ERIC Number: ED330917
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: 0
Children Achieving Potential. An Introduction to Elementary School Counseling and State-Level Policies.
Glosoff, Harriet L.; Koprowicz, Constance L.
The purpose of this document is twofold: (1) to inform legislators, counselors, and other education professionals about elementary school counseling and the policies that have been formed in support of this profession; and (2) to open lines of communication between counseling professionals and state-level decision makers. Chapter one examines some of the barriers to learning that today's youth face and the role that elementary school counselors can play in helping children overcome these barriers and achieve their true potential. Chapter two describes the principles of comprehensive school counseling programs, the tasks elementary school counselors perform, and the benefits of counseling to children and society. Chapter three presents the findings of research studies in the area of elementary school counseling and its relationship to academic achievement; dropout rates; and children's behaviors, attitudes, and skills. Chapter four explores the roles of state legislators in developing policies for elementary school counseling and provides examples of state policies and funding strategies. Chapter five lists recommendations for the development of effective elementary school counseling policy in such areas as legislative study and professional activity, adequately evaluated pilot projects, guidance committees as community liaisons, and optimum working conditions for effective counselors. The 50 states' policies are charted in an appendix. (60 references) (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: American Association for Counseling and Development, Alexandria, VA.; National Conference of State Legislatures, Denver, CO.