Fulfilling the Promise

Fulfilling the Promise Reimagining School Counseling to Advance Student Success

Mandy Savitz-Romer
paper, 240 Pages
Pub. Date: May 2019
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-353-6
Price: $33.00

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Pub. Date: May 2019
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-356-7

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In Fulfilling the Promise, Mandy Savitz-Romer shows what is possible when schools and districts draw upon the talents of their counselors and put them at the center of students’ school experience.


Mandy Savitz-Romer tells an urgently needed story about the importance of school counselors for the success of our children. Many students in our nation’s public schools don’t have meaningful access to the life-changing supports that these invaluable professionals provide. As a nation, we have to acknowledge the message these glaring inequities send to our students about what we expect from them and for them. Fulfilling the Promise is a critical addition to the national conversation on this issue. — John B. King Jr., US Secretary of Education under President Obama, president and CEO of The Education Trust

Savitz-Romer masterfully illuminates the compelling ‘story’ of the school counseling profession; while at the same time, she highlights the often-forgotten underutilization of counselors in today’s schools. Fulfilling the Promise is particularly useful to school leaders who seek a systemic approach for ensuring student success. — Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy, dean, School of Education, American University

Savitz-Romer still deserves our utmost attention because she offers an important step toward reimagining counseling in America's public high schools. — Pat McDonough and Abigail K. Bates, Teachers College Record

School counseling students and educators will find Fulfilling the Promise a valuable resource for their professional development. — Choice

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About the Author

Mandy Savitz-Romer is the Nancy Pforzheimer Aronson Senior Lecturer in Human Development and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. As a former urban high school counselor, Savitz-Romer is particularly interested in how schools and districts structure counseling support systems and college planning efforts to reach all students. Her writing and research link research to practice in the field of school counseling, specifically as it relates to postsecondary transitions and success for first-generation college students. Savitz-Romer has also held teaching and administrative positions at Boston College, Boston University, Simmons College, and the Boston Higher Education Partnership. She is the coauthor of Ready, Willing, and Able: A Developmental Approach to College Success and Technology and Engagement: Making Technology Work for First Generation College Students. Savitz-Romer holds a PhD in higher education from Boston College and a master’s degree in school counseling from Boston University.