School Counselors

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Data: Does Your State Have Enough School Psychologists and Counselors?
Education Week examined ratios of school psychologists and counselors to students across the country. 
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Recruitment & Retention Schools Struggle to Hire Mental Health Workers. New Federal Grants Might Help
Schools have long struggled to hire enough psychologists, social workers, and counselors. The pandemic made the need even more urgent.
Evie Blad, October 3, 2022
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Adolfo Valle for Education Week
Student Well-Being Reported Essay We Talk a Lot About Student Mental Health. We Need More Action
The pandemic has brought new attention to student mental health concerns. Schools need sustained help to respond.
Evie Blad, September 6, 2022
9 min read
Student Well-Being K-12 Essentials Forum Tackling Student and Staff Mental Health Issues in COVID-19’s Wake
Join this event and hear from experts on how to tackle managing student and staff mental health challenges.
March 31, 2022
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Kasia Bogdańska for Education Week
Student Well-Being School Counselors and Psychologists Remain Scarce Even as Needs Rise
The vast majority of K-12 schools lack the school psychologists and counselors to respond to their students' rising mental health concerns.
14 min read
Lateshia Woodley, the superintendent of student support for the Kansas City public schools, speaks with Jareon Brown, 17, and other students in Southeast High School's restorative-justice class.
Lateshia Woodley, the assistant superintendent of student support for the Kansas City public schools, speaks with Jareon Brown, 17, and other students in Southeast High School's restorative-justice class.
Julie Denesha for Education Week
Student Well-Being Leader To Learn From How Putting Students’ Welfare First Can Transform a District
For Lateshia Woodley, a relentless focus on supporting students facing trauma comes from her own lived experience.
Eesha Pendharkar, February 16, 2022
9 min read
Alma Lopez, school counselor coordinator at Livingston Middle School, at the school in Livingston, Calif., on December 14, 2021.
Alma Lopez, the school counselor coordinator at Livingston Middle School, in Livingston, Calif., has come to appreciate the value counselors of color can provide.
Max Whittaker for Education Week
Student Well-Being Why School Counselors of Color Matter More Than Ever
Fighting racial biases and diversifying counseling staff is seen as crucial to boosting college-going rates among Black and Latino students.
Ileana Najarro, January 5, 2022
9 min read
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Student Well-Being Teaching Social-Emotional Skills is Hard, Time-Consuming, and Necessary, Report Says
Growing students' social and emotional skills has become a big part of counselors' jobs. But they need more resources to be successful.
Alyson Klein, November 12, 2021
3 min read
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Pep Montserrat for Education Week
Teaching Profession Reported Essay Students Aren’t the Only Ones Grieving
Faced with so many losses stemming from the pandemic, what can be done to help teachers manage their own grief?
Ileana Najarro, September 14, 2021
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Teaching & Learning Video Addressing Students’ Grief and Anxiety
After six of her students lost parents over the summer, a school counselor offers advice for educators trying to meet the needs of students.
Kaylee Domzalski, August 19, 2021
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Teaching & Learning Video How to Become Trauma-Informed
A school counselor discusses how her school has helped teachers with their own mental health, and empowered them to help their students too.
Kaylee Domzalski, August 19, 2021
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Vickie Quarles, a widow in Memphis, Tenn., lost her husband to COVID-19 in December 2020. She is now raising their five daughters alone. Her older daughter, Alyssa, 18, comforts her in their home.
Vickie Quarles, a widow in Memphis, Tenn., lost her husband to COVID-19 in December 2020. She is now raising their five daughters alone. Her oldest daughter, Alyssa, 18, comforts her in their home.
Karen Pulfer Focht for Education Week
Student Well-Being Thousands of Kids Lost Parents to COVID-19. Schools Must Prepare to Help the Grieving
While some may view the back-to-school season as a return to “normal,” for those students who’ve lost someone, it will feel anything but.
Ileana Najarro, July 21, 2021
9 min read
Student Well-Being Students Speak Out: 'We Need Mental Health Days'
Five students make a case for why schools must prioritize mental health, including excusing absences when kids need a day to take a break.
Catherine Gewertz, June 24, 2021
6 min read
vocabulary word cloud of terms kids can use to describe what they're feeling, in particular bad feelings so they can get help.
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Student Well-Being From Our Research Center Mental Health Problems Loom for the COVID Generation. Here's What Schools Can Do
Schools were struggling to meet students' mental health needs before the pandemic disrupted classes. Now those needs have ballooned.
Arianna Prothero, May 24, 2021
10 min read
Student Well-Being Online Summit Student Mental Health
Attend this summit to learn what the data tells us about student mental health, what schools can do, and best practices to support students.
April 28, 2021