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School Counselor Postsecondary Advising Competencies


This document concludes the first stage of work for the Chicagoland Workforce Funder Alliance (CWFA) and the

Post-Secondary Counseling Working Group. It describes a learning and design process that a collaborative group

of university partners, district leaders, and funders completed in Fall 2018 to identify and articulate a set of

competences and skills for effective school counselors who prepare students for success along multiple postsecondary

pathways. It is put forth as a starting point for conversation with a wide network of stakeholders about next steps.


Numerous organizations and individuals were instrumental in providing guidance and input into this project,

from providing information about current practices, to sharing insight on what makes counselors most

successful in helping students navigate multiple post-secondary pathways, to collaboratively crafting and

revising the language in this report. The CWFA and the Post-Secondary Counseling Working Group is

appreciative of their perspectives and contribution to this project.

Working group members represent the following organizations:

Chicagoland Workforce Funder Alliance

Chicago Public Schools (CPS)

DePaul University

Governors State University

National Louis University

High School District 113

High School District 214

Other experts consulted from the following organizations:

Academy for College Admission Counselling

Academy for Urban School Leadership

Chicago Jobs Council

Education Systems Center

We also referenced the following industry resources for benchmarking:

Alliance for Quality Career Pathways

American School Counselor Association (ASCA)

Chicago Public Schools College and Career Advising Credential

Danielson Framework for Teaching

Illinois PaCE Framework

Illinois School Counselor Association (ISCA)

National Association for College Admission Counseling

Feel free to download the report below to inform your counseling work or contact matthew.liberatore@d214.org to get involved with future work related to the competencies.  

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