School Counselor of the Year: Congratulations to the 2020 School Counselor of the Year, Laura Ross, school counselor at Five Forks Middle School, Lawrenceville, Ga. Read more about Ross and the three finalists, Amanda Jo Bustamante, Jennifer Kline and Julie Taylor. 


Champions for College Counseling: 2020 School Counselor of the Year Laura Ross, 2019 School Counselor of the Year Brian Coleman, Louisiana state school counselor of the year Lindsay Carlino and ASCA assistant director Jill Cook recently participated in the College Football Playoff Foundation’s Extra Yard for Teachers Summit and College Football Playoff Championship Weekend. The event included a Reach Higher Excellence in College Counseling Day on Jan. 11 where school counselors and school counseling faculty discussed apprenticeships, the Common App and more.  

Helping Students After Crisis: Get resources for helping students in the aftermath of hurricanes and floods. Get resources for helping students in the aftermath of a shooting. Get resources for helping students deal with troubling issues in the news.

Suicide Prevention Guidebook Available for Schools: Update your school’s suicide prevention, intervention and postvention policy with the revised Model School District Policy on Suicide Prevention, a comprehensive guidebook offering best practices for K-12 schools, school districts and policymakers. 

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The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) supports school counselors' efforts to help students focus on academic, career and social/emotional development so they achieve success in school and are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society. ASCA provides professional development, publications and other resources, research and advocacy to school counselors around the globe. Learn more or  join today!

 

Upcoming Events and Deadlines

Webinar: Build Student Leaders
Jan. 27, 2020, 3-4 p.m. Eastern

Facebook Live Event: Congressional Briefing/The School Counselor's Role in Creating Safe and Supportive Schools Through Prevention and Early Interventions 

Jan. 29, 2020, 1 p.m. Eastern

Event Calendar: Activities and events for #SCOY2020 and #NSCW2020
Jan. 29–Feb. 7

Research Proposals Request: ASCA is accepting research proposals for a special project to examine and recommend optimal student-to-school-counselor ratios. Proposals due Jan. 31, 2019. Learn more.

Board of Directors Call for Nominations: Interested in running for a position on the ASCA Board of Directors? Applications due Jan. 31, 2020

Health and Education Awareness Dates: Download the 2019–2020 awareness dates calendar.