National School Counseling Week 2022, “School Counseling: Better Together," sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), will be celebrated from Feb. 7–11, 2022, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems and how students are different because 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," according to Kimberly McGuire, School Counseling Coordinator for
Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools.
In a proclamation presented at the February 2 board meeting, school counselors are cited for being actively engaged in helping students examine their abilities, strengths, interests and talents; for working in a partnership with parents as they encounter the challenges of raising children in today's world; for focusing on positive ways to enhance students' academic, career and social/emotional development; and working with teachers and other educators to provide an educational system where students can realize their potential and set healthy, realistic and optimistic aspirations for themselves. School counselors are certified, experienced educators with a master's degree in school 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 options and social/emotional skills," said Ms. McGuire. “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."
!16 school counselors districtwide will be participating in the week's festivities. Many schools will be hosting special events and activities to call attention to the countless benefits of a comprehensive school counseling program. Check sccpss.com and our social media channels to see features on some of our counselors accomplishments and achievements.
As part of its celebration for National School Counseling Week, a drive-up celebration will be held for the counselors and CTAE teachers and workshops held in coordination with the Wellness Day event on February 21st.