September 26-28, 2021

Embassy Suites Hotel and Convention Center
1200 Conference Center Blvd

Murfreesboro, TN 37129




Founded in 2004, Destination Knowledge specializes in educational technology resources that schools need most. Today, our MTSS model is flipped and SEL / MH is one of the most crucial needs of our students and staff today. Ripple Effects is an evidence-based, proven-effective, digital trauma-informed student support that gets to the root cause of problem behaviors and thoughts. Educator Ally ensures staff are included in this critical process. Effective for Tier 2 on the TN Comp. Resource Guide.

For more information please contact Kristine Marsh, Founder and President at 800.889.4886 or via email.

Enlisting in the Tennessee ARMY National Guard means more time at home. Training typically requires one weekend each month, with a two-week training period once each year. Get a degree with money for school, learn job skills that translate to the civilian world, make bonds that last a lifetime, and earn pride for life. Learn more about the opportunities in the Tennessee ARMY National Guard.

Bethel University’s Dual Enrollment program provides an opportunity for qualified high school juniors and seniors to begin their college education while still in high school. This program offers an affordable and efficient way to gain a head start on earning a college degree. Courses are taught by qualified instructors and either at the high school or through an online learning format. Credits earned can be applied to Bethel’s wide variety of degrees and programs with an opportunity to receive a Dual Enrollment scholarship. Credits can also be transferred to the college or university of the student’s choice.

For more information please contact Craig Lunn, Director of Dual Enrollment via email or at 731.352.6329.

Centerstone is a not-for-profit health system providing mental health and substance use disorder treatments. Services are available nationally through the operation of outpatient clinics, residential programs, the use of telehealth, school-based services, and an inpatient hospital. Centerstone also features specialized programs for the military community, therapeutic foster care, children’s services and employee assistance programs.

For more information please contact Robert Lambert, Director of Corporate Communications, at 615.463.6653 or at

Xello is an engaging, online program that helps K-12 students define their future goals and transform their aspirations into actionable plans for success. The program puts students at the center of their college and career planning experience. It helps them build self-knowledge, explore their options, create a plan, and develop the 21st-century skills needed to thrive in the world of work.

For more information contact Shauna Mann, Educational Consultant via email or at 800.965.8541.

CollegeforTN aims to prepare students and their families from across the state for their ideal college and career. This year, the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation are relaunching the website with new tools and resources to help students research and organize their college, career, and financial aid search. CollegeforTN: You can get there from here!

For more information please contact Jessie Greene, Coordinator of College Access Communications at or at 615.741.1318.

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 Buz Watson, Director of Sales, via email or at 615.347.0050.

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission was created in 1967 by the Tennessee General Assembly. The Commission develops, implements, and evaluates postsecondary education policies and programs in Tennessee while coordinating the state’s systems of higher education. THEC is relentlessly focused on increasing the number of Tennesseans with a postsecondary credential.

The Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC), a non-profit corporation created in 1974, administers over 20 different state student financial aid programs, including the HOPE scholarship, Tennessee Promise, Tennessee Reconnect, Tennessee Student Assistance Award, and the Dual Enrollment grant. To increase awareness and participation in these financial aid programs, the agency conducts outreach and training to students and staff at every high school and postsecondary institution in the state. TSAC also works directly with postsecondary financial aid offices to improve program effectiveness, compliance, and efficiency.

For more information please contact Jason Seay, Senior Director of Outreach at or at 615.253.7459.

The Jason Foundation, Inc. (JFI) is dedicated to the prevention of the “Silent Epidemic” of youth suicide through educational and awareness programs that equip young people, educators/youth workers and parents with the tools and resources to help identify and assist at-risk youth.

For more information please contact Cory Watkins, Chief Strategy Officer at or at 615.264.2323.

The U.S. Army provides state-of-the-art training in a multitude of career fields from Culinary to Aviation to Medical and Engineering to name a few. Learn about free education resources the Army offers to students and teachers. Connect with the Education Services representative who can provide presentations on these resources, Army benefits, and college/financial aid information to you, your parents, or your school!

For more information contact Ms. Abigail Murdock, Education Services Specialist via email or at 615.289.0138.

SCUTA is used by school counselors and school districts to develop a data-driven, evidence based school counseling program. It follows the ASCA National Model® recommendations and offers confidential, comprehensive documentation and use of time analysis system. It is an invaluable tool for School Counselors who want to do best practice, keep accurate records and develop a data driven school counseling program.
School Counselors using SCUTA, have the ability to clearly illustrate the nature of their work and school needs with supervisors and stakeholders

For more information please contact Cathy.

The College Funding Coach was founded in 2002, to teach parents how to EFFICIENTLY pay for college without destroying their retirement nest egg!  The College Funding Coach is the only national organization that is brought into elementary, middle, and high schools in 25 different states, to teach parents how to pay for college without going broke! For almost 20 years, The College Funding Coach has worked with counselors and school administrators at elementary, middle, and high schools across the country, educating parents through our nationally acclaimed free parent workshop called “Little Known Secrets of Paying for College.  With significant changes to the FAFSA, and the reduction of financial aid at many colleges and universities, The College Funding Coach has never been more needed for parents who are looking to reduced their out-of-pocket cost for their children’s college education.

For more information contact Demetrius Doss at or at 703.340.6911.

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.

Foundation Sponsors


Sunday, September 26, 2021 | 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

The Pre-Institute sessions are included in your registration. They run concurrently. You may only attend one.

MTSS and School Counseling: How Do They Fit Together?

Emily Goodman-Scott

Sunday, September 26, 2021 | 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. 


SPEAKER BIO: Dr. Emily Goodman-Scott is an Associate Professor in Counselor Education and the School Counseling Coordinator at Old Dominion University, in Virginia. As a previous school counselor and special education teacher, Dr. Goodman-Scott has been in education for nearly 15 years. She was a 2018 recipient of the Top 40 Under 40 award for her region, is the former president/chair of the Virginia School Counselor Association, and enjoys speaking at national conferences, invited state association workshops, and school districts trainings. Dr. Goodman-Scott is the lead editor of the 2019 book A School Counselor’s Guide to Multitiered Systems of Support, and has co-authored the I Can series of children’s social stories.


ABOUT THIS SESSION: Is MTSS (PBIS/RTI) currently implemented in your school? Is your school considering implementation? Would you like to learn more? MTSS is widely implemented throughout the country and school counselors are often an integral part of
implementation. Come to this session to discover the alignment between MTSS and Comprehensive School Counseling Programs (e.g., the ASCA National Model), gaining strategies to maximize your efforts. Work smarter, not harder. The presenter will share school-based examples for implementation and alignment. Presentations can be adapted to provide content on specific tiers, such as Tier 1 prevention.

Emily Goodman-Scott will also be presenting a breakout session.

Jamison, Robert

How Do You View the World? A Discussion of Diversity and Equity

Robert Jamison

Sunday, September 26, 2021 | 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. 


SPEAKER BIO: Robert Jamison is currently the Coordinator of School Counseling Services at the Virginia Beach City Public Schools. He has numerous years of experience as a School Counselor and also as a School Counseling Department Chair. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Virginia as well as his Master of Science in Education in School Counseling and his Education Specialist degrees from Old Dominion University. Mr. Jamison supports school counselors across the state of Virginia as a member of the Board of Directors for the Virginia School Counselor Association. And, he recently served on the Virginia Commission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, established by Governor McAuliffe in Executive Order 69. Mr. Jamison has spoken at numerous state and national conferences. Whether conducting professional development activities or supporting students and families, Mr. Jamison enjoys working and collaborating with all stakeholders.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: The goal of this introspective session is for participants to think about diversity and equity through a more expansive lens. The presenter will review common terms used in schools, classrooms and organizations and how these terms relate to our behaviors. The session will also review things to consider when working with staff and students, and personal stories related to these topics will be shared. Participants will be asked to participate in individual, small and large group activities throughout the presentation.

Robert Jamison will also be presenting a breakout session.

Respond to Suicidal Ideation

Melisa Marsh

Sunday, September 26, 2021 | 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. 


SPEAKER BIO: 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 Ph.D. 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. Dr. Marsh has also written a book entitled 15-Minute Focus – SUICIDE: Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention. Missy
lives in the Atlanta Metro area with her husband and puppy. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, yoga, cycling, running, hiking, and spending as much time outdoors as possible.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Do you know what to say to someone with thoughts of suicide? When suicidal individuals 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 individuals safe when they express suicidal ideation. Learn how to use these tools with your individuals who express suicidal ideation so you can feel more confident each time that you have these challenging conversations.

Melisa Marsh will also be presenting a breakout session.

The Ripple Effect

Dan St. Romain

Monday, September 27, 2021 | During the 11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Luncheon Session


SPEAKER BIO: Dan St. Romain is a national independent educational consultant who provides staff development and consultative services to educators and parents working with children at all developmental levels. Dan is passionate about helping individuals shift their perspective on discipline, understanding the best ways to provide support given the challenges posed in today’s society.

After receiving his master’s degree in education, Dan worked in both private residential and public school settings, as well as at the Region 20 Education Service Center in San Antonio, Texas. His work as a self-contained behavior unit teacher, educational diagnostician, behavior consultant, and director of a learning resource center has afforded him experience at all levels, in both general and special education settings. Dan is just now starting his retirement after having worked in the school system for the past 30 years.

Dan’s overwhelming strength is his skill as a presenter. Although his sessions are exceedingly interactive, his greatest asset lies in his ability to offer participants rich insight into the connectedness between educational practices and student behavior. He is the author of Teach Skills and Break Habits: Growth Mindsets for Better Behavior in the Classroom, several resources for teaching social skills, featuring his chameleon, Juan Pablo, and his newly released book, Positive Behavior Principles: Shifting Perspectives and Aligning Practices in Schools.

ABOUT THIS SESSION:  When you throw a stone into a pond, sometimes it simply sinks—“plop”. However, if thrown just right, the rock skips. Instead of the singular “plop”, the skipping rock reaches more water, leaving ripples on the surface – and this energy changes the entire pond. As educators, we throw the stone. In this dynamic opening session, educators will learn simple ways we create ripples in the school setting that positively impact the students we serve.

Dan St. Romain will also be presenting a breakout session.

Standing Tall Through It All

Steve Bollar

Tuesday, September 28, 2021 | During the 11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Luncheon Session


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: 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!

Steve Bollar will also be presenting a breakout session.

Tentative Schedule

Sunday, September 26, 2021

2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Registration Opens

2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Exhibits Open

3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Pre-Institute Session

Monday, September 27, 2021

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

Registration and Information Center Open

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

Exhibits Open

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

Opening Ceremonies

9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Break – Visit Exhibitors

10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Breakout Sessions

11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Lunch and Keynote Speaker – Dan St. Romain

1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

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

Break – Visit Exhibitors

2:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Exhibits Open

8:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.

Breakout Sessions

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

Break – Visit Exhibitors

9:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Breakout Sessions

11:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Break – Visit Exhibitors

11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

General Session & Lunch, Keynote Speaker – Steve Bollar, Closing & Door Prizes

Professional Development Credits offered

As at previous events, we will be offering professional development credits for attendance.

TASL Credits: Up to Ten (10) hours of TASL credits are available for the main days of Institute and Pre-Institute. Up to 10 available if not attending pre-institute.

Professional Development Points (PDP): Up to Twelve (12) hours of Professional Development Points (PDP) for the main days of Institute and Pre-Institute. 10 available if not attending pre-institute.

Become a TSCA Member and Save!

Before registering for the conference, please visit the TSCA web page and become a member or renew your annual membership to save.

For questions about TSCA membership please contact, Carla Christian at

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 TN School Counselor and Leadership Institute!



(Includes a Pre-Institute Learning Session)



(Includes a Pre-Institute Learning Session)

*You must have a TSCA Membership good through September 28, 2021 to receive the Member Price. To take advantage of the discounted Member prices, renew your membership if needed, through the TSCA web page.


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
 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 Institute because of a “force majeure” event, such as a government restriction on large gatherings that cover the intended size of the Institute, then we will issue full refunds of the registrations. Otherwise, our normal cancellation policy will be upheld: There will be no refunds after August 27, 2021. All cancellations before August 27, 2021 will be refunded less a $25 handling fee. The Institute is not responsible for and cannot give refunds due to problems beyond its control such as weather or 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 Institute will conform to all necessary regulations/guidelines that are in place as of the date of the Institute.

Make Hotel Reservations Early! Limited Availability!


Embassy Suites Murfreesboro Hotel and Convention Center

1200 Conference Center Blvd
Murfreesboro, TN 37129

The Embassy Suites, the Institute’s host hotel, has a conference rate of $149 per night, plus tax, which remains valid for reservations made by September 6, 2021, while rooms are available. The price includes full, cook-to-order breakfast and evening Manager’s Reception. 


  • CALL:  (615) 890-4464 or (800) 362-2779. Please be sure to tell the hotel that you are with the “TN SCALI Conference 2021” and that your group / convention code if “ALI“.
  • REGISTER ONLINE:  Go to the Embassy Suites website

Please Note: A refundable, one-night deposit will be required when making a reservation.


Hilton Garden Inn

1335 Conference Center Boulevard
Murfreesboro, TN 37129

The Hilton Garden Inn has a conference rate of $146 per night, plus tax, which remains valid for reservations made by September 16, 2021, while rooms are available. The price includes full, cook-to-order breakfast, just like the Embassy.


  • CALL:  (615) 225-2345. Please be sure to tell the hotel that your group / convention code if “TNS”.
  • REGISTER ONLINE:  Go to the Hilton website.

Come Learn and Play!

In the evening, make sure you take time to relax and enjoy the surrounding area. Visit The Avenue, just minutes away and in walking distance from the Embassy Suites! You can sit back and relax at the many restaurants at The Avenue, such as Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Longhorn Steakhouse and Chili’s Bar and Grill, along with others. Enjoy shopping at the Ann Taylor Loft, White House / Black Market, Off Broadway Shoes, Forever 21, and many more!

Click here to see all the fun you can have at the The Avenue.

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!