School Counselors: Helping Student Reach for the Stars

National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), will be celebrated from February 5-9, 2018, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems. The week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.

School counselors are recognized this week for:

  • being actively engaged in helping students examine their abilities, strengths, interests and talents;
  • working in a partnership with parents as they encounter the challenges of raising children in today's world;
  • focusing on positive ways to enhance students' social/personal, educational and career development; and
  • working with teachers and other educators to provide an educational system where students can realize their potential and set healthy, realistic and optimistic aspirations for themselves.

Professional school counselors are certified, experienced educators with a master's degree in guidance and counseling. The combination of their training and experience makes them an integral part of the total educational program.

Parents or community members with specific questions or concerns about school counseling programs should contact the school counselors at their local schools or Judy Klinger, Supervisor of School Counseling. More general information can also be found on ASCA's website, www.schoolcounselor.org.

 

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