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RAMP it up! Natalie Kant blazes a trail for Alaska school counselors to follow

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 “Skyview Middle School is the first school in Alaska to be designated with national Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) recognition,” said Natalie Kant, Skyview Middle School counselor. This year 104 schools from 27 states will receive this designation."

The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) established RAMP  to promote exemplary school counseling programs. The Skyview Middle School (SMS) counseling program uses leadership, advocacy, and collaboration skills to make a difference for all students. Through a collaborative effort involving the counselor, students, parents, teachers, administrators, community leaders and other stakeholders, the counselor develops and delivers a comprehensive data driven ASCA National Model program that benefits every student. The counseling program promotes individual student growth and systemic change, leading to bridging gaps in overall achievement, opportunity, and attainment.

“This year’s RAMP honorees have shown their commitment to students and the school counseling profession,” said Jill Cook, ASCA assistant director. “These schools used data to drive their program development and implementation so all students can achieve success. RAMP designation distinguishes these schools and encourages school counselors nationwide to strive for excellence.”

The RAMP designation is awarded for aligning with the criteria in the ASCA National Model. In addition to completing a required information section, RAMP applicants must document their efforts across twelve different areas, including:

  • create a school counseling program philosophy and mission statement
  • develop school counseling program goals
  • utilize a school counseling program advisory council
  • implement outcomes-based classroom and small group programming
  • conduct what ASCA refers to as “closing the gap” activities

"I am so proud of the Skyview Middle School counseling department," said Sarge Truesdell, principal. "The Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) application process was rigorous to say the very least. Ms. Kant’s desire to align our counseling program to the RAMP model and to make changes at Skyview Middle School based on what is best for students is what makes her such an amazing school counselor. While we are the first school in the state of Alaska to be recognized as a RAMP model school, I hope other KPBSD schools will follow our lead and go through the process. It really is what’s best for kids."

“In short, Skyview Middle School is being recognized for aligning the work they do to the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) National Model,” said Kant. “The counseling department put together evidence based research to support what SMS has in place for student support and success. The application submitted was 27 pages long with 102 attach supporting documents. I believe this recognition happened because the amazing leadership on the district team, our principal Mr. Truesdell who without a doubt supports me and the vision and mission of KPBSD, the SMS advisory council, the entire staff at SMS, my district counseling colleagues, and the support from my husband and family.”

SMS school counselor Natalie Kant will receive the RAMP award on July 10, 2017, during an awards presentation.

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