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Advocate of the Year

Dave Ford

Professional Learning and Leadership Consultant
Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency

Dave Ford, the Director of AEA PREP has been selected as the ISCA Advocate of the Year. While his work in this group is notable, his advocacy for school counselors pre-dates the creation of AEA PREP. Dave is a former school counselor and school counselor leader, which has informed his work since becoming the first-ever Post-Secondary Success Lead Administrator at Mississippi Bend AEA and now the Director of AEA PREP.  Dave is constantly advocating for understanding of the school counselor’s role, he is also careful to demonstrate that CCR is not the lone job of the school counselor. This important work needs to be done as a system in tandem with the school counselor.  William J. Decker, Chief Administrator MBAEA said, “I can personally attest to the difference David Ford has made for counselors in our agency, in the school districts of the Mississippi Bend AEA area, and across the state of Iowa.  His efforts have led to a dramatic increase in the number of counselors who participate in the MBAEA counselor academy, promoting continued learning, collaboration between districts, and improvement in the use of data in driving improved services to students.”  Congratulations Dave, on being recognized as the 2019 ISCA Advocate of the Year!   

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