Environment and Support

Advising Programs

Published: 5/2/2018 10:52 AM

This page brings together three aspects of advising that may provide new insight into the role student support services can play in ensuring that students reach proficiency. Guidance and resources are provided on developing effective advising programs through the integrated use of the ILP, integrating Career Pathways advising into counseling services, and promoting equitable student access to courses and programs. 



This interactive and printable diagnostic tool can help identify areas for improvement and provides resources for further study.

Advising Programs

Advising plays an important role as we continue to work towards our goal of every child in the Commonwealth graduating college and career ready.  Current research on advising /mentoring programs has shown that a well- developed, comprehensive program can also serve to reduce dropout rates, raise graduation rates and help pave the way for students to seek post-secondary pursuits after high school (Schanfield, 2010; Hodges, 2010).

National research shows that education reform is moving towards smaller learning communities, more student-centered school experiences, more personalized programs with support services and increased intellectual rigor. 

Career Pathways

Pursuit of a Career Pathway sometimes helps students to re-engage in school and gain confidence in themselves. A Career Pathway is a coherent, articulated sequence of rigorous academic and career/technical courses, starting in high school and leading to a credential(s) recognized by potential employers as an indication the individual is ready for entry level employment. Credentials may include: an industry recognized certificate, an associate degree, baccalaureate degree and beyond, and/or licensure. The teaching, counseling, and assessment that support career pathways are also designed to focus students toward career goals beyond graduation.

The CCR Analysis Tree is a flow chart that can help determine whether a student has met the requirements to be College and/or Career-Ready.

The CCR Calculator allows school personnel to track the College and Career Ready status of individual students.


Video: Collaborating for College and Career Readiness Success

In this video, counselor, Amanda Bills, and CTE Director, Bridgett Kilburn, discuss the importance of collaboration between Franklin-Simpson High School and the Simpson Co. Career/Tech School to ensure all their students graduate college and/or career ready.  They stress how vital it is for the counselor and the career/tech director to communicate and work together in order to ensure students are placed in the appropriate Career Pathways and complete the requirements for that pathway.  Ms. Bills and Ms. Kilburn review the process they use for helping kids choose a career pathway and discuss how they ensure students meet the necessary requirements for successful completion of the pathway courses. Total time 4:50.

Video: Communicating Career Pathways to Students

In this video, counselor, Amanda Bills, and CTE Director, Bridgett Kilburn, discuss the secret to Franklin-Simpson High Schools CCR success. They explain how communication with students, starting their 9th grade year, is key to ensuring students know what pathways are available to them, the requirements for completing those pathways successfully, and how they help students keep their schedules organized to ensure all pathway requirements are fulfilled, if possible, by their senior year. Total time 3:36.

Equitable Access 

The U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), requires that all school districts that receive federal funding comply with U.S. Department of Education regulations.  Equitable access provisions ensure that the school district provides access to all programs and activities for all protected classes (race, national origin, sex or disability).

Equitable access to all programs and activities encourages participation and engagement of the student which leads to novice reduction. The advising process can help dispel myths around certain programs and alleviate problems with disproportionate enrollment in career pathway courses and opportunities such as access to technology and extracurricular or co-curricular activities.


Susan Greer
Office of Continuous Improvement and Support
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-5130
Fax (502) 564-8149

Related Resources

Advising Resources

Advising and Transition Toolkit Manual for guidance in developing, implementing, or revising school advising programs.  The toolkit also includes activities for transitioning students from elementary grades to the middle grades and from middle grades to the high school. 

ASCA National Standards The American School Counselor Association standards identify the skills and attitudes students should have as a result of participating in a school counseling program. 

Building a Successful Mentoring Program  Toolkit for designing, implementing, and evaluating a school mentoring program.

ILP Resources

ILP Resource Page KDE web page with links to ILP resources, including tools for educators, parents and students.

ILP Parent Toolkit KDE web page with links to ILP resources for parents, including ideas for parent involvement

Curriculum Toolkit for Teachers KDE web page for teachers on the benefits of integrating ILPs into instruction.  Includes links to toolkits for middle and high school teachers.

Suggested Timeline for ILP Completion Suggested timeline schools can use for students to complete their ILPs.

ILP Usage Statistics Page  Charts that show ILP login data for parents and students, listed by district.  Updated monthly during the school year.

ILP Tutorial Video  Ten video tutorials listed on tabs.  Topics include Assessments, Educator ILP, Interventions, Alternative Completion, Ability Profiler, and more.

Guided Tour of Career Cruising  Walkthrough document of the main features and components of Career Cruising (ILP)

ILP Parent Portal  Video tutorial on Career Cruising  Ten-minute video tutorial for parents on setting up an account, viewing their children’s ILP, and communicating through the parent portal.


CTE Resources

Preview to Career Pathways  The Preview to Pathways document identifies the core courses and any available course options within each career pathway. Students completing the career pathways course sequence have the best chance for success on the identified Kentucky Occupational Skills Standards Assessment (KOSSA) and available Industry Certification assessments. In addition, it provides students with skills necessary for a successful transition to postsecondary education or work and a desire for life-long learning in a global society.

Occupational Outlook Handbook  Information about hundreds of careers, including median pay, required education, job outlook, and more.

Career Pathways Video  Educators and students discuss how Career and Technical Education has improved their learning and opportunities.  Five-minute video produced by the Kentucky Association for Career and Technical Education.

Success in the New Economy  Nine-minute video on changes in the job market, and why students should receive technical training in addition to traditional academic coursework.

Perkins Report- Non-Traditional Career Pathways  This chart is a Federal Perkins Act report showing CTE programs that are considered non-traditional for Males or Females. Nontraditional refers to an occupation that employs less than 25.0% of males or females. Occupations that employ from 25.0% to 75.0% of females are considered gender neutral.

College and Career Readiness Calculator for Students  Tool for schools to track CCR progress of individual students.

CCR Analysis Tree  Graphic organizer to help determine students’ college-ready, career-ready and college and career-ready status.

Resources for Equitable Advising

Office for Civil Rights Reading Room Link  U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights Reading Room, with links to publications and documents around Title VI, Title IX, and Section 504/ADA.

The Guidance Counselor's Role in Ensuring Equal Educational Opportunity  Pamphlet mainly for counselors in schools that receive federal funding for programs or activities.  Summarizes requirements pertaining to counseling practices contained in Title VI, Title IX, and Section 504/ADA.

Equitable Technology

Creating Equitable Opportunities for Children and Youth with Disabilities to Access Physical Education and Extracurricular Athletics

Assistive Technology Resources

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