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School Counselor-Principal Relationship

In 2008, ASCA, the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the College Board's National Office for School Counselor Advocacy teamed up to take a closer look at the relationship between school counselors and principals. The collaboration between these three organizations is founded on the shared belief that when principals and school counselors work together effectively, they can have a huge impact on student achievement.

Publications Developed
Based on interviews of seven effective principal/school counselor teams, "Finding a Way" tells the stories of principals and school counselors who have formed strong partnerships to overcome challenges and prepare students for college. This publication highlights the activities, skills and behaviors contributing to their success.

"A Closer Look at the Principal-Counselor Relationship" reports on the results of a national survey of more than 2,300 school counselors and principals. Respondents shared their perceptions about the most important characteristics of a successful relationship and the most significant barriers they face.

Learn to maximize your school counselor/principal working relationship. View a video (below) brought to you by ASCA, the College Board and the National Association of Secondary School Principals. Or check out the audio slide show.

 


The American School Counselor Association (ASCA), the College Board's National Office for School Counselor Advocacy (NOSCA) and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) believe the school counselor/principal relationship is a dynamic and organic relationship that evolves over time in response to a school's ever-changing needs. The goal of an effective school counselor/principal relationship is to use the strength of the relationship to collaboratively lead school reform efforts to increase achievement for all students. The desired outcome of an effective school counselor/principal relationship is to raise achievement levels for all students and ensure equity in educational outcomes. 

The school counselor/principal relationship toolkit comes from a multiyear research project undertaken by ASCA, NOSCA and NASSP to learn what school counselors and principals think is important in their relationships, how they view the current state of their own relationships within their schools and what effective school counselor/principal relationships might look like. 

The toolkit has been reviewed by a broad, diverse group, including principals and school counselors; staff from ASCA, NOSCA and NASSP; members of NOSCA's online school counselor community; the College Board Schools principals; several of the school counselors and principals whose stories are highlighted in "Finding a Way"; and other interested school counselors and principals.

Download the Toolkit.