Councilors claim to be responsible for social development

School counselors believe they are responsible for the social and emotional development of students, not just their entry into college.

That’s the conclusion of a new survey by ACT and the American School Counselor Association. The results, in a new report:

  • More than three-quarters of school counselors said they were very interested in integrating social and emotional learning (SEL) into their programs.
  • District principals indicated that developing students’ social and emotional skills was as important (72.5%) or more important than (25%) developing academic knowledge for student success.
  • School counselors not only know about SEL resources, but also use them in their work.
  • The best-known SEL resource, ASCA Student Standards: Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success, was also the most widely used, with three out of four school counselors reporting using it.
  • Pre-service school counselors provided an almost unanimous view of the importance of SEL, with 91% stating that SEL would be a very important part of their future work.
  • The three most popular methods with which school counselors delivered or reinforced SEL included one-to-one teaching outside the classroom (84%), classroom teaching (82%), and small group teaching outside the classroom (73%).

“Social and emotional learning is imperative for student success and has been linked to improved learning, increased graduation rates and improved school climate,” said Janet Godwin, CEO of ACT. “The past school year has perhaps been the toughest year for students, which makes it even more important for us to support school counsellors.”

Joel C. Hicks