The LES Professional School Counselor delivers a wide-ranging program that addresses the academic, career, and personal/social development of all students. The program is designed to be positive in nature, while providing a safe place for problem solving which values individual differences and needs. The School Counselor works in partnership with other educators, parents and families of LES students, and other professionals in the community.
During the elementary years students begin to develop character values, academic and social self-concepts, as well as feelings of competence and confidence as learners. Early identification and intervention with children experiencing academic and/or social and emotional difficulties is essential for removing barriers to learning and promoting academic achievement and future success.
Every month the School Counselor will teach two lessons in the classroom. The lessons will be related to academics, personal/social development and career readiness.
Here is the calendar for the 2020-2021 school year:
August-Get to Know the Counselor/Small Problems vs. Big Problems
October- Bully Prevention Month and Red Ribbon Week
February- Overcoming Obstacles
May- Transitioning to the next grade
The Counselor Is Responsible For:
-Core curriculum lessons which focus on the American School Counseling Association standards addressing personal safety and bullying, substance abuse education, career awareness and development of empathy, self-esteem, appropriate social skills, coping strategies, and problem solving and conflict resolution skills.
-Individual counseling (brief, solution focused, short-term counseling) with students struggling with personal, emotional, family or behavioral issues that are preventing them from achieving academically. A referral to see a counselor may be made by a student, parent, teacher, or administrator.
-Counseling small groups of children with similar concerns who can offer each other support.
-Consult with teachers and parents to assist them in understanding and meeting individual student needs.
-Collaborate with teachers, administrators and social workers to identify barriers to achievement and providing interventions for students who require them.
-Promote the development of healthy families by offering guidance and support to parents and furnishing information regarding community resources and professionals as needed.
-Facilitate the resolution of individual, family and/or school crises.