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
2020-21 School Counselor Professional Development Opportunities Calendar
For an updated list of 2020-21 professional development opportunities and workshops for school counselors, click
2021 School Counselor of the Year
The School Counselor of the Year (SCOY) program started in 2019-20 to recognize and celebrate the work and service of two professional school counselors in San Diego County. Recipients received surprise visits to their schools and were recognized in front of students and staff. They were also celebrated at the 2020 San Diego School Counselor Con where they received a trophy and a $500 check from our sponsor, North Island Credit Union.
2021 Applications are now available!
Are you ready to take your program to new heights? Are you looking for an opportunity to collaborate with teams in other districts? Do you think your principal would be interested in seeing data-driven results that show value in the work that you are doing as school counselors? If you answered yes to each of these questions, it’s time to join the mission! MISSION: POSSIBLE!
The San Diego County Office of Education and Hatching Results are teaming up to bring you this NEW professional learning series designed specifically for school counselors and administrator teams, which launches Nov. 2.
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Strengthening Our Profession with an Equity Lens
Dive deeper with Derek Francis in a two-part series from the San Diego County Office of Education
Audience: School counselors, school social workers, school psychologists, school-based mental health specialists
When: Nov. 10 and 19 (9:30 to 11 a.m.)
Where: Virtual Series
School Counselor Convening Series
Our 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: Jan. 20, and Apr. 21, 2021 (10 a.m.)
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“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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