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addressing the “how” of ACP.
As you know, the law that mandates Academic and Career Planning Services (ACP) for all students in grades 6-12 starting in the 2017-2018 school year (WI §115.28(59)) encompasses three main areas:
There has been significant progress made in each of these areas since the last update, so I’d like to take a minute and bring everyone up to speed.
The Many Benefits of Completing a WSCPAR
Go ahead, give it a try!
-Angelica Valdivia, Horlick High School, Racine, WI
The Great Lakes WSCA Conference Scholarship covers:Preconference and Conference Registration
Scholarship information can be found here
Great Lakes believes all students deserve a chance at higher education. Great Lakes partnerships support systems to help students who are least likely to consider college to continue their education beyond high school, succeed on campus, and graduate ready to reach their full potential.
Tammy Holtan Arnol – Director
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“Do what you love, and you will never work a day in your life!”
My passion is helping children and lifelong learning, and there is no better way to realize that passion than serving as a school counselor. As a school counselor of 22 years at the elementary, middle, and intermediate level, I think I have found the secret to staying refreshed and rejuvenated. It’s all about following the comprehensive school counseling model in order to be proactive and preventative in working with all kids. I found it’s also about creating new programming that you are excited about!
As a second year WSCA Government Relations Co-Coordinator, I am dedicated to working on behalf of all school counselors to elevate the profession through marketing and education to key stakeholders in our state. I truly believe that when our voice is heard, it makes a significant impact for our profession and most importantly, the students we serve! Being involved as a WSCA Government Relations Co-Coordinator has benefited my professional growth in several ways:
Some great resources I would love to share with you are:
2016 Fall Summit Information
Friday, October 21st, 2016 - 9:00a.m.-4:00p.m. (includes lunch)
CESA 4 Conference Center – West Salem, WI
Session Details: Mental Health in Schools: Jennifer Muehlenkamp is a national expert on suicidal behavior and non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) in youth. Participants will learn best practices and interventions to support students with non-suicidal
self-injury, depression and anxiety in the school environment.
Jennifer Muehlenkamp Bio - Jennifer J. Muehlenkamp, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist and associate professor of psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Dr. Muehlenkamp is a leading expert and experienced clinician in the area of non-suicidal self-injury and suicide; including its co-occurring disorders like depression, anxiety, and BPD. Dr. Muehlenkamp has published over 90 peer reviewed articles and book chapters on the topic of assessment, treatment, and risk/protective factors for self-injury and suicide. She is a co-author of two books (Non-Suicidal Self-Injury in Eating Disorders and Nonsuicidal Self-Injury: Advances in Psychotherapy) and is a regular consultant to mental and behavioral health professionals in her region. Dr. Muehlenkamp’s work has been honored with awards from the American Association of Suicidology, Self-Injury Awareness Network, and has been featured in U.S. media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal and the American Psychological Association’s newsletter, The APA Monitor. In addition to her empirical work, Dr. Muehlenkamp is the director of her University’s Suicide Prevention and Research Collaborative, she is a board member of her State and County Suicide Prevention Coalitions, and she is currently the President of the International Society for the Study of Self-Injury.
One Graduate Credit will be offered through Viterbo University for $200.00.
Registration is now open - http://www.wscaweb.org/2016-Fall-Summit
Calling all amazing educators in School Counseling!
WSCA is now accepting Professional Recognition Award Nominations!
Do you know of an amazing individual in education who deserves to be recognized for their hard work and advocacy for students?
Nominate them for a Professional Recognition Award!
Each year, WSCA wants to recognized individuals within the schools who truly go above and beyond to help our students succeed. As a first year school counselor, I am only beginning to understand how busy our days can be. However, if you can just spare a few minutes out of your day to nominate someone you know or yourself, WSCA will be able to recognize these individuals at our annual conference in February!
Nominations are due December 1, 2016.
Nomiations can be submitted at: http://wscaweb.org/index.php?module=cms&page=238
Attention Graduate Students in School Counseling Programs!
Could you use $1,000?
Apply for the WSCA Graduate Student Scholarship today!
Applications are due November 1, 2016.
Apply today at: http://wscaweb.org/index.php?module=cms&page=236
High School Scholarships are now open!
Do you know of any high school seniors that are planning to attend a postsecondary school for the 2017-2018 school year?
WSCA offers 4 $1,000 scholarships to seniors!
Have them apply at: http://wscaweb.org/index.php?module=cms&page=237
Applications are due November 1, 2016.
This year, we have added a School Counseling Team Award for a team of school counselors who go above and beyond for their students. Additionally, we are excited to announce our continued scholarship sponsorships with Educators Credit Union, Career Cruising, and Method Test Prep. Be on the look out for our scholarship and professional recognition applications to open up. If you are interested in joining the Professional Recognition and Scholarship committee, please contact Katie Nechodom, Professional Recognition and Scholarship Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Professional Recognition and Scholarship Committee is excited to announce a new Professional Recognition Award!
Reminders - High School and Graduate School Scholarship applications are due November 1, 2016. Professional Recognition applications are due December 1, 2016. These applications are now available on WSCA’s website, with a direct link to the applications on the WSCA home page.
The process for selecting WSCA School Counselor of the Year has adjusted this year. Nominees and applicants will apply through the WSCA website. The WSCA School Counselor of the Year will then proceed to the American School Counselor of the Year through the ASCA website. The deadline is to nominate or apply is December 1, 2016. Individuals can nominate others or even self-nominate. We encourage applicants to start the nomination process early because the WSCA School Counselor of the Year will be able to apply for the ASCA School Counselor of the Year, which a very extensive process. If you have any questions, please contact Katie Nechodom, Professional Recognition and Scholarship Coordinator at email@example.com
Quick links to all forms:
High School App Link - http://www.wscaweb.org/index.php?module=cms&page=237
Graduate School App Link - http://www.wscaweb.org/index.php?module=cms&page=236
Professional Recognition Nomination App link - http://www.wscaweb.org/index.php?module=cms&page=238
November WSCAlink: ACP with All Staff Buy-In & Support Deadline October 10
December WSCAlink: The Use of Social Media for Professional Development Deadline November 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. Don’t be afraid, be published!
WSCA seeks graduate students to present their scholarly work at the WSCA Conference! Any original work- class projects, curriculum, research, compilations, are all examples of great poster presentation topics! Click Here for more information about how EASY it is to submit a poster proposal. You can receive volunteering credit for presenting a poster for one hour. It's also a great step in finding a school counseling position! Questions? Contact our Graduate Student Coordinators
WSCA Conference 2017
You Spoke, We Listened…
Following our 2016 Annual Conference, WSCA invited our conference attendees to respond to the 2016 Conference Evaluation. Approximately 430 attendees participated and provided feedback about their conference experience. We would like to take some time to respond to the feedback we received, specific to sectionals.
Can the sectional offerings and descriptions be made available sooner?
We do try to have the sectional offerings and descriptions listed on our website as soon as we can. Last year we were able to have the offerings posted by mid January. We will continue to work hard to have them posted even earlier this year. Please be watching our website for the most up-to-date list of sectional offerings.
The sectional I wanted to attend was full…
During the sectional selection process, our team identifies the topics we believe will be the most popular sectional topics at conference. To do this, we consider survey feedback, current trends, state initiatives, and hot topics in school counseling. These sectionals are then placed into our two largest sectional rooms, which each hold approximately 260 attendees. All other sectional rooms hold approximately 100 attendees. We understand your frustration, and are working to find a solution to this problem so we are able to more accurately predict and plan for highly attended sectionals.
The sectional I attended was promoting the purchase of curriculum, a program, and/or books…
Within the sectional proposal application, a presenter must indicate if he/she will be promoting the purchase of curriculum, programs, and/or books. As our team processes the proposals, we work very hard to filter out any proposals that appear to be selling or promoting products. We also understand that practicing counselors use various resources and may reference these resources during their presentation. When this occurs, we will have it noted in the sectional description.
I was not aware of the sectional changes and cancellations…
Occasionally, sectional changes do occur after our conference materials have already been printed. When this happens we will always provide an insert in the conference booklet indicating any changes. We also provide this information at the opening keynote on Wednesday. Unfortunately we also have experienced cancellations the day of the conference. We will provide this information at the opening keynote when possible. We will also post a sign on the sectional room door to make attendees aware.
There were very few sectional offerings for the elementary level…
Each year, we aim to increase the number of offerings for the elementary level. Despite our efforts, we have very few sectional proposals submitted for this level year after year. We are looking to YOU for help. If you know an elementary school counselor who is doing some great things, please, please encourage her/him to submit a sectional proposal!
Some of the sectional offerings did not have handouts available…
Last year we were able to provide handouts digitally for the first time. It was optional for presenters to upload their presentations and handouts, so we were not able to provide handouts for every sectional. We will continue to improve our process to provide handouts to attendees. This year, we will make the handout link more accessible to attendees, and we will work to increase the number of handouts available online. Please note that handouts will not be made available prior to the start of our conference. All handouts will be available during and after the conference.
I wish there was more time to network with other counselors…
This year we are making some big changes to allow more time for attendees to network with colleagues and fellow counselors, and to visit with exhibitors. On Wednesday, we will now have 30 minutes between sectionals, and the day will end at 5:00pm. We have decided to forgo the WSCA Reception on Wednesday to give attendees extra time to spend networking. We have also added even more time to lunch, allowing lunch to be one hour and 30 minutes. Because these changes will slightly impact the number of sectionals offered, there will be the option of attending early bird sectionals on Wednesday morning. Watch for more information about these changes in the coming months!
WILL YOU ANSWER THE CALL???
We know there are so many terrific things being done by school counselors from all across the state. We’re calling on you to share your expertise with your colleagues. We need quality sectionals for elementary, middle, and high school levels.
Just click here to get to the WSCA Sectional Proposal page: http://goo.gl/0YkKrc
Sectional proposals are due by Friday, November 11th. Please consider adding your ideas and energy to the conference by doing a sectional. It’s what makes the WSCA conference so powerful!
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Board Chair Message: "We want to Hear from you"
Topic of the Month:
WSCPAR Questions Answered
The Many Benefits to Completing a WSCPAR
By Todd Hadler, WSCPAR Coordinator
WSCA Conference Scholarship
Tammy Holtan Arnol: Director
Andrea Donegan: Government Relations Co-Coordinator
Committee Updates & Announcements