August 2018

School Counseling News and Resources

By Sandy Tanner

Congratulations to our 2018 South Carolina RAMP Recipients

Mauldin Elementary School (Simpsonville)
Richland Northeast High School (Columbia)
Taylors Elementary School (Taylors)

Events, Reminders and Dates

  • The next ASCA national conference is June 29-July 2, 2019, in Boston. Celebrate an early Independence Day discovering “Revolutionary Ideas.” More information to come.
  • The next PSSCA convention in Myrtle Beach is January 24-26, 2019, at the Embassy Suites Resort and Convention Center. Save the date to explore how to “Light the Way to Student Success.” For more information and to register, follow this link. Save money through early registration by November 21, 2018. Interested in presenting? Click here
  • Check your email! ASCA has transitioned to a new member database system. Visit and click on “my profile” to update your information. Until your password is updated, all members have the following login credentials: User = email address, Password = Password1.
  • New school year, new opportunity to become involved in PSSCA. We have multiple opportunities to serve on various committees. Visit, then click on “Professional Opportunities.”
  • In preparation for the upcoming school year, be sure to share important information on awareness within and beyond the school walls. Follow this link for a list of 2018-2019 National Educational and Health Awareness dates!

Information, Articles and Resources

  • Follow this link for multiple school counseling resources related to the back-to-school season, including tips, mindsets and behaviors specifically related to transitions, the role of school counselors, helpful articles, annual agreements, sample needs assessments (open forum), etc. This is a treasure chest of information!
  • Remember that school counselors are required to earn the R2S literacy endorsement. Follow this link for a list of approved 2018 R2S in-service courses and providers.
  • With summer coming to an end, are you beginning to get that overwhelmed feeling before the school year even begins? Refer to this NPR article for validation and a helpful glimpse into the daily nuances of a school counselor’s schedule. This could also be a descriptor for other education professionals who remain unclear about the far-reaching role of school counselors. We are making a difference!
  • It’s FREE! Follow this link for a free lesson plan on Growth Mindset. Very good resource for the beginning of the year.
  • Anxiety seems to be on the rise year after year. This article discusses the potential roots of this increase particularly in teens.
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