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
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
OpEd in the Des Moines Register - Counselors play a vital role in getting students career ready
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
ASCA NEWS - New Council Aims to Boost Students' College and Career Readiness
ISCA/ICAN Webinar Series: Resilience
April 27, 2018
ISCA/ICAN Webinar Series: Creating Safe Schools for LGBTQ+ Youth
May 7, 2018
ASCA Annual Conference
July 14-17, 2018
Iowa School Mental Health Conference
October 16, 2018
ISCA Annual Conference
November 4-6, 2018