CSCA President’s Message
Kimberly Traverso, LPC
A Sense of Purpose
“I want to salute the thousands of professionals across the country engaged in school counseling. Every day, these unsung heroes in American education help millions of students sidestep the roadblocks of life. They help them succeed, achieve their dreams, reach their potential, explore their curiosity and more”.
United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
What is our sense of purpose? Could it be the quality of having great value and significance or standing in unity for a cause? As president of the Connecticut School Counseling Association (CSCA) I realize that it is my responsibility to inform, lead and advocate for my constituency as we diligently address the needs of students. My leadership will effectively provide the membership with recognition for their achievements, inspiration to continue the legacy of relevant and practical achievements and a forum for professional growth. CSCA’s professional association, which was founded in 1963, is an institutional legacy of which I am proud to carry the baton.
During my term, I will dedicate myself to the CSCA mission and a unified sense of purpose. Over the next year, I will continue our work on transforming leadership practices, continue our credibility and visibility for policy and continue the implementation process of the CSCA Strategic Plan.
This year CSCA’s focal point is college and career readiness counseling, which is the roadmap to student achievement (K-12), focused on four modules for professional development:
- New School Counselor Orientation-College and Career Readiness: Equity and Access;
- Professional Learning to Increase Effectiveness and Results for All Students: CT Comprehensive School Counseling Model and College and Career Readiness (supervisors and department heads);
- School Counseling Leadership Academy: College and Career Readiness and results-based accountability (school counselors); and
- CSCA’s Annual Conference- the theme for this year is “Own the Turf College and Career Readiness Counseling” with national keynote speaker Dr. Vivian Lee, Senior Director at the National Office of School Counselor Advocacy (November 2, 2012).
The aforementioned focal point is a collaboration between CSCA, the Connecticut State Department of Education and the Connecticut Department of Higher Education. Additionally, we are planning to update the Connecticut Comprehensive School Counseling Guide based on the revisions to the ASCA Model. http://www.schoolcounselor.org/files/ThirdEditionChanges.pdf?utm_source=...
Also, I am excited to announce that CSCA has designed two new recognition awards:
- School Counselor of the Year Award to recognize outstanding school counselors who have given service at the local, state or national level that promotes and advances the field of professional school counseling; and
- Administrator of the Year Award to recognize an individual who clearly demonstrates a commitment to the school counseling profession. https://ctschoolcounselor.org/article/school-counselor-year-awards
Now is the time for school counselors to seize the opportunity and emerge as leaders and advocates in education reform and college and career readiness. School counselors are the nucleus of the school and community and have a far-reaching influence on bridging partnerships.
Again, I ask what is our sense of purpose? Could it be the quality of having great value and significance and/or standing in unity for a cause? I will leave it to you to decide but I will leave you with two questions: are we, the organization, making a difference and are students better off?
I want to thank you for all your hard work and dedication to the school counseling profession. I am looking forward to this journey of reflection and growth.
Kimberly Traverso, LPC