The Racine Unified School District utilizes the skill and services of social workers and counselors for students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12. Each profession draws upon the strengths from their respective fields of study.
School social workers support academic success educational equity, and social justice for every student by reducing or eliminating the social, economic, and environmental barriers that may interfere with a student’s ability to maximally benefit from his/her education.
School social workers are not trained in a specific field of education. Rather, they are trained primarily and most importantly as masters level social workers. However, just as high school teachers choose to specialize in a particular subject area, school social workers choose to concentrate their preparation on professional practice within the PreK-12 educational setting.
School counselors are trained in four primary areas of school counseling, which include:
- Academic support, including organizational, study and test-taking skills
- Goal setting and decision making
- Career awareness, exploration and planning
- Education on understanding self and others
School Counselors promote student success, provide preventive services, and respond to identified student needs by implementing a comprehensive school counseling program that addresses academic, career, and personal/social development for all students.