ISCA CONFERENCE

November 1-2, 2021

Conference Location

Tinley Park Convention Center
18451 Convention Center Drive
Tinley Park, IL 60477

Hotel Location

Even Hotels Chicago
18501 Convention Center Drive
Tinley Park, IL 60477
(located in the same building as the Convention Center)

Calling All Ignitors of HOPE: Adult SEL and Self-Care in the Midst of Adversity

Michelle Trujillo

Monday, November 1, 2021 | 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

 

SPEAKER BIO: Michelle Trujillo is passionate about igniting hope in schools! Through her writing, speaking and professional development workshops, she inspires readers, educators, students and their parents to recognize the power of love, connection, and social and emotional learning in the pursuit of academic achievement and productive citizenship. Michelle’s message of “starting with the heart” is founded on brain-based research, “in the trenches” experience and practical strategies. Her sincerity, enthusiasm and expertise are contagious and substantial. Named Nevada’s 2016 Innovative Educator of the Year, Michelle has appeared on television (including Oprah) and radio across the nation as a guest expert.

Although Michelle has dedicated her vocation to education, she vows that family always comes first! Her husband of thirty years and their two adult children fill her heart with joy and inspire her daily! Michelle’s new book, Start With the Heart: Igniting Hope in Schools through Social and Emotional Learning was released by Corwin in March, 2019. Her previous books include Why Can’t We Talk; What Teens Would Share if Parents Would Listen and Chicken Soup for the Soul presents Teens Talkin’ Faith.

ABOUT THE SESSION: School Counselors serve their vocations with compassion, enthusiasm and wisdom. Even in the midst a global pandemic and social and racial unrest, school counselors have supported students, families and colleagues with empathy, patience, positivity and creativity. At the same time, serving in this role can leave one feeling professionally overwhelmed, under-resourced or emotionally and physically exhausted. This pre-conference session reminds participants that as school counselors, we are Ignitors of HOPE! Our students, their families and our colleagues need for us to serve in this role now, more than ever before. Yet, it is difficult to ignite hope in the lives of others when we are living in such challenging and uncertain times ourselves, especially when everyone else needs for us to be strong and supportive. Through this presentation participants will be inspired to sustain their role as Ignitors of Hope by leveraging their own social emotional learning (SEL) skills. During this workshop, attendees will learn (or review) the five competencies of social emotional learning as defined by the Collaborative of Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) and explore how to practice and model SEL as vital skills that are foundational to sustaining the role and responsibilities that school counselors serve. Participants be empowered with strategies to put adult SEL and Self-Care strategies into practice the moment they walk away from this workshop.

Michelle Trujilio will also be presenting a breakout session.

Closing the Attitude Gap: How to Fire Up Your Students to Strive for Success

Principal Baruti Kafele

Tuesday, November 2, 2021 | 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

 

SPEAKER BIO: A highly-regarded urban public school educator in New Jersey for over twenty years, Principal Kafele distinguished himself in the classroom and as a school leader. As an elementary school teacher in East Orange, NJ, he was selected as the East Orange School District and Essex County Public Schools Teacher of the Year. As a principal, he led the transformation of four different schools, including “the mighty” Newark Tech, which went from a low-performing school in need of improvement to recognition by U.S. News and World Report Magazine as one of America’s best high schools. Currently, Principal Kafele is one of the most sought-after speakers for transforming the attitudes of at-risk student populations in America.

ABOUT THE SESSION: Based on Principal Kafele’s best selling book, Closing the Attitude Gap: How to Fire Up Your Students to Strive for Success, Principal Kafele asserts that the various gaps in student achievement continue to rank amongst the most important discussions in education today. Equally important for educators is the continued lack of student motivation, undesirable student behaviors and apathy towards achievement across racial, ethnic and socioeconomic lines. In this high energy, interactive session, Principal Kafele argues that one of the greatest difficulties to closing the various achievement gaps is the overwhelming assumption that achievement is in fact, the problem. He says that the achievement gap is a consequence of the failure to adequately address what he calls, the Attitude Gap (the gap between those students who have the will to strive for academic excellence and those who do not) that continues to persist in American classrooms. Principal Kafele contends that unmotivated, underachieving children are actually “most brilliant and most highly capable” but their attitudes toward themselves, toward learning and toward the prospects for their futures are preventing them from striving to maximize their potential. He says that when educators therefore make the transformation of their students’ attitudes toward themselves, learning and the prospects for their futures a priority, the probability for their achievement increases exponentially! Principal Kafele will provide educators with strategies within a framework for closing the attitude gap toward the ultimate elimination of underachievement in their classrooms and schools. He will simultaneously challenge educators to look honestly within themselves toward ensuring academic success through the following: environment for learning, attitudes toward students, relationship with students, compassion for students and relevance in instruction.

Principal Baruti Kafele will also be presenting a breakout session.

Tentative Schedule

Monday, November 1, 2021

1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Registration and Information Center Open

1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. 

Exhibits Open

2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Pre-Conference Workshop with Michelle Trujilio

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

President’s Reception

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

7:00 a.m.

Registration and Coffee

7:45 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. 

Welcome: ISCA President and Conference Chair person

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Opening Keynote Session with Principal Baruti Kafele

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Exhibitor Break

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Breakout Session 1

10:15 a.m. – 10:35 a.m.

Exhibitor Break

10:35 a.m. – 11:35 a.m.

Breakout Session 2

11:35 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.

Exhibitor Break

11:50 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Awards Luncheon 

1:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Exhibitor Break

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Breakout Session 3

2:15 p.m. – 2:35 p.m.

Coffee Break with Exhibitors

2:35 p.m. – 3:35 p.m.

Breakout Session 4

3:35 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.

PD / CE Certificate Distribution, Door Prizes and Giveaways

Become an ISCA Member!

Please visit the ISCA website and become a member or renew your annual membership.

For questions about ISCA membership please contact, Debbie Romano at assistance@ilschoolcounselor.org or at 312.600.0075.

Supervisor Approval Letter

Do you need help justifying this conference to your Supervisor? Vying for a good funding source can be challenging sometimes. We have created a letter for you (Modeled from ASCA) to customize according to your needs to support your efforts to attend the 2021 ISCA Conference!

EARLY REGISTRATION**

(by August 31, 2021)

Professionals
Members*: $180
Non-Member (plus 1-Year ISCA Membership)***: $230

Retirees
Members*: $125
Non-Member (plus 1-Year ISCA Membership)***: $165

Grad Students
Members* (plus 1-Year ISCA Membership)***: $125
Non-Member (plus 1-Year ISCA Membership)***: $125

STANDARD REGISTRATION

(after August 31, 2021)

Professionals
Members*: $200
Non-Member (plus 1-Year ISCA Membership)***: $250

Retirees
Members*: $145
Non-Member (plus 1-Year ISCA Membership)***: $185

Grad Students
Members* (plus 1-Year ISCA Membership)***: $145
Non-Member (plus 1-Year ISCA Membership)***: $145

*Your ISCA membership must be good through November 2, 2021. 

**To qualify for the Early Registration Rate, your registration form AND payment (copy of your purchase order, check, or credit card) must be received or postmarked by the Early Registration cutoff date.  

***All Grad Student (member or non-member) and all non member Professional and Retiree registrations include a one-year membership to ISCA.

REGISTRATIONS CAN NOT BE PROCESSED WITHOUT PAYMENT. PLEASE SEND PAYMENT AND REGISTRATION FORM(S) TOGETHER.

Paying with a Credit Card?

Choose one of these options:

  • ONLINE
  • Scan and EMAIL Registration Form(s)
  • FAX Registration Form(s)
  • MAIL Registration Form(s)
  • PHONE

Paying with a Purchase Order?

Choose one of these options:

  • Scan and EMAIL PO with the Registration Form(s)
  • FAX PO with the Registration Form(s)
  • MAIL PO with the Registration Form(s)

*Purchase orders must be made payable to National Center for Youth Issues.

Paying with a Check?

  • MAIL check with the Registration Form(s)

*Checks must be made payable to National Center for Youth Issues.

EMAIL: registrations@ncyi.org

FAX: (423) 899-4547

PHONE: (866) 318-6294

MAIL: National Center for Youth Issues
 P.O. Box 22185
 Chattanooga, TN 37422-2185

The Attendee will receive an email confirmation to the email address provided when their registration is processed. (Make sure to check Junk/Spam folders.) Please allow ample time for processing.

The sponsors of the conference receive registrant contact information.

Register Below

Or print out a registration form to send in with your payment.

Please Note: If we are forced to cancel the ISCA Conference because of a “force majeure” event, such as a government restriction on large gatherings that cover the intended size of the conference, then we will issue full refunds of the registrations. Otherwise, our normal cancelation policy will be upheld: There will be no refunds after October 1, 2021. All cancellations before October 1, 2021 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.

On social distancing and other health and safety measures, the regulations/guidelines that apply to hotels and conference centers are still unfolding and being developed. The ISCA Conference will conform to all necessary regulations/guidelines that are in place as of the date of the conference.

Even Hotels Chicago

18501 Convention Center Drive
Tinley Park, IL 60477

 

Even Hotels Chicago, located in the same in building as the Tinley Park Convention Center, has a conference rate of $149 per night, plus tax, which remains valid for reservations made by October 10, 2021, while rooms are available.

TO MAKE HOTEL RESERVATIONS:

  • CALL:  (708) 444-1100. Please be sure to tell the hotel that your group / convention code is “ISC”.
  • REGISTER ONLINE: Website link to come.

Come Learn and Play!

In the evening, make sure you take time to relax and enjoy the surrounding area. Visit Orland Square, for great outlet shopping at places like Loft, Sephora, or Pottery Barn. You can also eat at Cheesecake Factory, Dave and Busters, Texas de Brazil, and many others. Go to the AMC Theater to watch that you movie you have been wanting to see. Or hop on the nearby Metra public transportation to go to downtown Chicago and explore Navy Pier or Willis Tower. There is so much to do, so you can work and play!

We hope this conference will educate and equip you to do your job well, and we also hope you will take advantage of the wonderful ways you can relax and be refreshed!