Celebrating our School Counselors

The first full week of February brings us closer to spring sunshine, and also celebrates an important effort – National School Counseling Week. Sponsored by the American School Counselor Association, National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve academic success and plan for a postsecondary education.   

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Over the past few years, MCAN has dedicated a great deal of its energy to providing support to school counselors across the state. As the leader of our professional development strategies, I have gotten to know hundreds of Michigan’s school counselors who are working tirelessly to ensure students receive the support and guidance they need to succeed after high school.  

In honor of National School Counseling Week, MCAN partnered with the Michigan Association for Secondary School Principals and the Michigan Association for College Admissions Counseling to co-host a summit for school administrator and school counselor teams. The summit, “Reaching Higher: Creating a College Going High School,” happens to be today and will bring together more than 100 teams from schools across the state of Michigan. Note: Due to inclement weather, the February 2nd summit has been cancelled. See below for additional information. These teams are committed to building stronger relationships, partnerships, and strategies to ensure Michigan’s students receive the highest quality educational experiences that can be provided.  

You’ve likely heard me say it before (but it is worth repeating), at MCAN, we believe school counselors are well poised to lead the charge in ensuring students are socially, academically, logistically and financially prepared for postsecondary education. School counselors are uniquely positioned to change the postsecondary education trajectories for all students. In order for counselors to effectively lead the college access movement in their buildings, however, they must have the capacity, administrative support, and formal preparation in college counseling. The summit is our next step in supporting the role of school counselors in this movement.

Who was your school counselor? What impact did he or she have on your school experience and your life? Have you ever told that person? National School Counseling Week would be a great time to track down that ol’ school counselor of yours, and send them a quick note of appreciation.  

School counselors, we salute you!

Looking for more ways to celebrate National School Counselor Week? Check out these ASCA resources.

Due to hazardous weather conditions, the College Going Culture Conference scheduled for Monday, February 2nd is cancelled. MASSP, MCAN and MACAC are disappointed to cancel the conference, but agree that the safety of our participants and speakers is paramount. Please look for further communication regarding possible rescheduling of the event and/or refund information. Thank you and please be safe!

 

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Author: Jamie Jacobs, director of professional development for the Michigan College Access Network

 

 

 

Posted: February 2, 2015 

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