Michigan School Counselor Association Conference

November 15-16, 2021

Lansing Convention Center
333 E Michigan Ave. Lansing, MI 48933

Radisson Hotel Lansing at the Capitol
111 N. Grand Ave. Lansing, MI 48933

Masks will be required while attending the event. You are welcome to take it off while presenting or during meal functions.

MI Student Aid, located within the Michigan Department of Treasury, encourages students to pursue postsecondary education by providing equality of access to student financial resources and information. Through the administration of various student financial assistance and outreach programs, students receive the guidance and funding necessary to pursue their educational goals. We look forward to partnering with high school counselors across the State of Michigan!

For more information contact Chad Somerville, Outreach Manager at somervillec@michigan.gov or at 517.242.0551.

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.

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 Tim Maus, via email or at 317.440.7816.

Aperture Education empowers over 3,000 schools and out-of-school time programs across North America to measure, strengthen, and support social and emotional competence in K-12 youth and educators. This system enables education leaders to make strategic, data-based decisions about SEL within their organizations. The Aperture system includes the DESSA suite of strength-based assessments, CASEL-informed intervention strategies, and robust reporting, all in one easy-to-use digital platform.

For more information please contact the Elizabeth Sims, Manager of Partnerships, via email.

Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University offers all the advantages of a conservatory college of art and design—creative immersion, expert faculty, and personalized instruction—without sacrificing the support systems and educational value of a state university. Our urban campus in the heart of Grand Rapids’ vibrant creative community is the perfect environment for your students to grow a passion for making into in-demand 21st-century skills and dynamic career opportunities.

For more information please contact the KCAD Admissions Office, via email or at 616.259.1118.

Your local experts with over 20 years of online learning experience. Founded in 1998, Michigan Virtual is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) educational organization with a national reputation for excellence in online and blended learning. Over the past two decades, we’ve partnered with thousands of public, private, and charter schools; tens of thousands of teachers from across the state; and countless homeschool families. We’re driven by student success and the firm belief that every person can use digital learning to reach their full potential.

For more information please contact the Thomas Soria, via email.

For more information please contact the Sara Horace, via email or at 517.200.8457.

Stone, Carolyn

Legal Literacy and Ethical Practice in the Complex World of School Counseling

Carolyn Stone

Monday, November 15, 2021 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.


SPEAKER BIO: Carolyn Stone, Ed.D., is a Professor of Counselor Education at the University of North Florida (UNF). Dr. Stone is a Past President of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). Prior to coming to UNF, Dr. Stone spent 22 years with Jacksonville, Florida’s Public Schools as an elementary and high school counselor, middle school teacher and Supervisor of Guidance Services. She supervised 225 school counselors. Dr. Stone currently serves as the Ethics Chair for ASCA and has done so for 15 years.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Carolyn for her session titled Legal Literacy and Ethical Practice in the Complex World of School Counseling. School counselors must negotiate the competing interests of the overregulated school environment, student’s need for confidentiality and the legal rights of parents to be the guiding voice in their children lives. Updates on these competing interests will be discussed through recent court developments. Legal rulings will be highlighted in areas such as sexually active students, bullying, academic advising, child abuse, educational records, and sexual harassment, first amendment rights, and transgender youth. The goal is to facilitate participants’ legal literacy and provide guiding principles to support best ethical practice.

Carolyn will also be presenting a breakout session.

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

Principal Baruti Kafele

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 | 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.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 Kafele will also be presenting a breakout session.

Tentative Schedule

Monday, November 15, 2021

11:00 am – 5:00 pm


11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Exhibits Open

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Welcome and Keynote Speaker – Carolyn Stone

2:50 pm – 3:50 pm

Breakout Session 1

3:50 pm – 4:15 pm

Coffee Break with Exhibitors

4:15 pm – 5:15 pm

Breakout Session 2

5:15 pm – 6:30 pm

President’s Reception with Exhibitors

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

7:00 am – 8:30 am

Registration and Breakfast

7:00 am – 3:00 pm

Exhibits Open

8:30 am – 9:30 am

Keynote Session – Principal Kafele

9:45 am – 10:45 am

Breakout Session 3

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Breakout Session 4

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Celebration Lunch

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Breakout Session 5

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Breakout Session 6

4:00 pm


State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECH)

MSCA provides eight (8) State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECH) for conference attendance, some of which will include the mandatory college readiness and career development hours required by the state. More details will be provided at the conference.

Become an MSCA Member!

Please visit the MSCA website and become a member or renew your annual membership. Or you can renew you membership below. Non-members receive a complimentary membership with their registration.

For questions about MSCA membership please contact, Sarah Dickman at msca1964@gmail.com.

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 Michigan School Counselor Association Conference!


(by September 15, 2021)

Professional or Affiliate Member*: $180
Professional or Affiliate Non-Member**: $245

(after September 15, 2021)

Professional or Affiliate Member*: $200
Professional or Affiliate Non-Member**: $265



Graduate Student / Retiree Member*: $135
Graduate Student / Retiree Non-Member**: $170

*You must be a current MSCA Member to receive the Member Price. Membership must be good through November 16, 2021. Renew your membership below.

**Non-Member registrations include a one year membership to MSCA.

***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.  


Paying with a Credit Card?

Choose one of these options:

  • Scan and EMAIL Registration Form(s)
  • FAX Registration Form(s)
  • MAIL Registration Form(s)

Paying with a Purchase Order?

Choose one of these options:

  • Scan and EMAIL PO with the Registration Form(s)
  • FAX PO with the Registration Form(s)
  • MAIL PO with the Registration Form(s)

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

Paying with a Check?

  • MAIL check with the Registration Form(s)

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

EMAIL: registrations@ncyi.org

FAX: (423) 899-4547

PHONE: (866) 318-6294

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

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 MSCA 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 15, 2021. All cancellations before October 15, 2021 will be refunded less a $25 handling fee. 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 MSCA Conference will conform to all necessary regulations/guidelines that are in place as of the date of the conference.

Make Hotel Reservations Early! Limited Availability!


Radisson Hotel Lansing at the Capitol

111 N. Grand Avenue
Lansing, MI 48933

The Radisson Hotel Lansing at the Capitol, in easy walking distance to the Lansing Convention Center, has a conference rate of $122 (plus tax) which remains valid for reservations made by October 29, 2021, while rooms are available.


  • CALL: (800) 333-3333. Please be sure to mention the ″Michigan School Counselor Association Conference” or the Group Code MSCA21.
  • RESERVE ONLINE: Reservations can be made on the Radisson website.
    • Enter arrival and departure dates (Nov. 15 and/or Nov. 16).
    • Click the drop down menu and select “Group Code”.
    • Enter “MSCA21”.
    • Click “Check Availability/Book Now” to see the rooms available at the discounted rate.

Come Learn and Play!

In the evening, make sure you take time to relax and enjoy the surrounding area. Visit the Eastwood Town Center, a couple miles from the Radisson!You can sit back and relax at the many restaurants at the Eastwood Town Center, such as Bravo Cucina Italiana, Claddaugh, Mitchell’s Fish Market and P.F. Chang’s, along with others. The Eastwood Towne Center also has an movie theater, so you can finally watch that movie you have been wanting to see. Enjoy shopping at Ann Taylor, DSW, Banana Republic, Forever 21, Sephora, Williams and Sonoma, and many more!

Click here to see all the fun you can have at the Eastwood Town Center.

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!