The elementary years are a time when students begin to develop feelings of competence and confidence as learners. They are beginning to develop decision-making, communication and life skills, as well as character values. It is also a time when students develop and acquire attitudes toward school, self, peers, social groups and family.
What do school counselors do?
Elementary school counselors are educators uniquely trained in child development, learning strategies, self- management and social skills. They support all students by providing education, prevention and intervention activities. They teach knowledge, attitudes and skills students need to acquire in academic, career and social/emotional development, which serve as the foundation for future success.
Elementary school counselors collaborate with teachers and parents on early identification and intervention of children’s academic and social/emotional needs, which is essential in removing barriers to learning and developing skills and behaviors critical for academic achievement.
How do they support students?
School counselors support all learners by teaching a comprehensive social/emotional learning curriculum through classroom lessons. School counselors also work with small groups of students who are struggling with a similar challenge. Individual support is also available, but students needing long term or more in depth support will be referred to resources outside of school.
What is their education level?
School counselors hold a master’s degree in school counseling and are required to participate in ongoing professional development to stay current with education reform and challenges facing today’s students.
What about confidentiality?
Conversations with students remain confidential unless a student shares they are being hurt, hurting or wanting to hurt themselves, hurting or wanting to hurt someone else.