Professional Development

Ongoing professional devleopment is critical to the success of Iowa school counselors and ISCA is committed to bringing opportunities to its members. From the annual ISCA conference, to webinars, seminars, and topic-specific conferences, check back often to find out about new and exciting opportunities around the state.


ISCA/ICAN Webinar Series
The Iowa School Counselor Association (ISCA) and the Iowa College Access Network (ICAN) partner to provide a webinar series on important topics and issues facing school counselors today. Check out the current list of scheduled webinars and stay tuned for additional.

Evidence-Based School Counseling Conference
Attached please find information for the seventh annual Evidence-Based School Counseling Conference. This conference provides school counselors with critical information about successful practice, evaluation, and relevant research to create dynamic and powerful school counseling programs. It will be held this year in Columbus, Ohio on March 10-11, 2019. 

Click here to view the invitation and here to view the conference flyer.

Counselor Academy
The content of the Academy is based on the ASCA (American School Counselors Association) National Model and the Iowa Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance Program Model.

The Academy provides the foundation for counselors to effectively plan, implement, and evaluate comprehensive school counseling services. Counselors develop comprehensive developmental guidance and counseling programs for their schools based on national and state standards and research based best practices.

Contact your AEA for more information about your local options.

ICAN Professional Development Trainings
Professional development trainings for career and college access. Trainings include Career and College Readiness Curriculum, the Financial Aid Process, and learning how to assist in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA.) Learn more.


Iowa College & Career Readiness Academy
A suite of Iowa-specific online courses for college access and success professionals. Learn more.

Iowa Youth Survey Reports for 2014
The Iowa Youth Survey (IYS) district and non-public school reports are available from the 2014 survey. Click here for more information on how to access your report.

Resource Recommendations from ISCA Level Vice-Presidents
Each level Vice-President takes the time to review their roles and responsibilities, as well as provide their favorite go-to resources for their programs. Brandon Drew (VP-Elementary), Amber Urbain (VP-Middle School/Junior High), Meri Edel (VP Secondary) and Shelby Bryce (VP K-12). Click here.

Join an ISCA Board Committee:

There are many opportunities to get involved, including board committees. Committees such as Advocacy, Newsletter, Awards & Recognition, and many more work toward the overall success of ISCA and all Iowa Professional School Counselors. Find a committee that interests you, contact the chair and join today. You'll learn about the different aspects of committee work, gain leadership experience and help elevate the profession around the state. Learn more.

Join the ISCA Board:
Being an ISCA board member is the chance to become a leader in your profession, and you simply have to love your job. The ISCA board is made up of individuals from a vast array of backgrounds with a large range of talents. Together, the board works to raise awareness of school counselor issues, advocate for the profession, seek out professional development opportunities, and plans the annual conference. Learn more.

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