2018 Counselor Recognition Program

Orange County Department of Education in partnership with College Board and OC Pathways will recognize Orange County Counselors for their work as a part of the new Counselor Awards Program in three different categories. 

  • College Board High School Counselor Award (multiple)
  • OC Pathways Counselor Award (multiple)
  • K - 8 Counselor Award (multiple)

College Board High School Counselor Award

Eligibility Criteria

  • The applicant must be a full-time school counselor within a public school served by Orange                 County Department of Education.
  • The applicant must be certified as a high school counselor by the state, with a master's degree in       guidance and counseling, pupil personnel services or equivalent.

Selection Criteria

  • The applicant demonstrates leadership and advocacy in school counseling practices, initiatives and programs focused on increasing equity in K–12 college and career readiness outcomes, especially for underrepresented populations, in the school or district.
  • The applicant demonstrates leadership in the areas of developing and coordinating collaborative partnerships (K–12 and college access professionals, higher education and nonprofit professionals, business and civic leaders, policymakers and legislators, parent and families, elementary and middle schools, and other supporters) that help increase access and equity in college and career readiness, especially in underrepresented populations.
  • The applicant demonstrates strategies and programs that encourage parent and family involvement that focuses on college and career readiness. 
  • The applicant demonstrates proficient use of data that impacts college and career efforts that show outcomes for students from underrepresented population.
  • The applicant demonstrates consistent professional development that focuses on college and career readiness.

Please click here to submit nominations for College Board High School Counselor Award.


OC Pathways Counselor Award

Eligibility Criteria

  • Master's Degree in Educational Counseling (or similar) with a Pupil Services Credential.
  • Must be serving as either a High School Counselor, ROP Counselor, CTE  Counselor or Career Counselor at a public school in Orange County(Comprehensive or Alternative)
  • Has a minimum of three (3) years of experience serving in this role

 Selection Criteria

  • Utilizes inventories/assessments with students to encourage student awareness/aptitudes/interests/skills by grade level
  • Engages in ongoing professional development efforts.
  • Assumes a leadership role in OC Pathways and moving CTE Pathway and career education forward at their school site, in their district, or in their county.

K-8 Counselor Award
Eligibility Criteria

  • Master's Degree in Educational Counseling (or similar) with a Pupil Services Credential
  • Currently serving any combination of grades K-8 in a public school in Orange County
  • Has a minimum of three (3) years of experience with this grade level

Selection Criteria

  • Must demonstrate a commitment to developing and providing a comprehensive school counseling program that supports the developmental needs of K-8 students in all three (3) ASCA domains (Academic, Social-Emotional, Career)
  • Must demonstrate leadership and advocacy on behalf of the counseling profession
  • Must demonstrate leadership and support of a Multi-tiered System of Support through data-based decision making in order to support the needs of the whole child (academic, social-emotional learning, behavior)

Please click here to submit nominations for K-8 and OC Pathways Awards.

Deadline to nominate someone is December 15, 2017

Announcements will be made in January 2018

Awards Ceremony will be held in Spring 2018