ISCA Conference

November 11-12, 2021

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

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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 current 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 Multi-tiered 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.

Please contact ISCA directly for all membership questions.

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)

EARLY REGISTRATION**
(by September 30, 2021)

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

STANDARD REGISTRATION
(after September 30, 2021)

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

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

EARLY REGISTRATION**
(by September 30, 2021)

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

STANDARD REGISTRATION
(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.  

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

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EMAIL: registrations@ncyi.org

FAX: (423) 899-4547

PHONE: (866) 318-6294

MAIL: National Center for Youth Issues, ATTN: ISCA
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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.

HOST HOTEL:

Marriott Indianapolis 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.

TO MAKE HOTEL RESERVATIONS:

  • 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 Marriott Indianapolis 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!