School Counselor Advocacy Tools

VSCA School Counselor Advocacy Video

Are you looking for an impactful way to explain the role and importance of school counselors to your community? This video, produced by Sutherland Media Productions and West Potomac High School in Fairfax County, is a great way to convey your message.

 

Show Your Work

You have an obligation to educate others about your program successes. The ASCA results report can help you do just that – showing how students are different as a result of the school counseling program.

 

Tools to Communicate Your Role

Parents, administrators, and teachers often wonder just what it is school counselors do on a daily basis. This article contains great resources to let all stakeholders know what you do.

 

Who Do They Think I Am?

School counselors are given “other duties as assigned” because of a lack of understanding about the true role of a school counselor. So what can a school counselor do to enhance the accurate role they should be playing? Here are a few effective – and easy – suggestions.

 

ASCA Position Statements

This page contains a comprehensive list of official American School Counselor Association position on over 40 different topics. These statements can be important tools when advocating for school counseling and for student needs.

Legislative Updates & Advocacy News

VSCA continues to work hard advocating for school counselors, their programs, and student needs. Come back to this page frequently to get updates on statewide and national advocacy efforts!

 

Roanoke County School Officials Agree to Hire More Counselors

September 13, 2018: The Roanoke Times

 

ASCA’s Legislative Affairs Updates

Check out important information on the national Elementary and Secondary School Act, introduced on September 12, 2018.

 

Read about VSCA Board Member Dr. Julia Taylor’s school counseling presentation to the VA House Select Committee on School Safety.

August 28, 2018: The News Virginian, Students Tell Legislators About Mental Illness, Peer Pressure

 

Students Recommend School Safety Improvements to Lawmakers

August 28, 2018: WHSV 3

 

Read about VSCA Board Members Dr. Tori Stone and Elizabeth Parker’s school counseling presentation to the VA House Select Committee on School Safety.

August 21, 2018: Daily Press, Virginia Lawmakers Get Another Pitch for Smaller Student-to-Counselor Ratio

 

Virginia Schools Understaffed, Report Says

August 20, 2018: WWBT NBC12

 

Violence Prevention the Focus as Bipartisan Safety Panel Briefed by Academics

July 24, 2018: The Roanoke Times

 

New Working Group on School Safety in Virginia

July 19, 2018: Inside Nova. *VSCA Member Sarah Snyder is representing Virginia School Counselors on Governor Northam’s School Safety Work Group.

Information About Your Elected Officials

Do you have questions about how to contact your elected officials? These links will help you find your elected officials and their contact information. You can also come here to find out information on legislative reports.

*All of the following information is provided by David Bailey Associates.

Find Out Who Represents You

Virginia State Finance Committee Reports

Virginia House Appropriations Committee Reports

Budget Amendments

VSCA Lobby Day

The next Virginia School Counselor Association Lobby Day will take place on January 9, 2019 in Richmond, VA. We hope that you’ll save the date, and stay tuned for more updates!

VSCA Advocacy Team

Brett Welch

VSCA Director of the Board, Advocacy

Anne Henry

VSCA Government Relations Chair

David Bailey Associates