WHAT DOES A SCHOOL COUNSELOR DO?
Gone are the days of school counselors sitting in their office simply handing out college applications, making schedule changes for students who want to drop a class or meeting with the troublemakers in the school. Today's school counselors help students in the areas of academic achievement; personal/social and career development, ensuring students become the productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow.
APPROPRIATE/INAPPROPRIATE SCHOOL COUNSELING PROGRAM ACTIVITIES
School counselors spend most of their time in direct service to and contact with students, focusing on overall delivery of total program through guidance curriculum, individual student planning and responsive services. Schools should eliminate or reassign certain inappropriate program tasks –such as developing indirect services called system support– so that counselors can focus on the prevention needs of their programs.
WHY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL COUNSELORS?
Today’s young people are living in an exciting time, with an increasingly diverse society, new technologies and expanding opportunities. They face unique and diverse challenges, both personally and developmentally, that have an impact on academic achievement.
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS’ DEVELOPMENTAL NEEDS
The elementary years are a time when students begin to develop their academic self-concept, competence, confidence as learners, decision-making, communication and life skills, character values, as well as acquire attitudes toward school, self, peers, social groups and family.
Comprehensive developmental school counseling programs provide education, prevention and intervention services, which are integrated into all aspects of children’s lives.
Early identification and intervention of children’s academic and personal/social needs is essential in removing barriers to learning and in promoting academic achievement.
MEETING THE CHALLENGE
Elementary school counselors are professional educators with a mental health perspective, who understand and respond to the challenges presented by today’s diverse student population. They do not work in isolation; rather they are integral to the total educational program.
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL COUNSELORS COLLABORATE WITH:
College/career awareness programs,
One-on-one parent conferencing, and
Interpretation of assessment results.
Classroom guidance activities,
Academic support, including learning style assessment and education to help students succeed academically,
Classroom speakers, and
At-risk student identification and implementation of interventions to enhance success.
Behavioral management plans,
School-wide needs assessments,
Student data and results, and
Student assistance team building.
Peer education and support,
Leadership development, and
Community and career planning.