School counselors play important roles in school districts, allowing students to resolve issues they face at home or in the classroom. Given the challenges students may encounter in a remote or hybrid learning environment, their role may even more essential this year.
Here at HMH, we highly value equity and access in K-12 schools. Counselors can play an important role in enhancing these qualities in districts, according to the American School Counselor Association (ASCA).
National School Counseling Week, sponsored by ASCA, focuses on how counselors contribute to and impact U.S. school systems. Below, you can learn more about this day, including ways to celebrate and show appreciation with your students.
When Is National School Counseling Week in 2021?
In 2021, National School Counseling Week will be February 1-5. It's celebrated each year during the first full week of February.
What Is National School Counseling Week, and Why Do We Celebrate It?
The ASCA website explains that National School Counseling Week “highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.”
Why Should We Show Appreciation for School Counselors?
School counselors play a vital role in helping students face various challenges. In Pasadena Now, Alvin Nash, president of United Teachers of Pasadena, said counselors allow K-12 students to better understand their own strengths; work with parents to help them overcome obstacles in raising their children; and encourage educators to have their students set healthy, positive goals.
Facing a challenge or planning a future: both require courage, persistence, and support. #SchoolCounselors can support all of these things as part of the school team that helps students turn their dreams into reality. 🌟 #NSCW2020— U.S. Department of Education (@usedgov) February 6, 2020
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