School Counselors

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
Image of a counselor working with a student.
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
Conceptual Illustration
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
4 min read
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
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
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.
Vanessa Solis/Education Week
Student Well-Being 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
A student and counselor communicate through screens
Student Well-Being 'I Miss the Interaction': The Pandemic Has Thrown Curveballs at School Counselors
This school year of remote learning has challenged school counselors when it comes to connecting with parents and bonding with students.
Alyson Klein, March 31, 2021
7 min read
College & Workforce Readiness Documentary A Year Interrupted
When COVID-19 closed schools for millions of students, Education Week documented two seniors as they faced an uncertain future.
Elizabeth Rich & Brooke Saias, December 15, 2020
1 min read
Robert Neubecker for Education Week
School Climate & Safety Opinion How Ready Are We to Support Kids Through This Trauma?
School counselors aren't getting what they need to properly support their students, write four researchers.
Mandy Savitz-Romer, Heather Rowan-Kenyon, Tara P. Nicola & Laura Hecht, September 16, 2020
6 min read
Student Well-Being Q&A The Nation's Top School Counselor Is Slashing Discipline Disparities. Here's How
The 2020 school counselor of the year draws on her previous experience as a counselor for gang members in a prison to reform discipline in her school in an Atlanta suburb. She shares her insights in this Q&A with Education Week.
Arianna Prothero, March 10, 2020
6 min read
Student Well-Being Schools Are the Main Source of Student Mental Health Care. Are They Ready?
Rates of anxiety, depression, and even suicide are going up among adolescents and research shows that students are far more likely to seek treatment for mental health issues at school than at a community-based clinic, if at all.
Arianna Prothero, February 13, 2020
3 min read