November 4-6, 2020

Embassy Suites Resort & Convention Center
5400 John Q. Hammons Dr NW
Concord, NC 28027


Start with the Heart; We are Ignitors of HOPE!

Michelle Trujillo

Wednesday, November 4, 2020 | 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Pre-Conference Keynote Speaker
(open to ALL conference attendees)

Join Michelle as she presents Start with the Heart; We are Ignitors of HOPE! This keynote presentation will speak to the “why” and “how” of inspired school counselors. Participants will be asked to consider what it means to be an Ignitor of Hope and why it is necessary to serve in such a role. Participants will learn strategies for intentionality that emphasize the leading influence on student learning based on a philosophy of starting with the heart. Five ways to ignite hope will be highlighted as activators of educator resiliency and an empowered purpose. Participants will leave this presentation understanding that connecting with students (and adults!) by reflecting on our why, choosing intentionality, having a human mind-frame, leading with love and building relationships, are vital keys to having highly expert, inspired and passionate counselors and school leaders working together to maximize the positive impact on the entire school community.

Michelle Trujillo is passionate about igniting hope in schools! Through her writing, speaking and professional development workshops, she inspires readers, educators, students and their parents to recognize the power of love, connection, and social and emotional learning in the pursuit of academic achievement and productive citizenship. Michelle’s message of “starting with the heart” is founded on brain-based research, “in the trenches” experience and practical strategies. Her sincerity, enthusiasm and expertise are contagious and substantial. Named Nevada’s 2016 Innovative Educator of the Year, Michelle has appeared on television (including Oprah) and radio across the nation as a guest expert.

Although Michelle has dedicated her vocation to education, she vows that family always comes first! Her husband of thirty years and their two adult children fill her heart with joy and inspire her daily! Michelle’s new book, Start With the Heart: Igniting Hope in Schools through Social and Emotional Learning was released by Corwin in March, 2019. Her previous books include Why Can’t We Talk; What Teens Would Share if Parents Would Listen and Chicken Soup for the Soul presents Teens Talkin’ Faith.

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

Principal Baruti Kafele

Thursday, November 5, 2020 | 8:30 a.m.
Opening Session Keynote Speaker

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.

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.

Wednesday, November 4, 2020 | 12:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

The Pre-Conference Learning Institute includes additional opportunities for more professional development and CEU contact hours. The sessions generally cover more in-depth information and allow more opportunity for discussion. These sessions are not included in the conference registration fee. Space is limited for all sessions. Interested participants are encouraged to register early.

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

Domains Available:

  • Academic Development
  • Social/Emotional Development
  • College and Career Readiness

Cost (includes handouts):

  • Members $35
  • Non-Members $90

Contact Hours: 3

Standards Available:

  • Standard 1: School Counselors Demonstrate Leadership, Advocacy and Collaboration
  • Standard 2: School Counselors Promote A Respectful Environment for A Diverse Population of Students
  • Standard 3: School Counselors Understand and Facilitate the Implementation of A Comprehensive School Counseling Program
  • Standard 4: School Counselors Promote Learning for All Students
  • Standard 5: School Counselors Actively Reflect on Their Practice

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

Allison Edwards


  • Social/Emotional Development


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  • Standard 4

Join Allison as she presents 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.

Allison Edwards LPC, RPT is an affiliate professor in the Human Development Counseling department at Vanderbilt University, the author of Why Smart Kids Worry and Worry Says What? and the creator of Anxiety Tracker an iPhone app that helps track anxiety. 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.

Identifying and Responding to Microaggressions at (K-12) School

Joseph Williams


  • Academic Development
  • Social/Emotional Development


  • Standard 1
  • Standard 2
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  • Standard 4

Join Joseph as he presents Identifying and Responding to Microaggressions at (K-12) School. Microaggressions can be defined as daily verbal, behavioral or environmental messages (whether intentional or unintentional) that communicate that a person’s identity or social group membership is less valued or perceived negatively. New research shows that students of color and other marginalized student groups regularly experience microaggressions at school from friends, classmates, teachers, and school administrators. These everyday occurrences may, on the surface, appear quite harmless or trivial, but research indicates they have a powerful impact upon the behavior and academic performance of students. This interactive workshop will help school counselors learn how to recognize and respond to microaggressions at school and in everyday situations.

Learning Objectives: After completing this interactive workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify various forms of microaggressions
  2. Understand the harmful impact of microaggressions on student behaviors and outcomes
  3. Respond to racial microaggression at school and in everyday situations

Joseph Williams is an Associate Professor in the Counselor Education Program at the University of Virginia. He is a faculty affiliate with Youth-Nex: The U.Va. Center to Promote Effective Youth Development, and with the Center for Race and Public Education in the South. He earned his Ph.D. in counselor education and supervision from the University of Iowa and his M.S. in Mental Health Counseling from Minnesota State University. he has over 10 years of practical experience counseling children, adolescents, and families in both school and mental health settings.

His primary line of research focuses on identifying the protective factors and underlying processes that contribute to the academic resilience of K-12 students of color and those from low-income backgrounds. His secondary line of interest include multicultural and social justice training practices for (K-12) counselors, educators, and other helping professionals. In addition to publishing scholarly articles and book chapters in these areas, he also consults with school districts, communities, associations, and corporations to improve diversity, inclusion, and equity efforts and engage people in productive dialogue and action.

Burston, Andrea

Digital Literacy: Technology Tips for the Busy School Counselor

Andrea Burston


  • Academic Development


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Join Andrea as she presents Digital Learning: Technology Tips for the Busy School Counselor. Learn how to use digital resources such as Google, online storage and online communication tools to simplify your comprehensive school counseling program, to instruct students as well as design technology enriched learning experiences for all students. BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) to become familiar with digital learning competencies and engage in interactive activities.

Andrea Burston is a former high school computer / technology teacher turned elementary school counselor. She is the school counselor for Wake County Public Schools working at JY Joyner IB Magnet Elementary School in Raleigh, NC. Andrea is also the writer of the jyjcounselor blog where she shares her enjoyment of her career as well as many counselor ideas with school counselors from all over the world. She loves using technology and is always looking for new and innovative ways to integrate technology into her school counseling program. Andrea has presented at various conferences and workshops on using technology in counseling programs.

Respond to Suicidal Ideation

Melisa Marsh


  • Social/Emotional Development


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Join Melisa as she presents Respond to Suicidal Ideation. Do you know what to say when you have a suicidal student? When suicidal students leave your office, do you feel confident they will get the help and support they need? Walk away with tools you can use to keep your students safe when they express suicidal ideation. Learn how to use these tools with your students and families so you can feel more confident each time a student leaves your office after these challenging conversations.

Melisa Marsh, Ph.D. currently serves as the Supervisor of School Counseling for the Cobb County school district in Marietta, GA., where she coordinates the development and supervision of school counseling, student advisement, crisis response, and Hospital Homebound programs. She has 17 years of experience in filling the roles of Georgia State High School Counselor, Supervisor of Counseling, and School Counseling and Advisement Consultant. Melisa received her PhD in Counseling Education and Personnel Services and her Specialist Degree in School Counseling from the University of Georgia. She received her Advanced Masters in School Counseling Program from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Friday, November 6, 2020 | 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

The Core Skills Building Workshops are included in the conference registration fee and are being held at the same time. Each session will be presented twice, once from 9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m. and again from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Crisis Intervention: Do You Know How to Respond?

Karen Meadows and Nartarshia Sharpe


  • Social/Emotional Development


  • Standard 1
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Join Karen and Nartarsha as they present Crisis Intervention: Do You Know How to Respond? A crisis is defined as a condition of instability or danger. Crises occur at a moment’s notice and may impact an individual, school or school community. Using evidenced-based interventions from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, the CDC as well as empirical evidence, participants will learn or refresh their skill set regarding suicide intervention, self-injurious behavior, common reactions to stress/crisis and practical ways to assist students with grief, loss and trauma.

KAREN MEADOWS BIO:  Dr. Karen Meadows is currently a high school counselor, recently transitioning from the Supervisor of K -8 Counseling in Guilford County Schools. Dr. Meadows has served as the Interim Supervisor of High School Counseling, an adjunct professor at North Carolina A&T State University and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and was the district lead for Suicide Intervention Training, Bullying Prevention, School Counseling professional development Peer Mediation and a Team Leader for the District Crisis Team. Her former role on the board of NCSCA and current role as the co-chair for the NCSCA Conference Committee allowed her to contribute to the counseling profession more broadly. She is the author of the book, Pedagogy of Survival: The Narratives of Millicent E. Brown and Josephine Boyd Bradley and served as a trainer/panelist for local, national and international conferences.

NARTARSHIA SHARPE BIO: Nartarshia Sharpe is a professional school counselor in Wake County Public School System at Crossroads FLEX High School. This year marks her twenty-fifth year in education. During her tenure in Wake County Public Schools she has served as a middle school teacher, worked in Central Office and proudly worked alongside her colleagues at a previous school to receive RAMP status.

Nartarshia is a graduate of UNC-Charlotte where she earned a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. She holds two Master’s degrees from NC State University, one in Curriculum and Instruction and the other in School Counseling. As a National Board-Certified Teacher in K-12 School Counseling, she enjoys working with her students to create and execute their post-secondary plans.

Williams, Deirdra

ASCA National Model: 4th Edition

Deirdra Williams


  • Academic Development
  • College and Career Readiness
  • Social/Emotional Development


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  • Standard 4

Join Deirdra as she presents ASCA National Model: 4th Edition. The 4th edition of the ASCA National Model is now in circulation. The intent of the new edition is to continue to streamline the process and the language to make implementation easier. Whether you are new to the ASCA national model or a RAMPed school, you will learn about the changes and how it impacts how you document your work in maintaining your comprehensive school counseling program.

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.

What Anxiety Wants vs. What Anxiety Needs

Noel Foy


  • Social/Emotional Development


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Join Noel as she presents What Anxiety Wants vs. What Anxiety Needs. Do you understand how worry works? Are your words and actions inadvertently feeding the disorder of those you know who deal with anxiety? If you teach, parent, or coach kids with anxiety and wonder what to say and do to help, this workshop is for you. Using ABC Worry Free as a reference tool, you will learn:

  • What we know about anxiety
  • How worry works
  • Patterns of anxiety
  • Myths and misunderstandings
  • Communication and skill building tips

As founder of AMMPE™ Neuroeducational Consulting, Noel’s mission is to empower teachers, parents, counselors, coaches and students with quick, user-friendly ways to use neuroeducation findings to their advantage. Having these tools can decrease stress, build underdeveloped skill sets and mindsets, and boost learning, engagement, Executive Function and performance in and beyond the classroom.

In response to the rise in anxiety, Noel has recently written an engaging, solution-focused story called ABC Worry Free, which provides readers of all ages with a transferable strategy to face and manage anxiety.

For over 35 years, Noel has served as an educator in various capacities—classroom teacher at Landmark School, Learning Specialist at The Roxbury Latin School, and Professional Development Trainer for Keys to Literacy. Noel received her B.A. in Education/Special Education and her M.A. in American Studies from Boston College.

20-Minute Ignite Sessions

About the Session:  As professional school counselors, we wrestle with a limited amount of time to address countless needs as well as assist and advise a vast number of stakeholders. Join practicing school counselors as they share strategies, techniques and knowledge that have yielded successful outcomes. Participate in multiple 20-Minute sessions from multiple school counselors.  These high-speed training sessions will optimize your time while igniting your capacity to produce positive outcomes and create systems of change. Participants will walk away with practices that can be re-delivered to their peers and used immediately in their professional work.

  • Interrupting Racism: Action for Equity in School Counseling
    Rebecca Atkins & Alicia Oglesby
    Domain: College and Career Readiness
  • Creative Counseling Strategies for Building Self-Regulation in Students
    Meredith Draughn
    Domain: Social / Emotional Development
  • The Relationship Between ACES, High School Suspension Rates and ADHD
    Kelly Wynne & Travis Lewis
    Domain: Social / Emotional Development

Tentative Schedule

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

7:30 am – 7:30 pm

On-Site Conference Registration and Information Desk Open

8:00 am – 11:00 am

NCSCA Delegate Assembly

10:00 am – 1:30 pm

Exhibitors Setup

11:30 am – 2:00 pm

Leadership Day Meeting

12:00 pm – 3:15 pm

Pre-Conference Sessions

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Snack Break with Exhibitors

1:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Exhibits Open

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Pre-Conference General Session (Open to all conference attendees)
Keynote Speaker – Michelle Trujillo

Thursday, November 5, 2020

7:00 am – 5:00 pm

On-Site Conference Registration and Information Desk Open

7:30 am – 8:30 am

Continental Breakfast

7:30 am – 5:00 pm

Exhibits Open

7:30 am – 7:00 pm

Silent Auction

8:30 am – 10:00 am

Opening Session Kick Off:
Welcome, Introduction, Regional Roll Call, Updates & Awards
Keynote Speaker – Principal Baruti Kafele

10:00 am – 10:30 am

Break with Exhibitors

10:30 am – 11:30 am

Program Session 1

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Boxed Lunches
(Name Badge Required)

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Past Presidents Luncheon

11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Graduate Student Luncheon and Panel

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Program Session 2

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Break with Exhibitors

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Graduate Student Poster Sessions

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Program Session 3

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Break with Exhibitors

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Program Session 4

4:40 pm – 5:10 pm

Regional Meetings

5:10 pm – 6:30 pm

Celebration Reception & Silent Auction

Friday, November 6, 2020

6:30 am – 7:30 am

Fun Run/Walk

7:00 am – 8:00 am

Yoga Session

7:00 am – 8:00 am

Self-Care Zumba Session

7:30 am – 9:00 am

On-Site Conference Registration and Information Desk Open

8:30 am – 9:00 am

Coffee Service Only

8:30 am – 11:30 am

Exhibits Open

9:00 am – 10:30 am

Core Skills Building Workshops

10:30 am – 11:00 am

Snack Break with Exhibitors

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Core Skills Building Workshops

A virtual element is being explored for this event. Please check back for more details.

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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 2020 NCSCA Conference!

MAIN Conference
November 4-6, 2020

Main Conference registration includes access to the Pre-Conference General Session on Wednesday, Nov. 4th. Please register for the Pre-Conference sessions separately.

(by October 10, 2020)

Professional Member*: $135
Student Member*: $105
Retiree Member*: $105
Non-Member: $225

(between Oct. 10-31, 2020)

Professional Member*: $145
Student Member*: $110
Retiree Member*: $110
Non-Member: $235

(after October 31, 2020)

Professional Member*: $155
Student Member*: $120
Retiree Member*: $120
Non-Member: $245

Thursday ONLY
November 5, 2020

(by October 10, 2020)

Professional Member*: $105
Student Member*: $80
Retiree Member*: $80
Non-Member: $200

(between Oct. 10-31, 2020)

Professional Member*: $115
Student Member*: $90
Retiree Member*: $90
Non-Member: $210

(after October 31, 2020)

Professional Member*: $125
Student Member*: $100
Retiree Member*: $100
Non-Member: $220

Pre-Conference Learning Institute
November 4, 2020


Professional Member*: $35
Student Member*: $35
Retiree Member*: $35
Non-Member: $90

*To qualify for member rates your membership must be good through Nov 6, 2020. Renew your membership if not current, or if becoming a member for the first time, go to the NCSCA Website BEFORE registering.

**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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PROCESSING FEE: There will be a $35 service charge for all returned checks and declined credit cards.

CANCELLATION POLICY: If we are forced to cancel the NCSCA 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: Requests for refunds must be received in writing. No refund requests will be granted after October 10, 2020. There is a 20% processing fee for refunds requested prior to September 15, 2020 and a 50% processing fee for all refunds requested September 16 – October 10. Send cancellation requests to the NCSCA Treasurer at 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 NCSCA 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!


Embassy Suites Resort and Convention Center

5400 John Q. Hammons Dr NW
Concord, NC 28027


The Embassy Suites has a conference rate of $150 per night, plus tax, for up to double occupancy. This rate remains valid for reservations made by October 11, 2020 while rooms are available.


  • CALL:  (800) 362-2779 or (704) 455-8200. Please be sure to mention the “NSC group and the dates of the conference.
  • REGISTER ONLINE:  Go to the Embassy Suites website

Come Learn and Play!

In the evening, make sure you take time to relax and enjoy the surrounding area. Visit Concord Mills, just minutes away and in walking distance from the Embassy Suites! You can sit back and relax at the many restaurants at Concord Mills, such as Bonefish Grill, Dave and Busters and Outback Steakhouse, along with others. Enjoy shopping at the Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th, Nike Factory Store, Banana Republic Factory Store, Ann Taylor Factory Store, Tommy Bahama Outlet, and many more! Concord Mills also has a 24-screen AMC move theater, so you can finally watch that movie you have been wanting to see.

Click here to see all the fun you can have at  Concord Mills.

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!