November 1-2, 2020

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


We are excited to announce that the ISCA Conference has been rescheduled!

We hope you can join us for our new dates on November 1-2, 2020.

If you had already registered for the previous dates you will be contacted by email.

Dean, Amie

Behavior Interventions That Work

Amie Dean

Sunday, November 1, 2020 | 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.


SPEAKER BIO: Amie Dean, M.Ed., B.A. has worked in education for 25 years. She has experience teaching at all levels, and has taught both special and general education. She was with Fulton County Schools (GA) for ten years, four of which she provided support to teachers and students as the Student Support/RTI Coordinator for her middle school. She holds a Masters degree in Education and is Nationally Board Certified as an Exceptional Needs Specialist. With 25 years experience as an educator and 14 years as a professional consultant, Amie has worked with thousands of teachers, counselors and administrators in over 250 districts to improve best practices in behavior support, student engagement, and differentiated instruction. Amie has trained with Dr. Rick DuFour, Dr. Kay Burke, Dr. Spencer Kagan, Dr. Ruby Payne, and many others.

ABOUT THE SESSION: Join Amie as she presents Behavior Interventions That Work. Do you have a plan for what you will do when a student doesn’t comply with your request the first time? Second time? How about the third time? Do you go home tired and exhausted from frustration? This presentation will guide you in developing a thorough, preventative plan for handling issues from low level distractions to serious/chronic behaviors. This is a practical, hands-on presentation filled with concrete steps you can use the next day to help students and yourself.

The Ripple Effect

Dan St. Romain

Monday, November 2, 2020 | 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.


SPEAKER BIO: Dan St. Romain is a national educational consultant who provides staff development and consultative services to educators K-12. Dan is passionate about helping individuals shift their perspective on behavior, understanding the best ways to provide support given the challenges posed in today’s society. He regularly presents on topics impacting school climate, brain-based instruction, developmentally appropriate educational practices and presentation skills. Dan’s overwhelming strength is his skill as a presenter. Although his sessions are exceedingly interactive and engaging, his greatest asset lies in his ability to offer participants rich insight into the connectedness between educational practices and student behavior.

ABOUT THE SESSION: Join Dan as he presents The Ripple Effect. When you throw a stone into a pond, sometimes it simply sinks. “Plop.” However, if thrown just right, the rock skips. Instead of the one singular “plop”, the rock now reaches more water, leaving ripples on the surface – and this energy changes the entire pond. As counselors/educators, we throw the stone, and the manner in which we do so makes a huge difference in the lives of the students we serve. In this luncheon session, participants will reflect on the ways to create positive ripples that are felt by our student well beyond the classroom years.

Embrace and Empower the Unicorns

Brian Coleman

Monday, November 2, 2020 | 11:50 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


SPEAKER BIO: Mr. Brian Coleman is the 2019 National School Counselor of the Year and the first African-American winner of this prestigious honor. He is also a 2019 Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Upstander Award recipient for his commitment to LGBTQA+ youth advocacy. Coleman has spent the last year traveling the country as an ambassador for the school counseling profession speaking on issues ranging from comprehensive sexual health education and counseling program design to counselor identity and professional brand. He is in his sixth year with Jones College Prep where he has served as Counseling Department Chair for three years. At Jones, Mr. Coleman has overseen counseling programming for seniors and freshmen, sophomore sexual health education, JCP’s student mentorship program, and the school’s LGBTQA+ student organization JonesPride. In the last year, he has also participated in DePaul University’s “Here We Do” and McDonald’s “Black and Positively Golden” promotional campaigns. He has also contributed to pieces for ForbesTeen Vogue, and Chicago Tribune among others.  Coleman is a proud graduate of Northwestern University as well as DePaul University where he was named the College of Education’s 2019 Alumni of the Year. 

ABOUT THE SESSION: Join Brian as he presents Embrace and Empower the Unicorns. As school counselors, we recognize strengths and gifts in our students that they may not see in themselves. When we harness our own unique gifts, we can create a safe and accountable space for students to shine a light on their own. Brian will share how you can use your individual strengths to enhance your counseling program and related interventions.

Participants will:

  • Learn how to use personal strengths to build rapport with students
  • Discuss (and role play) practical strategies to engage students
  • Identify comprehensive school counseling program components that increase student outcomes.

Tentative Schedule

Sunday, November 1, 2020

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 Amie Dean

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

President’s Reception

Monday, November 2, 2020

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 Dan St. Romain

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 with Featured Speaker Brian Coleman

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


Conference attendees will receive 2 CEU hours for attending the pre-conference on Thursday and 5 CEU hours for attending all day on Friday.  Attendees must sign-in and sign-out at registration to receive PD/CE hours.

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 2020 ISCA Conference!

(by August 31, 2020)

Current ISCA Member*: $180
Non-Member Registration (plus 1-Year ISCA Membership): $275

Current ISCA Member – Student / Retiree*: $125
Non-Member Registration – Student / Retiree (plus 1-Year ISCA Membership): $175

(after August 31, 2020)

Current ISCA Member*: $200
Non-Member Registration (plus 1-Year ISCA Membership): $295

Current ISCA Member – Student / Retiree*: $145
Non-Member Registration – Student / Retiree (plus 1-Year ISCA Membership): $195

*Your ISCA membership must be good through November 2, 2020 to receive “Current ISCA Member” rates. 

**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.  


Paying with a Credit Card?

Choose one of these options:

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

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.


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.

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 September 13, 2020. All cancellations before September 13, 2020 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.

Make Hotel Reservations Early! Limited Availability!

Holiday Inn &
Tinley Park Convention Center

18451 Convention Center Drive
Tinley Park, IL 60477


The Holiday Inn, 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 while rooms are available.


  • CALL:  (708) 444-1100. Please be sure to tell the hotel that your group / convention code is “ISC”.
  • REGISTER ONLINE: Go to the Holiday Inn Website and follow these instructions:
    1. Enter in the dates you would like to stay, October 31 and/or November 1. The group discount code will automatically be populated.
    2. Fill in applicable information then click “Check Availability.”
    3. Choose room preference, then “Select Room.”
    4. Then click “Select Rate” for the discounted conference rate.
    5. Complete billing information to book your reservation.

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!