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School counselors play a critical role in ensuring schools provide a safe, caring environment and that students have the necessary mindsets and behaviors to advance academic achievement outcomes. School counselors deliver programs that have an impact on student growth in three domain areas: academic development, career development and social/emotional development.

School counseling programs use data to understand student needs, provide school counseling classroom, group and closing the-gap interventions and remove systemic barriers to ensure all students as early as preschool and kindergarten have opportunity to develop academic goals at all grade levels reflecting their abilities and academic interests and can access appropriate rigorous, relevant coursework and experiences. Because of their unique position within a school and their unique training, school counselors can work with students facing mental health issues, family and social problems as well as career exploration and course planning to make school relevant. All practicing school counselors have a masters degree and hold a Pupil Personnel Services (P.P.S.) credential.

For position statements by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) on the role of the school counselor click here.


2020-21 School Counselor Professional Development Opportunities Calendar

CalendarFor an updated list of 2020-21 professional development opportunities and workshops for school counselors, click here.


March 31 Cancelled due to low enrollment School Counselor Chats

Counselor ChatsIn partnership between the San Diego and Los Angeles county offices of education, Counselor Chats is an an organized chat room that brings together school counselors from across counties to strengthen best practices, connect with fellow grade-level colleagues, share ideas and resources, and simply chat. Registered participants create topics for discussion and facilitate breakout sessions in an un-conference format.

  • Cost: Free
  • Registration:
    • Cancelled March 31 (1:30 to 2:30 p.m.)
    • April 27 (1:30 to 2:30 p.m.)

School Counselor Convening Series

School Counselor Convening Series FlyerOur first countywide School Counselor Convening on Sept. 23rd was a success with over 150 participants. If you missed our first meeting, be sure to sign up for our winter and spring sessions on Jan. 20, and Apr. 21, 2021. Connect with school counselors across the county in this live webinar to learn about professional learning opportunities, celebrate the work of colleagues and peers, and be inspired by guest speakers.

  • When: Apr. 21, 2021 (10 a.m.)
  • Cost: Free
  • Registration Click here

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Race to Submit (FASFA) Logo “Race to Submit” Campaign (FASFA/CADAA)

Race to Submit is a statewide campaign that aims to increase the number of financial aid applications for California high school seniors who complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act Application (CADAA). In 2020, SDCOE kicked off the first San Diego County "Race to Submit" challenge to encourage districts and high schools to set a goal to increase their completion rates.

Information for the 2020-21 San Diego County "Race to Submit" Challenge will be available soon!


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