North Carolina School Counselor Association


Administrators and Directors


 Today's School Counselor

School counselors have undergone quite a transformation over the years. Educational reforms have impacted both the administrator role and the school counselor role. Here are just a few areas:

  • Much of school counseling professional development is learning how to collect, disaggregate, and analyze data to build an accountable data driven program. The school counseling data identifies achievement gaps to determine interventions to increase student achievement.
  • By re-framing traditional interventions to a broader systemic approach that contributes to improving areas such as student promotion, achievement and post secondary entry, we are moving from focusing on just one student at a time to entire groups. 
  • School counselors are also talking about educational leadership. In today's increased accountability, schools require the leadership skills of school counselors as well as administrators and faculty.
  • School counselors often know the "pulse" of the school, have training in problem solving, are aware of resources in the community, use data to make decisions, and are trained with specific skills in communicating and listening.
  • Research indicates that, in most cases, the principal's perception of the school counselor role is most likely the single strongest influence on how school counselors really spend their time. Research also indicates there is often a gap in knowledge of what school counselors actually do and the administrator's perceptions of what a school counselor does. School counselor effectiveness is partly associated with his or her administrator.
  • NCSCA believes that a strong relationship between a counselor and administrator is necessary in raising student achievement and meeting accountability goals.


School counselors are an important part of the educational leadership team and provide valuable assistance to students regardless of whether they work in an elementary school or middle school, high school or beyond.
School counselors manage data driven comprehensive school counseling programs accessable to ALL students. School counselors are leaders who work with administrators to remove barriers to student academic success. Click on the links below for resources.


Relational Communication: Principles for Effective Leadership 

10 Back-to-School Tips for Parents of Elementary School Aged Kids

10 Back to School Tips for Middle School Parents

10 Back to School Tips for High School Parents

Listen to the voices: school counselors and comprehensive school counseling programs

How parents can help kids transition from elementary to middle school and middle to high school and ease their anxiety

Socio-Emotional Development

Psychosocial Interventions to Prevent Anxiety

Bibliotherapy as a Method of Treatment

Bullying Prevention – Bystander

Bullying Prevention - Children More Likely to Bully Others

Bullying Prevention - Teaching Social Skills to Prevent Bullying in Young Children

Bullying Prevention - Why Don’t Kids Ask for Help

Child Abuse and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Eight Ways to Promote Social Emotional Learning

Cognitive Development

C.A.R.E Closing the Achievement Gap

Taking the Appropriate Amount of Time

Sustaining Effort

Teaching to the Minds of Boys

Learning Pyramid

Why Reading Aloud to Children is Valuable


We Do


Edutech -

Discovery Education -

Read, Write, Think

Keyboarding - Typing

Career Development


Future 4 Kids



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