In today’s culture, the variety of needs continues to expand and school counselors are vital resources for helping schools and families meet these needs to ensure the wellness and ultimate success of students. February 6-10, 2017 is National School Counselor Week. We want to take a moment to honor Tyler ISD school counselors and we encourage you to do the same.
Did you know?
School counselors today must be qualified as Professional School Counselors (or PSCs) who hold a master’s degree, are certified in school counseling and are required to have prior experience as a teacher in a classroom setting. PSCs also attend various professional development and continuing education seminars to cultivate their skills and to stay informed of issues affecting students today.
Tyler ISD Director of Guidance and Counseling Leigh Anne Barber explains that there are four components to every school counseling program: Guidance Curriculum, Individual Planning, Responsive Services and System Support.
“The number one goal of PSCs is to help develop each student’s academic, career, personal and social abilities through these four areas while adhering to strict professional and legal ethics in standards advocated by the American School Counselor Association and Texas Counseling Association.”
Guidance Curriculum includes providing age-appropriate curriculum and programs for pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade, in accordance with Texas and National Counseling Standards, to address academic achievement, career exploration and personal/social growth. Counseling topics, such as character education programs, bullying, digital citizenship, substance abuse, study skills/test anxiety, college/career planning, conflict resolution/interpersonal relationships, child abuse/family violence and the grieving process fall into this area. Counselors address these issues with awareness campaigns, activities, programs, literature and more to help students in a proactive manner as well as respond to certain needs and situations in a reactive manner.
Effective school counseling programs continue to show increased student achievement, reduced discipline referrals, improved attendance, higher graduation rates, and lower retention rates. Tyler ISD has 42 Professional School Counselors across the District (one at each elementary school and special program schools, nine at the middle schools, and 11 at the high schools) who strive to help provide positive school experiences for our students and parents.
When you see your child’s school counselor this week, share a simple thanks for all they do for each and every student in Tyler ISD.