Michelle Obama supports strong school counselors
Michelle Obama addressed the 2,000 attendees at the American School Counselor Association this week in Orlando. She thanked the attendees for their passion and dedication and talked about the major role school counselor’s play in encouraging further education.
She said that, “The national average is one school counselor for 471 students.”
She goes on to say, “One in five American high schools doesn’t have any school counselors. And that’s appalling.”
Obama highlights that school counselors are key to her “Reach Higher” program. This initiative encourages children to continue education after high school graduation, whether at a professional training program, a community college or a four-year college or university.
The First Lady also highlighted that just last week, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan released new guidance for superintendents and school principals, and stated that they can and should use their budgets to create professional development units for school counselors. Michelle Obama, and the President, feel strongly that every school counselor should have quality and relevant professional development opportunities.
The First Lady also shared a new White House program that will honor a counselor of the year. She and President Obama want to give school counselors the recognition that they deserve for all the work they do to and the effort put into making sure students and teachers have the resources they need to pursue education beyond high school.
I really like that the President and the First Lady are working so hard to reach students beyond their academic boundaries. I also think that the role of school counselors is often overlooked because the focus is placed primarily on teachers.