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Have You Been Courageous With Data? Submit Your Story Today!

The Use of Data in School Counseling Wants to Hear From You!

Have you been data courageous?

Have you used data to impact change?

Have you used data to promote access and equity for underrepresented students?

Have you advocated with data and accountability to change policy, practices, and procedures?

Have you used data to drive and evaluate targeted interventions for students?  

Has collecting and sharing your results improved programs, services or outcomes for students?

Hi! I’m Trish Hatch, PhD, author of the best-selling text, The Use of Data in School Counseling: Hatching Results for Students, Programs, and the Profession (2013). As I travel the country providing professional development training and keynote addresses, I hear inspiring stories of school counselors who’ve courageously used data to create systemic change, to improve practices for school counselors and, most excitingly, to improve outcomes for ALL Students! Recently a school counselor in South Dakota utilized data, collaboration, leadership, and advocacy to eliminate test prep from her role and responsibilities. A school counseling team in California utilized disaggregated data to eliminate gatekeeping practices and create open access policies to Honors and Advanced Placement courses.

There are many “miracles” happening in the profession of school counseling all around us: The White House College Opportunity Agenda, Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher initiative, Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) legislation inclusive of counselors, etc. Now is the perfect time to celebrate the miracles school counselors are creating across the nation by sharing these stories of their courage and success in using data!

I hope you’ll consider submitting your story for consideration for inclusion in a new book that I’m working on, a collection of real examples and motivational stories that shine a light on the impact of using data in the profession of school counseling. Authors of selected stories included in a new publication will receive an autographed book once it is published.

If you have a story to share, please take time to respond to a few short-answer questions HERE. To access a downloadable informational flyer with submission guidelines, click HERE. Committee review of submissions will begin October 31, 2016 with initial selections made by December 2016. If you have any questions, please contact us at

Please help us spread the word about the Data Courageous project by sharing our flyer HERE at meetings, events and/or posting it on social media accounts and websites along with this link to the online submission form.

Let’s share our stories and celebrate the school counselors on the front lines who are making a data-driven difference in the lives of students. Submit your story today!

Written by

Trish Hatch, Ph.D. is Professor at San Diego State University and former Director of the School Counseling Program (2004-2015). She is the author of the Corwin best-seller The Use of Data in School Counseling: Hatching Results for Students, Programs and the Profession (2014) and co-author of the ASCA National Model: A Framework for School Counseling Programs (ASCA, 2003; 2005) and Evidence-Based Practice in School Counseling: Making a Difference with Data-Driven Practices (Dimmit, Carey & Hatch, 2007). These books are used throughout the nation for professional learning and preparation of school counselors.

Dr. Hatch is Executive Director and Founder of the Center for Excellence in School Counseling and Leadership (CESCaL), which aims to improve the profession of school counseling through policy and practice, as well as the President and CEO of Hatching Results®, LLC, an educational consulting company that provides training, consultation, grant writing, and program evaluation services to support school counselors, administrators, and school districts in designing, implementing, and evaluating school counseling programs.

Besides this, she serves as a national consultant and advisor on school counseling and educational issues for The White House and the US Department of Education. Recently she co-led the organization and planning of the second “invitation only” White House Convening on School Counseling at San Diego State University.

A former school counselor, site and central office administrator, state association president and ASCA Vice President, Dr. Hatch has received multiple national awards including the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Administrator of the Year Award and their highest honor, the Mary Gehrke Lifetime Achievement Award. She most recently received the National Association for College Admission Counseling’s (NACAC) Excellence in Equity Award (2015) and the inaugural California Association of School Counselors’ School Counselor Educator of the Year (2016).

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