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All In for Student Success - 2019 ISCA Conference

ISCA Conference Breakout Sessions

The list of conference breakout sessions that have been approved for the 2019 conference schedule. To download this information, click here.

Session 1: 10:15 - 11:10 a.m.


1. “Human Trafficking-How Will You Respond” (All)

Presenter: Yolanda Harden, Regional Director of Iowa - The Set Me Free Project

Altoona Room               

The Set Me Free Project discusses Human Trafficking including force, fraud and coercion, helping participants understand that fraud and coercion are far more prevalent than realized.  Participants receive more clarity on the myths versus reality of Human Trafficking.  Presentations take a deeper look at the process of Human Trafficking and explains who the traffickers are, the vulnerabilities the traffickers look for and the 6 step recruitment and grooming process.  This session will include information about student presentations from
3rd -12th grade, including faculty presentations, parent night and more. Participants will learn how to identify trafficking scenarios, and most importantly how to respond.  The group will discuss their school’s/community’s readiness to respond, how to report and the various resources that are available in their area.

2. “After FAFSA: Understanding and Advising Through the Award Letter Process” (High School)

Presenters: Brittania Morey, Director of Communications - ICAN; Lupe Hernandez, Student Success Advisor - ICAN; Erick Danielson, Vice President of Programs - ICAN

Polk County

How can we help parents have tough financial conversations? In helping students, and families, prepare for the cost of education and training beyond high school there’s a key step that’s missed by most. Between filing the FAFSA and Decision Day families should be comparing their options and analyzing the award packages they have been presented with. In this session we will go over how counselors can talk about award letters, how to help families analyze aid packages, and review tools that help a family understand the full investment in their education or training choice. You’ll leave this session with an outline for an award letter event in your school, and armed with tools and resources to empower students and families to make informed decisions about their future.

3. “Blending Mental Health Professional Development for School Staff” (All)

Presenter: Rob Brookhart, Instructional Designer - AEA Learning Online

Skinner A

With new state requirement on staff training for suicide prevention and mental health, many are struggling to find the resources, time, and local expertise to meet this requirement. With school inservice time at a premium it is important to make the best use of the limited time.  This session will provide you with information on how to use blended/flipped learning with your staff to make the most of your professional learning time. Blended/Flipped learning is a great way to move staff learning from basic understanding to application/implementation. In this session you will learn about online resources that you can use with staff to build understanding about mental health and how to use your face to face time to take that learning deeper. You will also learn about ways to review and screen to find those that will best meet your district needs.

4. “Implementing a Solid Tier 1 Schooll Counseling Program” (All)

Presenter: Terri Tchorzynski, Assistant Director of Professional Devleopment - Hatching Results ®, 2017 National School Counselor of the Year  by the American School Counselor Association

Skinner B

Today’s school counselors provide ALL students with a comprehensive Tier 1 program, including core curriculum classroom lessons, individual student planning, and school-wide activities. This interactive session is designed to assist school counselors to develop proactive, data-driven systems for effective Tier 1 delivery. Assessment tools, student engagement strategies, lesson planning tips, templates, and resources will be shared!

5. “Zones of Regulation” (Elementary)

Presenter: Brianna Porter, School Counselor - Corning Elementary

Skinner C1

This session is about implementing the Zones of Regulation in Elementary school in a fun and interactive way. It will also include getting buy-in from staff in your building and creating building wide terminology to support students emotional regulation through the implementation of Zones.

6. “Iowa Clearinghouse for Work-based Learning” (Middle School, High School)

Presenters: Jacob Welchans, Project Manager - Iowa Department of Education;  Laura Williams, 21st Century
Learning Specialist & WBL Clearinghouse Coordinator - AEA Learning Online

Skinner C2

The clearinghouse is a virtual space where business partners post projects for students to gain in-depth work experience while in the classroom. It also will serve as an inventory for schools to find student internships, apprenticeships and other work-based learning opportunities available statewide. The clearinghouse will make relevant work-based learning opportunities more readily accessible to more K-12 students statewide, especially in rural communities.  High-quality work-based learning allows students to apply what they learn in the classroom to real-world projects and to develop new skills and connections. This sets the stage for great job opportunities for young people and builds a pipeline of skilled workers for employers.

AEA consultants will also share examples of successes they have had with authentic learning and as well as information on PD & supports available to schools as they work to make these powerful learning opportunities available to their students! Attendees will come away with an understanding of the clearinghouse’s project board and business partner directory, as well as feel comfortable searching for opportunities and contacting partners.

7. “Integrating CBT with Receptive Music Therapy as a Counseling Intervention for Depression” (Middle School, High School)

Presenter: Brent Tuescher,Post-Graduate Researcher - Loras College


This presentation will highlight original research conducted by the presenter that examines the integration of CBT with Receptive Music Therapy as a counseling intervention targeted at the management of

adolescent depression.  This research comes from the recent use of music therapy as a processing tool for clients to express and process emotions as efficacy of various delivery methods remains unclear. Concurrently, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has been a well-established effective approach for the management of depressive symptoms.

8. “How to Teach Students the 9 Essential Habits of Empathy”  (All)
Presenter: Dr. Michelle Borba (Monday Keynote)


Empathy activates conscience, curbs bullying, reduces prejudice and promotes moral courage, the foundation to trust, the benchmark of humanity and core to everything that makes a society civilized. But empathy is also diminishing in our students: a 40 percent drop in the last 30 years. For students to be truly “successful,” they also need to be able to put themselves in someone else’s shoes and think “WE” not “ME.” This inspiring address offers ways to teach students vital habits that will increase empathy and reduce bullying while improving their academic performance and character. You’ll learn cutting-edge science that proves those gains, and you’ll leave with dozens of simple, practical strategies can be easily applied to any subject or grade level and make a difference on our students’ lives.

Session 2: 11:20 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

9. “Iowa Student Loan is All-In for Parental Engagement” (All)

Presenters: Shelly Brimeyer, Program Administrator and Communications Specialist - Iowa Student Loan; Marc Hendel, Senior Researcher and Data Analyst - Iowa Student Loan

Altoona Room

As you know, parent engagement is a key component to a student’s overall success in life, and studies show that parents remain the number one influencer in achieving that success.  More than likely, any educator and counselor struggles with how to positively involve parents in their own students’ lives.  But how do we educate parents and guardians in their role of helping students plan for life after high school? For those who know the process, it can be overwhelming; for first generation or low-income families, it can seem impossible.  Just like you, Iowa Student Loan is “All In for Student Success.”  Through focus groups, surveys,  and partnerships with counselors and educational organizations, Iowa Student Loan has performed research and reviewed academic studies about methods to increase parental engagement.  The end result is the development of a parental engagement service that will assist educators by providing parent-minded tools and resources, empowering and incentivizing parents to engage in their student’s future plan, whether that includes college or a career.  Come and join the conversation, learn about our findings, and preview our newest service for parents.  Attendees will be provided with a sampling of parent emails, a display for their office, and information to share with parents to immediately engage them in their student’s success.

10. “Mindful Mornings” (Elementary)

Presenter: Sandy Thomson, Elementary School Counselor PK-2 - Washington Elementary

Polk County

Mindful Mornings originated when the presenter recognized a need of students entering her building in a dis-regulated state.  This session will explore the benefits of mindfulness, impact on self-regulation, practice tools, creation of a mindfulness morning group, and tracking student outcomes. 

11. “Social-Emotional Learning for All: Using a Team-Based Approach to Implement and Assess Tier 1 SEL Instruction at the Secondary Level” (Middle School, High School)

Presenters: Erin Kruger-Cavazos,School Counselor - Harding Middle School; Maria Lantz, Associate Principal - Stowe Elementary School; Joann Jensen, 6th Grade Math Teacher - ???

Skinner A

With a variety of learning needs from students and continually expanding expectations for adults, the 6th grade team at Harding Middle School in Des Moines quickly realized that social-emotional learning for 6th grade students was going to need to become a team approach and close monitoring to ensure results. Learn about the processes, procedures, and successes experienced by counselors, grade-level team members, and administration as one team approached teaching social-emotional learning skills as one would literacy, or math skills- through formative and summative assessments, data-teaming, and intentionally designed universal instruction. Throughout the course of this presentation, be prepared to examine your building’s protocols around social-emotional learning, consider new ways to address social-emotional learning through a team-based approach, and implement data collection/data-teaming to monitor success and improve accountability.

12. “Data-Driven Tier 2/3 Interventions for Student Success” (All)

Presenter: Terri Tchorzynski, Assistant Director of Professional Devleopment - Hatching Results ®, 2017 National School Counselor of the Year  by the American School Counselor Association

Skinner B

Based on a Multi-Tiered, Multi-Domain System of Supports (MTMDSS), students at every level (K-12) receive services based on data-driven need. This session will provide samples, examples, tools, and recommendations for determining data-driven interventions that are consistent, “franchisable,” measurable, and effective. Discussions include appropriate time spent by school counselors in Tier 2 and 3 and recommendations for more efficient and effective solution focused interventions, along with Tier 2 and 3 assessment tools.

13. “Utilizing SAEBRS Data”  (Elementary)

Presenter: Liz Dent, Elementary School Counselor - Humboldt Community School District

Skinner C1

This session will focus on the use of SAEBRS data through the FAST System to support students.  Strategies discussed will include the following: forming small groups, working with individual students, and providing time for teachers to analyze their classroom data to address needs of their studentss.

14. “REA(2)CH”  (Elementary)

Presenters: Sheila Kinyon, School Counselor - Johnson, Elementary School; Stephanie Zillig, Principal - Madison Elementary School

Skinner C2       

This session will focus on a parent based honor roll program centered around 5 critical elements of a child’s social emotional, academic,

and college career readiness. This program is a wish list of five things teachers absolutely need parents to do in order to support and help their child succeed.

The 5 areas of focus are:

RE- The RE stands for read. Parents spend time with their student reading each week.

A- The first A stands for arithmetic. Parents work with their student practicing math.

A- The second A stands for Attendance. Students are required to ATTEND school and on time everyday.

C- The C stands for communicate. Communication can be accomplished through agendas, volunteering, or joining school-based committees.

H- The H stands for homework. Students must complete their homework every night.

Data behind the program will support student attendance rate and more parent involvement.

15. “Including ALL in your College and Career Readiness Program”  (Middle School, High School)

Presenters: Ben Barry, Middle School Counselor - Carlisle Middle School; Leah Heidemann, High School Counselor - Carlisle High School 


Attendees will learn a unique way to include a college experience and career event day to enhance your

college and career readiness program such as Naviance. The Carlisle counseling staff will walk you through

their system of college and career readiness that includes career exploration, college visits, and a career day

hosted by the Carlisle Alumni Association.

Session 3: 1:45 - 2:35 p.m.

15. “The 3 C’s: College, Careers and Collaboration”  (All)

Presenter: Scotti Hagensick, School Counselor - Charles City Community School District


Every child has the potential to succeed beyond high school. Each day, across the state of Iowa, educators

and school counselors dedicate themselves to promoting the success of all students by focusing on two C’s:

College and Career. However, accomplishing the Iowa Department of Education college and career readiness

outcomes is a tall order unless school counselors incorporate the third and final C: Collaboration. This

session will provide attendees with the chance to gain confidence in meeting the college and career needs

of their students through a comprehensive College & Career event program. Additionally participants will

learn about collaborating with an instructional coach to engage in reflective conversations, data analysis and

co-teaching strategies to increase to improve their practice as professionals.

16. “Using Yoga And Mindfulness In The Classroom” (Elementary)

Presenter: Molly Schreiber, Owner - Challenge To Change, Inc.              

Polk County

Participants will come to understand how the use of yoga and mindfulness can be implemented into the classroom or in small group settings. Participants will walk away with five techniques and online resources to aid in doing these mindfulness techniques.

17.“Creating a Spectrum of Prevention Model to Maximize Students’ Personal and Emotional Safety: School Counselors as Catalysts for Student Success” (Middle School, High School)

Presenters: Alan Heisterkamp, Director - Center for Violence Prevention - University of Northern Iowa; Michael Fleming, Director of Research and Assessment - Center for Violence Prevention - University of Northern Iowa; Shannon Almelien, School Counsleor - Clarinda School District; Heidi Bird, School Counselor - Clarinda School District

Skinner A

School counselors are uniquely positioned to increase students’ personal and emotional safety by increasing their knowledge and application of empathy, ethical decision-making, social responsibility, leadership and active bystander behaviors. Yet, how does a single school counselor create and support a critical mass of like-minded student and adult leaders to positively impact conditions for learning? Drawing upon lessons learned and data collected from Iowa secondary schools and state-wide assessments, participants in this session will understand the integration of evidence-based education and public health models of prevention; identify and connect community resources that support student leadership and empowerment to prevent and respond to bullying and all forms of gender violence; and demonstrate effective strategies to increase students’ personal and emotional safety in relationships and throughout the broader school community. Information regarding how these objectives and outcomes are reflected in the Iowa Department of Education’s STOP School Violence Prevention and Mental Health Training Grant will be referenced throughout the session.

18.“Mental Health Re-entry to School” (All)

Presenters: Aimee Schuppe, School Psychologist/SEBMH Lead - Heartland AEA; Stacey Warren, School Social Worker/SEBMH Lead - Heartland AEA

Skinner B

Mental health issues in our schools is on the rise. Imagine this typical scenario: Student “A” has a mental health concern; Student “B” is in a crisis and is admitted for observation or treatment; Student “C” is  returning from a treatment center or residential stay: How do we, as helping professionals  respond as they plan to return to school?  This workshop is designed specifically for those helping professionals to create and implement systemic responses to those many and varied situations around re-entry into school following a mental health crisis.

19. “Goal-setting to Improve Postsecondary Success” (All)

Presenter: David Ford, Director - AEA PREP

Skinner C1

Are your students getting more than a high school diploma? How do you know? This

session will focus on program goals and action planning to improve the likelihood that students will

complete a credential after graduating from high school. School Counselor leadership is crucial to improve

postsecondary outcomes and this session will provide you with a roadmap to move forward, no matter where you are starting!

20. “Building Relationships with a Large Case Load” (All)

Presenters: Jaclyn Lussenhop, School Counselor - Prairie Creek; Derek Therrien, School Counselor, Prairie Creek

Skinner C2

This session will focus on some ways to build relationships if you have more than the ASCA recommended 250 caseload. Looking at the use of minute meetings, being visible and building opportunities to meet with students.

21. “Growing Your K-5 College & Career Readiness Culture” (Elementary)

Presenter: Amy Anderson, At-Risk Coordinator -Southeast Polk CSD


Elementary counselors play a critical role in developing early college and career awareness, yet many districts do not prioritize time or financial resources for CCR at the K-5 level. In this session, learn how one district’s elementary counselors took small steps over several years to build their K-5 CCR programs and curriculum. Participants will set one small goal to implement this school year and leave with ideas and resources to support them in making it happen!

Session 4: 2:45 - 3:40 p.m.

22. “School Counseling, NOT a Game of Chance” (Middle School, High School)

Presenter: Carmon Rasmussen, School Counselor, Scavo High School


As school counselors, we are constantly managing many responsibilities at any given time. It can be a daunting task without systems in place and the support of your administration and staff. How do you create a system for Academic Planning, Career & Post Secondary Exploration and Planning, while also meeting the Social Emotional needs of our students at the secondary level? During this session, I will share how Academic Planning, Career & Post Secondary Exploration and Planning and Social Emotional Learning has been implemented at Scavo High School. Scavo is the first full-service Community School  and the largest alternative high school in Iowa.  Participants will leave with ideas on how to create systems for Academic Planning, Career & Post Secondary Exploration and Planning, and Social Emotional Learning at the secondary level.

23. “Putting Play Back in Kindergarten” (Elementary)

Presenter: Rachel Horton, School Counselor - ???

Polk County

Is the kindergarten curriculum in your building looking more academic and less developmental?  This session will show you how to use play-based centers in guidance lessons to shift the focus in the kindergarten classroom. Examples of social skills lessons, ideas for center materials and data showing its effectiveness will be shared.

24. “Increase Your Odds of a Meaningful Evaluation” (All)

Presenter: Aimee Hospodarsky, Elementary School Counselor - Monticello Community School District

Skinner A

Do your evaluations leave you feeling like you’re ready to fold, or like you’ve hit the jackpot? School counselors are required to be evaluated on the Iowa Teaching Standards, but it can be a challenge to fit the

role of the school counselor neatly into them. The School Counselor Evaluation Supplement can help your evaluation become a meaningful part of a professional growth process. In addition, it’s a tool for advocacy

and communication about your role. This year, the supplement has been updated to reflect the new School Counselor Competencies and updates to the ASCA model that have been recently released.

25. “All In” for the ASCA 4th Edition” (All)

Presenter: Sue Schirmer, Consultant - Heartland AEA

Skinner B

This summer the 4th edition of the ASCA Model was issued. What are the changes? How do I navigate this? What are some tools to help me organize my work? These questions and more will be answered during this session!

26. “Adolescent Attitudes and Alliances” (Middle School, High School)

Presenter: Lynn O’Brien, Director of the Professional School Counseling Program - Buena Vista University

Skinner C1

This presentation identifies implications for working with challenging youth, and adolescents in general.

Through spotlighting adolescent attitudes toward school counseling services, along with stigma and

barriers, we can begin to identify key strategies to implement within school counseling programs that help

to build alliances with the adolescent population. This session is based on the research provided by Bolton

Oetzel & Scherer, 2003 and Auger, Abel, & Oliver, 2019.

27. “All In For Student Success Should Not Leave the Counselor Busted!” (All)

Presenter: Sarah Majoros, School Counselor - Madison Elementary School - Des Moines Public Schools

Skinner C2

Giving our all as counselors should not mean we have nothing left for ourselves or anyone else in our lives!  Self care should be an important component of our daily lives as we complete our challenging work.  During this session, you will find resources and strategies to help you begin working on your own self care routine.

28. “Divorce and Custody: Dealing with Parents, Kids, and Lawyers” (All)

Presenter: Tyler Coe, Attorney - Whitfield & Eddy Law


The purpose of the presentation is to provide an overview of divorce and child custody to members of the Iowa School Counselor Association members. The objectives and learning outcomes include: presenting the legal understanding of divorce and the process families go through; presenting the legal understanding of child custody and visitation and the process families go through; how school officials can best interpret, understand, and assist students with divorce and child custody issues and orders; and take candid questions from the audience regarding divorce and child custody. The other outcome is to help counselors become better able to understand what lawyers are saying and how to deal with the not-so-nice lawyers. Of course, I am more than happy to incorporate requests into my presentation.

Level Sharing Sessions

3:50 – 4:45 p.m.

29. Elementary Level Sharing Session         

Presenter: Brandon Drew MSW, School Counselor - West Elementary School - Independence Community Schools

Skinner A           

During this session we will be discussing the techniques you have found useful in classroom lessons, small group, and individual work at the elementary level.  Please bring your best resources with you to share with other counselors from across the state.  

30. Middle  Level Sharing Session  

Presenter: Amber Urbain, 8th Grade School Counselor - Prairie Point - College Community CSD

Skinner C1        

Come join us to network and share resources! This session is an opportunity for Middle School/Junior High School Counselors to build a network and interact with other middle level counselors in the state and learn about trending resources. Please come with any valuable lesson examples, ideas for College and Career readiness, as well as any exciting resources you’d like to share for working with middle school and junior high students!

31. Secondary Level Sharing Session           

Presenter: Carrie Talbott, High School Counselor - Center Point-Urbana High School - Center Point-Urbana CSD
Skinner B           

We all need a little help from our friends (and colleagues) to go the distance! Join us for a sharing session with other counselors in similar assignments. Compare notes, share ideas, ask questions, and make connections! Bring along your business cards to exchange and widen your networking circle.

32. K-12 Sharing Session      

Presenter: Alyssa Cobie-Nuss, K-12 School Counselor - Central CSD
Skinner C2        

During this sharing session we will discuss the following topics: advocating for yourself (and your sanity) as a K-12 School Counselor, favorite resources for every level, ideas on how to create “Powerful Moments” in your school, and how to balance duties and ask for help when needed. We will add to and edit our K-12 school counselor email group and share ideas on a Google document so bring your lap tops if possible!

33. Counselor Educator Sharing Session   

Self-Guided Session

This session is an opportunity for counselor educators to gather, network, and share experiences.  All professors, adjuncts, and counseling program directors let us enjoy a lively conversation. Are we providing qualified school counselors. What are our priorities? How do we communicate with our state government? What other data needs to be collected to keep school counselors as leaders, advocates, and collaborators?

Session 5: 10:00 - 10:50 a.m.

34. “Where do we begin?” (All)

Presenter: Derek Cornett, School Counselor - Longfellow Elementary


This session is designed to help graduate students and new school counselors to take steps towards their initial employment and working in their first schools. We will spend some time talking about internships and what kind of activities students can be doing to help prepare for their first positions. Tips on how to apply for jobs, resumes, cover letters, and letters of recommendation will also be addressed.  The session will also look at interview questions and how to approach that first contact with school staff. School relationships will also be a major focus as we approach how to build relationships with your staff and students as you step into your first position. We will also discuss how to use ISCA as a resource for Iowa’s School Counselors to help with counselor connections and idea on how to shape your counseling program.

35. “More than Pride - Advocating for LGBTQ Students” (All)

Presenter: Mark Busch, Director of Education - Iowa Safe Schools

Polk County

While current data shows that a majority of educators feel confident in supporting LGBTQ students and addressing bullying in the classroom, there are still significant barriers affecting the success of LGBTQ students in the education system. An expert in the field and former teacher will provide participants an understanding of current issues facing LGBTQ students and the ways school counselors can support them.

36. “Who Do I Want You To Be?: Racial/Cultural Trauma in Schools” (All)

Presenter: Jen Ulie-Wells, Ph.D., Executive Director - Please Pass the Love

Skinner A

School systems were created to benefit those in white dominant culture. Today, 82 percent of teachers are white and poorly prepared to work with students of color. This session explores how oppressive educational systems create trauma for students of color. Participants will learn about the brain science behind trauma and how that impacts students through bias, white privilege, micro-aggressions, white fragility and, more importantly, how to prevent it.

37. “Competencies Crosswalk” (All)

Presenter: Sue Schirmer, Consultant - Heartland AEA

Skinner B

Are you confused? Wondering which competencies to use at which level? You are not alone! This summer a group of dedicated individuals looked at the Iowa CCR Definition, Mindsets and Behaviors for Student Success, CASEL’s SEL Standards, Employability Skills, Universal Constructs, IEP Transition Needs, ICAP requirements and the research behind all of these. They then crosswalked the work in grade bands for ease in understanding and use. Come to this session to get access to this material and learn how they can be used in your school counseling program!

38. “PLCs for Singletons” (All)

Presenters: Melissa Murphy, Trina Roos, Meleah Jones, and Abby Stoll, Elementary and Secondary School Counselors - Springville Community Schools

Skinner C1

Being a school counselor in a small district sometimes feels lonely, but you aren’t alone and your professional learning community doesn’t have to be a PLC of one. Share our joys and learn from our failures as you discover how the PLC model is used in a district with multiple singletons to impact student learning. 

39. “UI Reach Program - Assisting Students with Intellectual, Cognitive, and Learning Disabilities” (Middle School, High School)

Presenters: Michael Petkewec, Senior Program Specialist - Recruitment - University of Iowa UI REACH Program; Chris Traetow, Associate Director, Outreach & Recruitment -University of Iowa

Skinner C2

This session will address Iowa law regarding gender identity and policies on gender identity in schools.

40. “Mini RAMP Camp” (All)

Presenter: Rebecca Lins, School Counselor, Peet Jr. High


Are you working on or ready to work on your Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) application?  Come to this hybrid session, bridging the 3rd and newly released 4th edition of the ASCA National Model, to dig in deep to each of the 12 components and what the rubric requires to be exemplary.  You will hear about my own journey with earning RAMP designation at Peet Jr. High and get detailed information from my own trainings with ASCA’s RAMP 101 and RAMP Camp.  This session is condensed to bring you some of the same valuable information and tips at the state level, but also, to clarify...RAMP shouldn’t be a mystery, it is worth working towards!  You will walk away with some great resources that will help you far beyond your time in the session.

41. “Equitable Treatment of ALL Iowa’s Students…In Three Steps!” (All)

Presenter: Leslie Koenecke (Tuesday Keynote)


From ISCA’s position statement to practical take home suggestions, join us for this energetic and memorable session. School counselors address culture and climate issues that may factor into students feeling unsafe or unwelcome at school and work with administrators, teachers, and students to address these issues. We will explore and explain how feeling safe in schools leads to more effective learning environments for ALL!  We will also define and explain how some marginalized students find schools to be their safe space. Are you ready to save even more lives? 

Session 6: 11:00 - 11:50 a.m.

42. “Becoming a School Counseling Supervisor: What do I need to Know?” (All)

Presenters: Roberto Swazo, Counselor Educator/Professor - University of Northern Iowa; Olivia Chen, Counselor Educator/Assistant Professor - University of Northern Iowa; Stephanie Chandler, Middle School Counselor - ???


Have you ever thought about providing supervision to school counseling Practicum/Internship students? Do you have any concerns about the process, responsibilities, pros and cons? This session provides the outcome summary of data-driven experiences as a result of an experience called the Waterloo-UNI Anchor  School Counseling Initiative. This panel presentation will provide a list of the benefits and challenges of becoming a school counseling supervisor and the outcomes of being associated with a school counseling training program (University of Northern Iowa). The panelists will present outcome data as well as anecdotal experiences from the school counselors involved in the experience. Additionally, the second part of the presentation will be devoted to Q/As in order to contextualize the experience from the attendees’ standpoint. A representation of school counselors from more than six participant schools and two UNI professors will be part of the panel presentation. Electronic handouts will be accessible to participants.

43. “ISCA District of Distinction Q & A” (All)

Presenters: Megan Barber, Elementary School Counselor - Morris Elementary School; Casey McMurray, High School Counselor - Bondurant-Farrar High School;  Aimee Hospodarsky, Elementary School Counselor - Monticello Community School District; Carmen Stenger, High School Counselor - Monticello High School; Kathy Larson, Middle School Counselor - Monticello Community School District

Polk County

Are you looking to go “all in” with your school counseling program and take it to the next level? District of

Distinction is your perfect opportunity to increase the odds of raising your program to ASCA model status.

The K-12 school counselor team from Monticello and Bondurant-Farrar will share their experiences in

applying for and receiving the ISCA District of Distinction award in 2019.l

44. “Transfer Toolbox” ( High School)

Presenters: Adriane Sietsemam, Director of Admissions - Ellsworth Community College; Tim Hauber, Senior Transfer Admissions Counselor - Iowa State University

Skinner A

The transfer landscape for students transferring college credits after high school, can be confusing and can vary from each institution. The presenters are from the Iowa ACAC representing the Iowa Regents, private colleges and community colleges across the state; sharing the frequently asked questions when it comes to transferring and what you SHOULD be asking and college terminology -putting together a “transfer toolbox” so you can become a better, more confident resource to your students. This interactive session invites audience participation to provide examples of best working practices along with helping to bridge the gap between the students, high school counselors and the higher education professionals.

45. “Is your counseling program all in?” (High School)

Presenters: Jana McClelland, Counselor - East High School; Kyle Reeping, At-Risk Coordinator - East High School; Leslie Morris, Principal -  East High School

Skinner B

In this session, attendees will have the opportunity to see how one of the largest schools in Iowa went from three to six counselors in the span of seven years. Learn how the team functions as a whole and with other stakeholders within the school to implement an effective counseling program.

46. “Counseling + Tech = Positive Outcomes”(All)

Presenter: Brandon Drew, 3-6 Counselor - West Elementary - Independence Community School District

Skinner C1

This session will focus on applications/websites that help support your counseling program. This session will enable you to collect data in a painless way and create presentations that help support your programs in a dynamic way.

47. “Our ICAP Program: One District’s Journey” (High School)

Presenters: Mike Thompson, School Counselor - Solon High School; Jodi Leimkuehler, Business Education Teacher - Solon High School; Dawn Posekany, Science Teacher - Solon High School

Skinner C2

The Solon CSD struggled with how to develop and implement a program to meet the Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP) requirements. Looking to deliver a quality program for all students, two groups of high

school teachers took the lead and developed our current ICAP Program. Implementation of the program began in the 2018 - 2019 school year with the bulk of the program being delivered by high school teachers. While still a work in progress, the district has used the insights, talents and resources of multiple individuals.

48. “Changes in Regular Diploma for Students with IEPs: How Does This Impact My Work?” (High School)

Presenters: Kirsten Varnum Lane, Secondary Transition Program Facilitator - Iowa Department of Education; Sue

Groff-VanArendonk, Special Education Consultant - Grant Wood AEA

Counselors play a pivotal role in helping students with disabilities and their IEP team plan for graduation and beyond.  This session will provide participants with an overview of the changes for students with IEPs that were implemented with the class of 2022 (18.19 9th graders).  An overview of these changes, ideas for implementation, and suggestions for practical application within the IEP process will be provided. 

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