Guiding Hands Find New Ways

Counselors these days are re-inventing themselves, stepping up to the challenges they face as are their counterparts in the world of business. One of the ways counselors are multiplying their efforts and expanding their leadership is through taking full responsibility for the advisory classes, grades 5-12. These advisory classes are becoming the backbone of academic, emotional and social intelligence for students. Counselors can make themselves indispensable to their principal, the teaching team and the district as a whole by taking the lead on the advisory courses, measuring data and providing the passion and the purpose behind full school compliance. Counselors are setting the standard by helping their management team to analyze these success factors:

1) Attendance

2) Critical and creative thinking skills

3) Grades

4) School involvement

5) Use of resources, including tutors and others who can help in learning

6) Planning and strategy for the future.

The more that counselors become strong leaders and coaches, the more they will lead their schools and districts to new, measurable outcomes of achievement. That’s job security.


Washington Post 

By Michael Birnbaum

Washington Post Staff Writer

They don’t just wait for students to come to their offices in search of college brochures, health pamphlets or other help. These days, counselors are scouring schools for at-risk kids to prevent personal or academic troubles before they arise. In tough economic times, students and families need the guidance more than ever.  

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