February 4 marked the beginning of National School Counseling Week (February 4-8), which honors the role of school counselors in assisting students in their academic, social and career success. Counselors attended the WCPSS event to celebrate the achievements of their colleagues, as well as for important professional updates and training.
Interim Superintendent Stephen Gainey and other WCPSS leaders saluted the district’s 375 school counselors for their work to earn national board certifications and recognition from the American School Counseling Association.
“School counselors play an important role in a student’s academic success and future,” Gainey said. “This is an opportunity to recognize our outstanding counseling staff for their hard work creating programs in the schools that help our students be more successful.”
He also recognized the important relationships the counselors build with families, ensuring parents have the tools they need to support their children as they pursue their academic and career goals.
One hundred and nineteen WCPSS school counselors—nearly one third—have earned certifications from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. In addition, 44 Wake County schools have recently been designated as Recognized ASCA Model Programs, or RAMP schools.
At WCPSS, school counselors work on several focus areas, including improving students’ school attendance, bullying prevention, dropout prevention and closing academic achievement gaps.
For more information on school counseling, parents are encouraged to contact their child’s school. Parents may also find a description of WCPSS services on our Counseling and Student Services website.
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