TOPEKA — School counselors will be recognized Feb. 6-10 during National School Counseling Week.
The week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), will focus attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors in the state of Kansas, as well as the nation.
National School Counseling Week highlights the impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.
“Counselors play an important role in the social-emotional growth of students,” said Kansas Commissioner of Education Randy Watson. “Social-emotional growth is one of the important Kansas State Board of Education’s five outcomes, which will help determine the success of the vision for education in the state. Counselors also are vital in helping students find their career passion. I want to thank the great counselors in our state for their efforts to help all students succeed in school and later in life.”
Gov. Sam Brownback on Jan. 23 signed a proclamation naming Feb. 6-10 as National School Counseling Week in Kansas.
“School counselors work with all students to remove barriers to learning by addressing students’ academic concerns, career awareness in postsecondary options and personal/social skills,” Kwok-Sze Wong, ASCA executive director, said in an ASCA news release. “Comprehensive school counseling programs help to increase student achievement and provide a much-needed resource for students, parents, teachers and administrators. School counselors are integral to student success.”
The American School Counselor Association is a worldwide nonprofit organization based in Alexandria, Va. It was founded in 1952 and supports school counselors’ efforts to help students focus on academic, personal/social and career development. For more information on ASCA, visit www.schoolcounselor.org.
The Kansas School Counselor Association (KSCA) has been an active organization since 1965. ASCA serves as the parent organization for the KSCA. For more information on the KSCA, visit www.kssca.com.
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