National School Counseling Week 2019


Celebrate National School Counseling Week by participating in the WSCA Photo challenge. Post a photo on social media using the hashtag #wscapowerofhope and be entered to win an Amazon Gift card at the conference. 

February 4: The Power of Hope Take a photo with a student(s)

                   Counselor sign – “One hope I have for my students…

           National School Counseling Week sign

February 5: School Counselors Collaborate Take a photo with a colleague

                  Counselor sign – “My colleagues and I collaborate to support  students by…

February 6: School Counselors Provide Hope for the Future Take a photo with another counselor

                  Counselor sign – “My hope for the future of school counseling in Wisconsin is…

February 7: School Counselors AdvocateTake a selfie or a photo with an administrator

                  Counselor sign – “I advocate for my students’ academic, social/emotional or career development by…

February 8: School Counselors LeadTake a photo with a student

                  Counselor sign – “One hope I have for my counseling program is…

                  Student sign – “Thank you ____ for giving me hope that…

Visit the WSCA Booth or APP Help Booth at the conference for copies of these posters                                


Celebrate National School Counseling Week!

WSCA’s theme this year is “The Power of Hope”. We use this week to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors in our schools. This week highlights the impact that school counselors have in fostering every student’s academic and career plan and the difference counseling programs make in a student’s social and emotional development.

To help you promote the week, WSCA and ASCA have developed many materials and documents.

(Note: ASCA theme is different than WSCA theme)


Photo Challenge Signs: Use our prepared signs to take photos with your students, colleagues, or administrators throughout the week.

ASCA Materials: Proclamation, Sample press release, Certificate of Appreciation, Sample morning announcements, Posters, Pencils, Stickers, Door Hanger, Bookmarks

10 Ways to Promote National School Counseling Week at your School

  1. Host an “open house” in your office (or the staff lounge) with treats for staff, students and parents to come and learn more about the services that you provide for your students.
  2. Create a bulletin board highlighting the programming that you offer at your school.
  3. Place a small treat in your teacher’s mailboxes with a data report highlighting a component of your counseling program of share this What Does a School Counselor Do handout by Counselor Keri or this School Counselors: The Key to Student Success graphic by NYU, or even this What Does a School Counselor Do graphic by ASCA
  4. Ask for a few moments to speak to your school board, staff or PTO about your counseling program. Use the WSCA Role of the School Counselor slides to get you started.
  5. Present the ASCA Certificates of Appreciation to key staff and community members who support your counseling program.
  6. Read daily announcements (use ASCA’s or create your own) about National School Counseling Week on the morning announcements.
  7. Encourage your school newspaper or news program to interview you during National School Counseling Week.
  8. Share this article from Edutopia (or another relevant article) with your administrator, along with a thank you note for supporting your work. ASCA has many great resources highlighting The Role of the School Counselor.
  9. Create a career video highlighting the fabulous career of the School Counselor.
  10. Sport your Guidance School Counselor t-shirt all week! And share information about why your title matters. Use this graphic organizer to help explain.

When all else fails —–> PINTEREST!