School Counselors: Making a Difference for the Whole Child
Last week we blogged about a program in Colorado aimed at increasing the number of school counselors across the state. We described how the program is based on the belief that students must feel supported by caring and qualified adults to learn at high levels.
School counselors are now in the news again because it's National School Counseling Week. Sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), National School Counselor Week is intended to "highlight the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career."
ASCA also just announced its school counselor of the year: Julie Hartline, a school counselor from Campbell High School in Smyrna, Ga. Hartline was chosen in part because of a number of initiatives she has introduced, including the creation of Campbell High School's Career Center, which provides students—many of them first-generation college applicants—with individualized postsecondary guidance. And Hartline's work to establish a Counseling Advisory Council with community, parent, and school representation reflects our belief that a broad array of individuals, from business leaders to parents to community members, need to support schools in efforts to develop the whole child.
Has a school counselor influenced your life or the life of a child you care about? How did that counselor make a difference?