WSCA Board Chair Message: Strength-Based Leadership
Remember, leadership is not narrowly defined. If you are looking for how you can be a stronger leader for your profession, start with this question: what are the aspects of my job where I excel? Then follow your own lead.
Further, the WCSCM Student Standards gave counselors broad-stroke standards, core performance standards, and student-level benchmarks at grades 4, 8, and 12 upon which to base their comprehensive programs. The standards targeted student knowledge and skills in the three domains of development, and counselors designed individual, small group, and classroom activities to assist all students as they developed across their K-12 education.
But…time marches on. Society has changed. Technology has changed. Education has changed. And kids have changed. In many ways we know more, about more, in more ways than ever before. As 2013 gave way to 2015, 2016, and beyond, it became clear than our state model and student standards were losing their rigor. Throughout my travels crisscrossing the state interacting with school counselors during that time, I collected data on what the field felt was the best way to update our practice: update the WCSCM or adopt the newly-revised (2013) ASCA National Model. The results were very clear. Wisconsin counselors wanted to adopt the national model as our state’s vehicle for delivering comprehensive school counseling programs for all students.
In addition, the 2014 “ASCA Mindsets and Behaviors: K-12 College- and Career-Readiness Standards for Every Student” presented an updated version of standards upon which to ground counseling services. They represented ways “successful” kids think and do to achieve positive school outcomes; regardless of whether looking at academic, personal/social, or career development. When asked, counselors around the state preferred these new, more comprehensive standards to our domain-specific grade-bound standards.
So, now, the time has come. We are about to embark on a statewide journey to thank “the blue book” for its service and retire it. WSCA and DPI are partnering with ASCA to provide professional development for practicing counselors that honors the previous learning done through the Level 1, 2, 2a, and 3 trainings. Tools will be developed and resources suggested to help counselors on their journeys to update their practice. As partners in this work, DPI, WSCA, and ASCA will do everything we can to make this transition meaningful, yet painless. For now, you can get a head start on your own professional transition by using the resources and tools linked below:
Following the event, participants debriefed at a local establishment and networked about continued advocacy and support of the profession. It was a wonderful way to cap off an amazing Afternoon on the Hill!
Katie Nechodom, Professional Recognition and Scholarship Coordinator
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Rebecca Schneider is our newest member to join the WSCA board and serves as our Public Relations Co-Coordinator. She has been a school counselor with DeForest Area High School for seven years. Before that, she was an ATODA Counselor, Mental Health and Crisis Counselor in southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.
School counseling seemed like a natural fit for Rebecca. She grew up the youngest of four sisters and was the one that observed behaviors from a young age. Her parents exposed her to many diverse cultural events; from a young age became empathetic and open to the world around her. From early on, this wealth of experiences allowed for her creativity and empathy to grow and mature. As a high school student, Rebecca's school counselor told her that she should not go to college because she wasn't one of the Top Ten students in her class. She remembers thinking about the thousands of students that were affected by that school counselor. What if all those students listened to that pessimistic, old-school thought? Rebecca wanted better for herself. With that comment from her counselor tucked away, Rebecca worked to achieve her goals. Now, she wants better for her students than she received in high school. Rebecca brings empathy and open-mindedness and strives for a positive relationship with her students and parents through good communication and a positive outlook. She is passionate about working with students and enjoys helping them plan for their future.
Rebecca's main reason for wanting to be part of the WSCA Board was to expand her connection with positive people in the world of school counselors. She loves working with the WSCA members and feels a healthy and positive connection about her work and the future of school counseling. Our jobs can be emotionally draining and it's wonderful to have people to connect with that "get it", appreciate it and work through it.
2017 WSCA Summer Leadership Academy Registration is now LIVE!
Two full-day workshops are being offered on Tuesday, July 25th, 2017 at UW-Stevens Point
Topics: ASCA National Model Implementation and Academic and Career Planning (ACP's).
Location: UW-Stevens Point
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Price: Early Bird Special until May 31st - WSCA Member: $55, WSCA Non-member: $65
Don't miss out on this professional development! Please check out this page for more information and to register for this event!
Career Cruising/Method Test Prep High School Scholarship Winners
Charlie Fischer - Kimberly High School
School Counselor - Tracie Halfmann
Elizabeth Henriksen - Nekoosa High School
School Counselor - Rachel Seevers
Sydney Karch - Amherst High School
School Counselor - Shelley Swanson
Kaleigh Wink - Somerset High School
School Counselor - Katie Francis
Mike Troy Graduate Student Scholarship
Cynthia Estrup - UW Oshkosh
Brian Linscott - Mount Mary University
School Counselor of the Year
Karen Grieve - Elementary and Middle School Counselor
Bayfield School District, Bayfield, WI (Top Winner - Will be going on to ASCA SCOY)
Jennifer Holle - Elementary School Counselor
Cooper School, Burlington, WI
Amy Medema - High School Counselor
Randolph High School, Randolph, WI
Sarah Kronberger - Middle School Counselor
Chequamegon School District, Park Falls, WI
Mary Gehrke-McAllister Award
Denise Broulliard - UW Stout, Menomonie, WI
Supervisor of the Year
Nicholas Kohn - Franklin Public Schools, Franklin, WI
Joyce Price - Franklin High School, Franklin, WI
Friend of School Counseling
Mike Hanson - Retired School Counselor, Madison, WI
Marci Kuhn & Sara Greenwood - Mishicot Middle & High School, Mishicot, WI
Jennifer Betters-Bubon - UW Whitewater, Whitewater, WI
Jerome Henning Legislator Award - Press Release link
Senator Kathleen Vinehout, Madison, WI
Questions, please contact Katie Nechodom, Professional Recognition and Scholarship Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org
email@example.com and we will work with you to get the necessary information and help write the story of support for school counseling. You are a better writer than you think! If not, we have an amazing committee that can craft your words into a powerful report of the work being done in your building/district. Share your energy, ideas and successes please. Be brave, be published!
May WSCAlink: Preparing to Review Your Program’s Effectiveness (Year-End Program Audit)
Deadline is April 10
June WSCAlink: AODA Programs of Promise
Deadline is May 10
July WSCAlink: ACP Effective Practices
Deadline is June 10
In the meantime, send questions/articles to firstname.lastname@example.org and the Editorial Board will let you know when it will be used.
The list of benefits for graduate students who are WSCA members is long and diverse. Through WSCA, graduate students have opportunities to network with professionals currently in the field, build connections with peers entering the school counseling profession, receive information and education through WSCA publications, attend our exceptional annual conference, and be a part of their future profession at the state level. Leadership, advocacy, and professional development opportunities abound. If you would like to learn more about how you can get involved in WSCA or your specific university’s school counseling program, please email Holly Kortemeier or Amy Sylvester-Knudtson. Join WSCA today!
The Wisconsin School Counseling Program Accountability Report (WSCPAR) Committee would like to help school counselors begin the process of starting a WSCPAR! Shannon Schindel, School Counselor from the Appleton School District, WSCPAR committee member and presenter, submitted the following steps to help guide your application process.
Step by Step Tips for WSCPAR Beginners:
1. Go to WSCA website (www.wscaweb.org)Examples:
2. Click the "WSCPAR" tab at the top of page
3. Print out WSCPAR Rationale-Requirements-Guidelines - walk through this document step by step
4. Complete the document/header first (check off each bullet point to make sure you have all required parts)
5. Communicate with your principal on the programs/efforts you are doing/putting in place throughout the year - but save the “Principal’s Comments” section for last
6. Brainstorm programs, groups, lessons, etc. you have implemented & delivered (or plan to deliver) to meet students’ needs during the school year. Write these examples down.
7. Brainstorm methods of data collection you can develop and deliver, as well as data collected and accessible to you in your school. Write these examples down.Examples:
Perception Data (attitude, skills, and knowledge gained/learned from our students from a lesson, unit, group, or activity we implemented)
Results Data (students’ ability to use attitudes, skills, and knowledge gained to change their behavior - PROOF OF BEHAVIOR CHANGE)
School climate section (2 examples) and student results section (academic, social/emotional, career - 3 total examples, 1 for each domain)
10. Begin collecting data that is available to you to make your life easier (to prevent from having to collect it all at the very end)
IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER:
The 52nd Annual Wisconsin School Counselor Association conference in Madison this past February proved to be a great experience for many attendees. The conference committee takes your feedback very seriously and strives to make each conference a better experience than the last! Here’s some of the positive feedback that was shared from this year’s conference survey:
"This was my first WSCA conference--a great conference!"
"I absolutely LOVE that all the handouts are available online. During every sectional, there was at least one other one I wished I could go to. Being able to print the handouts from the sectionals I didn't attend is a way for me to at least get some of the information."
"I haven't been to the conference in a few years and this was just what I needed to get refreshed and excited!"
"The conference for me this year was truly awesome!! Looking forward to next year!"
"Great sectional topics this year!!"
"This was the best conference I ever attended! Learned SOOO much new info, shuttle was great, wifi worked well!"
"I really enjoyed all the sectionals that I attended. There were many good options to choose from, which made it difficult to make a choice on one."
Don’t miss out on next year’s amazing professional development opportunity! Be sure to SAVE THE DATE for the 2018 WSCA Conference:
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20– THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2018
WSCA 53rd Annual State Conference
School Counselors: Agents of Change
Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center
Did you hear from a conference presenter this year that sparked your interest on a certain topic? Do you have an idea you would love to share with other school counseling professionals? Then consider presenting your information and ideas at next year’s conference. There are two ways to be involved in speaking at the WSCA conference:
We are excited to announce the 2018 WSCA Conference Keynote Speakers:
OPENING KEYNOTE SPEAKER (February 21, 2018)
Michele Borba, Internationally Renowned Educator, Best-selling Author and Parenting, Child Development, and Bullying Expert
BRUNCH KEYNOTE SPEAKER (February 22, 2018)
Rosalind Wiseman, Educator, Parent Expert & Social Activist
Looking forward to another fabulous conference
full of ideas on how
School Counselors can be
AGENTS OF CHANGE in 2018!
WSCA Board Chair Message: Strength-Based Leadership
DPI Corner: "Warning Progress Ahead: Transitioning from the WCSCM to the ASCA National Model (3rd ed.)"
Topic of the Month: Taking it to the Hill: Standing Up for the Profession
Katie Nechodom, Professional Recognition and Scholarship Coordinator
Rebecca Schneider, Public Relations Co-Coordinator
Committee Updates & Announcements