I remember one of the first National School Counseling Week I decided to celebrate. I was excited and wondered how it would go down at my school. I followed the ASCA fun, posting signs on my door about why I do what I do, and wore my shirt, Xing out ‘guidance’ and emphasizing SCHOOL COUNSELOR, and posted fun pics on social media.
But as the week went on, and I had many visits from school staff, attended a luncheon put on by the PTA, was welcomed by signs from student government, and received personalized notes from students in my caseload. I became more introspective about the week set aside just for us, and our programs. I get to talk to so many counselors from all over the country who are just do not feel appreciated, or feel that they are being allowed to do the job they went to school for. They do 3 lunch duties a day or have to act as the substitute when teachers are absent. They are testing coordinators or have been told they couldn’t do small group counseling. My heart is with them this week. I advocate and I promote for them. I am on a mission to have the profession understood, recognized, and appreciated. For more, read this post.
So go ahead and challenge yourself to take on leadership opportunities and not be as much of a follower. Celebrate your professional accomplishments and share them with your stakeholders. Pick up a phone and call a counselor in a neighboring district and let them know you appreciate them. Take the lead!
Enjoy this week! Add the ASCA dialogue to increase your and your team’s visibility. Remember these days and accolades on the tougher days. You matter, you are integral to your school and your students. If you are new to your school, speak up! Take on some leadership roles or introduce a new and exciting initiative.
See below, from the American School Counseling Association…there are fun and visible ways to promote your school counseling program. Take the lead!! (https://www.schoolcounselor.org/school-counselors-members/about-asca-(1)/national-school-counseling-week)
National School Counseling Week 2019, “School Counselors: Providing Lessons for Life,” will be celebrated from Feb. 4-8, 2019, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by ASCA, highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. National School Counseling Week is always celebrated the first full week in February.
2019 National School Counseling Week Photo Challenge (Quoted From ASCA)
Take a photo/video of the day’s theme and share on Twitter, Facebook and/or Instagram with #NSCW19. Get students, families and school colleagues in on the fun. Encourage them to download and use the supporter signs listed below.
Monday: Happy National School Counseling Week
Take a picture/video with the new National School Counseling Week sign
School counselors: Take a photo with the sign – “As a school counselor, I have learned…”
School Counselors: Download the “As a school counselor, I want my students to know…” sign
School Counselors: Download the “This School Counselor’s #Goal” sign and share your school counseling goals
School Counselors: Download the “I’m Building Better Humans by…” sign