ISCA 2018 Conference


November 15-16, 2018
Marriott East – Indianapolis, IN

Be the One!

Dr. John Hodge

Thursday, November 15, 2018 | 11:30 a.m.


SPEAKER BIO: Dr. John Hodge is president and co-founder of Urban Learning and Leadership Center (ULLC), an organization focused on student achievement and reduction of the achievement gap. He has served as a Reading, English, and AVID teacher, Assistant Principal and Associate Director of AVID Center Eastern Division. He served as Director of An Achievable Dream Academy, an inner city school that piloted many of the interventions used by ULLC. An Achievable Dream Academy is a high performing, high poverty school that has received numerous national awards. Before his career in education, Dr. Hodge distinguished himself in the service of our country with the 7th Infantry Division of the US Army.

What sets Dr. John Hodge apart in the field of education is his well-documented ability to put research and theory into everyday practice in rural, urban and suburban schools. He has served as an inspirational speaker at national, regional, and statewide conferences across the United States. His presentations are often “the spark” for schools in their quest to meet and exceed state/federal accreditation standards and implement strategies for continuous improvement.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Dr. Hodge as he presents Be the One. The education of America’s youth is a challenging prospect when one considers the many burdens faced by impoverished children and their families. Research indicates that poverty need not be a barrier to academic excellence. As co-author of the book Standing in the Gap, Dr. Hodge states, “Across the nation, schools are demonstrating that it can be done: That students can reach high standards, that all children can succeed, that the gap between white and minority students, poor and affluent, can be closed.” More often than not, one caring adult can make all the difference in the world. This presentation will encourage all of us to BE THE ONE.

Friday, November 16, 2018 | 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Reeves, Melissa

Helping Traumatized Students and Those Who Experience Grief, Loss, and Mourning

Dr. Melissa Reeves

Friday, November 16, 2018 | 8:30 a.m.


SPEAKER BIO:  Dr. Melissa Reeves, Ph.D., NCSP, LPC served as the 2016-2017 President of the National Association of School Psychologists. She is currently an Associate Professor at Winthrop University, SC in the psychology department and school psychology graduate program. Dr. Reeves is a nationally certified school psychologist, licensed special education teacher, licensed professional counselor, and former district coordinator of social/emotional/behavioral services. She has over 20 years’ experience working in public schools and a private school, in addition to providing mental health services in day and residential treatment settings. Dr. Reeves is a co-author of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) PREPaRE School Crisis Prevention and Intervention curriculum, former Chair of the NASP School Safety and Crisis Response Committee which provides consultation and support to school districts across the country after large scale crisis events including school shootings and natural disasters. She travels both nationally and internationally training professionals in the areas of crisis prevention through recovery, threat and suicide assessment, the impact of trauma and PTSD on academic achievement, and cognitive behavior therapy in the school setting.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Dr. Reeves as she presents Helping Traumatized Students and Those Who Experience Grief, Loss, and Mourning.  This workshop is designed to enhance participants’ existing knowledge base about trauma, grief, loss, and mourning. Participants will increase their levels of comfort in dealing with trauma and grief, better understand the differences between normal and complicated grieving, and learn intervention strategies to address both. Participants will achieve a better understanding of factors that influence grief and mourning, and develop specialized skills for helping children and adolescents cope more successfully with these intensely felt emotions.

King, Lisa

Teaching Growth Mindset in Schools: Mindset Matters

Lisa King

Friday, November 16, 2018 | 8:30 a.m.


SPEAKER BIO: Lisa has worked with students developing and using innovative practices as a school counselor for 20 years. She has won numerous awards in her district and presented her programs at local, state and national conferences. Lisa has authored five books including her latest book, Mindset Matters: A Counseling Curriculum to Help Students Understand how to Help Themselves Succeed with a Growth Mindset (2016). Other books of hers include, Making the Link (2005), Academic Advisement Program (2006), Teaching Career Essentials (2015) and How to Create A College Day (2016). Lisa attended Tufts University for her undergraduate degree and Georgia State University for her graduate degrees. She lives in Marietta, GA (Atlanta suburb) with her husband and daughter.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Lisa as she presents Teaching Growth Mindset in Schools: Mindset Matters. Are you interested in learning more about Growth Mindset? This session will review how Carol Dweck’s research-based theory can be infused into your school to improve student success. Come learn about a new curriculum, Mindset Matters which uses the letters in the word MINDSET to frame your lessons: Mindfulness, Identify Brain Basics, Not Yet is OK, Determination/Grit, Self-Talk, Everyone’s Unique, and Teaching Others. Since these concepts align with social/emotional, academic and career domains, you will walk away with a clear way to structure your year of lessons/groups and have student outcomes to show the success that comes from teaching about growth mindset.

Gruener, Barbara

Character is Our Superpower

Barbara Gruener

Friday, November 16, 2018 | 8:30 a.m.


SPEAKER BIO: Barbara Gruener is a nationally recognized speaker, character coach, and author who thrives on positively influencing character change, passionately helping people create lifelong connections, and intentionally improving school culture and climate. Her innovative ideas and engaging insights are sparked by 34 years in public education, growing alongside students from every age and stage. Barbara has been leading supercharged character-development and social and emotional learning sessions with students, parents, teachers and administrators for nearly two decades. She recently retired from Friendswood ISD in TX and is currently working as an inspirational speaker, blogger, life coach, mentor, and host of the podcast Character Speaks. She is also recognized as a Character Strong teammate.  Barbara is the author of the Mom’s Choice Gold honoree, What’s Under Your Cape? SUPERHEROES of the Character Kind, and a joyful wife and mama of three beautiful children.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Barbara as she presents Character is Our Superpower. Imagine a school culture so warm and welcoming that your superheroes are soaring to success emotionally and socially. Cape up and fly on in for engaging ideas and practical strategies to help unleash the passion and power within. Get ready to supercharge in this high-energy workshop!

Tentative Schedule

Thursday, November 15, 2018

7:30 am – 5:00 pm

Registration and Information Center Open

8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Exhibits Open

8:30 am – 9:30 am

Session 1

9:30 am – 10:00 am

Exhibitor Break

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Session 2

11:00 am – 11:30 am

Exhibitor Break

11:30 am – 1:15 pm

Keynote Luncheon – Dr. John Hodge

1:15 pm – 1:30 pm

Transition Break

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Session 3

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Exhibitor Break

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Session 4

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Gold Star Reception

6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

ISCA Board Meeting

Friday, November 16, 2018

7:30 am – 2:30 pm

Registration and Information Center Open

8:00 am – 12:30 pm

Exhibits Open

8:30 am – 10:00 am

Developmental Grade Level Keynotes

10:00 am – 10:30 am

Exhibitor Break

10:30 am – 11:15 am

Interest Level Sharing sessions

11:15 am – 11:25 am

Transition Break

11:25 am – 12:25 pm

Session 5

12:35 pm – 2:05 pm

Awards Luncheon

2:10 pm – 3:10 pm

Session 6

3:10 pm – 3:40 pm

Membership meeting

Attendance certificates will be located in the program (Participant’s Manual) which may be used for PGP or CEU credits if your district accepts this documentation.

Become a ISCA Member

Save $80 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.

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 2018 ISCA Conference!

FULL Conference
(November 15-16)

(by October 5, 2018)

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

(after October 5, 2018)

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

ONE-Day Attendance
Thursday OR Friday
(November 15 OR 16)

(by October 5, 2018)

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

(after October 5, 2018)

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

*You must be a current ISCA Member to receive the Member Price. 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.  

Online registration is now closed. But we have room for you! Just come to the Conference with your purchase order, or credit card, check or cash and you can register on-site in just a couple minutes!

Please make your check or purchase order payable to:

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

QUESTIONS?? Contact NCYI at 866.318.6294 or email or

Please note: There will be no refunds after October 30, 2018. All cancellations before October 30, 2018 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.

Make Hotel Reservations Early! Limited Availability!


Marriott Indianapolis East Hotel and Convention Center

7202 E 21st Street
Indianapolis, IN 46219

The Marriott Hotel has a conference rate of $113 per night, plus tax, which remains valid for reservations made by October 24, 2018, 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
ISCA 2018 Marriott Hotel

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!