At the turn of the 20th century, school counselors
did not exist. Instead, teachers used a few
minutes of their time to offer vocational guidance to
students preparing for work.
The school mission of today is not altogether
different than in the 1900s. Today, in a world enriched
by diversity and technology, school counselors’
chief mission is still supporting the academic
achievement of all students so they are prepared for
the ever-changing world of the 21st century.
School counselors do not work in isolation;
instead, they are professionals, integral to the total
educational program. This evolution from minutes a
day to trained professionals implementing a school
counseling program is the result of professional
scholars, counselor educators, administrators and
school counselors having the vision, knowledge and
determination to move forward (Hatch & Bowers,
Benefits for Students
· Ensures every student receives
the benefit of the
school counseling program
by designing content curriculum
for every student.
· Monitors data to facilitate student
· Provides strategies for closing
the achievement gap, because
some students need
· Promotes a rigorous academic
curriculum for every
· Ensures equitable access to educational opportunities.
· Fosters advocacy for students.
· Supports development of skills to increase student
Benefits for Parents and Guardians
· Provides support for advocating for their children’s
academic/learning, life/career, multicultural/
global citizen and personal/social development.
· Supports partnerships in their children’s learning
and career planning.
· Ensures academic planning for every student.
· Ensures access to school and community resources.
· Provides training and informational workshops.
· Connects to community- and school-based services.
· Provides data for continuous information on student
· Ensures every student receives the content of the
school counseling curriculum.
· Promotes a philosophy that some students need
more, and seeks to ensure they receive it.
Benefits for School Boards and Departments of Education
· Provides a rationale based on data for implementing a
school counseling program.
· Ensures equity and access to a quality school counseling
program for every student.
· Demonstrates the need for appropriate levels of funding.
· Articulates appropriate licenses and staffing ratios.
· Informs the community about
school counseling program success.
· Supports standards-based programs.
· Provides data about improved
The Office of Institutional
Education Programs (OIEP)
School Counselors set the tone
for developing the knowledge,
attitudes and skill necessary for
students to become healthy, competent
and confident learners.
Through a comprehensive
developmental school counseling program, counselors
work as a team with the school staff, parents and
the community to create a caring climate and atmosphere.
By providing education, prevention, early identification
and intervention, school counselors can help
all children can achieve academic success.
OIEP School Counselors, thank
you for all that
Posted: July 7, 2009
From Tech-niques, July 2009