Advocating for Students During Distance Learning: The Role of the School Counselor Journal Article uri icon



  • The COVID-19 pandemic forced schools to rush into distance learning, prioritizing academics and limiting consideration of students’ socioemotional needs. Given that distance learning is likely to be a recurring experience, school counselors should understand this unique context to better advocate for student needs. Through this illustrative case study, we sought to understand the distance learning experience of students, specifically examining barriers experienced and desired support, in an urban school district in the Western United States. We conducted classroom observations, interviews, and town hall observation with students who were part of an action civics program in the district. Following thematic data analysis, we found that student participants described themes of challenges (with subthemes of online learning and outside of school), needs (with subthemes of community and student voice), and communication. Based on these findings, we argue for school counselors to use student voice to inform advocacy efforts in addressing student needs during distance learning.

publication date

  • January 1, 2021

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  • bronze

Date in CU Experts

  • January 4, 2022 3:18 AM

Full Author List

  • Hipolito-Delgado CP; Porras L-E; Stickney D; Kirshner B

author count

  • 4

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International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1096-2409

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2156-759X

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 2156759X2110118

end page

  • 2156759X2110118


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