Illinois School Counselor Association Conference

November 1-2, 2021


Conference Location

Tinley Park Convention Center
18451 Convention Center Drive
Tinley Park, IL 60477

Hotel Location

Even Hotels Chicago
18501 Convention Center Drive
Tinley Park, IL 60477

(located in the same building as the Convention Center)

Thank you for attending the ISCA Conference. We hope to see you next year!


Superior Ambulance Service was founded in 1959 and to date is the largest independently owned and operated emergency medical service (EMS) provider in the Midwest. With over 3,500 employees the organization offers career opportunities that include Drivers, Call Takers, Dispatchers, EMT, Paramedic, RN, and more. Superior also provides in house EMT Certification training and tuition reimbursement opportunities for fleet operations, including Paramedic school tuition.

For more information please contact Alison Ablan, Director of Strategy and Development, at 630.779.8162 or at


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.


Futurely is a digital career counseling platform that accompanies high school students in achieving their goals with clear steps, in a personal way.

Futurely empowers high school career counselors by giving them access to students’ journal, action plan, essay, resume, options considered, criteria prioritized.

The core product is an online class, 20 weeks, 45min/week.

Topics include identification of personality, passions, skills, resume and essay builder, interviews with experts in different fields that share their experiences and paths, how to prioritize criteria to choose college and course of study, list of all the options after high school with pros and cons, action plan builder.

For more information contact Elisa Piscitelli at


Navigate360 infuses the expertise of school safety veterans with that of well-known subject matter experts to help schools build safer tomorrows. From prevention and preparation to response and recovery, we help create safe learning environments in which students and staff can reach their potential and thrive. We offer behavioral threat detection, suicide awareness and prevention and Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) solutions to improve the culture and climate of your schools.

For more information please contact Blakely Echeverry, Vice President of Sales via email or at 330.661.0106.


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 Scott Knight at or at 615.264.2323.

Harmony SEL is a social and emotional learning program for Pre-K-6 grade students, accessible online and at no cost. Harmony fosters knowledge, skills, and attitudes boys and girls need to develop healthy identities, create meaningful relationships, and engage productively by providing SEL learning resources, tools, and strategies.

For more information please contact Josh Pauly, Ambassador, via email or at 763.297.0561.


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 Matt Hollis, Director of Sales, via email or at 615.955.0817.


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


SchooLinks is a modern college and career readiness platform with a user experience designed to facilitate a focus on whole-student outcomes. Our platform helps counselors to guide students in developing their Individual Learning Plans by aligning career exploration and postsecondary preparedness activities with Illinois’ legislative initiatives. With technology and features that enable data-driven decision-making at every stage, SchooLinks allows counselors to make a positive impact — when it matters most.

For more information please contact Adam Frillman, District Partnerships, at 314.443.2458 or at


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.



Calling All Ignitors of HOPE: Adult SEL and Self-Care in the Midst of Adversity

Michelle Trujillo

Monday, November 1, 2021 | 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.


Michelle Trujillo is passionate about igniting hope in schools! Through her writing, speaking and professional development workshops, she inspires readers, educators, students and their parents to recognize the power of love, connection, and social and emotional learning in the pursuit of academic achievement and productive citizenship. Michelle’s message of “starting with the heart” is founded on brain-based research, “in the trenches” experience and practical strategies. Her sincerity, enthusiasm and expertise are contagious and substantial. Named Nevada’s 2016 Innovative Educator of the Year, Michelle has appeared on television (including Oprah) and radio across the nation as a guest expert.

Although Michelle has dedicated her vocation to education, she vows that family always comes first! Her husband of thirty years and their two adult children fill her heart with joy and inspire her daily! Michelle’s new book, Start With the Heart: Igniting Hope in Schools through Social and Emotional Learning was released by Corwin in March, 2019. Her previous books include Why Can’t We Talk; What Teens Would Share if Parents Would Listen and Chicken Soup for the Soul presents Teens Talkin’ Faith.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: School Counselors serve their vocations with compassion, enthusiasm and wisdom. Even in the midst a global pandemic and social and racial unrest, school counselors have supported students, families and colleagues with empathy, patience, positivity and creativity. At the same time, serving in this role can leave one feeling professionally overwhelmed, under-resourced or emotionally and physically exhausted. This pre-conference session reminds participants that as school counselors, we are Ignitors of HOPE! Our students, their families and our colleagues need for us to serve in this role now, more than ever before. Yet, it is difficult to ignite hope in the lives of others when we are living in such challenging and uncertain times ourselves, especially when everyone else needs for us to be strong and supportive. Through this presentation participants will be inspired to sustain their role as Ignitors of Hope by leveraging their own social emotional learning (SEL) skills. During this workshop, attendees will learn (or review) the five competencies of social emotional learning as defined by the Collaborative of Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) and explore how to practice and model SEL as vital skills that are foundational to sustaining the role and responsibilities that school counselors serve. Participants be empowered with strategies to put adult SEL and Self-Care strategies into practice the moment they walk away from this workshop.

Michelle Trujilio will also be presenting a breakout session.


Closing the Attitude Gap: How to Fire Up Your Students to Strive for Success

Principal Baruti Kafele

Tuesday, November 2, 2021 | 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

SPEAKER BIO: A highly-regarded urban public school educator in New Jersey for over twenty years, Principal Kafele distinguished himself in the classroom and as a school leader. As an elementary school teacher in East Orange, NJ, he was selected as the East Orange School District and Essex County Public Schools Teacher of the Year. As a principal, he led the transformation of four different schools, including “the mighty” Newark Tech, which went from a low-performing school in need of improvement to recognition by U.S. News and World Report Magazine as one of America’s best high schools. Currently, Principal Kafele is one of the most sought-after speakers for transforming the attitudes of at-risk student populations in America.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Based on Principal Kafele’s best selling book, Closing the Attitude Gap: How to Fire Up Your Students to Strive for Success, Principal Kafele asserts that the various gaps in student achievement continue to rank amongst the most important discussions in education today. Equally important for educators is the continued lack of student motivation, undesirable student behaviors and apathy towards achievement across racial, ethnic and socioeconomic lines. In this high energy, interactive session, Principal Kafele argues that one of the greatest difficulties to closing the various achievement gaps is the overwhelming assumption that achievement is in fact, the problem. He says that the achievement gap is a consequence of the failure to adequately address what he calls, the Attitude Gap (the gap between those students who have the will to strive for academic excellence and those who do not) that continues to persist in American classrooms. Principal Kafele contends that unmotivated, underachieving children are actually “most brilliant and most highly capable” but their attitudes toward themselves, toward learning and toward the prospects for their futures are preventing them from striving to maximize their potential. He says that when educators therefore make the transformation of their students’ attitudes toward themselves, learning and the prospects for their futures a priority, the probability for their achievement increases exponentially! Principal Kafele will provide educators with strategies within a framework for closing the attitude gap toward the ultimate elimination of underachievement in their classrooms and schools. He will simultaneously challenge educators to look honestly within themselves toward ensuring academic success through the following: environment for learning, attitudes toward students, relationship with students, compassion for students and relevance in instruction.

Principal Baruti Kafele will also be presenting a breakout session.