LSSSCA Conference

November 7-9, 2021

Embassy Suites and Frisco Convention Center
7600 John Q Hammons Drive
Frisco, TX 75034


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 Personal Graduation Plans by aligning career exploration and postsecondary preparedness activities with Texas’ legislative CCMR initiatives. SchooLinks streamlines accountability initiatives into predictive leading indicators, enabling swift and smart intervention. 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 contact Katie Fang, CEO via email or at 512.710.9922.

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.

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

Principal Baruti Kafele

Monday, November 8, 2021 | 8:30 a.m.
Opening Session Keynote Speaker


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.

Sunday, November 7, 2021 | 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Pre-Conference Learning Sessions include additional opportunities for more professional development and CPE hours. The sessions generally cover more in-depth information and allow more opportunity for discussion. Space is limited for all sessions. Interested parties are encouraged to register early.

These sessions are not included in the conference registration fee. Sessions are at a minimal fee.

All Pre-Conference sessions are being held at the same time, so you may only choose one session to attend.

MTSS and School Counseling: How Do They Fit Together?

Emily Goodman-Scott

(This session is not included in the main conference fee.)


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: 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. Presentations can be adapted to provide content on specific tiers, such as Tier 1 prevention.

Emily Goodman-Scott will also be presenting a breakout session.

Jamison, Robert

How Do You View the World? A Discussion of Diversity and Equity

Robert Jamison

(This session is not included in the main conference fee.)


SPEAKER BIO:  Robert Jamison is currently the Coordinator of School Counseling Services at the Virginia Beach City Public Schools. He has numerous years of experience as a School Counselor and also as a School Counseling Department Chair. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Virginia as well as his Master of Science in Education in School Counseling and his Education Specialist degrees from Old Dominion University. Mr. Jamison supports school counselors across the state of Virginia as a member of the Board of Directors for the Virginia School Counselor Association. And, he recently served on the Virginia Commission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, established by Governor McAuliffe in Executive Order 69. Mr. Jamison has spoken at numerous state and national conferences. Whether conducting professional development activities or supporting students and families, Mr. Jamison enjoys working and collaborating with all stakeholders.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: The goal of this introspective session is for participants to think about diversity and equity through a more expansive lens. The presenter will review common terms used in schools, classrooms and organizations and how these terms relate to our behaviors. The session will also review things to consider when working with staff and students, and personal stories related to these topics will be shared. Participants will be asked to participate in individual, small and large group activities throughout the presentation.

Robert Jamison will also be presenting a breakout session.

Williams, Deirdra

Counselor/Administrator Relationships: The Great Husky Partnership for Student Achievement

Deirdra Williams

(This session is not included in the main conference fee.)


SPEAKER BIO:  Deirdra has earned a Master’s degree in School Counseling and School Administration. She also is a National Board Certified Teacher in K-12 School Counseling. She applies her knowledge each day maintaining a comprehensive school counseling program, and serving as a certified trainer for the American School Counselor Association. She enjoys working at the secondary level, ensuring her students position themselves well to have a positive transition to meet their chosen college and career goals. She believes all students can learn and educators must meet them where they are to get them moving.

Deirdra has been a school counselor for over 22 years. She uses advocacy, collaboration, and leadership to influence systemic changes that support achievement for all students. Using the framework of the ASCA National Model has strengthened her abilities and created even more positive outcomes for students. During her tenure she has led two separate counseling teams to RAMP status, one in the school’s second year of existence. She has been a RAMP Reviewer, a lead RAMP Reviewer and now serves as a RAMP team captain. She enjoys supporting counselors in documenting the work of their school counseling program as well as helping counselors and administrators to strengthen their partnerships for the sake of student achievement.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Need a more effective working relationship with your principal and other administrators? The administrative and RAMP counseling teams at Heritage High School have been intentional in supporting student achievement since the school opened in 2010. Come learn how you can apply their best practices to develop or enhance your working relationship with school administrators. Attendees will learn specific strategies for developing and maintaining positive and
meaningful relationships with administrators for the sake of student academic, attendance and behavior achievement.

Deirdra Williams will also be presenting a breakout session.

Tentative Schedule

Sunday, November 7, 2021

1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Registration and Information Center Open

1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Exhibits Open

2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Pre-Conference Learning Sessions

Monday, November 8, 2021

7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Registration and Information Center Open

7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Exhibits Open

8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

Opening Session Keynote – Principal Kafele

9:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Break – Visit Exhibitors

10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m

Breakout Session 1

11:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Break – Visit Exhibitors

11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Breakout Session 2

12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Network Box Lunch and Visit Exhibitors

1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Breakout Session 3

2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Refreshment Break – Visit Exhibitors

3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Breakout Session 4

4:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Break – Visit Exhibitors

4:15 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Breakout Session 5 – LSSSCA Track

5:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

President’s Reception (Embassy Suites Atrium)

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Registration and Information Center Open

8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Exhibits Open

8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Breakout Session 6

9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Break – Visit Exhibitors

10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Breakout Session 7

11:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m

Break – Final Chance to Visit Exhibitors

11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Awards Luncheon, Annual Meeting, PowerPoint Show, and Door Prizes!


12.5 SBEC CPE hours available (#902-466)

12.5 LPC CPE hours available (2740)

Become a LSSSCA Member!

Save $50 on your conference registration by becoming a LSSSCA member for $30. Simply add the LSSSCA Membership to your total (see below).

For questions aboutLSSSCA membership please contact, Tiffany Gilmore at or at 214.893.6364.

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 LSSSCA Conference!

MAIN Conference
(November 8-9)

(by September 15, 2021)

Professional Member*: $150
Student / Retiree Member*: $110
Non-Member: $200

(after September 15, 2021)

Professional Member*: $170
Student / Retiree Member*: $130
Non-Member: $220

(November 7)

(by September 15, 2021)

Member*: $45 per session
Non-Member: $85 per session

(after September 15, 2021)

Member*: $60 per session
Non-Member: $95 per session

*You must have a LSSSCA Membership good through November 9, 2021 to receive the Member Price. To take advantage of the discounted Member prices, renew your membership if needed, which can be done below when you register.

**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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*Purchase orders must be made payable to National Center for Youth Issues.

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PHONE: (866) 318-6294

MAIL: National Center for Youth Issues
 P.O. Box 22185
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Embassy Suites Dallas Frisco Hotel Convention Center and Spa

7600 John Q Hammons Drive
Frisco, TX 75034

The Embassy Suites, the Conference’s host hotel, has a conference rate of $162 per night, plus tax, which remains valid for reservations made by October 22, 2021, while rooms are available. The price includes full, cook-to-order breakfast and evening Manager’s Reception.


  • CALL:  (972) 712-7200 or (800) 362-2779. Please be sure to tell the hotel that you are with the “LSSSCA 2021 Annual Conference” group and mention the group code “LSR“.
  • REGISTER ONLINE:  Make your reservation on the Embassy Suites website.
LSSSCA 2018 Embassy Hotel

Come Learn and Play!

In the evening, make sure you take time to relax and enjoy the surrounding area. Visit the Stonebriar Centre, one mile from the Embassy Suites. You can sit back and relax at the many restaurants at the Stonebriar, such as Cheesecake Factory, California Pizza Kitchen, Perry’s Steakhouse and Grill, and Dave and Busters, along with others. The Stonebriar Centre also has an AMC movie theater, so you can finally watch that movie you have been wanting to see. Enjoy shopping at the Sam Moon, Williams & Sonoma, Coach, Yankee Candle, Sephora, Forever 21, Barnes & Noble, and many more!

Click here to see all the fun you can have at the Stonebriar Centre.

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!