School Counselor Advocacy

ISCA maintains a vigorous program of government relations and advocacy for the school counseling profession in Iowa. The association believes that students benefit when counselors successfuly advocate on state and federal legislative issues related to students and school counseling.

Advocacy is a key component to being an effective school counselor. Not only is it critical for school counselors to serve as advocates for their students, it is also important that school counselors advocate for their own profession.

Check out these things you can do to get involved this legislative session.

Advocacy Feedback

Following our first legislative session with our lobbyists, we would like your feedback on the level of advocacy provided by ISCA.

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Legislative Updates

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2015 Session Updates Archive

Contact Your Legislators today on important issues. To find out who your senators and representatives are please check out the Find Your Legislator page of the Iowa Legislature website.  

Advocacy Blog

Check out the School Counselor Advocacy Effect Blog

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Get Involved

If you are interested in becoming involved in Advocacy Committee, click here.

If we do not define our role as school counselors, someone else will!

Multi-Tiered System of School Counselor Advocacy (MTSA) - Three Tier Approach

Level 1

  • Be physically visible
  • Introduce yourself and use School Counselor terminology and signage everywhere
  • Develop a program brochure
  • Implement ASCA Model and Iowa School Counseling Framework - Use data!
  • Print business cards
  • Celebrate National School Counselor Week
  • Use social media to communicate
  • Bulletin boards
  • Know how you are funded
  • Consistent communication and conversations with administrators and staff
  • Advisory committee
  • Join professional organizations
  • Join ISCA and ASCA and attend conferences
  • Display ISCA/ASCA membership certificate, clothing, mug, water bottle etc
  • Nominations for SCOY and ISCA grants

Level 2

  • Yearly goal setting aligned with district goals using data
  • Develop PLC (Professional Learning Committee)
  • Management agreement
  • Time Analysis
  • Develop and share calendar
  • Presentation on program results with staff, admin, school board, and PTA
  • Use School Counselor Evaluation Tool 
  • Member of building leadership committees
  • Connections with community
  • Active in ISCA
  • Present at ISCA conference
  • Be informed about state legislative issues. Contact legislators and attend forums
  • Attend Visit the Hill Day

Level 3

  • School Counseling program is an integral part of the school and community
  • Consistently demonstrate how students are different because of the school counseling program
  • Apply for RAMP (Recognized ASCA Model Program)
  • Know what is going on at the Department of Education
  • Communicate with state legislators - invite them to your school and meetings
  • Knowledge of issues and communication at federal level

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