About Us

The Reasons Behind Our Success

The Center for Excellence in School Counseling and Leadership

CESCaL was created to assist school counselors and administrators seeking to improve effective practice within the profession of school counseling by providing training and consultation from state and national leaders with experience in implementing evidence-based practices and the ASCA National Model®.

CESCaL has provided collaborative opportunities for school counselor educators, administrative/leadership training programs and state department leaders in school counseling to discuss and problem solve critical training issues in the profession. Central to this work has been to deepen understandings of the critical issues that impede or promote the operational efficiency, institutional legitimacy and political social capitol within the profession of school counseling.

CESCaL's current projects include improving partnerships between school counselors and administrative teams, training programs and professional associations. Dissemination of information about effective strategies for improving school counseling and leadership in schools is central to the Center's work as it aligns with our mission of social justice.

CESCaL is also committed to supporting the First Lady's Reach Higher Initiative and was proud to co-host the first annual West Coast White House Convening on School Counseling at SDSU.

CESCaL seeks to utilize learning to inform cutting edge school counseling and leadership training programs within the College of Education at San Diego State University, and in school counseling and leadership training programs nationwide.

CESCaL is a 501c3 and is self-supported though sponsoring workshops, conferences and trainings by national experts, contracting consultation services, funding through grants, donations and community partnerships.

CESCaL was proposed to the Department of Counseling and School Psychology in the College of Education during a faculty meeting held November 2, 2006. The vote in support of the Center was unanimous. CESCaL was then approved by Policy Council in the College of Education Center and since this time has functioned as a 501c3 utilizing the SDSU Foundation as fiscal agent.