Having worked with +8,000 families – I know the best tip for back to school success (if not the #1 in your family it should rank in the top #3)
Connecting with your child’s school counselor for a successful school year
Your child’s school counselor has a huge responsibility. We make a measurable impact in every student’s life, assisting with social and personal development and academic growth. We are trained in both educating and counseling, so we function as a facilitator between parents, teachers and the student in matters concerning the student’s goals.
Parents need to meet or contact their child’s school counselor at least three times in a school year. This communication can have a definite impact on your child’s success.
1. Start of a school year – initiate contact to ensure your child has a positive school experience.
2. Middle of the year is a good time to see if things are still heading in the right direction or if more involvement needs to happen.
3. The end of the school year is a great time to make sure everything is all set for the following year.
School counselors are trained to help your child. As a parent, you know your child best. Counselors can help you understand your child as a student.
Counselors are a wealth of information. We can give you information or assistance; help you understand school policies on behavior, dress and attendance; know the school calendar and important dates your child should know about and how to stay connected in the school in many other ways.
Counselors can identity resource and help you find solutions to problems.
We can discuss resources available within and outside of the school. I feel your school counselor can be a very valuable partner in your child’s education and preparation for life outside of school. They are valuable members of your school community around the world. It is exciting to see the new work being done for International School Counselors as we unite and support each other around the globe.
*In the interest of full disclosure, I have been an international school counselor for over 20 years on five different continents.
Please comment on experiences you have had with your child’s school counselor.
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