net) for on-line training.) www.realgame.com
Virginia Career Information System www.vaview.vt.edu
Vocational Education Center www.khake.com
Workforce Information and Analysis -- Keyword: Labor Market Information www.dli.state.pa.us
The US Department of Labor, in cooperation with state and local governments, education/training providers, and the business community, has developed America's Career OneStop. Career OneStop is comprised of four websites and a toll-free Help Line:
America's Career InfoNet www.acinet.org
America's Job Bank (AJB) www.ajb.org
Career OneStop www.careeronestop.org
National Toll-Free Help Line 877-US-2JOBS
Teaching Careers and Degree Information www.teachercertificationdegrees.com