ISCA Conference

November 11-12, 2021

Indianapolis Marriott East Hotel and Convention Center
7202 E 21st Street
Indianapolis, IN 46219


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 via email or at 615.995.0817.

Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. As Indiana’s community college, Ivy Tech has more than 40 locations, including 19 campuses, offers dual credit in more than 400 high schools throughout Indiana, and serves more than 150,000 students annually. Committed to student success, Ivy Tech is open access, offers small class sizes, the lowest tuition in the state, and modalities including in-person, virtual, online, and “Learn Anywhere” in which students decide week-to-week whether to participate in-person, virtually or asynchronously. Ivy Tech serves as the state’s workforce development engine offering associate degrees and short-term credentials that align to employer needs and seamlessly transfer to other colleges and universities for a more affordable Bachelor’s degree.

For more information please contact Jeff Fanter, Vice President for Marketing and Communications at

Enlisting in the Indiana Army National Guard provides unique opportunities no other branch of service can offer. Soldiers can get a college degree, learn job skills that translate to the civilian world, and make connections that last a lifetime, all while serving part-time and close to home. Indiana Army National Guardsmen Live Here, Work Here, and Serve Here.

For more information please visit

The IKORCC is dedicated to providing training and opportunities for any person interested in a career in the Carpentry, Millwright or Floorcovering trades. Our 4-year apprenticeship program ends with a Journeyperson Card and an Associate’s Degree. Do your students participate in a CTE Carpentry or Welding program? They may be able to take advantage of an articulation program that allows for direct entry and up to 1 year of credit towards our 4 year apprenticeship. Check us out at We can’t wait to see you or meet you in November!

For more information please contact Hope Harp, Outreach Specialist, via email or at 502.889.1677.

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

Indiana Online, a department of CIESC, is an accredited online educational platform providing over 120 AP, dual credit, and core 40 courses. All courses are designed to meet the Indiana State Standards, are accredited by Cognia and approve by the College Board and NCAA. We partner with over 300 Indiana high schools to promote the advancement of learning using highly qualified Indiana licensed teachers to facilitate the student’s learning path. Our courses offer academic challenges for each student using a variety of teaching strategies to motivate students to successfully master standards. Indiana Online stands ready to support and serve your students today!

For more information please contact Mary Brabson, Outreach & Program Manager via email or at 317.759.5559

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.

Standard For Success was founded by educators, for educators to help busy administrators drive performance, save time, and get more done. Together with our customers, we are on a mission to build better teachers, better students, and a better world. Standard For Success serves the entire education spectrum from PK to K12 to Higher Ed. We provide a suite of software and professional services tools focused on improving teacher and program performance. Talk to one of our former educators for more!

For more information please contact Robbie Grimes, Co-Founder and Client Engagement Specialist, at 844.797.3825 or at

Vincennes University is a premier learning institution, widely recognized for leadership in innovation and delivery of successful educational experiences. A broad range of program offerings and a commitment to superior service ensure the University’s role as an important link in Indiana’s economic and cultural vitality. VU is a diverse community whose members all share responsibility for supporting the University’s mission and are respected for their contributions.

For more information please contact Ryan Barbauld, Director of Admissions at or at 812.888.4132.

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.

The Hoosier Youth Challenge Academy is a no-cost to parent/guardian 22-week residential program under the Indiana National Guard, which offers adolescents ages 15.5 through 18 (Must turn 16 before class graduation date) who are struggling with education and/or behavioral issues the opportunity to change their future. Participants looking to succeed outside of a traditional school setting learn self-discipline, leadership, and responsibility while working to obtain their high school education.

For more information please contact the Admissions Department via email or at 877.860.0003. Please see region Recruiter contact information below.

Northeastern and Northwestern Indiana Regions Admissions Recruiter- Jeff Diemer 463.202.3535

Southeastern and Southwestern Indiana Regions Admissions Recruiter- David Endris 317.331.6979

Since 1954, the Indiana Society of Professional Land Surveyors (ISPLS) has been dedicated to the growth and development of the surveying profession. Part of our mission is to provide a professional identity, professional direction and educational services to our members. Check out our resources to see the numerous opportunities available for students!

For more information please contact Brian Lewis, Executive Director via email or at 317.454.8309.

Xello is an engaging, online program that helps K-12 students define their future goals and transform their aspirations into actionable plans for success. The program puts students at the center of their college and career planning experience. It helps them build self-knowledge, explore their options, create a plan, and develop the 21st-century skills needed to thrive in the world of work.

For more information please contact Jessica Chow, Educational Consultant via email or at 800.965.8541.

Founded in 2002, Options Schools are free, public charter schools serving grade 6-12 students in 134 school districts across Indiana. With a high-quality, individualized approach to education, Options Schools specializes in providing students with an inclusive environment, unparalleled support, and a student-to-teacher ratio of 15-to-1. With brick-and-mortar campuses in Noblesville and Westfield, Options also offers additional programs in fully virtual, hybrid, and in-person formats.

For more information please contact Andrew Piper, Director of Marketing and Communications, via email or at 317.316.8946.

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

Principal Baruti Kafele

Thursday, November 11, 2021 | 11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.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 THIS 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.

Friday, November 12, 2021 | 8:30 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.

The Core Skills Building Workshops are included in the conference registration fee and are being held at the same time. Each session will be repeated twice, once from 8:30 a.m. – 10:05 a.m., and again from 10:30 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.

MTSS and School Counseling: How Do They Fit Together?

Emily Goodman-Scott

Friday, November 12, 2021 | 8:30 a.m. – 10:05 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.


SPEAKER BIO: Dr. Emily Goodman-Scott is an Associate Professor in Counselor Education and the School Counseling Coordinator at Old Dominion University, in Virginia. As a previous school counselor and special education teacher, Dr. Goodman-Scott has been in education for nearly 15 years. She was a 2018 recipient of the Top 40 Under 40 award for her region, is the former president/chair of the Virginia School Counselor Association, and enjoys speaking at national conferences, invited state association workshops, and school districts trainings. Dr. Goodman-Scott is the lead editor of the 2019 book A School Counselor’s Guide to Multitiered Systems of Support, and has co-authored the I Can series of children’s social stories.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Emily as she presents MTSS and School Counseling: How Do They Fit Together? Is MTSS (PBIS/RTI) currently implemented in your school? Is your school considering implementation? Would you like to learn more? MTSS is widely implemented throughout the country and school counselors are often an integral part of implementation. Come to this session to discover the alignment between MTSS and Comprehensive School Counseling Programs (e.g., the ASCA National Model), gaining strategies to maximize your efforts. Work smarter, not harder. The presenter will share school-based examples for implementation and alignment.

Dean, Amie

Motivating Challenging Students

Amie Dean

Friday, November 12, 2021 | 8:30 a.m. – 10:05 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. – 12:05 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 Master’s 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. Amie is also an author of many books, including Your Happy Heart and There’s No Dream Too Tall.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Like many of you, I have had classes, and often students, which led me to think, “How will I make it this year?” I have spent my career as a classroom teacher searching for and learning which strategies work with students. My only criteria: positive and practical! This session is designed for teachers who believe that every student has a gift to offer the world. We have to find ways to help them realize it.

How Our Brains Learn, Feel, Behave, and Socialize When There is Adversity and Trauma

Lori Desautels

Friday, November 12, 2021 | 8:30 a.m. – 10:05 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.


SPEAKER BIO: Dr. Lori Desautels, has been an Assistant Professor at Butler University since 2016 where she teaches both undergraduate and graduate programs in the College of Education. Lori was also an Assistant Professor at Marian University in Indianapolis for 8 years where she founded the Educational Neuroscience Symposium. Because of her work, Lori has been able to attract the foremost experts in the field of educational neuroscience, trauma and adversity growing the conference from 60 participants to over 500. Dr. Desautels’ passion is engaging her students through neuroscience as it applies to education by integrating Mind Brain Teaching, learning principles and strategies into her coursework at Butler. The Applied Educational Neuroscience Certificate, created by Lori in 2016, is specifically designed to meet the needs of educators, counselors, and administrators who work beside children and adolescents who have, and are, experiencing adversity and trauma. Lori’s articles are published in Edutopia, Brain Bulletin, and Mind Body Spirit international magazine. She was also published in the Brain Research Journal for her work in the fifth-grade classrooms during a faculty in residence position with Washington Township Schools. Lori is the author of 4 books. Her most recent book, Connections Over Compliance: Rewiring Our Perceptions of Discipline was released in late 2020. Lori has met with well over 70 school districts across the country, in Canada, Costa Rica and Dubai equating to more than 100,000 educators with much more work to be done!

ABOUT THIS SESSION: In this session we will explore brain development through an educator’s lens. We will learn how adversity and trauma affect the way we learn, behave, and perceive the world, addressing specific brain aligned strategies that regulate our nervous systems and help us to connect with one another. We will begin to understand that traditional discipline works the best for kids that need it the least and works the least for kids who need it the most. When we are dysregulated, our brains do not respond to words, lectures, consequences, or rewards. Relational discipline is not something we do to children, it is something we want to create within them.

Tentative Schedule

Thursday, November 11, 2021

7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Registration and Information Center Open

8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Exhibits Open

8:30 a.m. – 9:35 a.m.

Session 1

9:35 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Exhibitor Break

10:00 a.m. – 11:05 a.m.

Session 2

11:05 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Exhibitor Break

11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Keynote Luncheon – Principal Kafele

1:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Transition Break

1:30 p.m. – 2:35 p.m.

Session 3

2:35 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Exhibitor Break

3:00 p.m. – 4:05 p.m.

Session 4

6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

ISCA Board Meeting

Friday, November 12, 2021

7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Registration and Information Center Open

8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Exhibits Open

8:30 a.m. – 10:05 a.m.

Core Skills Building Workshop

10:05 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Exhibitor Break

10:30 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.

Core Skills Building Workshop

12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Awards Luncheon

2:00 p.m. – 3:05 p.m.

Session 5

3:05 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Membership Meeting
Immediately following the last session

Become a ISCA Member and Save!

Save on your conference registration by becoming a member of the ISCA! Before registering for the conference, please visit the ISCA web page and become a member or renew your annual membership to save.

For membership questions, please contact ISCA directly.

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!

FULL Conference
(November 11-12)

(by September 30, 2021)

Professional Member*: $160
Student / Emeritus Member*: $105
Non-Member: $240

(after September 30, 2021)

Professional Member*: $185
Student / Emeritus Member*: $130
Non-Member: $265

ONE-Day Attendance
Thursday OR Friday
(November 11 OR 12)

(by September 30, 2021)

Professional Member*: $110
Student / Emeritus Member*: $75
Non-Member: $190

(after September 30, 2021)

Professional Member*: $135
Student / Emeritus Member*: $100
Non-Member: $215

*Your ISCA Membership must be good through November 12, 2021. To take advantage of the discounted Member prices, renew your membership if not current, or become a member for the first time by joining on the ISCA website.

**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.  


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FAX: (423) 899-4547

PHONE: (866) 318-6294

MAIL: National Center for Youth Issues, ATTN: ISCA
 P.O. Box 22185
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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 cancellation policy will be upheld: There will be no refunds after October 11, 2021. All cancellations before October 11, 2021 will be refunded less a $25 handling fee. There will be no refunds if you register as a non-member and then later become a member. Please become a member or renew your membership before registering for the conference. 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.


Indianapolis Marriott East Hotel and Convention Center

7202 E 21st Street
Indianapolis, IN 46219

The Marriott Hotel has a conference rate of $132 per night, plus tax, which remains valid for reservations made by October 19, 2021, while rooms are available.


  • CALL:  (317) 352-1231 or (888) 236-2427. Please be sure to mention the “Indiana School Counselor Association Conference” room block.
  • REGISTER ONLINE:  Go to the Marriott Hotel website. Then under the Select Your Guest Type drop down choose “Attendee” to start your reservation. 
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Come Learn and Play!

In the evening, make sure you take time to relax and enjoy the surrounding area. Click the images below to see the things to do around the beautiful Indianapolis Marriott East Hotel.

Visit the Fashion Mall at Keystone!

Shop at places like the Ann Taylor or Saks Fifth Avenue and eat at restaurants like Maggianos or The Cheesecake Factory.

Visit the Castleton Square!

Shop at places like Forever 21 or H&M or go to the AMC Theater to catch that movie you have been wanting to see!

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!