One week a year is devoted to celebrating and recognizing the people who have a big impact on student success and achievement in school.
Between helping students with academic plans, being there for them emotionally and socially, and supporting students' college and career plans, school counselors have a unique role.
National School Counseling Week from Feb. 3 to 7 helps focus public attention on the vital contribution of school counselors.
"School counselors are integral to student success by working with all students to remove barriers to their learning and ensuring they have every opportunity to thrive," said San Diego County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paul Gothold.
During National School Counseling Week, more than 100,000 school counselors nationwide will be participating in festivities such as school events and programs that call attention to the benefits of a comprehensive school counseling program. In San Diego County, those include:
- The 5th Annual San Diego School Counselor Conference, sponsored by California Army National Guard, will be held on March 9, at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. Regular registration rate ($169) goes up $30 after Feb. 21 so counselors are encouraged to register soon.
- The county’s first School Counselors of the Year Awards, sponsored by North Island Credit Union. Two winners will be recognized at the San Diego School Counselor Con. The deadline to submit applications has been extended to Feb. 7.
"School counseling programs increase student achievement and provide a much-needed resource for students, parents, teachers, and administrators," said San Diego County Board of Education President Alicia Muñoz. "Counselors are certified, experienced educators with a master’s degree in school counseling."