Pre-conference sessions are scheduled for Sunday, November 1 from 2pm - 6:15 pm. Registration for pre-conference sessions is separate from the conference.
Presented by: Leigh Ann Erickson, Director of Student Support - Mt. Vernon High School
Presented by: Trish Hatch
Since the introduction of the ASCA National Model, data has been central to the theme of understanding how students are different as a result of what school counselors do. Now, more than ever before, school counselors are being called upon to continue to use data in new ways as they design, implement and evaluate their programs and activities. Pressing needs include serving students during a pandemic, the challenges of reopening schools, increased mental health needs, and the call to advocate for anti-racist education. As leaders and advocates, school counselors are uniquely positioned to use data to assess student needs in these areas, to determine appropriate student and systems interventions, to monitor progress, and to evaluate the impact.
This pre-conference session will focus on the “art and science” of utilizing data to ensure ALL students are receiving the support they need to develop personally and academically. Assessment tools for data collection will be shared to assist counselors in focusing interventions where they are needed most, and current resources will be provided that can be used to help support identified student social-emotional learning needs. Participants will learn ways to identify strategies connecting current services to student outcome data, as well as discover methods to use data to identify opportunity and attainment gaps, and to advocate for revised policies and practices to address systems barriers when needed to address institutional racism. Lastly, examples will be provided on ways to display your data and share your results to market your program with key stakeholders. Join this session to experience and understand the power of data to support student success!
Identify multiple data metrics that can be used to drive and assess student outcomes
Discover methods used to collect process, perception, and outcome data
Utilize data to support a tiered approach to interventions
Analyze current data collection processes to assess alignment to current needs of students
Utilize data to support changing policies and practices that may serve as systemic barriers
Develop strategies to share data with key stakeholders to increase buy-in and support
Presented by: Jen Ulie-Wells, Executive Director - Please Pass the Love
The world for schools was abruptly turned upside down impacting students, families, staff, and the surrounding communities. The mental health impact will far outlast the virus itself, so schools play a pivotal role in preventing and responding to negative mental health outcomes. Dr. Ulie-Wells will discuss how covid is impacting the mental wellness of students, families, and staff. She will provide an action plan and tangible strategies for educators and schools to consider. The more we do now the less the impact later.
Presented by: David Ford, Director - AEA Prep
School counselors in Iowa have great resources and supports needed to grow within our state context. Come and learn about these supports from many of the people who will help you along your journey. You will learn specific connections about the role of school counselors in Iowa and what do you need to know about the role of the school counselor TODAY in Iowa so that you set your vision on School Counseling! This session is especially for new counselors (1-5 years) and graduate students. It will offer resources, materials, and personal support from many of Iowa’s organizations that support school counseling!
1. Identify how to access and utilize Iowa resources and supports
2. Identify the role of various supports for school counselors, including but not limited to the Iowa Department of Education, Iowa’s Area Education Agencies, ICAN, Iowa College Aid, and Iowa Association for College Admission Counseling
3. Learn about Iowa’s school counseling program requirements as outlined in Iowa Code