DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
SUPTS. MEMO NO. 13
January 18, 2008
Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.
Superintendent of Public Instruction
School Counselor Appreciation Week, February 4-8, 2008
Virginia Department of Education would like to recognize professional school
counselors during the week of February 4-8, 2008, as we celebrate National
School Counseling Week. This week
highlights the tremendous impact that school counselors have in helping
students achieve success in school and develop academic and career plans. It also provides an opportunity to celebrate
the unique contributions of school counselors in
School counselors are recognized for the many services they provide to students, teachers, parents, and administrators. Our school counselors work diligently to help students excel, and their hard work is essential to the success of our schools. They play a vital role in the educational process of all students in the Commonwealth.
The Virginia Department of Education would also like to recognize a recent document created by the Virginia School Counselor Association entitled The Virginia Professional School Counseling Program Manual. The purpose of the manual is to provide school counselors with the tools needed to develop a comprehensive school counseling program in order to enhance academic achievement and social and career development for all students. The manual will assist school counselors in aligning their program with the Standards for School Counseling Programs in Virginia Public Schools (Virginia Department of Education, 2004), and the Virginia Standards of Learning.
Virginia School Counselor Association will provide free training to division
supervisors of school counselors on the use of The Virginia Professional School Counseling Program Manual on
February 28, 2008, in
superintendents are encouraged to join the Department of Education in
Should you have any questions, please contact Joseph Wharff, school counseling specialist, Office of Middle and High School Instruction, by telephone at (804) 786-9377, or by e-mail at Joseph.Wharff@doe.virginia.gov.