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Professional School Counselors and African American Males: Using School/Community Collaboration to Enhance Academic Performance

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Author(s): Ahmad Rashad Washington

Journal: Journal of African American Males in Education
ISSN 2153-9065

Volume: 1;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 26;
Date: 2010;
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Keywords: African American | Males | Education

ABSTRACT
Professional school counselors can play an instrumental role in the academic development of students with whom they interact. To empower professional school counselors in promoting improved academic performance the American School Counseling Association (ASCA, 2003) revised its national model. Now more than ever, professional school counselors are expected to advocate on behalf of all students to facilitate their optimal academic development. One student demographic in particular—African American males—has experienced chronic academic difficulties. In the position of advocate, professional school counselors can promote improved academic performance in African American adolescent males through school/community collaboration. This article will include suggestions for professional school counselors to become more effective advocates capable of establishing collaborative relationships that facilitate academic achievement for African American male students.

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