I’ve been a huge supporter of school counselors, and see everyday how they help students — and me — at our school. I’ve also published a two-part series at Education Week Teacher about their importance.
The Pacific Standard has just published a report on a new study providing a little more ammunition to those of us who would like to get more counselors in our schools.
Check out their article, School Counselors Do More Than You’d Think.
Here’s an excerpt:
Hello Mr. Ferlazzo,
I’m a student at the University of South Alabama and am in the educational program for secondary English education. My EDM class is assigned specific teachers to leave comments to.
I agree that counselors play a vital role in the education process, and the counselor at my high school helped me while I was applying for colleges. However, my counselor was also helpful in other ways such as when I had an altercation with another teacher. My counselor and another teacher worked together to schedule a parent teacher conference so that the incident wouldn’t happen again. The counselor at my high school was very helpful not only academically but in other ways, too. So, I agree that counselors should be considered a necessary part of a fully functioning school.