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A New Model for WCSD Counseling

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Washoe County School District's counselors got a visit from a trailblazer in their field Wednesday.

The president of the American School Counselors Association (ASCA) stopped in Reno at Truckee Meadows Community College to help them adapt to changes in the education system.

Nevada and WCSD are implementing higher standards and more accountability in schools. So, the counselors said they need to have proof in the numbers of the impact they have on students.

"In this time of accountability, school counselors have to show that they are a part of the accountability arena," ASCA President Dr. Sylinda Banks said, "and have data to prove the impact of their programs."

WCSD invited Dr. Banks to speak at a professional development meeting to show counselors a new model for their programs, which is based on data and the needs of individual students. The new model would be more proactive than some more traditional counseling programs.

Dr. Banks said the mark of good counseling isn't always obvious, but it is a necessary part of the education experience.

"If a student is not emotionally available," Banks said, "the best curriculum, the best teacher, the best textbook, it's not going to matter."

About 150 counselors from across the region attended Wednesday's meeting.

Written by Arianna Bennett
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