In an ever changing community and world, it is our duty as school leaders to prepare every student for success. The counseling department at Gresham High School shares this mission with the district and plays a key role in doing just that.
Equitable access to resources is a critical element in providing students with opportunities for success, and our counseling department sees a gap in the resources we can offer students within our department. In addition to seeing many students who lack the resources to access technology once they leave our building, we also strive to equitably, confidentially, and efficiently serve the students who come to us for academic, social emotional, and college and career needs. Additionally, as advocates we strive to teach our students how to advocate for themselves, and can thus change the conversation from "you should take advantage of this opportunity" and hope that they do, to "you should take advantage of this opportunity; let me teach you how." We feel it is imperative to utilize technology within our office to address these needs in our efforts to prepare every student for success.
Description of Need
Currently the counseling department does not have access to technology for student use. However, there are a number of reasons why technology would benefit students and would support our mission to equitably serve all students. Some of ways we plan to use technology are:
Immediate ability to sign up for credit recovery, access and complete scholarships, FAFSA, and ORSAA applications, apply for college or communicate with scholarship and college contacts, investigate community supports and resources and complete applications to access those resources, map access to programs and/or testing centers In an effort to never turn students away, we would like to institute a new confidential system for students who need to speak with us but find us busy when they come inBeing technologically accessible to students will allow us to manage, track, and utilize data to inform program servicesEvery counselor and social worker would have their own i-Pad in their office, and the counseling department support staff would have two i-Pads available in the main counseling office
i-Pads $329.00 x 8 = $2,632.00
i-Pad covers $39.00 x 8 = $312.00