School counseling programs are collaborative efforts benefiting students, parents, teachers, administrators and the overall community. School counseling programs should be an integral part of students' daily educational environment, and school counselors should be partners in student achievement.
The question has been posed, "What do school counselors do?" The more important question is, "How are students different as a result of what school counselors do?" To help answer this question, the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) created the ASCA National Model®, which is a framework for a comprehensive, data-driven school counseling program.
Explore this Web site to learn more about the ASCA National Model, its component parts and how developing a school counseling program based on this framework can improve student achievement.
Five Bits of Advice for ASCA National Model Implementation
1: Remember, the purpose of the ASCA National Model is to do more school counseling.
2: Keep it simple.
3: The ASCA National Model is even more important when you have a large caseload.
4: The ASCA National Model gives you the tools to take things off your plate.
5: Take advantage of experts in your district.