Friday, May 28 | 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
SPEAKER BIO: Brian Coleman, a school counselor and counseling department chair at Jones College Prep in Chicago, Ill., has been named the 2019 School Counselor of the Year by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). Coleman is a graduate of Northwestern University and DePaul University. He has served as a school counselor at Jones College Prep since 2014.
Coleman, a former actor, found his love for education and students while performing with About Face Theatre company and its youth talk-back program. He recognized that serving as a school counselor would afford him with daily opportunities to “support, validate and affirm the next generation of leaders and change agents.”
While at Jones College Prep, Coleman collaborated with the Student Government Association to spearhead a revised sexual health education program for 377 sophomore students. His holistic approach to school counseling at Jones College Prep includes advocating for expanded education and knowledge for students as well as school staff.
Coleman, who earned his Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) designation in 2017, collaborated with the school team to create extensive social/emotional programming at the freshman level as well as enhanced the school community’s awareness of social/emotional learning as an important facet of the high school experience.
ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Brian as he presents Embrace and Empower the Unicorns. As school counselors, we recognize strengths and gifts in our students that they may not see in themselves. When we harness our own unique gifts, we can create a safe and accountable space for students to shine a light on their own. Brian will share how you can use your individual strengths to enhance your counseling program and related interventions.
Friday, May 28 | 8:30 a.m.
SPEAKER BIO: Charlene M. Russell-Tucker is the Commissioner of Education for the Connecticut State Department of Education. Before this, she served as the Department’s Deputy Commissioner, a role in which she oversaw educational supports and wellness priorities. Prior, she served as Chief Operating Officer and Division Chief for the Department’s Office of Student Supports and Organizational Effectiveness. She also served as Associate Commissioner of Education and Bureau Chief within the Department overseeing a portfolio of programs and services that included student health, nutrition and safety, family engagement, magnet and charter schools, afterschool programs and services, school climate, adult education, and special education. She is a performance-driven and visionary education leader with over 20 years’ experience in successfully leveraging the inter-connectedness of the social, emotional, physical, and mental health of students and their families as foundations for positive school and life outcomes. She passionately supports family and community engagement in education and leads school attendance and school discipline initiatives with intensive focus on equity and diversity.
Ms. Russell-Tucker has participated on various state and national committees, such as the Connecticut General Assembly Committee on Children Strategic Action Group on Chronic Absence, and she has served as an expert panel member on committees of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. She has also served in the role of president of the Connecticut Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and as a member of the national Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Ms. Russell-Tucker has extensive teaching experience, formerly serving as an adjunct faculty member at Albertus Magnus College School of New Dimensions.
In 2015, Ms. Russell-Tucker was named to the inaugural class of 100 Women of Color in Connecticut. In 2018, she was welcomed to the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading’s Council of Champions. Most recently, she received MENTOR National’s Public Service – State & Local Excellence in Mentoring Award in 2021. On a personal note, Ms. Russell-Tucker believes in finding and fulfilling one’s life’s purpose.
Friday, May 28 | 8:30 a.m.
SPEAKER BIO: John Frassinelli, MS, RD is the Education Division Director overseeing school health, nutrition, and family services at the Connecticut State Department of Education. He is a registered dietitian with a Master’s Degree in Health Promotion from the University of Connecticut, and Bachelors’ Degrees in Political Science from Southern Connecticut State University and Nutrition/Dietetics from the University of Connecticut. His area of responsibility includes over 50 programs and initiatives including: school social, emotional, behavioral and mental and physical health including school nursing, counseling, and social work support; health education and physical education; child nutrition; school safety; juvenile justice; student discipline; truancy, attendance and chronic absenteeism; substance use prevention; pregnant and parenting teens; after-school programs; and family and community engagement. Prior to coming to the State Department of Education in 2013, he was the State Director of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and the former coordinator of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Education Program at the Connecticut Department of Public Health.
Friday, May 28 | 9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.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: Join Robert as he presents How Do You View the World? A Discussion of Diversity and Equity. 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.
Part I: Thursday, May 27 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Part II: Friday, May 28 | 1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Participants will learn the ins and outs of the Connecticut Comprehensive School Counseling Framework (CCSCF). This two part workshop will put attendees on the road to successfully implement the CCSCF in their school allowing them to deliver a range of evidence-based supports, programs, and services to address student needs through a system wide approach. The facilitators will lead an interactive and immersive workshop designed at educating participants about the tools and resources available in the CCSCF, putting them in the driver’s seat for when they return to their schools. Participants will gain a functional understanding of the framework with an emphasis on utilizing the document to assess their current framework and develop a plan to align it to the CCSCF.
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
CSCA Frameworks (Part I)
1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
CSCA Awards Ceremony
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Opening Session Kick Off: Welcome from CSCA & Keynote Speaker
Embrace the Unicorns – Brian Coleman
9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Live Breakout Sessions #1
10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Live Breakout Sessions #2
12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Lunch On Your Own
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Live Breakout Sessions #3
1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
CSCA Framework (Part II)
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 Connecticut State School Counselor Association Conference!
Professional Member*: $105
Student Member*: $60
Retiree Member*: $60
Professional Non-Member**: $165
Student Non-Member**: $90
*Your CSCA membership must be good through May 28, 2021 to qualify for the Member rates.
**Non-members will receive a complimentary CSCA membership.
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PLEASE NOTE: There will be no refunds after April 27, 2021. All cancellations before April 27, 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.