The current health crisis, and the resulting shifts to all aspects of life has been particularly felt in the area of education. Schools and teachers have been forced to convert overnight from traditional instruction methods to online pedagogy using digital tools and techniques. Though often seen as a “support” to the instructional program of the school, an effective Guidance program is an integral part of the students’ experience and critical to their success during the school years, though the transition into college, and beyond. The Guidance Counselor plays many key roles, and these needs do not go away during periods of remote instruction. In fact, many students and families are facing greater challenges and are in need of greater support at this time.
This workshop will discuss the multi-faceted role of the Guidance Counselor in a contemporary secondary program and will outline ways that these traditional face to face roles can be continued in the digital world. An effective Guidance and counseling program can be more critical than ever, and a true differentiating strength of a school during periods of remote instruction.
Though there is constant talk, and numerous theories, about when “normal” school will resume, the continued uncertainty suggests that all schools should prepare to continue remote services indefinitely or to reestablish these services if another quarantine is needed.