Primary responsibilities will include key organizational leadership as well as public and legislative representation. Initiatives during his one-year term will focus on evidence-based practice for school counseling, promoting the national model for school counseling, supporting research in school counseling particularly toward closing achievement gap concerns between ethnic-racial minority students. Dr. Burkard will begin his duties as president-elect beginning in October of 2010.
"I am truly excited and honored to join the ASCA leadership team and their efforts to represent the interests of school counselors," says Dr. Burkard, "As a professional organization, ASCA has made great strides in promoting equity and access for all students and ensuring that school counselors find innovative, evidence-based practices that can be used to close achievement gaps and meet the academic, career and personal/social needs of students. As such, I think it is essential to ensure that every student has access to a comprehensive school counseling program that is directed by a professional school counselor who is a strong counseling and educational leader. Through these practices and leadership, I truly believe that school counselors can make a significant difference in the lives of all children."
ASCA supports school counselors’ efforts to help students focus on
academic, personal/social and career development so they achieve success in
school and are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of
society. ASCA provides professional development, publications and other
resources, research and advocacy to more than 23,000 professional school
counselors around the globe.