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RAMPed up: Ketron named model school for counseling

Staff reports • May 6, 2020 at 8:15 PM

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) has announced that Ketron Elementary School in Sullivan County is a Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP).

Ketron becomes one of four schools in Tennessee that currently hold the distinction, which a news release attributed to the work of Ketron counselors Janea Musick and Stacey Gillman. The school is located in the Bloomingdale community.

“We applaud their commitment to the social emotional support of their students,” an ASCA news release said of the counselors.

The RAMP designation recognizes schools that are committed to delivering an exemplary counseling program. Honorees are awarded for aligning their program with the criteria in the ASCA National Model, a framework for a data-informed school counseling program.

Since the program’s inception, more than 900 schools have earned the RAMP designation. Research findings indicate fully implemented comprehensive school counseling programs are associated with a range of positive student educational and behavioral outcomes.

“This year’s RAMP honorees have shown their commitment to students and the school counseling profession,” said Jill Cook, ASCA assistant director. “These schools used data to drive their program development and implementation so all students can achieve success. The RAMP designation distinguishes these schools and encourages school counselors nationwide to strive for excellence.”

Ketron is to be honored at a recognition ceremony at ASCA’s annual conference in Seattle. The event is scheduled for June 29.

RAMP applications are reviewed once a year. The next submission deadline is Oct. 15. For more information on the program, go online and visit schoolcounselor.org/ramp.

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