MSCA ONLINE BREAKOUT SESSIONS

LIVE Sessions: November 16, 2020

Recorded Sessions: Available until December 31, 2020

Please note: The live event is taking place in the Eastern Time Zone. The times listed in the schedule below are set for Eastern Time.

Monday, November 16, 2020

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. | Welcome and Keynote Session

Social and Emotional Learning with Career Development to Prepare College and Career Ready Students

Leigh Bagwell

 

SPEAKER BIO: Leigh Bagwell most recently served as the Director of School Counseling Services at the Tennessee Department of Education. She has led transformational work in school counseling throughout the state through the revision of the school counseling model and standards, the creation of a regional peersupport network, and the launch of a dedicated communications channel for counselors, supervisors and administrators. As a school counseling leader, her mission is to provide school counselors with the training and resources needed to deliver high quality, student driven, data informed comprehensive school counseling programs to all students. She believes counselors and school leaders need to work together more deliberately. This collaboration is critical to ensure that all students have access to the opportunities and supports they need to successfully move through their elementary, secondary, and postsecondary education into their chosen career.

In addition to her work in Tennessee, Leigh has shared her experiences and knowledge with school counselors and school counseling leaders in Georgia, Texas, Kentucky and Iowa as well as working with the American School Counselor Association. After teaching school counseling graduate students at Middle Tennessee State University, Leigh was inspired to pursue counselor education. She is currently working on her doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision at the University of Tennessee. Her experience includes working as a school counselor and school counselor supervisor in both suburban and urban school districts.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Leigh as she presents Social and Emotional Learning with Career Development to Prepare College and Career Ready Students. When preparing students for success in postsecondary education and the workforce it is important that they have academic and content knowledge and training. College and career readiness begins with early exposure and awareness to a broad range of career fields and employability skills. It also includes helping students connect what they are learning in the classroom to their dreams and future career goals. Another important component of college and career readiness is social and emotional development. Self-awareness, self-management and interpersonal skills are  critical to students’ transition to postsecondary and the workforce.

College and career readiness continues to focus on the development and refinement of both academic and social emotional skills. It also broadens the scope from just knowing about different careers to exploring the high demand opportunities in their communities, aligning personal interests and aptitudes to career fields, and identifying specific pathways to move successfully from secondary to postsecondary to the workforce. These skills will not only prepare them for success in the workplace, but also success in both secondary and postsecondary education.

Because school counseling programs integrate academic preparation, social and emotional development with college and career readiness, school counselors are uniquely positioned to lead this important work. It begins by ensuring that school counselors have strategies and practices that will deepen their students’ understanding of the world of work and connect it to their school and life experiences. School counselors will increase their capacity to provide high quality school counseling services and support students as they move along their chosen pathways to and through secondary and postsecondary education and on to the workforce.

College and career readiness continues to focus on the development and refinement of both academic and social emotional skills. It also broadens the scope from just knowing about different careers to exploring the high demand opportunities in their communities, aligning personal interests and aptitudes to career fields, and identifying specific pathways to move successfully from secondary to postsecondary to the workforce. These skills will not only prepare them for success in the workplace, but also success in both secondary and postsecondary education.

Because school counseling programs integrate academic preparation, social and emotional development with college and career readiness, school counselors are uniquely positioned to lead this important work. It begins by ensuring that school counselors have strategies and practices that will deepen their students’ understanding of the world of work and connect it to their school and life experiences. School counselors will increase their capacity to provide high quality school counseling services and support students as they move along their chosen pathways to and through secondary and postsecondary education and on to the workforce.

9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. | Breakout Session 1

Infusing SEL to Strengthen Career Development

Terri Tchorzynski

Assistant Director of Professional Development, Hatching Results

Domain: Administrator Leadership Development
Audience: School Counselors & Administrators
Level: All

 

Recent increased focus on social-emotional learning has resulted in concerns over less time spent in career development during a time when employment needs are at an all-time high. Discover ways to expand SEL competencies to strengthen non-cognitive factors that will increase intentionality around equitable access for all students and lead to successful postsecondary outcomes. Discover how to unleash the power of a data-driven school counseling program to best develop confident and emotionally healthy college AND career ready students. After this session you should be able to; 1)align developmentally appropriate social-emotional competencies, ASCA Mindsets and Behaviors, and business/industry needs to increase postsecondary preparedness, 2) articulate how a focus on SEL can ensure equitable outcomes for students and strengthen their postsecondary success indicators that align to labor market needs, and 3) discover various data metrics that can be used with students K-12 to strengthen their college and career readiness.

School Counseling Credentialing, Professional Learning Requirement Updates, and Factors Related to Appropriate Hiring of School Counselors

Beatrice Harrison

Higher Education Consultant, Michigan Department of Education Office of Educator Excellence

 

This session will share credentialing information for imperative for school counselors and administrators who hire school counselors. Additionally, it will address specifics pertaining to the February 2020, School Counselor Professional Development law, MCL 380.1233 (6-8) by sharing requirements applicable to renewing a school counselor credential issued by the MI Dept. of Education. It is essential school counselors are aware of important aspects of the law that is mandated in order to renew a school counselor credential. Credentialing, compliance and appropriate hiring Issues will be discussed to clarify and dispel confusion about what is the appropriate credential an individual should possess prior to being hired to serve in the role as a school counselor in a Michigan district.

School Counselors Embracing Diversity: A Safe Space to Discuss Race

Rebecca Vannest

Assistant Professor, Oakland University

Domain: Social/Emotional Development
Audience: School Counselors & Administrators
Level: All

 

Join a roundtable discussion to explore racial and cultural issues in your school. The purpose of this session is to provide a safe environment to ask questions and discuss race. Expose yourself to a variety of reading options and podcasts to expand your awareness surrounding race. Learn practical ways for students and staff to support each other and leave with resources to explore. We welcome participants to bring questions or resources to share.

Stop, Look and Listen. Will You Make Time??

Eric Baldwin

School Counselor, Jackson Public Schools

Domain: Social/Emotional Development
Audience: School Counselors
Level: All

 

Stop Drop and Roll? No, Stop, Look and Listen! Often times our students are faced with challenges that go unaddressed and are asked to sit still, pay attention and respond to questions without proper rest or nourishment. We here at our school work collaboratively with our community health agency to provide some support Through weekly small group meetings we are able to allow students a safe environment to share feelings and address issues.

Understanding and Addressing Adolescent Grief Issues

Dave Opalewski

President, Author, Presenter, griefrecoveryinc.

Domain: Social/Emotional Development
Audience: School Counselors & Administrators
Level: High

 

They are not children and not adults. As adolescents traverse the difficult grief process, they experience issues that are unique to their age group. This presentation will present and discuss these unique issues and how the caring adult can better meet their needs at this difficult time.

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Breakout Session 2

10 Strategies for Building a More Trauma-Informed School Right Now

Alisa Kaczorowski

Educational Consultant/Certified Trauma Practitioner, AK Educational Consulting

Domain: Social/Emotional Development
Audience: School Counselors & Administrators
Level: Elementary

 

Students with stressed brains cannot learn. Educators must accommodate for this and help students feel safe and loved. Fortunately, there are things that can be done RIGHT NOW to impact the culture of a school. These strategies don’t cost much money, take up much time or require huge effort. They are common sense strategies to help ALL students feel belonging at school, build relationships, encourage a calm environment and reduce stress.

ACT to Save a Life: Evidence-Based Suicide Prevention for Middle School and High School

Meghan Diamon

Suicide Prevention Specialist, Riverside Community Care

Domain: Social/Emotional Development
Audience: School Counselors & Administrators
Level: All

 

This session will use SOS Signs of Suicide as an example of an evidence-based, universal prevention program for middle and high school students. SOS uses video, classroom discussion and mental health screening to encourage students to ACT (Acknowledge, Care and Tell a trusted adult). Participants will learn about universal mental health screening and concrete strategies for training youth and adults in suicide prevention.

Answering Wh”Y”

Steven Coyle

National Director Counselor/Academic Relations, Universal Technical Institute

Domain: College and Career Readiness
Audience: School Counselors & Administrators
Level: All

 

What can we do to motivate young people today? Why do they act the way they do? Why do we need to change the educational and workforce paradigm? Get the answers to these questions and more in this workshop as we explore how to reach students today. Learn what a focus driven education looks like and Wh”Y” it is so important to both students and their parents. Learn about the Rule of 1-2-7 and authenticity. Explore Universal Design for Learning.

Computer Science is for All Students

Cheryl Wilson

Computer Science Consultant, Michigan Department of Education

Domain: College and Career Readiness
Audience: School Counselors & Administrators
Level: All

 

We have a problem…according to Code.org, computing occupations are now the #1 source of new wages in America, but only 45% of high schools offer computer science courses. We can work to solve this problem by defining computer science, helping students explore pathways to computer science careers, and encouraging all students to try computer science. Join this session to learn how schools can help solve the computer science problem.

Promoting College and Career Readiness at Every Grade and Tier

Terri Tchorzynski

Assistant Director of Professional Development, Hatching Results

Domain: College and Career Readiness
Audience: School Counselors
Level: All

 

The national conversation to advance college/career readiness for all learners continues to grow. Increasingly, school districts are tasked with ways to best leverage college/career advising within developmental systems that connect students to multiple postsecondary pathways. Learn about the core components of developing a K-12 college/career readiness framework that aligns with business/industry needs, MTSS, and the ASCA National Model.

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Keynote Session

15-Minute Counseling Techniques that Work: What You Didn’t Learn in Grad School

Allison Edwards

 

SPEAKER BIO: Allison Edwards LPC, RPT is an affiliate professor in the Human Development Counseling department at Vanderbilt University. She is the author of Why Smart Kids Worry, Worry Says What?, and Marcy Is Having All the Feels. Allison received her graduate degree in Counseling from Vanderbilt University and is a National Certified Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor, and Registered Play Therapist. Allison has over 20 years experience working as a school teacher, school counselor, child/adolescent psychotherapist, and educational consultant to schools throughout the country.

Allison travels both nationally and internationally training professionals in the areas of empowering anxious children in the classroom, managing the emotional needs of students, recognizing the social/emotional needs of gifted students, and sharing how educators can talk to parents about student anxiety. Allison helps school leaders understand how social/emotional differences can be supported in their neurologically diverse student populations, and provides consultation and staff development on how to effectively improve emotion regulation in the classroom.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Allison for her session titled 15-Minute Counseling Techniques that Work: What You Didn’t Learn in Grad School. Feel like you don’t have enough time to do counseling? Participants will learn 15 counseling techniques that can be implemented in less than 15 minutes from when a student walks into your office. The program can be suited to elementary, middle, or high school counselors (or a combination of all) and participants will not only learn the strategies but will be doing them alongside Allison as she teaches how to implement them. Get out your Play-Doh! This hands-on, experiential program will revolutionize your counseling department and help kids leave feeling empowered.

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. | Breakout Session 3

Answering the Cry for Help

Dave Opalewski

President, Author, Presenter, founder of Grief Recovery, Inc.

Domain: Social/Emotional Development
Audience: School Counselors & Administrators
Level: All

 

A dynamic and interactive presentation enhancing counselor skills in the areas of identification, assessment, prevention, and intervention of students and staff in suicidal crisis.

College and Career Readiness in Elementary Schools

Leigh Bagwell

Director of School Counseling Services, Tennessee Department of Education

Domain: College and Career Readiness
Audience: School Counselors
Level: Elementary

 

What does a successful student look like? What are the skills, knowledge, and experiences our students need to transition effectively from education and training to the workforce? Preparing today’s students for tomorrow’s workforce goes beyond the traditional career speakers and “careers on wheels” of days past. More than half of our students will pursue a career that has not been developed yet. College and career readiness begins with early exposure and awareness to a broad range of career fields and employability skills. These skills will not only prepare them for success in the workplace, but also success in both secondary and postsecondary education. When students transition from elementary schools to middle and high schools, they also progress from career awareness to career exploration and planning. College and career readiness continues to focus on the development and refinement of employability skills. It also broadens the scope from just knowing about different careers to exploring the high demand opportunities in their communities, aligning personal interests and aptitudes to career fields, and identifying specific pathways to move successfully from secondary to postsecondary to the workforce. Using school counseling standards as the foundation, we will discuss the profile of a college and career ready student. Participants will leave with specific school counseling strategies and practices that will deepen their students’ understanding of the world of work and connect it to their school experience. School counselors will increase their capacity to provide high quality advising and support students as they move along their chosen pathways to and through secondary and postsecondary education and on to the workforce.

College Search & Selection in the COVID-19 Era

Nickolai Kanagawa

Domain: College and Career Readiness
Audience: School Counselors & Administrators
Level: All

 

Come and hear some frank insights and feedback from college admissions reps in the state. They’ll share their ups, downs, and the downright bizarre from Fall recruitment this year, as well as what they see on the horizon moving forward. You’ll also get a chance to learn about what they’re doing as individual institutions and collectively to help meet students where they are in these trying times.

Journey to RAMP

Elizabeth Kanagawa

School Counselor, Patrick Henry Middle School

Domain: College and Career Readiness
Audience: School Counselors
Level: All

 

If you are thinking about becoming more data-driven or applying for RAMP, this is the session for you! We will detail our journey through the RAMP process focusing on what types of data we collect, how we collect it, and how to share your results. Hear about where we went wrong in our journey and the great rewards of obtaining RAMP. Whether you are just getting started on your own RAMP journey or ready to apply, come ready to collaborate.

Michigan Seal of Biliteracy

Chris Delgado

Deputy Superintendent of Schools, Walled Lake Consolidated School District

Domain: College and Career Readiness
Audience: School Counselors & Administrators
Level: High

 

Michigan is proud to offer the Seal of Biliteracy to graduating senior high school students that demonstrate a particular proficiency in English and a second language. This presentation will provide detailed information about how students can earn this endorsement, the benefits for college and career pursuits, and the unique role guidance counselors can play in helping their students achieve this endorsement.

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Breakout Session 4

Answering Wh”Y”

Steven Coyle

National Director Counselor/Academic Relations, Universal Technical Institute

Domain: College and Career Readiness
Audience: School Counselors & Administrators
Level: All

 

What can we do to motivate young people today? Why do they act the way they do? Why do we need to change the educational and workforce paradigm? Get the answers to these questions and more in this workshop as we explore how to reach students today. Learn what a focus driven education looks like and Wh”Y” it is so important to both students and their parents. Learn about the Rule of 1-2-7 and authenticity. Explore Universal Design for Learning

Approaching Anxiety: How (and When!) Educators Can Intervene

Allison Edwards

Affiliate Professor, Vanderbilt University

Domain: Social/Emotional Development
Audience: School Counselors & Administrators
Level: All

 

Anxiety is the #1 mental health disorder in the country and affects nearly 30% of students. Each day students walk into classrooms with upset stomachs, sweaty palms and minds spinning with fear-based thoughts. Learn how to recognize anxiety in children, how to support anxiety in neurologically diverse classrooms, and how to talk to parents about student anxiety. Educators will leave the session with confidence to identify issues to address inside the classroom and how to work with outside professionals to help anxious children begin to thrive.

How Counselors Can Support Work-Based Learning

Irene Mayfield

CTE Work-Based Learning Coordinator, KRESA

Domain: College and Career Readiness
Audience: School Counselors & Administrators
Level: High

 

This presentation will include the various definitions of work-based learning. Counselors will learn the requirements of sustained work-based learning (Co-op, Youth Apprenticeship, Internships) as well as how they can best support their work-based learning professionals. Finally, examples of various work-based learning models will be shared as well as the long-term benefits of work-based learning for the student.

School Counselor Supervision: The Process for Obtaining LPC Licensure

Rebecca Vannest

Assistant Professor, Oakland University

Domain: Administrator Leadership Development
Audience: School Counselors
Level: All

 

Learn how to expand your income and job opportunities as a school counselor through LLPC to LPC licensure. The focus of this presentation will be understanding how supervision fits into the LLPC to LPC licensure process. Discover how to choose a supervisor and decide whether group or individual supervision is right for you. Learn how to assess a supervisor’s background and take control of finding the right fit in a supervisory relationship.

When Student Behavior Is A Barrier-Integrating Mindfulness & Self-Care

Sarah Dickman

School Counselor, Calhoun Area Career Center

Domain: Social/Emotional Development
Audience: School Counselors
Level: High

 

School Counselors know students function better when their emotional needs are being met. We will share simple techniques to teach students the benefits of being mindful, creating a routine of self-care, and learning how to pause and respond vs. react. Our data shows this has helped students reduce stress levels, find balance, and self-confidence. We will also share with you how to teach mindfulness when working with students who are resistant.