MASCA 2017

April 3-4, 2017
Boxboro Regency Hotel and Conference Center
Boxborough, MA

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MASCA Conference Highlights

  • Pre-Conference Keynote Session
  • 30+ Breakout Sessions
  • Exhibit Hall
  • Lunch Provided on Tuesday
  • Door Prizes

MASCA Keynote

Tuesday, April 4th
8:15 - 9:15 AM

Carolyn StoneCarolyn Stone

Dr. Carolyn Stone has worked in education for 40 years. After working as a teacher for 13 years, she transitioned to student services as a school counselor and school psychologist in several elementary and high schools. She also served as a regional guidance coordinator for the Florida Department of Education and Supervisor of Guidance for Duval County Public Schools in the 1990s. Dr. Stone started as an Associate Professor at University of North Florida in 1995 and was later promoted to Assistant Professor and to her current position of Professor of Counselor Education.

Keynote Session: Let Your Advocacy Actions Define Your Role 

Carolyn’s keynote address, Let Your Advocacy Actions Define Your Role, will show how school counselors are critically important to our nation’s future. They must advocate for their ability to do their job without barriers and hindrances, indeed, our nation’s children are depending on it.

School counselors are the most industrious professionals under the school house roof, yet, they are the educators most often overburdened with responsibilities that should not be theirs. This session will show how school counselors, critical to student success, can strategize to grow their ranks and eliminate time consuming tasks that do not use their specialized skills. School counselors are key strategists and deliverers in the effort to impact a school’s report card data or the fire under the principal’s feet. This presentation helps school counselors position themselves in a powerful role to show how students are different and the gaps lessened when counselors are given autonomy to define their roles. Student success data will be shared from school counseling programs that have been given the freedom to deliver powerful strategies and how student success has forwarded the counselors’ cause to be autonomous in determining how they spend their time.

MASCA PreConference

Monday, April 3rd
3:00 - 6:00 PM

Carolyn StoneCarolyn Stone

Dr. Carolyn Stone has worked in education for 40 years. After working as a teacher for 13 years, she transitioned to student services as a school counselor and school psychologist in several elementary and high schools. She also served as a regional guidance coordinator for the Florida Department of Education and Supervisor of Guidance for Duval County Public Schools in the 1990s. Dr. Stone started as an Associate Professor at University of North Florida in 1995 and was later promoted to Assistant Professor and to her current position of Professor of Counselor Education.

Pre-Conference Session: School Counselors and Legal Muscle to Support Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning Youth Students

This session will discuss how the courts and the code of ethics support school counselors in their advocacy role for LGBTQ. Recent court rulings give us guidance on transgender youth and: 1) dress that matches their gender identity; 2) gender neutral pronouns; 3) gender identity name that is not the legal name; 4) parental involvement when a student wants confidentiality. Court rulings will be discussed involving students who: 1) want to bring same sex partners to the prom; 2) are bullied for non-conforming gender expressing; 3) request dress for a year book photo that does not match their birth gender; 4) want to start a GSA club; and, 5) school officials believed made themselves a target with non-conforming gender expression. Other topics and court rulings will be discussed as courts continue to wrestle with how school officials must behave toward LGBTQ Youth.

MASCA Schedule 

~ Tentative Schedule ~

MONDAY, APRIL 3, 2017
2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Registration Open
2:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Exhibits Open
3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Pre-Conference Keynote Session with Carolyn Stone
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. President's Reception with music by DJ Don Cloverdale

TUESDAY, APRIL 4, 2017

7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Registration Opens
7:00 a.m. to 3:30 a.m. Exhibits Open 
7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Breakfast
7:45 a.m.  President's Welcome
8:15 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Keynote Address with Carolyn Stone
9:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Visit Exhibitors and Grad Posters
9:30 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. Morning Learning Session 1
10:25 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Morning Learning Session 2
11:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m Visit Exhibitors and Grad Posters
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Awards Luncheon
12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Visit Exhibitors and Grad Posters
1:00 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. Afternoon Learning Session 1
1:50 p.m. to 2:05 p.m. Coffee Break with Exhibitors
2:10 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Afternoon Learning Session 2
3:10 p.m. to 3:25 p.m. Door Prizes and Giveaways
3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. MASCA General Session Meeting

 MASCA Registration

Become a Member of MASCA Today!

Before registering for the conference, please visit the MASCA website
and become a member or renew your annual membership.

Pre-registration is now closed, but we have room for you!
Please come to the conference and register on site!
Just bring your payment, credit card, cash, check or school purchase order.
Registering on site is fast and easy!

 

Click here to download the Registration Form.

Please make your check or Purchase Order payable to: National Center for Youth Issues (NCYI may be a new vendor for you)

Questions? Contact NCYI at (866) 318-6294 or email kmorrison@ncyi.org or bnickel@ncyi.org

 

A.    Full Conference - Attend Both Days (April 3-4)
  Professional Member* Student /
Emeritus Member*
Non-Member**
□ Early Register
(on or before Feb. 3, 2017)
$125 $70 $170
□ Regular Registration
(after Feb. 3, 2017)
$140 $80 $185
 Full Conference Attendance - Total (A) $ ____________

 

B.    One Day Attendance: Pre-Conference ONLY (April 3rd) 

School Counselors and Legal Muscle to Support Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
Transgender, Questioning Youth Students

  Professional Member* Student /
Emeritus Member*
Non-Member
□ Regular Registration

$50 $40  $70 ***
 One Day Conference Attendance - Total (B) $ ____________

TOTAL DUE (A or B) $ ____________

*You must be a current MASCA Member to receive the Member Price.
**Non-Members: By registering for the MASCA Full Conference, you will receive a
complimentary MASCA membership.
***Non-Members: Pre-Conference Only Registration does not include MASCA membership.

 

Please note: There will be no refunds after March 15, 2017.  All cancellations before March 15, 2017 will be refunded less a $25 handling fee. The association is not responsible for and cannot give refunds due to problems beyond its control, such as weather and school closings. 

 

MASCA Accommodations

HOST HOTEL:
Boxboro Regency Hotel
and Conference Center

Holiday Inn Boxborough 

Reserve your hotel room today!
Limited Availability

Boxboro Regency Hotel and Conference Center
242 Adams Place
Boxborough, MA 01719

All events of the Conference will be located in the Convention Center. Standard rooms at the hotel may be reserved at the special conference rate of $99 (plus tax)This rate is valid before March 15, 2017, as long as rooms are available in the block. 

TO MAKE HOTEL RESERVATIONS:

  • CALL: 978-263-8701. Please be sure to mention the group code "MAS".

  • REGISTER ONLINE: Web portal coming soon! The hotel has recently changed ownership.