This first week in February is National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association and the Connecticut School Counselor Association, and it provides the perfect opportunity to highlight the unique contribution of school counselors within Connecticut public schools.
What does school counselors’ work entail? Eileen Melody, chairman of the Connecticut School Counselor Association, says that counselors work with students in three different realms: academics, workforce readiness, and social and emotional needs.
What that looks like on a day-to-day basis for a counselor varies greatly. Melody, a middle school counselor in Mansfield, says, “I’ll be in my office and the phone will ring with a call from a teacher who asks me, ‘I have a student who is having trouble regulating—can they come spend time with you?’ Or I’ll get a call from a parent: ‘My son just lost his father, can you meet with him? Can you talk to his teachers about the difficult time he’s having right now?'” Read more