ALEXANDRIA, VA — National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), will be celebrated from February 1–5, 2016, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems, including the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), and how students are different as a result of what school counselors do. National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.
The special week honoring school counselors provides recognition for school counselors who implement comprehensive school counseling programs, a vital part of the educational process for all students as they meet the challenges of the 21st century.
Professional school counselors are certified, experienced educators with a master's degree in guidance and counseling. The combination of their training and experience makes them an integral part of the total educational program. DoDEA school counselors are actively engaged in college and career readiness in helping students examine their abilities, strengths, interests and talents. They work in partnership with parents as they encounter the challenges of raising children in today's world. School counselors focus on positive ways to enhance students' social/personal, educational and career development; and work with teachers and other educators to provide an educational system where students can realize their potential and set healthy, realistic and optimistic aspirations for themselves.
More than 32,000 school counselors nationwide will be participating in the week's festivities. Many DoDEA schools around the world will take the opportunity during the week to highlight counseling services available and to showcase the work of school counselors. Parents or community members with specific questions about school counseling programs should contact the school counselors at their local DoDEA schools. More general information can also be found on ASCA's website at www.schoolcounselor.org.
DoDEA plans, directs, coordinates, and manages pre-kindergarten through 12th grade education programs for school-age children of Department of Defense personnel who would otherwise not have access to high-quality public education. DoDEA schools are located in Europe, the Pacific, Western Asia, the Middle East, Cuba, the United States, Guam, and Puerto Rico. DoDEA also provides support and resources to Local Educational Agencies throughout the United States that serve children of military families.
The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) is a worldwide nonprofit organization based in Alexandria, Va. Founded in 1952, ASCA supports school counselors' efforts to help students focus on academic, personal/social and career development so they not only achieve success in school but are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society.