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Ensuring students graduate prepared for college is just one of the roles of a school counselor.

School Counselor Leadership Network

​​​​​​​​​​School counselors have a critical role in our schools, especially now with LCAPs focused on college and career readiness and the important work of equity for our students.

Through SDCOE, you can:

  • Get professional learning tailored to your unique needs

  • Network with other school counselors

  • Gain valuable resources for you, your students, and your colleagues by utilizing our Resource Quick Links


What's Happening?

National School Counseling Week February 4-8, 2019

National School Counseling Week 2019, "School Counselors: Providing Lessons for Life," will be celebrated from Feb. 4-8, 2019, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by ASCA, highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. National School Counseling Week is always celebrated the first full week in February.

2019 National School Counseling Week Photo Challenge

Take a photo/video of the day’s theme and share on Twitter, Facebook and/or Instagram with #NSCW19 and #sdcounselors and @SanDiegoCOE. Get students, families and school colleagues in on the fun. Encourage them to download and use the supporter signs listed below. 

More information can be found on the ASCA website.

Professional Learning

2019 Annual School Counselor Leadership Conference

Registration is Now Open

Registration is now open for the School Counselor 4th Annual School Counselor Leadership Conference flyerLeadership Conference at the Handlery Hotel on Feb. 14, 2019.

Invest in a day of professional development and self-care this Valentine’s Day!

The School Counselor Leadership Conference is the go-to annual event for school counselors. It is focused on topics unique to their role and brings together best practices with quality networking and planning time.

Hotel Accomodations at the Handlery Hotel are available for a discounted price of $119 a night. Call the hotel directly to book at 619-298-0511. 

Curious about the sessions being offered at this year's conference?

Click Here: Sessions Offered at 2019 Leadership Conference

This list is subject to change. 

New School Counselor Leadership Institute

Registration closed for 18-19. Check back for 19-20 Cohort

New School Counselor Leadership Institute flier
Join a cohort of credentialed school counselors who are getting familiar with their new roles.

Counselors working in K-12 schools for three years or less can grow and learn through the year with peer networking, coaching, and direct training that aligns with the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Mindsets and Behavior Standards in the areas of academic, career, and social and emotional development.

Topics across the six sessions align with Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) state priorities. 

In the New School Counselor Leadership Institute, you will:

  • Be supported by two SDCOE divisions: Learning and Leadership Services and Student Services and Programs
  • Receive six full days of professional learning provided by experts in the field and certified trainers
  • Gain valuable knowledge in topics that directly affect your daily work with students
  • Be equipped to promote mindsets and behaviors that enhance the learning process and create a culture of college and career readiness for all students
  • Attend the School Counselor Leadership Conference in February
  • Grow with two-hours of individual coaching at your school site

Institute Dates:

  • Oct. 5, 2018
  • Nov. 8, 2018
  • Dec. 7, 2018
  • Feb. 14, 2019
  • March 8, 2019
  • April 5, 2019

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