School Counseling / College & Career

Goal: The Santa Cruz County College and Career Collaborative (S5C) works to ensure that all students graduate high school prepared for college and career. S5C partners with TK-12 schools and institutions of higher education to provide support for administrators, counselors, and teachers.


School Counselor Symposium

March 3/17/2022

Provide counselors with a wide variety of tools and resources to inform their daily practice

Counselors from San Benito, Santa Cruz and Monterey

School Counselor Network

9:00 - 10:30

11/17/21, 1/19/22, 3/23/22, 5/18/22

Free via Zoom Registration

The Counselor Network is a group of school counselors who come together to learn about and discuss items or relevant topics of interest or concern. Guest speakers and facilitators attend as appropriate. Topics are determined by the group and voted on in each meeting or by survey.

November 17 topic: Supporting Students Mental Health Needs: School Counseling and Collaborations with County Mental Health and Intervention Strategies

This session is designed to bring together behavioral health specialists and school intervention professionals from across the county to discuss the questions you have in your daily work. Topics will include: Accessing resources for specific mental health situations and supporting students upon school re-entry.

School Counselor Collaborative

Quarterly in October, January, April, and August

Counselors in this collaborative will keep the Santa Cruz County School Counselor Handbook current and relevant- The Handbook is a tool for any school counselor outlining basic content for each grade level, complete with sample curriculum and pre and post data collection

Subcommittee of K-12 counselors

Grading Action Research Teams

All team members agree to participate for 2 years. 4 half-day planning sessions per year and one or two monthly planning meetings within each team including one monthly meeting with an S5C mentor.

Teams agree to implement at least three of the approved grading strategies and engage fully in data collection and sharing of data

Teams of teachers and (at least one) administrator from school sites

Grading Inquiry Project

Monthly 2021-2022

8:00 - 9:00

Next meeting: September 20, 2021

Free via Zoom

Develop the capacity of key district/site administrators, teachers, parents and students to facilitate conversations around grading practices. Investigate current district and school grading practices including grading audits around consistency/inconsistency within same subject. Agree upon equitable and consistent grading practices at the course, department, site, or district level.

Site/district administrators & lead teachers

Data Summit/Network

Late fall 2021

Early spring 2022

Share expertise on sources of data, reporting tools, analysis strategies, and data sharing protocols for multiple stakeholders including postsecondary partners

District and site administrators and postsecondary partners


Please contact Cristine Chopra, Executive Director, Santa Cruz County College and Career Collaborative.