We are excited to announce that the 2022 MASCA Conference will offer both an in-person experience and a virtual option!

SAVE THE DATE!

April 4-5, 2022

Boston Marriott Newton
2345 Commonwealth Avenue
Newton, MA 02466

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Jamison, Robert

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

Robert Jamison

Monday, April 4th | 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

 

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: Join Robert as he presents How Do You View the World? A Discussion of Diversity and Equity. 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.

Roses in Concrete: Emerging through Structural Adversity

John Nwosu

Tuesday, April 5th | 8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

 

SPEAKER BIO: John Nwosu is a human developer who believes in helping individuals, families, and communities rise. He grew up in Austell, GA, a city near Atlanta. He is a product of a Nigerian and African-American family with high levels of love, support, and expectations. After years of being entangled with chronic underperformance caused by stress, anxiety, and depression, he graduated from Georgia Southern University with debt and a degree in Chemistry. John is currently the Middle School Counselor of the Year in one of the largest school districts in the nation where he shows scholars how to show up, grow up, glow up, and sow up while also promoting social, economic, and political justice in and outside the classroom. John is a licensed mental health counselor, national speaker and trainer, and the founder of Think D.I.F., LLC (@thinkdiflife, thinkdif.me) which offers uniquely interactive training that focuses on “leading with diversity, inclusion, and fairness.”. He currently lives in Atlanta with his beautiful and amazing wife, Chanelle, and son, John.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join John as he presents Roses in Concrete: Emerging through Structural Adversity. Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete? Proving nature’s law is wrong, it learned to walk without having feet. Our students of color are often roses tasked with emerging from concrete. They face the same challenges and stressors that all plants do. They also endure harm that comes with navigating social systems designed in opposition to their well-being.

People interact in predictable ways that harm students of color regardless of intent. As school counselors, we must deliver services that promote healing from the stress and trauma our students experience. We must also teach skills to help them navigate and change their environment.

In this interactive session we will explore ways to transform obstructive concrete to fertile soil that has more pathways to well-being for all students. After, participants should be able to…

  1. Discuss the importance of multi domain, multi-tiered systems of support (MDMTSS)
  2. Identify relationships between well-being and social justice
  3. Use data to align school counseling programs with the needs of students

John will also be presenting a breakout session.

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

 

Monday, April 4, 2022

TBD

Pre-Conference Session

2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Registration Open

2:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Exhibits Open

3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Opening Workshop Session
Robert Jamison

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

President’s Reception

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Registration Open

7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Exhibits Open

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Breakfast

8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

MASCA President’s Welcome and Keynote Address
John Nwosu

9:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Break – Visit Exhibitors & Grad Posters

9:30 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.

Breakout Session #1

10:20 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.

Break – Visit Exhibitors & Grad Posters

10:40 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Breakout Session #2

11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Break – Visit Exhibitors & Grad Posters

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Awards Ceremony and Update from the MA Commissioner of Education

12:45 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Break – Visit Exhibitors & Grad Posters

1:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.

Breakout Session #3

1:50 p.m. – 2:05 p.m.

Break – Visit Exhibitors & Grad Posters

2:05 p.m. – 2:55 p.m.

Breakout Session #4

2:55 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Transition Break

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

MASCA General Session Meeting

PDP Information

MASCA is an approved PDP provider. Attendees can earn up to 12.5 hours of PDPs by attending the Full Conference on April 4-5, 2022. PDP forms will be provided onsite during the conference.

Make Hotel Reservations Early! Limited Availability!

HOST HOTEL:

Boston Marriott Newton

2345 Commonwealth Avenue
Newton, MA 02466

 

All events of the Conference will be located at the Boston Marriott Newton. Standard rooms at the hotel may be reserved at a special conference rate of $149 plus tax. This rate is valid through March 18, 2022.

TO MAKE HOTEL RESERVATIONS:

  • CALL: (800) 228-9290 or (617) 969-1000. Please be sure to mention the Massachusetts School Counselor Association.
  • REGISTER ONLINE: Make reservations on the Marriott website.

Come Learn and Play!

Newton, Massachusetts is a vibrant community comprised of 13 distinctive villages. If looking for some retail therapy check out The Shops at Chestnut Hill, with wonderful places like Ann Taylor, Bloomingdales, Sephora and The Cheesecake Cake Factory. You can also visit a charming shopping area know as The Street, which has 15 independently owned boutiques and eateries. Tour the prestigious Boston College or visit one of the many museums and historic homes. There is tons to do around Newton, 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!