January 21-23, 2021

The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa
Two Grasslawn Avenue
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928


Standing Tall Through It All

Steve Bollar

Friday, January 22 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.


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 | 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Pre-Conference Learning Sessions include 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. 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.

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

Noel Foy


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

Kindness is the Real Global Warming

Barbara Gruener


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

ASCA National Model: 4th Edition

Deirdra Williams


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.

Tentative Schedule

Thursday, January 21, 2021

1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Registration Open

1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Exhibits Open

2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Pre-Conference Learning Session

7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

PSSCA Board Dinner and Meeting

Friday, January 22, 2021

7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Registration Open

7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Graduate Student Orientation

7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Exhibits Open

8:30 a.m to 9:00 a.m.

Opening Kickoff Session

9:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.

Break – Visit Exhibitors

9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

Breakout (Program) Session One

10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Break – Visit Exhibitors

10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Breakout (Program) Session Two

11:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Break – Visit Exhibitors

12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Lunch and Keynote Speaker – Steve Bollar

1:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Break – Visit Exhibitors

1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Breakout (Program) Session Three

2:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Break – Visit Exhibitors

3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Breakout (Program) Session Four

4:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Break – Visit Exhibitors

4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Breakout (Program) Session Five

Saturday, January 23, 2021

8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Exhibits Open

8:15 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.

Breakout (Program) Session Six

9:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

Break – Visit Exhibitors

9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Breakout (Program) Session Seven

10:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Break – Final Chance to Visit Exhibitors

11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Final Closing Celebration – Awards Ceremony, Annual Meeting, Closing PowerPoint Show & Door Prizes!

Become a Member and Save!

You can save $50 on your conference registration by becoming a member of the PSSCA for only $35! 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!

Main Conference
(January 22-23, 2021)

(by November 20, 2020)

Professional Member*: $119
Student  or Retiree Member*: $79
Non-Member: $169

(after November 20, 2020)

Professional Member*: $139
Student  or Retiree Member*: $99
Non-Member: $189

Pre-Conference Learning Sessions
(January 21, 2021)

(by November 20, 2020)

Member*: $45
Non-Member: $85

(after November 20, 2020)

Member*: $60
Non-Member: $95

*Your PSSCA membership must be good through January 23, 2021 to receive the member price.
**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.


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 January 8, 2021. All cancellations before January 8, 2021 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. The association is not responsible for and cannot give refunds due to problems beyond its control, such as weather and school closings.

Make Hotel Reservations Early! Limited Availability!


The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa

Two Grasslawn Avenue
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928


The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa, the Conference’s host hotel, has a conference rate of $116 a night for single occupancy and $136 a night for double occupancy (plus tax and resort fee of $5.00 per night).  This rate is good on reservations made by January 7, 2021. Rooms are limited, and may fill up before January 7th cutoff. The conference rate includes breakfast vouchers to use for a full hot breakfast each morning. The resort fee includes a variety of complimentary amenities and benefits, including complimentary Wi-Fi in the hotel rooms.


  • CALL: (888) 236-2427 or (843) 681-4000.  When prompted, choose Reservations. Once on the line with an agent mention you are with the Palmetto State School Counselor group.
  • REGISTER ONLINE: Click here to make a reservation on the Marriott Westin website.

Come Learn and Play

In the evening, make sure you take time to relax and enjoy the surrounding area. There is so much to do on Hilton Head Island. Visit the Tanger Outlets for shopping at places like Ann Taylor, Coach, LOFT Outlet, or Pandora. Or you can visit Shelter Cover Harbor & Marina for shopping and dining on the water. Eat at the French cage, Bistro 17, or ELA’S On The Water for award-winner views and fresh seafood. Shelter Cove also has shopping at places like A&M Provisions, an upscale food market, and Nash Gallery for handcrafted jewelry, blown glass, ceramics, and furniture. Hilton Head Island has a variety of options for your entertainment.

Click here to learn more about the Tanger Outlets.

Click here for more information about Shelter Cove Harbor and Marina.

Click here to see all you can do on Hilton Head Island.

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!