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Posted February 3, 2015

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Thank You APS Counselors!

It's National School Counseling Week, and we're celebrating our more than 200 counselors who provide support for our students throughout the year.

Albuquerque Public Schools celebrates National School Counseling Week this week, Feb. 2-6, recognizing the more than 200 counselors in its elementary, middle and high schools who work tirelessly every day to enhance the lives of students.

National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association, 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. 

“This week we say thanks to our school counselors who help our students succeed in school and prepare for college and careers,” said APS Interim Superintendent Brad Winter.

APS counselors are actively engaged in helping students examine their abilities, strengths and talents, both academically and emotionally, in partnership with parents, teachers and community members, said Leslie Kelly, director of Counseling and Prevention for APS.

"School counselors work with students to remove barriers to learning by addressing academic concerns, teaching and modeling personal/social skills and exploring college and career readiness goals and aspirations," Kelly said.

They meet one-on-one with students, teach classroom lessons, host college and career activities and engage parents. They oversee course planning and provide a safe space to help students navigate the difficult social aspects of being a young person.

Professional school counselors are certified, experienced educators with a master’s degree in counseling. The combination of their training and experience makes them an integral part of the total educational program.

The APS Counseling Services webpage provides more information and links to information on a variety of services provided by school counselors including academic development, scholarships and financial aid, personal and social development, career development and school-wide curriculum.

Tips for Connecting with Your Child’s School Counselor

From the American School Counselor Association

Understand the expertise and responsibilities of your child’s school counselor. School counselors make a measurable impact in every student’s life, assisting with academic, career and personal/social development. Professional school counselors are trained in both educating and counseling, allowing them to function as a facilitator between parents, teachers and the student in matters concerning the student’s goals, abilities and any areas needing improvement. School counselors provide services not only to students in need, but to all students.

Meet or contact your child’s school counselor at least three times per school year. By communicating with one another at the beginning, middle, and end of the school year, parents and counselors can have a definite impact on a child’s success.

Discuss your child’s challenges and concerns with the school counselor. As a parent, you know your child best. However, the school counselor can help you better understand your child as a student. It’s important to encourage your child’s expression of needs, hopes and frustrations. School counselors are trained to help your children. 

Learn about your child’s school and social connections from the school counselor. When you need information or assistance, your child’s school counselor can help you get in touch with the appropriate school officials; learn about school policies on behavior, attendance, and dress; know the school calendar of important dates and stay connected with the school in many other ways. The school counselor can also help you locate resources in the community when you need them.

Work with the school counselor to identify resources and find solutions to problems. If your child is having a problem at school, it is important to work with your child’s school counselor to find solutions. Discuss resources available within and outside of the school, and get information on how such programs can benefit your child. Your school counselor can be a valuable partner in your child’s education and preparation for life beyond school.

 
 

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