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The News & Events section will keep you up-to-date on important topics of interest and upcoming events for the counseling community and the students we serve. If you know of a news or event you think should be posted here, email ISCA at iowaschoolcounselors@gmail.com.


Iowa School Mental Health Conference 2018

Join hundreds of teachers, administrators, support staff, counselors, psychologists, therapists, parents, preservice college students and many more from across the midwest for the only school mental health conference in Iowa. Past topics have included suicide prevention, creating a school mental health system in your school, strategies for internalizing and externalizing behaviors, trauma-informed care, creating a trauma-sensitive school, youth perspective, LGBTQ mental health awareness and needs, culturally responsive school mental health, racial trauma, restorative justice, risk factors & resiliency, juvenile justice, and much more.  

Visit www.pleasepassthelove.org/2018-ismh-conference for details and to regsiter.

Governor's 2018 Future Ready Iowa Summit

The Governor’s 2018 Future Ready Iowa Summit, which will be held on Tuesday, April 3, at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. The purpose of this all-day event is to amplify the public conversation about transforming education and the workforce, including expanding work-based learning and computer science instruction.

The Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, which is hosting the summit, hopes to attract an audience of 1,000 leaders from business and industry preK-12 and postsecondary education, nonprofits, parents, students, elected officials and others, who will take information from the summit back to their communities to build upon existing initiatives.

Speakers include Mary Andringa, chair of the board of Vermeer; Brandon Busteed, Gallup's executive director of education and workforce development; Hadi Partovi, CEO of Code.org; Jeff Weld, senior policy advisor for STEM education at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; Jemar Lee, a College Community School District senior and co-founder of EdRevision;  Nicole Smith, chief economist at the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce; and Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, a computer science education pioneer. The agenda also features a showcase of work-based learning exhibits and breakout sessions.

Registration opened Thursday, Feb. 1, with a $50 fee for adults and no charge for students, at https://iowastem.gov/futurereadyiowasummit

ISCA Board Adds Ad-Hoc Position

College and career readiness continues to be an area of focus for school counselors in Iowa.  At the summer LDI meeting, the ISCA board reflected on a number of initiatives related to this topic, including, but not limited to:

·  Iowa's College and Career Readiness Roadmap Team

·  Iowa's recent definition of College and Career Readiness

·  Go Alliance academies

·  Future Ready Iowa Alliance

·  ISCA's recent research study on College and Career Readiness

·  House File 2392

To help keep lines of communication open and ensure awareness of the important roles that school counselors play in college and career readiness, the board agreed to add a College and Career Readiness Ad-Hoc position.  Due to her past leadership on the board and her role with several of these initiatives, Casey McMurray was suggested for this role and graciously accepted the position.  Casey will work to provide the board with information and advise on how we might continue to promote the role of the school counselor in college and career readiness efforts in Iowa.  

The 2017-2018 Webinar Series schedule is currently being developed with new sessions added throughout the school year. Be sure to take part in this great professional development opportunity. You can learn more on the Members-Only webinar series page.

A great opportunity for high school students, the Golden Circle College & Career Fair offers a wide variety of college and universities from across the country, as well as career-focused resources and employers, and breakout sessions for students and parents. Encourage your students to go and learn more at www.icansucceed.org/goldencircle.

Winter Newsletter Available - visit Members-Only Section

Letter from ISCA President

President Laurel Klaassen sent a letter to members about the growth of ISCA and upcoming changes to the organization. Click here to read it.

OpEd in the Des Moines Register - Counselors play a vital role in getting students career ready

ISCA President Casey McMurray and ISCA Advocacy Chair Susan Langan's OpEd piece on the role of school counselors was published in the Des Moines Register April 7, 2016. Click here to read the piece.

ISCA Announces Suicide Prevention Grant for Members

ISCA is excited to offer a one-time grant opportunity for an ISCA member to implement suicide prevention. Click here to learn more.

ISCA names new Graduate Student Chair

Matt Brown, a graduate student at Buena Vista University, was appointed to the role of School Counseling Graduate Student Chair. His term will begin July 1, 2016.

Update on Career Guidance Work Team

Click here to review the updates on the work of the Career Guidance Team.

ISCA Commissions Statewide Study

ISCA recently commissioned a statewide study to examine the role and practice of Iowa school counselors through the lens of various education stakeholders in addition to school counselors. This study will provide insights into opportunities to better leverage school counselors in supporting college and career readiness standards. Look for more information in April about this statewide study. 

2015 School Counselors of the Year Awarded at Conference

ISCA awarded the 2015 Iowa School Counselors of the Year on Monday, November 2, 2015, during the awards ceremony luncheon at the ISCA Conference. School counselors were selected for each level including elementary, middle, secondary, and K-12. In addition the lifetime achievement award in school counseling and the Henrichs Memorial Award were presented. Read more.

ASCA NEWS - New Council Aims to Boost Students' College and Career Readiness

Nine organizations have joined forces to form the Council of National School Counseling and College Access Organizations, with the goal of supporting every United State student with college and career preparation, access, and success. Through this collaborative council, the member organizations that reach almost 20 million professionals, students and families will develop competencies and identify priorities for professionals who support students in their transition to college and career. Read more.



ISCA/ICAN Webinar Series: Resilience

April 27, 2018
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ISCA/ICAN Webinar Series: Creating Safe Schools for LGBTQ+ Youth

May 7, 2018
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ASCA Annual Conference

July 14-17, 2018
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Iowa School Mental Health Conference

October 16, 2018
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ISCA Annual Conference

November 4-6, 2018
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Awareness Calendar

April 2018
  • Gender Equality Month
  • Alcohol Awareness Month
  • Child Abuse Prevention Month
  • Community Service Month
  • Counseling Awareness Month
  • D.E.A.R. Drop Everything and Read Month
  • Keep America Beautiful Month
  • Mathematics Awareness Month
  • Month of the Military Child
  • National Autism Awareness Month
  • National STD Awareness Month
  • National Youth Sports Safety Month
  • School Library Month
  • Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month
  • April 2 - World Autism Awareness Day
  • April 3 - Sexual Assault Awareness Day of Action
  • April 4-8 - National Youth Violence Prevention Week
  • April 5 - National Alcohol Screening Day
  • April 7- World Health Day
  • April 8-14 - National Library Week

    View the full 2017-18 Awareness Calendar
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