Message from the Counseling & Guidance
Liza Maria Tuato'o
Knowledge, Pride and Future!
The purpose of the American Samoa Plan for Comprehensive
Career Guidance and Counseling is to focus and revitalize
school counseling programs in American Samoa’s schools to be
more responsive to the challenges facing our children, youth,
families and communities today and in the future. The
continued emphasis is on reaching ALL children with a school
counseling program that is based on a defined framework
emphasizing standards, student competencies, connecting
activities and processes. This program is to be delivered by
a well-trained and certified school counselors with campus
teams of teachers using appropriate materials and resources.
The program must incorporate a team approach, academic,
personal/social and career competency development, deficiency
remediation and systemic implementation. Further, the program
must be continuously improved through quality evaluation,
addressing the changing needs of all students and the
individual school. Our role is to prepare our youth with
knowledge, power and a route to a future of their choice.
Message from the Program Director
American Samoa continues to ensure that students learn
and achieve and counselors are at the very center of
many educational initiatives. Activities that
counselors do with students are designed to enable
students to achieve success by preparing them for
secondary and post-secondary opportunities, meaningful
employment, and active citizenship.
The American Samoa Department of Education’s Comprehensive
Guidance and Counseling Program has expanded and adopted
the National School Counselors Association’s (ASCA)
standards and competencies to ensure all areas are
provided for our students. Any education initiative takes
time to implement and requires patience from everyone
involved as the process unfolds. As a counselor, you will
discover that program changes affect your role,
responsibilities, and schedule. Change can be stressful,
but the truth is that a Comprehensive Career Guidance and
Counseling Program fully implemented will actually make
your job even more rewarding and exciting.
The short term and long term results will support student
achievement and success.
As a school counselor, you are in a unique position to
help students take advantage of all that education has to
offer. You are at the center of the effort to reorganize
learning around career clusters that will prepare students
to graduate ready to participate in an increasingly
competitive global economy.
The curriculum provided here is a tool you can use to help
students create an education plan based on their
individual interests, talents, and career goals. Each
lesson is designed to help students develop directions for
their lives and to understand the world of work
opportunities waiting for them as well as what those
opportunities will require from them.
You have the opportunity to help every student prepare for
a lifetime of success. Our students need and deserve the
support of every school counselor to ensure that all
students reach his or her highest potential in school, at
work, and in life. This curriculum is designed to assist
counselors in providing content relating to academic,
personal/social and career development.
I know that all school leaders should support their
guidance and counseling programs as well as publish yearly
Support Personnel Accountability Report Cards to update
everyone of their schools progress. I thank everyone who
supports theses efforts for they are what are needed to
ensure the success of future generations.
"LET US PUT OUR MINDS TOGETHER AND SEE WHAT LIFE WE CAN
MAKE FOR OUR CHILDREN." Sitting Bull,
Lakota Indian - 1877
AMERICAN SAMOA ...
unincorporated territory of the
United States located in the
South Pacific Ocean, southeast of the sovereign state of
Samoa (formerly known as Western Samoa). The main (largest
and most populous) island is
Tutuila, with the
Rose Atoll, and
Swains Island also included in the territory.
American Samoa is part of the
Samoan Islands chain, located west of the
Cook Islands, north of
Tonga, and some 300 miles (500 km) south of
Tokelau. To the west are the islands of the
Wallis and Futuna group. The
2010 census showed a total population of 55,519 people.
The total land area is 76.1 square miles (197.1 km2),
slightly more than
Washington, D.C. American Samoa is the southernmost
territory of the United States.
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