National School Counseling Week Feb 3-7, #NSCW14

This month, National School Counseling Week is celebrated to focus public attention on the important contributions of school counselors within U.S. school systems and the positive impact they have on student success.

Research shows that comprehensive school counseling programs help increase student achievement and success in all grade levels.

For effective school counseling, the American School Counseling Association (ASCA), recommends one school counselor for every 250 students. Many school counselors across the country, including those in Missouri and Kansas, have caseloads that far exceed these recommended numbers.

School counselors help provide an educational system where students can realize their full potential and set healthy, realistic and optimistic aspirations for themselves. They are actively engaged in helping students examine their abilities, strengths, interests and talents.

School counselors focus on students’ academic needs, career awareness, personal/social development, and post-secondary exploration.

Professional school counselors take on many roles and are important members of the education team – partnering with all school personnel and parents to help remove barriers that keep students from learning and being successful.

As our nation’s schools evolve and the debate on education continues, we should agree that schools cannot afford to be sparing of school counselors.

For more information, please contact your local school's counseling department, or visit the American School Counseling Website: www.schoolcounselor.org

Rob Lundien, Staley High School Counseling Department - North Kansas City Schools.

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