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)

Superior Ambulance Service was founded in 1959 and to date is the largest independently owned and operated emergency medical service (EMS) provider in the Midwest. With over 3,500 employees the organization offers career opportunities that include Drivers, Call Takers, Dispatchers, EMT, Paramedic, RN, and more. Superior also provides in house EMT Certification training and tuition reimbursement opportunities for fleet operations, including Paramedic school tuition.

For more information please contact Alison Ablan, Director of Strategy and Development, at 630.779.8162 or at

DialCare is a virtual and telephonic counseling service. You can give your students ages 11 and older access to mental health assistance no matter where they are. Members can use their phone, tablet or computer for sessions with mental health professionals from the comfort of their home or on the go. Let our mental health professionals help give you peace of mind.\

For more information contact Becca Bean, Assistant Vice President via email.

Futurely is a digital career counseling platform that accompanies high school students in achieving their goals with clear steps, in a personal way.

Futurely empowers high school career counselors by giving them access to students’ journal, action plan, essay, resume, options considered, criteria prioritized.

The core product is an online class, 20 weeks, 45min/week.

Topics include identification of personality, passions, skills, resume and essay builder, interviews with experts in different fields that share their experiences and paths, how to prioritize criteria to choose college and course of study, list of all the options after high school with pros and cons, action plan builder.

For more information contact Elisa Piscitelli via email.

Navigate360 infuses the expertise of school safety veterans with that of well-known subject matter experts to help schools build safer tomorrows. From prevention and preparation to response and recovery, we help create safe learning environments in which students and staff can reach their potential and thrive. We offer behavioral threat detection, suicide awareness and prevention and Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) solutions to improve the culture and climate of your schools.

For more information please contact Blakely Echeverry, Vice President of Sales via email or at 330.661.0106.

The Jason Foundation, Inc. (JFI) is dedicated to the prevention of the “Silent Epidemic” of youth suicide through educational and awareness programs that equip young people, educators/youth workers and parents with the tools and resources to help identify and assist at-risk youth.

For more information please contact Scott Knight at or at 615.264.2323.

Harmony SEL is a social and emotional learning program for Pre-K-6 grade students, accessible online and at no cost. Harmony fosters knowledge, skills, and attitudes boys and girls need to develop healthy identities, create meaningful relationships, and engage productively by providing SEL learning resources, tools, and strategies.

For more information please contact Josh Pauly, Ambassador, via email or at 763.297.0561.

QuaverEd, a world leader in online curriculum development, is a Nashville-based provider of innovative education resources, including Social Emotional Learning, General Music, Full-Day Pre-K, Health, and more! Quaver’s comprehensive curricula uses the power of interactivity, humor, and music to engage today’s students. Professional Development and College programs are also available.

For more information please contact Matt Hollis, Director of Sales, via email or at 615.955.0817.

Centerstone is a not-for-profit health system providing mental health and substance use disorder treatments. Services are available nationally through the operation of outpatient clinics, residential programs, the use of telehealth, school-based services, and an inpatient hospital. Centerstone also features specialized programs for the military community, therapeutic foster care, children’s services and employee assistance programs.

For more information please contact Robert Lambert, Director of Corporate Communications, at 615.463.6653 or at

SchooLinks is a modern college and career readiness platform with a user experience designed to facilitate a focus on whole-student outcomes. Our platform helps counselors to guide students in developing their Individual Learning Plans by aligning career exploration and postsecondary preparedness activities with Illinois’ legislative initiatives. With technology and features that enable data-driven decision-making at every stage, SchooLinks allows counselors to make a positive impact — when it matters most.

For more information please contact Adam Frillman, District Partnerships, at 314.443.2458 or at

SCUTA is used by school counselors and school districts to develop a data-driven, evidence based school counseling program. It follows the ASCA National Model® recommendations and offers confidential, comprehensive documentation and use of time analysis system. It is an invaluable tool for School Counselors who want to do best practice, keep accurate records and develop a data driven school counseling program.
School Counselors using SCUTA, have the ability to clearly illustrate the nature of their work and school needs with supervisors and stakeholders

For more information please contact Cathy.

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. – 9:30 a.m.

Exhibitor Break

9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Breakout Session 1

10:15 a.m. – 10:35 a.m.

Exhibitor Break

10:35 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.

Breakout Session 2

11:20 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Exhibitor Break

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Awards Luncheon 

12:30 p.m. – 12:40 p.m.

Exhibitor Break

12:40 p.m. – 1:25 p.m.

Breakout Session 3

1:25 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Coffee Break with Exhibitors

1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Breakout Session 4

2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Breakout Session 5

3:45 p.m. – 4:00 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 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!


(by August 31, 2021)

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

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


(after August 31, 2021)

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

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.


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.

The sponsors of the conference receive registrant contact information.

Online Registration Closed

The online registration portal is now closed, but we will be accepting on-site registration at the event. Please bring the Registration Form (see below to download) with your method of payment to the conference.

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.

Make Hotel Reservations Early! Limited Availability!

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.


  • CALL:  (708) 444-1100. Please be sure to tell the hotel that your group / convention code is “ISC”.
  • REGISTER ONLINE: Go to the Even Hotels Website and follow these instructions:
    1. Once on the page, click “Book Now”
    2. Enter in the dates you would like to stay, October 31 and/or November 1. You must enter the group code “ISC”.
    3. Fill in applicable information then click “Check Availability.”
    4. Choose room preference, then “Select Room.”
    5. Then click “Select Rate” for the discounted conference rate.
    6. 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!