Conference and Professional Development
Ongoing professional development 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 Virtual Meet-Ups
ISCA would like to bring school counselors together and support you. We will be offering 45-minute virtual level meet-ups over the next week or two to allow counselors to connect and share. These meet-ups will be hosted by our Level VPs be available for all school counselors via Zoom. Meetings will be set up for level-specific counselors, but you are welcome to participate in any meeting that pertains to you in your role as a school counselor, counselor educator, or AEA supporter. Also, please share this information to your Iowa school counseling peers! No pre-registration required, just click on the link at the designated time to join!
Please do not share the meeting information on an unrestricted, publicly available social media post or website. This can lead to outside individuals joining and disrupting the meeting.
Tuesday, April 7 - 1 pM - High School Counselors
Tuesday, April 7 - 2 pm - K-12 School Counselors
TBD - Elementary School Counselors
School counselors from across Iowa take part in Counselor Academy at Heartland AEA.
Save the Date
ISCA 2020 Conference
November 1 -3, 2020
School counselors network and share experiences during the Level Sharing Session at ISCA.
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.
2019 Statewide Counselor Academy Dates
AEA Counselor Academy Dates
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.
Area Education Agency Professional Development OpportunitiesContact your AEA for more information about your local options for Counselor Academy and additional professional development opportunities.
ASCA Professional Development
ASCA provides a lot of professional development opportunities from the annual conference and webinar series, to ASCA U specialist trainings, coaching, and site- and district trainings. Some opportunities require ASCA membership.
ICAN Professional Development Series - Career and College Readiness
ICAN offers half-day and full day professional development opportunities in areas such as financial aid basics, FAFSA completion, and Career and College Readiness Curriculum. Certifications are available based on training assessments.
The ISEA Academy offers courses for Iowa License Renewal and Drake University Graduate credit. Courses are on a monthly cycle. For questions please call or email Rhonda Plimmer or Cindy Swanson at 515-471-8000. Visit https://isea.org/course/ for the current course catalog.
Courses have included:
Iowa College & Career Readiness Academy
A suite of Iowa-specific online courses for college access and success professionals.
Iowa Youth Survey Reports for 2014
The Iowa Youth Survey (IYS) district and non-public school reports are available from the 2014 survey.
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).
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.
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.