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January 21-22, 2021

We are excited to announce that the PSSCA Conference has gone virtual!

If you had already registered for the onsite event you will be contacted by email.

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Thursday, January 21st
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Recorded session also available after the event

Standing Tall Through It All

Steve Bollar

Opening Keynote Speaker


SPEAKER BIO:  Steve Bollar, a.k.a. Stand Tall Steve, is an educational thought leader, former Superintendent of Schools, principal, author and a school culture and motivation expert. He is known for his quick wit, creative thought, and humorous personality.

Steve is the author of the school culture book Ideas, Ideas, Ideas! and is a contributing author in the book School Climate 2.0: Preventing Cyberbullying One Classroom at a Time.

Steve openly shares his knowledge, experiences and creativity with others. He currently speaks to students, staff and communities throughout the country about how to think differently about schools, education, and life.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Steve as he presents Standing Tall Through It All. Challenges can either force you to step up your game or they can stop you in your tracks. Steve will show you how to overcome challenges in your schools and come out better, maximize leadership, and more motivated than ever. In this humorous yet focused session, you’ll discover:

  • How to maintain the focus needed to get great results… even when chaos and challenge surrounds you
  • How you can increase productivity no matter what is happening or how overwhelmed you are
  • How to maximize difficult relationships that keep you from success – and how to prevent relationship breakdown from stalling your progress ever again

Thursday, January 21 | 8:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.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. Sessions are at a minimal fee.

If you are interested in viewing more than one session, you will be charged the fee for each sessionAll Pre-Conference sessions are being shown live at the same time. Watch one Pre-Conference session live and then watch the other recorded Pre-Conference sessions later.

You can now view more than one Pre-Conference session!


Thursday, January 21st
8:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Recorded session also available after the event

From Executive Dysfunction to Executive Function: Developing Metacognitive, Empowered Learners

Noel Foy

Pre-Conference Speaker (additional fee)


SPEAKER BIO: 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.

ABOUT THE SESSION: Join Noel for From Executive Dysfunction to Executive Function: Developing Metacognitive, Empowered Learners. Looking for ways to help your disorganized, easily distracted, and careless students become more efficient? How about those who have difficulty getting started, fall apart when they encounter obstacles, or avoid challenges? In this experiential training, you’ll learn how to use your daily content to help students build underdeveloped skill sets and mindsets that are vital to learning and success in school, relationships, jobs, and life—all without sacrificing too much instructional time. We will address key information about the brain and the impact of stress on Executive Function as well as how to support students with transitions and routines and the development of skills related to goal setting, organization, time management, self monitoring, cognitive flexibility, and growth mindset self-talk.

Gruener, Barbara


Thursday, January 21st
8:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Recorded session also available after the event

Kindness is the Real Global Warming

Barbara Gruener

Pre-Conference Speaker (additional fee)


SPEAKER BIO:  Barbara Gruener is a nationally recognized speaker, character coach, and author who thrives on positively influencing character change, passionately helping people create lifelong connections, and intentionally improving school culture and climate. Her innovative ideas and engaging insights are sparked by 34 years in public education, growing alongside students from every age and stage. Barbara has been leading supercharged character-development and social and emotional learning sessions with students, parents, teachers and administrators for nearly two decades. She recently retired from Friendswood ISD in TX and is currently working as an inspirational speaker, blogger, life coach, mentor, and host of the podcast Character Speaks. She is also recognized as a Character Strong teammate. Barbara is the author of the Mom’s Choice Gold honoree, What’s Under Your Cape? SUPERHEROES of the Character Kind, and a joyful wife and mama of three beautiful children.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Barbara for Kindness is the Real Global Warming. Have you ever visited a school where empathy is elevated, compassion is mobilized, and kindness has become so routine that the warmth of its glow is felt from the very moment you open the doors? If so, then you likely remember wanting to pull up a chair and stay there all day. Something so magical doesn’t just happen by chance. In this session Barbara will provide concrete strategies to weave kindness into the very fabric of your character building to help our future leaders intentionally understand kindness, embrace it, and give it wings to soar.

Williams, Deirdra


Thursday, January 21st
8:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Recorded session also available after the event

ASCA National Model: 4th Edition

Deirdra Williams

Pre-Conference Speaker (additional 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 THE SESSION: Join Deirdra for 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.

PSSCA Online offers live and recorded sessions!

Pre-Conference, Keynote, Grade Level Share, Regional Meetings, and featured breakout sessions will be presented live for you to watch on January 21-22, 2021. About one week following the conference, the recorded live sessions will be available to watch if missed on those dates. Plus, more than 30 prerecorded breakout sessions covering multiple topics will also be available. All sessions will be available to view until March 31, 2021.

Tentative Schedule

Thursday, January 21, 2021

8:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Pre-Conference Sessions

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch Break

1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Opening Session, Kick off, Welcome and Keynote Speaker
Steve Bollar

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.


2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Regional Meetings

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

PSSCA Virtual Board Meeting

Friday, January 22, 2021

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Share Sessions by Grade Level

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.


9:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Featured Breakout Sessions 1

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.


11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Featured Breakout Sessions 2

12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch Break

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Closing General Session and Business Meeting

Become a Member and Save!

You can save on your conference registration by becoming a member of the PSSCA! Before registering for the conference, please visit the PSSCA website and become a member or renew your annual membership to save.

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 PSSCA Conference!

Pre-Conference Learning Sessions
(January 21, 2021)

Member*: $40
Non-Member: $70

If you are interested in viewing more than one session, you will be charged the fee for each session.

Main Conference
(January 22, 2021)

Professional Member*: $99
Student  or Retiree Member*: $79
Non-Member: $135

*Your PSSCA membership must be good through January 22, 2021 to receive the member price.


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  • 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.


FAX: (423) 899-4547

PHONE: (866) 318-6294

MAIL: National Center for Youth Issues, ATTN: PSSCA
 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.

PLEASE NOTE: There will be no refunds after December 21, 2020. All cancellations before December 21, 2020 will be refunded less a $25 handling fee. There will be no refunds if you register as a Non-Member and then later become a member. Please become a Member or renew your membership before registering for the conference.