Thursday, April 9, 2015

An ISCA Presentation: Reach Higher for the Profession & Students


This year I am presenting at the Illinois School Counselor Association Conference in Springfield again. I am sharing what I learned at the San Diego White House Convening and how school counselors can support the Reach Higher initiative.

Session details: Eliminating random acts of school counseling & addressing college enrollment rates is imperative. Elementary, middle and high school Counselors make a difference. This session will focus on what students need when, data points that matter, and what free tools are available to help school counselors meet their needs.

Check out my Emaze presentation here and my session handout here.

One lucky attendee will win a copy of 101 Solutions or The Use of Data in School Counseling!

Need some inspiration to help you support the Reach Higher Initiative? Check out this video produced by Dr. Erin Mason.

How are you working to support the Reach Higher initiative? 

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Recap of the Evidence Based School Counseling Conference



I can't even begin to express my excitement about this conference! It's one of a kind. It's a must for all school Counselors and all school counselor educators. 

This year was my second year at #EBSC and I picked up some great ideas to bring back to my school.


Trish Hatch was our Day 1 keynote and she was super, my favorite part was her blazing through 95 slides as we learn all about "Speed data-ing" lol!


Our Day 2 Keynote was Alka Howard, Director of Student Services and School Counselors: Jacquie NaughtonDylan Hackbarth and Debra Brown A Team Approach to Living a Data-driven School  Counseling Program. This is a team to follow for sure. These folks got a perfect score on their RAMP application--that in itself is simply amazing! I tried to get them to adopt me onto their team, but I was not successful. :)


Here is a quick overview of the sessions I attended over the 2 day conference...




Day 1


  1. Increasing Research Quality in School Counseling: An Imperative Discussion


Day 2


  1. Effective Uses for Qualitative Data in School Counseling Program Assessments

Day 1 Favorite

My favorite Day 1 session was Engaging Parents in the College Planning Process. The presenters were really geniuses with their idea to have a parent group that runs about 8 weeks to teach them all about the process. Check out their PPT for all of the details. One thing we discuss during the session was how changing the number of sessions, possibly adjusting to less than 8. I am hoping to implement something like this next year to improve my program.

Day 2 Favorite

My favorite session on day 2 was definitely the College Signing Day session. This is just an awesome idea! In short, the school hosts an assembly to highlight all of the students that are going to college. The gym is set up like it is on graduation day. Teachers sponsor students to get them college t-shirts for the school they will attend in the fall. The main event lasts about 30 minutes, with a powerpoint to share info about each student as they sign their document at the signing table. 

The seniors also get to have a special breakfast with their families the morning of the event.

There is so much to this event you have to check out the powerpoint and handout.

The White House is also promoting this type of event, check out their toolkit here.

Of course I learned more than I can begin to write about, so here is my quick checklist on what I plan to do with all of the tips, tricks and knowledge I picked as a result of attending #EBSC. Learn more about things I picked up along the way by checking out my Tweets from March 26-27.

I also got 2 book recommendations while I was at the conference: 

Evaluation: Methods for Studying Programs and Policies, 2nd EditionBy Carol H. Weiss and Learning by Doing: A Handbook for Professional Communities at Work By Richard Dufour, Rebecca DuFour, Robert Eaker, Thomas Many; there is also a workbook for the Dufour book.


I hope to see you all in Georgia next year! Tell them Franciene sent you! :)