Connecticut School Counselor Association

Promoting Excellence in School Counseling since 1963

Government Relations Meetings

CSCA's 2019 Policy Priorities

Please take a few minutes to contact your legislators (see below listing)

and ask them to support our priorities. 

Specifically, ask them to propose or support a bill that would give all students access to a school counselor by school districts implementing comprehensive school counseling programs.

Proposed bill #1

Proposed bill #2


Find Your Legislators

2019-2020 CGS List by District


Government Relations Updates


Elections 2018 Update

New Elected Officials


CSCA Government Relations Committee  & Lobbyist 

Updates


~2018 Legislative Session Summary

~February 2018


Government Relations Tools

Check out our Google Folder full of Advocacy Tools

Gov't Relations Google Folder

Use these resources to advocate with administrators,

board of education members, legislators, etc.


Need help with advocacy?

Contact cscachairman@gmail.com to get help from the Government Relations Committee


Writing To Your Legislators

Advocating for our profession is so important. As a school counselor, consider reaching out to your legislators by writing them a letter/email in regards to important issues in the school counseling profession. 

SAMPLE LETTER

Conversing with Your Legislators

The best way to connect with legislators to talk about school counseling issues is in person. If you're able to schedule a face-to-face meeting with your legislator, here are some key topics to discuss: 

1. Changing all language at the state level from “guidance counselor” to “school counselor”,

2. For the state to ensure that all Connecticut public school students have access to a comprehensive school counseling program K-12, that is implemented by certified school counseling personnel,

3. Require that the term “school counselor” apply only to certified school counselors that require a Master’s degree with specific counseling coursework and field work experiences in school counseling,

4. Discussing appropriate school counseling ratios at all levels, (ASCA recommends a 1-250 ratio).

5. Discuss your own personal experiences as a counselor - positives and challenges. Why is this proposed legislation important to you as a counselor?

Remember - legislators are people too! While it can be nerve wracking, these meetings are SO important to the future of our profession

If you would like to request a CSCA Board Member attend a face to face meeting with your legislator with you, please reach out to cscachairman@gmail.com

Use these policy priorities (2018) as attachments to your letters/emails and conversations with legislators:

CSCA policy priority_K12 SC.pdf


Advocating for Your School Counseling Program

CSCA'S Government Relations Committee has put together a PowerPoint to help guide school counselors when presenting to their Boards of Education about the importance of our role in schools. You can customize the PowerPoint to fit your role and school. Please follow this link to find the PowerPoint. A copy of the PowerPoint is right below as well! V




Other Resources for Advocating




Thank you for your support!

Thank you Representative Gayle Mulligan, Representative Jeff Currey, Laura Stefon, and John Frassinelli of the Connecticut State Department of Education for meeting with Connecticut School Counselor Association on October 11th. CSCA appreciates your support! Greater awareness was raised to the role comprehensive school counseling programming plays in impacting student success. 


Contact Information:

Address: P.O. Box 4635, Wallingford, CT 06492 ATTN: Michelle Catucci, CSCA Executive Director 

Voicemail: 203-699-6320

For Questions regarding membership, donations and advertising information please contact our Executive Director.

Email: execdirectorCSCA@gmail.com

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