Stepping Up and Stepping In
by Angélica Infante-Green
It goes without saying that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on us all. On a dime, we all needed to alter the way we lived and approached life on a daily basis. In education, we have had to reimagine how we educate our students and support our educators. Nearly a year later, we find ourselves reflecting on what we’ve learned as an education community.
I am so proud of the way our education community answered the bell and stepped up to provide the best education possible for our students throughout the Ocean State. One group in particular that I’d like to highlight today is our school counselors.
School Counselors are critical to the development of students as they support them academically, in their career and college exploration, and, in their social/emotional development. School Counselors can be a critical person in the lives of students. Helping to guide and support them throughout their school years.
Our team has met with counselors throughout the pandemic, and they are trying new ways to meet with students and learn new technology to help engage students. They spend hours on the phone, email, and text trying to connect with students and help to keep them engaged. They care deeply about their students and want to make sure they are supported.
National School Counseling Week 2021 will take place February 1-5. Sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), this week highlights the essential contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems and the tremendous impact, they have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.
Please join us during the week of February 1st as we highlight and celebrate our school counselors. You can join in by sharing stories and recognizing school counselors on social media using the hashtag #CounselorsCareRI. Let’s step in and step up for our school counselors the way they continuously have for our students.