WSCA Board Chair Message: WSCA ELECTIONS!

by Kelly Curtis

It is an exciting time of year for our WSCA Board, as we seek new Board Director candidates!  At the same time we invite you to join our Elections Committee as we embark on this new format for selecting Board Directors.
As has been communicated for the past several months, in our new election format we will select a slate of three Board Director candidates and the membership will vote “yes” or “no” for the entire slate. If 85% of votes are “yes”, we have elected three new Board Directors.  This process will take place the same time as every year, in February and March.
The new system requires an elections committee to review the candidates and select a slate that will best represent our Wisconsin school counselors.  This is where we need YOU!!
If you would like to participate in our elections process without actually becoming a WSCA Board Member, becoming a member of the Elections Committee is a great way. We are looking for WSCA members from throughout the state to represent all counselors as the Elections Committee selects our 2016 slate of WSCA Board Director candidates.  Most likely the committee will meet only twice in early December, after reviewing candidate documents and deciding the best fit for WSCA.
Please consider joining this important committee, which will help to determine WSCA leadership!  If you are considering running for the Board, we look forward to getting your candidate information. Everything you need is on our website here: .  Please contact Assistant Board Chair, Jen Betters-Bubon ( or me ( for more information.  Deadline for candidates OR committee members is December 1.

WSCA Assistant Board Chair Message:  Integrating Technology into your School Counseling Program

By Jennifer Betters Bubon, WSCA Assistant Board Chair

It’s easy these days to have a love-hate relationship with technology. The dangers of screen time/cyberbullying/overuse of instagram and facebook have led to the writing of many books and articles.  And yet, innovative school counselors know how to integrate technology seamlessly into their comprehensive programming.  Technology can enhance what we do and the effective use of technology has been integrated into the ASCA school counselor competencies (Don’t believe me?  Check competencies I-B-1g; IV-8-1f and V-B-1i).
Having just returned from a conference during which I attended a sectional by Erin Mason, school counselor professor and technology guru, from DePaul University, my feeling on technology has been more love than hate.  As such, I hoped to share some new understandings and ideas of how to integrate technology into the work we all do. Below are resources I have been integrating into my teaching and program development:

  • Kahoot ( create fun, interactive quizzes that can be answered on a smartphone, tablet or computer.  Students get points for answering quickly and correctly.  Instructors receive immediate feedback on the understanding of the content
  • Google Forms ( quickly and easily create fill in forms/sign up sheets for students, parents, or teachers.  Track your time by creating a form to complete after you engage in different activities throughout the day.
  • Remind ( free resource that enables you to remind individuals of upcoming appointments.  Perfect for those upcoming ACP conferences!
  • EZAnalyze ( ): program that allows for easier analysis of your program work. Includes time analysis tools as well as excel add-on tools that don’t require formulas.

As we work to become more technologically savvy, it’s important that we consider how we are using technology to enhance our programs.  Dr. Mason suggested we examine the SAMR Model by Dr. Ruben Puentedura as we think about this.  Specifically, technology can be used to substitute, augment, modify, or redefine the content or activities within a given presentation or lesson.  While it can be helpful to use technology to substitute (e.g., use a survey monkey to collect pre/post data as compared to paper and pencil), we can also strive to redefine what we do based on the technology available to us.  In this way, we can serve as positive role models of technology use to students, parents and staff.

Topic of the Month:  Technology makes us responsible vs. Responsible with Technology

Technology in School Counseling: The On-going Struggle of Being Resourceful and Being Ethical
by Katie Nechodom, School Counseling Intern & WSCA Graduate Student Committee Co-Coordinator

Recently, I participated in my first Twitter Chat at our WSCA Coordinator meeting. It was new, exciting, and had opened up a world of possibilities in the social media world that I had never considered (#possibilities). Being born into the “millennial” generation, I have been exposed to the ever-growing technology industry and am thrilled to be able to incorporate technology while working with my students. Interactive workshops, educational websites, and a place to connect with other professionals are just a few things that technology allows utilize.
Technology has the power to make us responsible, and yet on the flip side, I know I have to be responsible with technology. Which, unfortunately, is easier said than done. A simple Google search by one of my students and they’re able to find my Facebook, Linked In, and Pinterest profiles. As technology continues to advance, our code of ethics seems to linger two or three steps behind. As a professional school counselor, where do we set those boundaries? The answer never seems to be as easy as right or wrong. Through working with our colleagues and our districts, the hope is that we are never alone in the process of identifying those boundaries.  

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Using Social Media in your School Counseling Program
Brought to you by: WSCA Technology Committee

What is the WSCA Technology Committee?

We are 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.

Follow WSCA on various social media sites! Links provided below. 

Why use Social Media in your School Counseling Program?

It’s a brave new world out there when it comes to technology, and many of us have heard the incredible statistics:

  • If Facebook were its own country, it would be the third most populated in the world.
  • Twitter generates more than 340 million tweets every day.
  • More video content is uploaded to YouTube in a 60-day period than the three major U.S. television networks created in 60 years.
  • Wikipedia has nearly four million content pages with an average of 19.65 edits per page. 

The use of social media has become a common modality. Students, families and professionals actively use social media to communicate with others on a daily basis. Oftentimes, social media is used to connect and share life events.
Other times, it is used to effectively distribute information, foster creative collaboration or bring together large groups of people to work toward a common cause. Either way, social media has become immensely popular for both young people and adults alike. And yet, the ASCA Ethical Standards for School Counselors warn that school counselors should “avoid dual relationships with students through communication mediums such as social networking sites” (A.4.c). So, is it possible to harness the potential benefits of social media without violating ethical or legal boundaries? While a clear solution appears to be elusive, the answer can be yes.
Apps, Websites and Blogs to Start Using Today!
Note Taking and Document Saving Apps

  • Evernote
  • Notability

Virtual Classroom Guidance Apps

  • Google Classroom- you are able to create your own classrooms and have students turn in documents, surveys and other projects directly to you to save for future counseling needs.
  • Edmodo- Allows you to easily manage coursework and interact with students
  • ShowMe Interactive Whiteboard- just like a whiteboard on your iPad, great for quick lessons or small groups
  • Haiku Deck- presentation and slideshow app

Book Apps

  • Kindle- download kindle books on your iPad for students
  • OverDrive-connect to your school or cities library and digitally borrow ebooks or audio books
  • Scribble Press- a digital storytelling app

Behavior Apps

  • Too Loud?- app that helps you control the noise level in the room
  • Random Name Selector- great for classroom counseling, this app helps you call on all students for discussions throughout the class period
  • Class Dojo- app that helps you record and keep track of behavior management strategies
  • irewardchart lite- behavior tracking apps with reward ideas and charts

Video Apps

  • YouTube
  • TED - TED talks for classroom lessons
  • PBS Kids Video- library of PBS videos for classroom lessons

Small Group and Classroom Guidance Apps

  • Professor Garfield- Fact or Opinion, Cyberbullying, Online Safety- These apps are free that starts with a comic strip related to the topic and then there are questions that follow to check for understanding
  • How to Make Origami- great to use to teach students patience or to use as fun ice breaker exercise
  • Moody Monster Manor- younger students can create monsters with feelings or work through scenarios dealing with feelings
  • Touch and Learn Emotions- students are able to visually see emotions through pictures
  • Heads Up!- fun game where you guess the word on the screen based on clues given by other students
  • Happier- fun way to create and share small happy moments you like in your daily life, a great digital gratitude journal. Also has meditation and other relaxing courses

Sensory Apps

  • Fluid Monkey- relaxation app using your fingers to create designs in liquid
  • Zen Space- create you own space of tranquility by drawing paths through the sand
  • Bubble Wrap- simulation app of popping bubble wrap
  • 5 Minute Relaxation- guided meditation app
  • Koi Pond HD Lite- water simulation with Koi fish
  • Monolith Loop (Relax, meditate, sleep, zen)- relax your mind with zen tranquility loop



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WSCA Technology Committee Members:
 Katrina Eisfeldt, Erica Harbath, Olin Morrison, Emily Rose, Christine Voice, Paige Waukau, Chelsea Weierke and Peg Zizzo.


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Staff Spotlight

Bobbie Johnson, WSCA Conference Coordinator – Sectionals
Thanks to the leadership and encouragement of the incredible team of counselor educators at UW – Oshkosh, my involvement with WSCA began on the Graduate Student Committee, and quickly turned into a board position as the Graduate Student Representative. Upon graduating, I joined the Conference Committee, and as of last year, I have the privilege of serving as one of the Conference Coordinators, with an emphasis on conference sectionals. I am really looking forward to the year ahead and working with the many outstanding school counselors throughout Wisconsin to continue providing some of the best professional development in the nation for school counselors.
In addition to taking on this role with WSCA, I have started my third year at Valley View Elementary School in the School District of Menomonee Falls, and my sixth year as a school counselor. I feel very fortunate to be involved with WSCA because with each year comes more professional development, networking, resources, and new friendships, all of which help me to continue growing so I can better serve my students. I look forward to seeing you at the WSCA Conference in February!

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Upcoming Events & Committee Updates

Graduate Student Update

Calling all graduate students! 
While it is clear that WSCA has many benefits for graduate students, we believe that graduate students also have a lot to offer WSCA.  One goal of WSCA’s graduate student representatives this year is to encourage interested students to join WSCA’s subcommittees.  A list of committees looking for members can be found at  If you are interested in working with WSCA but don’t see an opportunity listed that is in line with your specific interests, please contact Sara Rollin at or Katie Nechodom at for more information.  We would be happy to work with you to help you find your own niche within WSCA.  If you’re interested in being published (which, by the way, looks great on a resume), then consider writing an article for the newsletter.  WSCAlink is monthly and the Graduate Student Newsletter is a quarterly publication. Contact us if you are curious!

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:  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

Fall Summit 2015 a Great Success!
Fall Summit 2015 was hosted at CESA 11 in beautiful Turtle Lake on Thursday, October 22, 2015.  Participants had the choice of either a WSCPAR Work Session or Solution Focused Techniques for Schools.  Participants came from across the state and had valuable time for collaboration and learning.  Survey respondents reported many great discussions throughout the day, as well as many takeaways to utilize in practice.  WSCA is pleased at the success of the day, and will continue to strive to provide high-quality professional development for school counselors.  The Professional Development Committee is working hard to make plans for Summer Academy and Fall Summit 2016 – stay tuned for details!


Publications Update

Submissions Needed!

Consider submitting to WSCAlink! We welcome submissions in the following areas:
  • Feature Articles:  There are monthly topics related to WSCA’s Ends Policies (look to for the list of topics by month). 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 and the Editorial Board will let you know when it will be used.

Don’t be afraid, be published!

Scholarship and Professional Recognition Update

The deadline for High School and Graduate School Scholarship applications has passed.  We can’t wait to review the many applications and announce winners at conference!
Professional Recognition applications are due December 1, 2015.  If you would like to nominate a college for one of WSCA's Professional Recognition Awards, please do so at the following site:
A list and description of each of the awards are included on the website.
If you would like to nominate yourself or a colleague for WSCA's School Counselor of the Year, please begin this process early. The process for selecting WSCA School Counselor of the Year has changed to align with ASCA's School Counselor of the Year process.  Applications can be accessed at the following website:  
Deadline: December 1, 2015
All winners will be recognized at the annual WSCA Conference in February. 

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Conference Updates

  The Search for 2016 Conference Presenters…

Have you ever considered presenting at the WSCA conference, but something got in the way? Perhaps you became too busy or the nerves set in and you started questioning yourself? You’re not alone. Why not make 2016 your year? The sectional sessions are the heart and soul of our annual conference. To continue the conference’s rich tradition of providing outstanding professional development, the Conference Committee needs practicing school counselors to share their expertise and best practices by submitting sectional proposals.
Following the conference each year, we receive feedback from our members, and each year school counselors are asking for more sectionals presented by practicing school counselors. To do this, we need YOUR help! Presenting a sectional at the WSCA conference not only is a great way to give back to your profession and share your hard work with those who are eager to learn, but it can also be a very rewarding experience for you both personally and professionally.
Click Here to get started on your sectional proposal through our new online submission process! Deadline: Friday, November 13, 2015
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.
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.
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!


November 2015

WSCA Board Chair Message: WSCA ELECTIONS!
By Kelly Curtis
WSCA Assistant Board Chair Message:  Integrating Technology into your School Counseling Program
By Jennifer Betters-Bubon
Topic of the Month:
Technology makes us responsible vs. Responsible with Technology

Staff Spotlight:

Bobbie Johnson, WSCA Conference Coordinator – Sectionals

Committee Updates & Announcements