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  • National School Counseling Week 2017

National School Counseling Week 2017, "School Counseling: Helping Students Realize Their Potential," will be celebrated from Feb. 6-10, 2017, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by ASCA, 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

In the WSCA board strategic plan, we placed the importance of supporting school counselors as highly qualified practitioners as our number one priority.  To celebrate our qualifications, here are some ways you can publicize your counseling efforts across our state.

  • Celebrate National School Counseling Week in your school.  We encourage you to do something special each day – see ideas below.  Then celebrate your efforts by taking photographs and submitting them electronically to Laura Multer, WSCA Public Relations Co-Coordinator, at multerl@kohler.k12.wi.usPhotos are due by February 14, 2017 to be eligible to be posted at the WSCA Conference. 

“School Counseling: Helping Students Realize Their Potential”

Monday: Happy National School Counseling Week – download sign and take your picture with it.
Tuesday: Put the School in School Counselor – wear your School Guidance Counselor shirt  or download this sign and take your picture with it and share on social media. 

 
Wednesday: Passion – Download “I ♥ being a school counselor because” sign – complete the sentence and hang it up and share on social media.
Thursday: Appreciation – Share how you showed appreciation to your staff or how staff or students expressed their appreciation of YOU!
Friday: Reach Higher – Download this Reach Higher sign – put on your college gear, encourage other staff and students to wear college gear as well.  Consider printing out this sign and adding the name(s) (& logos) of the institutions where you have earned your degree(s) and certification(s) and then hang outside your office (see example below).  This is a great way to show our stakeholders the preparation and hard work required to be a school counselor. 


Other ideas to promote this special week:
 

ASCA has developed many materials and documents, a number of which are free. Order your materials by Jan. 20, 2017, to ensure they arrive in time for National School Counseling Week. Order materials online by clicking on the links below for the items you wish to order or call (301) 362-8182 to order via phone.

• Proclamation – WSCA Public Relations is obtaining a signed proclamation by our governor declaring Feb. 6–10, 2017, as National School Counseling Week. Download a blank proclamation for free if you would like to ask your superintendent, mayor or other dignitary to do the same.

• Certificate of Appreciation – Show your appreciation to those faculty members, parents and other stakeholders who help you promote your school counseling program throughout the year. Download a blank certificate of appreciation for free.

• Sample morning announcements Morning Announcements – Get your school excited about each day of National School Counseling Week with by promoting the week during morning announcements. View archived morning announcements from previous years. Updated morning announcements for 2017 will be available in December 2016.

• Posters – Promote National School Counseling Week throughout your school with a brightly colored poster. Posters do not have a date on them and can be used year after year. Posters are available on regular poster paper, delivered folded ($3 for members/$5 for nonmembers). Or, for sturdier posters that will hold up for many years, ASCA also offers the poster in a laminated format, rolled and delivered in a tube ($6 for members/$8 for nonmembers). Order laminated posters or regular posters.

• Pencils – Hand out pencils promoting school counseling to your students so they'll have a daily reminder of where to turn when they need help. Pencils may be purchased in packs of 20 ($8 for members/$10 for nonmembers). Pencils are currently available in navy. Order pencils.

• Stickers – Kids love stickers. Let them proudly display their support of your program with "I heart my school counselor" stickers. Also available are "My School Counselor Helps Me Succeed" stickers. Stickers come 12 to a sheet ($1 per sheet for members, $3 for nonmembers). 

• Door hanger – Promote privacy when you're in a counseling session or let students know when you're available with this reversible door hanger ($3 for members/$5 for nonmembers). One side says "Counseling in Progress. Please Do Not Disturb." The reverse side says "Please Come In." Order doorhanger.  * Bookmarks – Make sure your students know where to turn when they need help. Hand out inexpensive "School Counselors: Providing Lessons for Life" bookmarks (100 per set, $15 for members/$18 for nonmembers). Order bookmarks.
 
Let’s join together and kick off 2017 with strong support for the best profession around – Wisconsin School Counselors.

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