Guiding Students toward a Brighter Future 

Annual event honors outstanding CPS counselors

June 24, 2015

In 2015, Crown Elementary’s Martha Williams was named School Counselor of the Year by the Illinois School Counseling Association, while Harvard School of Excellence became the first CPS elementary school to achieve RAMP status – an elite ranking from the American School Counselor Association that recognizes comprehensive, data-driven counseling programs in schools around the country.

These were just two of the accomplishments highlighted at this month’s end-of-year celebration for CPS counselors and post-secondary coaches – an event meant to showcase achievements from the 2014-2015 School Year and applaud these individuals for the profound impact they have on Chicago’s children. 

“Our counselors and coaches provide quality leadership, demonstrate innovations in their counseling programs, and are an excellent source of information and support for students and their families,” said Barbara Karpouzian, Executive Director of Counseling and Post-Secondary Advising for CPS. 

Having been named a RAMP (Recognized ASCA Model Program) school in 2015, Harvard Elementary joins 23 CPS high schools already bearing this esteemed distinction. This rigorous, yearlong process is akin to the National Board Certification achieved by the District’s top teachers,   proving that the school community at Harvard is fully committed to an exemplary counseling program.
The end-of-year event celebrated not only the work of CPS counselors, but results being seen by RAMP schools like Harvard – gains such as improved attendance, rising graduation rates, and fewer disciplinary referrals.
“The role of the counselor has never been more important, as schools are generally the focal point of the community,” said Erin Vandermore, the school counselor and case manager at Harvard Elementary. “As educators, we have a responsibility to educate the whole child. Counselors do this by meeting students’ diverse academic, social and emotional needs within the school setting and linking families to other resources that may be available to them through their communities.”

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