Learning Team

Helping Process Phases Presentation

Resource: Kelsey High School located in the Virtual Organization portal on the student website.
Create a Microsoft® PowerPoint® Presentation, with speaker notes where each team member develops 2-3 slides, about how the helping-process phases can assist the student they selected at Kelsey High School.

Include the following in your presentation:


         For each student, explain how you would use assessment and planning to best support the student with his or her goals upon graduation.

         Identify the student’s strengths and problem areas. Explain how you would tailor your assessment and planning strategy for the student. Based on the student’s information, what should be the focus of your strategy? What additional information would you seek?

         What types of services and resources might this student need to be successful after graduation?

         Explain the reasoning for your strategy.


Format your presentation consistent with APA guidelines.

Mazariegos, Maria

Nineth Grade


Near the end of 9th grade, Maria was accepted into a college-bound program for at-risk students. This program targets students with average grades who have been identified by their teachers as having the potential to go to college. Maria applied and was accepted to this program. The program placed her on a faster track of classes where her schedule included several advanced placement classes. The challenging program initially frustrated Maria, and her grades suffered, but the support of the program helped Maria become motivated to go to college. She struggled in the accelerated courses, but she maintained above average grades through her junior and senior year. Through the program support, she applied and was accepted with a scholarship to the local college.


Note to Parents


Maria’s Mother


It has come to our attention that Maria’s 9th grade teachers believe that she would be an excellent candidate for a new program designed to prepare capable students for college. We have spoken with Maria and she has expressed the desire to go to college. We only offer this program to a select few students we feel truly have the potential to excel in school, and we believe Maria qualifies. The program will help Maria choose her classes and include accelerated courses. Our program will give Maria all the support she needs to succeed in this program. We are offering an informational meeting and an open house on Wednesday and hope you can attend.


Miss Irma La Sweet


2nd Note to Parents

Dear Miss La Sweet,

I got your message about Maria going into a special class for college preparation. Maria is a good student. She doesn’t need any special help in school. She gets good grades. Maria is a good girl and helps out at home with her sister. She also helps cook and clean the house. I working two jobs and Maria is learning what she needs to know to help her own family one day. Maria does not need to go to college. We have no money for college. I don’t think it is a good idea for Maria to go in a special class. The other kids will make fun of her in a special class. I say no.

Maria’s Mother

Parent Phone Message

Teacher: Hi, Mrs. Mazariegos. This is Irma La Sweet calling about your note to the school regarding Maria’s opportunity to go into our college bound program. I know you have some concerns, but I was hoping to speak with you for a few minutes about it.

Mother: I already said in the note that Maria doesn’t need special classes. She is a good student.

Teacher: First, I would like to let you know that this is not a special class for students that need more help. This is an honor for Maria to be nominated for this opportunity. We only have 25 students in the whole school who have been nominated. It was Maria’s teachers that believe this will be an excellent opportunity for her. I want you to know that this is a brand new program, but that we already have several local businesses that have committed to supporting scholarships for these students. I can’t guarantee she will have a scholarship, but I think there is a very good possibility.

Mother: What does Maria need to go to college for? What Maria needs to learn she can learn at home. She helps out at home with her sister and taking care of the home. These are important things Maria must know, and they are not taught in college. College classes will mean more work and Maria don’t have time for more work. Her time is filled already. I don’t think this will be a good idea for Maria.

Teacher: I would like to invite you to just come and listen to our program on Wednesday night. You can bring your other children, and we will have dinner for you and your family. I would like for you to meet the teacher of the college class and the other families. I realize Maria is a good student and a great help at home. It is also important that Maria gets the best education she can have. I know you are a good mother and have raised all of your children to be smart and helpful. I also know that you have had to work two jobs to support your family. You have done an excellent job. What if Maria is also a single mother one day? Wouldn’t you like to know that Maria would have more opportunities for jobs? Please come for dinner on Wednesday and hear more about the program before you make a final decision, won’t you?

Mother: I can bring her brother and sister? You have enough food for the whole family?

Teacher: Yes.

Mother: Ok, we will come and listen, but I still don’t think it is right for Maria.

Teacher: Thank you. We will see you Wednesday.

Student File:

Nineth Grade

Maria eagerly looked forward to starting high school mainly because of the friendships and the opportunities to take more art classes. Maria was placed in regular classes at the start of the year and then by the end of the year was accepted into the college-bound program for at-risk students. The program is designed for students who have been identified by their teachers as having potential to go to college and who (because of lack of family support, finances, etc.) might not have the opportunity. The program was a bit stressful for her at first due to its fast pace. Eventually, she caught on, did better, and became more motivated to try and attend college.

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