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Seattle School is State Finalist for National Guidance Award
Madison Middle School singled out for outstanding and comprehensive counseling

OLYMPIA — August 16, 2011 — State Superintendent Randy Dorn announced that Madison Middle School is Washington’s winner of the National Consortium for State Guidance Leadership’s (NCSGL) Career Awareness and Exploration Award.

Lauren Divina heads the counseling department at Madison where the staff focuses on tracking academic progress and alignment with self-knowledge and career interests. Counselors use the Navigation 101 program guidance lessons and student data to help prepare students for their yearly student-led conferences and connect them to guidance plans that are tailored to their individual needs.

This approach has allowed students to develop both short and long-term goals for themselves and has increased student participation in career awareness activities such as Madison’s annual Career Day that features local business leaders. Additionally, the counseling staff links exiting 8th graders with West Seattle High School to begin their High School and Beyond Plans.

“Lauren and her team at Madison have done an amazing job getting students excited about the future,” Dorn said. “Their use of Navigation 101 lessons, data and personalized planning is a model we can all learn from.”

Madison was selected by committee in the spring and is now being considered by the NCSGL for the national award.


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The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K-12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine Educational Service Districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.

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