Office of College & Career Readiness
Ms. Antoinette L. Rayburn, M.Ed.
Degrees and Certifications:
Purdue University Concordia University Chicago Governors State University
Antoinette L. Rayburn is the manager of college and career readiness and student programs within the office of Academics and Family Support for District 209, where she was formerly the district chair of the counseling department. She manages and supports 19 school counselors. She has been an educator for 16 years working as an administrator, school counselor and teacher. During her tenure, Antoinette has worked with students with at risk student providing tiered services to support their transition needs, she has also taught English and Technology. Prior to becoming an educator, Antoinette worked in the finance industry for 15 years. Her philosophy on education is that each child is a unique individual who may require the assistance of a telescope to envision their future, a guide to create their path and an opportunity to thrive in an environment where they can grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially to become productive global citizens. It is her desire as an educator to help students meet their fullest potential in these areas by providing culturally relevant pedagogy, support and resources to develop their own pathway to proficiency and life success.
Career Pathways Guide
Below find the D209 career guide and see some of the pathways we offer!
Welcome to the Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Career Guide! This Career Guide gives our various stakeholders in Proviso Township an overview to explore and become familiar with college and career opportunities right here at home and around the world.
STUDENTS can explore dozens of career pathways at their high school. This magazine can be a great conversation starter with counselors and parents as classes are being chosen. Narrowing down interests are an important step prior to college.
PARENTS can explore viable opportunities for their children locally using the employment data provided within each career path and elarn more about the curriculum offered in each pathway.
SCHOOL COUNSELORS AND TEACHERS can use the information within these pages to guide several conversations. Help your students prepare for their next steps with the information provided within this Career Guide through focused assignments.
School Counseling Program
Today’s young people are living in an exciting time, with an increasingly diverse and mobile society, new technologies, and expanding opportunities. To help ensure that they are prepared to become the next generation of parents, workers, leaders, and citizen”, every student needs support, guidance, and opportunities during adolescence, a time of rapid growth and change. Adolescents face unique and diverse challenges, both personally and developmentally, that impact academic achievement.
ASCA – American School Counseling Association
The District 209 School Counselors advocate for and facilitate individual and systemic change to ensure every student has the knowledge and skills necessary for academic success and personal growth. The counseling program is designed to foster the development of our students’ problem solving skills and self-exploration. As school counselors we are dedicated to empowering every student to achieve academic success, personal, emotional and social growth. Our department works to create a climate in the building that fosters post-secondary and career exploration by which every student is motivated to reach their fullest educational potential and successfully manage their lives as productive citizens.
As professional school counselors at District 209, we are dedicated to empowering every student to achieve academic success, personal, emotional and social growth, wellness and career exploration to reach their fullest educational potential and successfully manage their lives as healthy, responsible, competent and productive citizens who are ready for global success.
School Counseling Curriculum Overview
The School Counseling Curriculum consists of structured developmental experiences presented systematically through classroom and group activities 8-12. The purpose is to facilitate student growth and development, to promote academic achievement and positive mental health and to assist students in acquiring and using life career skills. The curriculum is organized around the three content standards. Essential Grade Level Expectations are identified in the department scope and sequence. While counselors are responsible for organizing and implementing the curriculum, the support of the faculty and staff is important for successful implementation. Curriculum is delivered through both classroom and group activities. Examples of curriculum topics in each of the content standards are as follows:
- Social & Emotional Development: Personal safety, respecting differences, empathy-building, problem-solving, personal strengths and talents, mindfulness, coping with stressful situations, emotional regulation, social skill building.
- Academic Development: Study skills, test-taking skills, goal-setting, grade-level transitions, four year planning and test interpretation
- Career Readiness: Career awareness and exploration, career paths, career resources, job skills, decision-making, post-secondary planning.
School counselors work closely with teachers to organize where and when school counseling curriculum activities will be taught. Learning activities are cross-referenced to the state standards and provide effective ways to work closely with classroom teachers to achieve the educational goals of the district. The school counseling curriculum is delivered through such strategies as:
- Classroom activities: Counselors teach, team-teach, or assist in teaching guidance curriculum learning activities in the classroom, school counseling center, or other school facilities.
- Group activities: Counselors conduct groups outside of the classroom to respond to student identified interests or needs. Counselors plan and lead structured activities to develop skills and increase the knowledge of students concerning guidance standards and grade level expectations.
Comprehensive School Counseling Program Philosophy
Proviso Township School District 209, believes that our Comprehensive School Counseling Program (CSCP) is an essential and integral part of our district’s educational program and mission. It exists in order to promote every student’s abilities to live, learn, work, and contribute to their communities. We understand that the CSCP is developmentally appropriate and involves assisting all students with continuous growth and transitions. We believe that all students can become effective, responsible, productive, life-long learners. We acknowledge that our program should be assessed annually, be self-reflective, and continuously improve. We assert that the Comprehensive School Counseling Program should be linked to student achievement, be aligned with state and national standards, and encourage professional development. We maintain that our CSCP is coordinated across all school levels and works in collaboration with the community.
District 209 CSCP, when fully implemented, will:
- Address the diverse needs of each and every student;
- Provide for self-reflective evaluation and annual program reviews based upon best practices, relevant research, and appropriate data;
- Be coordinated by a team of school counselors and implemented by students, parents, teachers, administers, and staff support;
- Include developmentally appropriate guidance curriculum, activities, and services based on the needs of the entire student population; and
- Be an integral component of each school’s program and an essential link with the community.
All students can develop the skills necessary for academic success, personal growth, positive interpersonal relationships, career development and healthy choices.
- All students have a right to equitable treatment and access to opportunities and supports.
- School counseling is integral to a school system’s efforts to enhance educational attainment for all students.
- School counselors must work to design and implement programs that contribute to student success.
Counselors meet with students in large groups, small groups and individually to implement the counseling program by providing:
- Academic planning
- Organizational, study and test-taking skills
- Academic support interventions
- Transition planning
- Post-secondary planning and the college application process
- Career planning
- Education in understanding self and others
- Coping strategies
- Peer relationships and effective social skills
- Communication, problem-solving, decision-making, and conflict resolution
- Substance abuse education
- Multicultural/diversity awareness
- Crisis Intervention
Counselors collaborate and consult with parents to address:
- Academic planning and support
- Post-secondary planning
- School-to-parent communications/concerns
- Referral process
Benefits for Students
- Prepares students for the challenges of the 21st century through academic, career, and personal/social development
- Relates educational success to future success in life
- Facilitates career exploration and development
- Develops decision-making and problem solving skills
- Assists in acquiring knowledge of self and others
- Enhances personal development
- Assists in developing effective interpersonal relationship skills
- Broadens knowledge the options available to them for lifelong learning
- Provides advocacy for students
- Encourages facilitative, cooperative, peer interactions
- Fosters resiliency factors for students
- Assures equitable access to educational opportunities
Benefits for Parents
- Prepares children for the challenges of the 21st century through academic, career, and personal/social development
- Provides support for parents in advocating for their child’s academic, career, and personal/social development
- Develops a system for their child’s short and long-range planning and learning
- Increases opportunities for positive parent/school interaction
- Enable parents to access school and community resources
Benefits for Teachers
- Provides an interdisciplinary team effort to address student needs and educational goals
- Provides skill development for teachers in classroom management, teaching effectiveness and affective education
- Provides consultation to assist teachers in addressing student needs and guiding them through the changes they experience throughout their school career
Benefits for Administrators
- Integrates school counseling with school improvement
- Provides a program structure with standards based content and curriculum
- Assists administration in using school counselors effectively to enhance learning and development for all students
- Assists administration in enhancing school climate and creating a positive learning environment for students
- Provides a means of evaluating school counseling programs
Benefits for the Board of Education and State Department of Education
- Provides a rationale for implementing a comprehensive developmental counseling program in the school system
- Provides assurance that a quality counseling program is available to all students
- Demonstrates the necessity of appropriate levels of funding for implementation
- Supports appropriate credentialing and staffing
- Provides a basis for determining funding allocations for school counseling programs
- Furnishes program information to the community promoting better school and community relations
- Gives ongoing information about student competencies and achievements attained through school counseling program efforts
Benefits for School Counselors
- Provides a clearly defined role and function
- Eliminates non-counseling functions that do not impact student achievement or development
- Provides direct service to all students
- Provides a tool for program management and accountability
- Enhances the role of the school counselor as a student advocate
- Ensures the counselors role in school improvement
A developmental school counseling program focuses on all students. While the counselor continues to respond to the unique needs of the individual, all students benefit from experiential activities that enhance their knowledge and skills in career planning and exploration, in self-awareness and interpersonal relationships, and in educational/vocational development. Proficiency in these areas serves to improve students’ self-concept, fosters better peer and adult interactions, and lends students a sense of purpose and direction in more effectively planning and controlling their own lives. Such enhanced competencies result in students who are prepared to cope with life’s decisions and to manage human relationships. Thus, the comprehensive school counseling program is preventative as well as remedial in nature.
High School Student Planning
During the high school years, individual learning plans and programs of study are reviewed and updated regularly in accordance with students’ post-secondary personal, educational, and occupational goals. The individual student planning component provides time for regular individual work with students as well as group sessions focusing on individual student planning. School counseling curriculum activities continue to support student planning by giving emphasis to the development and use of skills in decision making, goal setting, and planning. The importance and relevance of strong social/emotional, academic, and career development skills are stressed. The goal is for students’ personal plans of study to become pathways or guides through which they can use the past and present to anticipate and prepare for the future.