Elementary school is where children develop their competence and confidence as learners as well as their attitude towards school, self and peers. Counselors play a crucial role in helping to develop the academic, social and emotional skills that serve as the foundation for career and personal success.
In order to build strong relationships, counselors meet individually with students, work in groups with students and conduct structured lessons in classrooms.
- Help improve the academic success of all students by monitoring academic progress and working with teachers, students, instructional support teams and families to identify strategies to improve
- Present lessons in classrooms to teach students organizational and study skills.
- Work with students with behavioral needs and those experiencing crisis situations.
- Help students resolve conflict and develop coping skills.
- Build relationships with all students.
- Help to promote good character traits through character education programs.
Career development/post secondary planning support
- Begin introducing children to various careers and post-secondary options.
- Work with parents to implement strategies and programs to help students be successful in school.
- Serve as a liaison between the school and community agencies to assist parents in obtaining needed services.
- Work with students in kindergarten to help them adjust to school.
- Invite new students to lunch.
- Work with middle school counselors to help students and their families have a successful transition to 6th grade.