National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), will be celebrated February 1–5, 2016, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems and how students excel 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.
The special week honoring school counselors provides recognition for school counselors who implement comprehensive school counseling programs, a vital part of the educational process for all students as they meet the challenges of the 21st Century.
Office of Guidance and Counseling Director Barbara K. Smith, Ph.D, cited school counselors for being actively engaged in helping students examine their abilities, strengths, interests and talents. 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.
“School counselors work with all students to remove barriers to learning by addressing students’ academic concerns, career awareness in post-secondary options and personal/social 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.”
School Counselor Sylvia Sanders, from Cass Technical High School, was selected for recognition as Outstanding School Counselor for the State of Michigan and honored alongside other professionals at the White House on January 28, 2016.
As part of its celebration for National School Counseling Week, Detroit Public Schools will recognize school counselors district-wide. Parents or community members with specific questions or concerns about school counseling programs should contact the school counselors at their local schools. More general information can also be found on ASCA’s website, www.schoolcounselor.org.
The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) is a worldwide nonprofit organization based in Alexandria, Va. Founded in 1952, ASCA supports school counselors’ efforts to help students focus on academic, personal/social and career development so they not only achieve success in school but are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society.