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ESOL/Bilingual Programs → Counseling Services

Counseling Services

The mission of the ESOL Counseling Team is to provide counseling services to ESOL students from a cross-cultural perspective so they may succeed academically, and adjust to a new social and cultural environment.

Our Services

Our services include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide individual and group multicultural and multilingual counseling services to ESOL and METS students.
  • Assist in the cultural, social and emotional adjustment of ESOL students in Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS)
  • Work with school staffs and ESOL students in resolving crisis situations
  • Assist in resolving conflicts arising from cross-cultural misunderstandings
  • Assist ESOL students in developing decision-making skills and coping skills
  • Collaborate with school staff and administration in cross-disciplinary problem solving processes, as necessary
  • Assist ESOL students in developing awareness of academic, social and career alternatives in MCPS and beyond
  • Guide students in developing awareness of academic, social, and career choices within MCPS and community
  • Provide career and vocational counseling
  • Work in collaboration with school-based counselors and administrators to meet the needs of ESOL students

Referrals

To access ESOL counseling services:

Schools with an assigned ESOL Counselor

  • Complete a "Referral for ESOL Counseling" form and submit it to the assigned ESOL Counselor.
  • The form (MCPS Form 335-60) is available on the MCPS website. The form can be filled out electronically and printed from your browser, OR a blank form can be printed and filled out by hand.

Schools without an assigned ESOL Counselor

  • Complete a "Referral for ESOL Counseling" form (MCPS Form 335-60).
  • Send the form to the ESOL office at Rocking Horse Road Center or fax the form to the ESOL Office, at 301-230-5443.

ESOL Counselors

The ESOL/Bilingual counseling staff provides counseling services to ESOL students. ESOL Counselors support teachers and school staff to increase awareness of and handle issues related to ESOL students. ESOL counselors help ESOL students in the process of adjustment to their new environment.

The central ESOL Transition Counselors:

  • Provide individual and group multicultural and multilingual counseling services to ESOL and METS students.
  • Assist in the cultural, social and emotional adjustment of ESOL students in Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS)
  • Work with school staffs and ESOL students in resolving crisis situations
  • Assist in resolving conflicts arising from cross-cultural misunderstandings
  • Assist ESOL students in developing decision-making skills and coping skills
  • Collaborate with school staff and administration in cross-disciplinary problem solving processes, as necessary
  • Assist ESOL students in developing awareness of academic, social and career alternatives in MCPS and beyond
  • Guide students in developing awareness of academic, social, and career choices within MCPS and community
  • Provide career and vocational counseling
  • Work in collaboration with school-based counselors and administrators to meet the needs of ESOL students

Responsibilities of the school-based ESOL counselors (SBEC) are determined by examining the academic, social, personal and interpersonal needs of ESOL students, as indicated by school data. These responsibilities are centered upon the development of proactive, programmatic initiatives targeted at all ESOL students in the school and their families.

Specific responsibilities of the SBEC are determined by a collaborative team at each school comprised of the principal, SBEC, resource counselor, ESOL resource teacher, ESOL parent community coordinator, College and Career Information Counselor, and the student services team (psychologists, pupil personnel worker).

Examples of counseling needs that are unique to the SBEC include:

  • Supporting specialized programs that support extended learning opportunities (ELO) for ESOL students that help them improve academic outcomes (George B. Thomas Saturday Learning Academy and specific ELO programs developed by schools)
  • Interacting with newcomer ESOL students to understand their unique counseling needs as they relate to adjusting and achieving in school in the United States.

Montgomery County Public Schools

Contact MCPS

Call: 301-309-6277 | Spanish Hotline: 301-230-3073
E-mail: ASKMCPS@mcpsmd.org

Contact Employee & Retiree Services Center

Call: 301-517-8100 | E-mail: ersc@mcpsmd.org

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