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What are the challenges faced by today's school guidance counselors?

  According to the Association for College Admission Counseling, the average U.S. school has one guidance counselor for every 500 students. In many poorer school districts, where arguably the need is much greater, the ratio is even worse. Northern Kentucky University recently hosted the annual National Evidence-Based School Counseling Conference, where experts explored the best methods and practices to positively impact student achievement. Here to talk about the role of today?'s school counselors and the challenges they face are Dr. Carey Dimmitt, associate director of the Ronald H Fredrickson Center for School Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation at the University of Massachusetts Amherst; Erica Thomas, counselor at Campbell County Middle School; Cassie Sandlin, counselor at Lindeman Elementary School in Erlanger; and, Dr. Brett Zyromski, associate professor and School Counseling Program director at NKU?'s Department of Counseling, Social Work, and Leadership.