National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), will be celebrated from Feb. 4–8, 2019, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems and how students are different as a result of what school counselors do. National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.
This year’s theme is: “School Counselors: Providing Lessons for Life.” Whether it be helping at-risk seniors navigate alternative pathways to graduation or teaching elementary students how to get along with their classmates, school counselors across Ohio are at the forefront of advocating for the academic, career and person/social development of our students.
"School counselors work with all students to remove barriers to learning by addressing students’ academic concerns, career awareness in post-secondary options and social/emotional skills,” said Kwok-Sze Wong, Ed.D., ASCA executive director. “Comprehensive school counseling programs help to increase student achievement and provide a much-needed resource for students, parents, teachers and administrators. School counselors are integral to student success."
More than 100,000 school counselors nationwide will be participating in the week's festivities. Many school counselors will be hosting special events and activities to call attention to the countless benefits of a comprehensive school counseling program.
Bob Hayes has been counselor at Clay Local Schools for the past 19 years and said he enjoys being able to help make a difference in students’ lives.
“We talk in terms of scholarships and colleges, and we do scheduling,” Hayes said. “It’s satisfying when you see something good come from situations that were difficult for kids. Even if the situation was not difficult, it’s still satisfying to know that kids go on do something well with their lives and make themselves a success.”
For more information about National School Counseling Week, visit the American School Counselor Association online at www.schoolcounselor.org or the Ohio School Counsel Association online at www.ohioschoolcounselor.org. For more information about the ESC, visit online at www.scoesc.org, or follow the ESC on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.