WSCA Board Chair Message

 

By Kelly Curtis, WSCA Board Chair

December is often a difficult time to keep students’ focus for various reasons, but at WSCA we are working hard to accomplish the great things to come in the next couple of months.  The coordinators for the WSCA Conference are in full-swing planning and your WSCA Board is currently preparing a slate of candidates for you to elect our next group of WSCA Board Members.  We are excited about the way policy governance has helped us to more effectively serve our members in this association – please read the coordinator updates that are shared each month in this newsletter.
 
As always, please contact us if you have an interest in participating on a WSCA Board elections committee or any of the numerous other ways to contribute in your state association.

I wish you a restful holiday break and look forward to seeing you in 2016!
 

Topic of the Month:  ASCA Model:  How to Make it Work with Your Program


DPI Corner:  “Academic and Career Planning...Yep, again...”

By Gregg Curtis; DPI School Counseling Consultant

Academic and Career Planning Leadership Conference and Updates:

November 16 and 17, 2015 saw a well-attended 1st Annual Academic and Career Planning Leadership Conference occur at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Stevens Point. The November 16 pre-conference workshop, led by Hans Meeder of the National Center for College and Career Transitions (NC3T), focused on the need for ACPs, establishing leadership, and developing partnerships. In addition, attendees had opportunities to view the posters created by the twenty-five pilot districts that demonstrated some of the work they had each done in their ACP implementation journey. Representatives from each pilot district were on hand to lend a voice to the work seen in their posters. Finally, the pre-conference day was wrapped up with a networking/roundtable reception co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Association for Leadership in Education and Work (WALEW) and the Wisconsin Career Development Association (WCDA).
 
The conference day included two keynote presentations, Hans Meeder and Dr. Scott Solberg; a faculty member at Boston University and a national leader on Individual Learning Plans. (ACP is Wisconsin’s name for the same process.) Both speakers discussed the prevalence of ACP-type initiatives across the country, the vast array of implementation practices, and the positive student outcomes generated by quality ACP implementation.  Following the keynotes, attendees were treated to five strands of professional development with three breakout sessions in each: Implementing ACP, ACP Pilot Panels, Personalizing ACP, Resources for ACP, and Extensions of the Keynote’s Topics. Overall, there was much learning from the invited experts, pilots, and committed practitioners implementing ACP across Wisconsin.
 
The only other updates of note are the selection of Career Cruising as the statewide ACP vendor and the progress of the new PI-26 administrative rule. First, as most have already heard, Career Cruising was chosen to be the ACP platform for Wisconsin. While the use of this statewide system is voluntary, districts who choose to use if for their students will do so at no cost. As DPI and Career Cruising enter into contract negotiations, the exact timeline for districts’ abilities to be trained and on board is yet to be determined. You can access the FAQ about the system here: http://dpi.wi.gov/acp/faqs#ACP Software System.
 
Finally, it is anticipated the amended Administrative Rule PI-26 (known as the Education for Employment or E4E Rule) will be signed at some time in December. The new rule includes the revised requirements of Education for Employment and the new requirements of Academic and Career Planning. For a copy of the current rule language, use the following link: http://dpi.wi.gov/sites/default/files/imce/acp/pdf/rule.pdf

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Graduate Student Corner:  I See You and I Know You Are There

By Mardi Peeters, School Counseling Graduate Student, UW-Oshkosh

As a future school counselor, I am quickly learning the importance of being a visible body in not only the office, but in hallways and classrooms as well. The halls can be somewhat crowded as students scramble to class, yet the presence of a supportive school counselor amongst them seems to be a subtle reminder that there is someone there for them at all times. From my recent experiences, practicum and intern students are an essential tool for students throughout the day just as those on the education team. Becoming mindful of the presence and aura that a counselor permeates is vital to getting the most out of the practicum and internship experience. There are many ways to become more visible in the schools. They might be simple gestures, but a greeting or encouragement could help students become more comfortable talking with the counselor. If they do not yet feel comfortable coming to the office to talk, at least they can think, “I see you and I know you are there.”
 
These encouraging gestures can help students realize that there is a counselor willing to meet with them before, during, or after school. It is essential to greet students with a warm smile and to make connections with other staff members in the school as well. Other ways to become more visible are to attend after-school events, keep in touch with students’ families, become familiar with the school district, utilize community resources, and network at conferences. By becoming present and known in the schools, school counselors may set themselves up to build trusting relationships with all members of the school community. 

 

Staff Spotlight

Katrina Eisfeldt, Technology Coordinator
As technology coordinator for WSCA, I am responsible for the technology committee which is a group devoted to helping school counselors connect through the use of social media. We also provide support to school counselors who are integrating technology into their day-to-day work. We have numerous sectional break-outs at the WSCA conference and many ideas are shared with counselors through our Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest pages. Be sure to join WSCA at:
                  
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Board Member Spotlight
Tammy Holtan Arnol, Director
WSCA has played a role in my professional development as a school counselor since grad school. I attended my first WSCA conference in 2002 with professors and fellow grad students from UW-Whitewater.  The following year, I was honored to receive WSCA’s Mike Troy graduate student scholarship. And, I did my school counseling internship under a past WSCA president! The WSCA conference has always been a rejuvenating experience of learning new practices and reconnecting with colleagues. The past two years at the conference, I’ve presented sectionals on the Nurtured Heart Approach®, and this year I’m co-facilitating a full day pre-conference workshop on NHA.
 
I have worked in the Verona Area School District, first as a French teacher, then as a school counselor, since 1996. I was first a high school counselor, then elementary, and currently work district-wide. My school counseling passions include culturally and linguistically responsive behavior approaches, including Nurtured Heart Approach®, Restorative Practices, and PBIS; school counselors as leaders; and universal curriculum. In my short time on the WSCA board, I’ve been impressed by the dedication and breadth of expertise of the WSCA staff. I look forward to continuing to learn about WSCA, growing professionally through the experience, and contributing in every way I can.

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Committee Updates & Upcoming Events

Government Relations Update

What’s Day on the Hill and Why Do I Need it?
By Andrea Donegan, Gov’t. Relations Co-Chair
 
So, every year you fill out your WSCA conference registration form and see the FREE Day on the Hill pre-conference.  Why don’t you register?  I imagine it is for the same reasons I used to grapple with… “I’m a little (or a lot) intimidated by the thought of meeting with my representatives,” “I wouldn’t know what to say,” “I’m not sure I can get away for another ˝ day with so much on my plate,” “Other people are probably better suited for that,” and/or “What difference would it make?”
 
Don’t worry, we have answers for all of these concerns and hope we will convince you to join us this year on Tuesday, February 16th from 1:30 - 5:00.  In fact, for those of you planning to attend a morning pre-conference session, please consider joining us!
 
We know that the whole legislative process can be intimidating for some counselors.  Therefore, the Gov’t. Relations Committee has created this sectional to make sure you have the support, materials, and answers you need prior to meeting with your representatives. The sectional begins with legislative updates from the Gov’t. Relations committee and Amanda Fitzgerald, ASCA Public Policy Director to inform you of important topics and trends affecting our profession.  The outline below demonstrates how you are prepped to be comfortable, confident and successful during your legislative meetings.
 
  • Legislative updates are shared by Gov’t. Relations committee and Amanda Fitzgerald, ASCA Public Policy Director.
  • Folders with materials for legislative meetings are provided. Appointments are set up for you ahead of time.
  • Possible talking points are provided regarding current issues/trends for Wisconsin school counselors.
  • Do’s and Don’ts are shared to ensure a successful meeting.
  • Collaboration time is provided for idea sharing or planning (if more than one counselor is meeting with the same representative).
  • Question and answer time.
  • Assistance/feedback is available from past participants and Gov’t. Relations committee. Depending on schedules, we may be able to pair you up with an experienced DOH (Day on the Hill) participant to join you in your meeting.
  • Map and directions of the Capitol are provided and we walk over to the Capitol together with a central meeting spot arranged.
  • Gov’t. Relations co-chairs are available at the Capitol for any assistance needed and for debriefing after your scheduled meetings.
 
To answer why you should participate in Day on the Hill despite your busy schedule, let me begin by saying that you can’t afford NOT to do it.  As counselors, our natural tendency is to help others.  In order to help others, we must first help ourselves!  As budgets get tighter and tighter, enrollment declines and the deficit grows larger, we must protect our profession.  If school counselors get cut, we are able to help fewer children.  We are not powerless and at the mercy of the decision-makers.  Our VOICE can be heard, relationships can be built, and education about our profession and the impact we make can be shared.  Day on the Hill provides this opportunity.  If you have attended previously and begun building a relationship and informing your representatives, your continued conversations and involvement are crucial. Come join us (new and experienced) as we flood the Capitol to promote and protect our profession and the amazing students and families we serve!


Government Relations Advocacy Subcommittee Forming. Please Join us!
By Nate Rice, Gov’t. Relations Co-Chair
 
The Government Relations Committee is excited to announce the creation of a Government Relations Advocacy subcommittee. Don’t be fooled by the name. This will be BIG!
 
The purpose of the subcommittee will be to provide WSCA with a network of school counselors committed to building relationships with elected officials (ie. your U.S. Senators, Member of Congress, or representatives in the WI State Legislature), empowering you and the profession you love to be nimble and quick to respond when rapid advocacy is required.
 
The process will be simple, efficient, and effective. As a member of the subcommittee, if an action item directly related to school counseling arises, you will receive an e-mail encouraging you to act. In the e-mail, you will be provided bulleted talking points (for a call) and corresponding text for a letter or email that you can personalize. Upon review of the issue, you can decide whether you would like to take direct action to make a difference.
 
Our ultimate goal is to build a vast network that can be sorted by CESA and legislative district for targeted advocacy. To join, simply send your email address to Nate Rice, Government Relations Committee Co-Chair, at nrice@wi.rr.com. Your name will be added to a bcc e-mail list and you will be set to act!
 
Our time is now! Step up your game and join today!

Graduate Student Update


As graduate students in professional school counseling programs, we have the unique ability to network, collaborate, and gain insight into our future fields. The graduate student committee has one main goal this year: to move the graduate students from the kid's table to the adult's table in WSCA. We want to get graduate students involved in WSCA to help make changes on both a local and state level. Interested in getting more involved? Contact Katie Nechodom (nechodomk@gmail.com).
 
As a committee, we are gearing up for the WSCA Conference February 16-18. We are in need of volunteers to assist with the conference. Graduate students who are volunteer 4 hours of their time at the conference will have their registration fee waived! For more information, please email Sara Rollin.

We are also looking for students who would like to present a graduate student poster at the WSCA Conference! This is a great opportunity to present on a topic that you're passionate about and to show off all of your hard work as a graduate student! If you're interested in showcasing your work, please email Katie Nechodom. 
 

Membership Update


The benefits of membership go beyond our annual conference and include many other professional development opportunities, such as the Summer Leadership Academy, Fall Summit, and WSCPAR training. All of these trainings are available at a reduced rate for members! Active members also stay informed through Counselink, WSCAlink, Wisconsin SCENE, our many social media sites, and the newly enhanced WSCA website. By enhanced, we now have the following website updates to provide even more functionality:
  • Photo Gallery
  • New Members Only Responsive Site (works with Smartphones) that includes:
    • Directory of Members (can search by location, building level, etc.)
    • Events Section where you can register and then edit after it’s submitted
    • Public Profile  
Our organization is also an advocate for all school counselors in the state as we work with legislators on issues affecting school counselors and students (look at ACP Advocacy, for instance). And don’t forget about our scholarships and professional recognition! What a great way to be involved, support, and network with other school counselors! 
 

Professional Development Update

 
Join us for a WSCA Twitter Chat!

#wscachat

Thursday, December 17, 2016
Topic: Student and Self Care Around the Holidays

If you need a Twitter account or have questions on how to join us, contact Katrina (keisfeldt@spencer.k12.wi.us - @WSCACounselor) or Paula (hauglep@elmwood.k12.wi.us - @PHaugle).

We hope to “see” you there!

 

Publications Update


Submissions Needed!

Consider submitting to WSCAlink! We want your submissions in the following areas:
  • Feature Articles:  There are monthly topics related to WSCA’s Ends Policies (upcoming topics to be covered include Vision of the Profession- Being SMART and The Ethically Minded Professional School Counselor). Articles tend to be no more than 2 pages in length, 12 font double-spaced.
  • Tips for Best Practice: Anyone can submit for this section!  It should be no more than 500 words (roughly two pages, double-spaced) and offer practical ideas that can be implemented right away. Examples include an innovative small-group idea that worked well for your students or a great classroom management strategy that you’ve used during lessons.  Short and easy to use is the goal for this writing. 
 
Send questions/articles to tabithastelter@gmail.com and the Editorial Board will let you know when it will be used. Don’t be afraid, be published!
 

Scholarship and Professional Recognition Update


Andrea Donegan of Burlington (Dyer Intermediate School) has been selected 2016 School Counselor of the Year State Representative for Wisconsin.

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) is pleased to announce Andrea Donegan has been selected as the Wisconsin state representative for the 2016 School Counselor of the Year program (#scoy16). The School Counselor of the Year program honors the professionals who devote their careers to serving as advocates for the nation’s students, helping them achieve success in school and in life.
 
Nominations for the School Counselor of the Year awards program were submitted by the state school counselor associations. State representatives were selected based on several criteria, including: school counseling innovations, effective school counseling programs, leadership and advocacy skills and contributions to student advancement.
 
“School counselors make significant contributions to the overall well‐being of students and their success,” said Richard Wong, Ed.D., executive director, American School Counselor Association. “They have unique qualifications and skills that allow them to address students’ academic achievement, career development and social/emotional needs.”
 
The state representatives will travel to Washington, D.C., in January 2016 to be honored in a ceremony at the White House and be formally recognized at a black‐tie gala at historic Union Station.
 
About the American School Counselor Association
The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) professional organization based in Alexandria, Va. ASCA promotes student success by expanding the image and influence of professional school counseling through leadership, advocacy, collaboration and systemic change. ASCA helps school counselors guide their students toward academic achievement, career planning and social/emotional development to help today’s students become tomorrow’s productive, contributing members of society. Founded in 1952, ASCA currently has a network of 50 state associations and a membership of approximately 30,000 school counseling professionals. For additional information on the American School Counselor Association, visit www.schoolcounselor.org.
 

Conference Updates


You Spoke, We Listened…
Following our 2015 Annual Conference, WSCA invited our conference attendees to respond to the 2015 Conference Evaluation. Approximately 375 respondents participated and provided feedback about their conference experience.
 
Shuttles/Parking
We heard from many of you that parking at and around the Monona Terrace was hard to find.  This year we will be providing a shuttle service on Wednesday and Thursday from designated parking areas to the Monona Terrace.  There will be plenty of parking and frequent shuttle times in the mornings to get you to the Monona Terrace in plenty of time to fully participate in the conference, as well as several shuttle times to get you back to your car in the evenings.  Please watch for more details in the near future as we finalize the details.
 
Lunch
Each year we work to find the most efficient way to feed a large group in a small window of time.  We extended the time for lunch last year, which helped address the concerns of not enough time to eat.  We did receive some feedback regarding dissatisfaction with the quality of the lunch.  We shared that with the Monona Terrace, and this year they are offering a $1 discount coupon to every attendee to go toward lunch, as well as making adjustments to make sure the quality of the lunch is acceptable.  We encourage you to take advantage of the discount this year!

 
 

December 2015


WSCA Board Chair Message

By Kelly Curtis, WSCA Board Chair
Topic of the Month:
ASCA Model:  How to Make it Work with Your Program

DPI Corner:  “Academic and Career Planning...Yep, again...”

Staff Spotlight:

Katrina Eisfeldt, Technology Coordinator

Board Member Spotlight:

Tammy Holtan Arnol, Director
 

Committee Updates & Announcements

Government Relations Update

What's day on the hill and why do I need it?

Rapid Response Political Action Subcommittee Forming. Please Join us!


Graduate Student Update

Membership Update

Professional Development Update

Publications Update

Scholarship and Professional Recognition Update

Conference Updates
 

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