DATE: January 19, 2018
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Steven M. Constantino, Ed.D., Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT:

National School Counseling Week, February 5-9, 2018


The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) would like to recognize professional school counselors during the week of February 5-9, 2018, as we celebrate National School Counseling Week.  This year’s theme, sponsored by the American School Counselor AssociationThis link takes you out of the Virginia Department of Education website (ASCA), is entitled "School Counselors: Helping Students Reach for the Stars," and highlights the tremendous impact school counselors have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.  To help you promote the week, ASCA has developed many materials and documents, a number of which are free.

School counselors work with all students to remove barriers to learning by addressing academic concerns, social/emotional issues, and career awareness for postsecondary options. Comprehensive and developmental school counseling programs help to increase student achievement and are a vital part of the educational process for all students.  Information on school counseling in Virginia can be found on the VDOE School Counseling and Advisement webpage.

School divisions are encouraged to join VDOE in recognizing Virginia school counselors for their dedication to students' educational success.  Should you have any questions, contact Joseph Wharff, School Counseling Specialist, Office of Student Services, by email at Joseph.Wharff@doe.virginia.gov, or by telephone at (804) 225-3370.

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