September 11-13, 2024
Griffin Gate Marriott Resort and Spa
Lexington, KY

September 11-13, 2024
Griffin Gate Marriott Resort and Spa
Lexington, KY

Join us for the KSCA Conference
September 11-13, 2024
Register to Attend
Dynamic Speakers
Gain insights, inspiration, and effective plans of action.
Featured Speakers
30+ Exhibitors
Meet with exhibitors to get valuable resources and information for your school.
Register to Attend
Network and be Refreshed
Get a much needed break and find encouragement from hundreds of school counselors across the state.
Register to Attend
Engaging Breakout Sessions
Multiple breakout sessions available to gain insights, inspiration, and effective plans of action.
Register to Attend
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Join us for the KSCA Conference
September 11-13, 2024
Register to Attend
Dynamic Speakers
Gain insights, inspiration, and effective plans of action.
Featured Speakers
30+ Exhibitors
Meet with exhibitors to get valuable resources and information for your school.
Register to Attend
Network and be Refreshed
Get a much needed break and find encouragement from hundreds of school counselors across the state.
Register to Attend
Engaging Breakout Sessions
Multiple breakout sessions available to gain insights, inspiration, and effective plans of action.
Register to Attend
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Join us for the KSCA Conference
September 11-13, 2024
Register to Attend
Dynamic Speakers
Gain insights, inspiration, and effective plans of action.
Featured Speakers
30+ Exhibitors
Meet with exhibitors to get valuable resources and information for your school.
Register to Attend
Network and be Refreshed
Get a much needed break and find encouragement from hundreds of school counselors across the state.
Register to Attend
Engaging Breakout Sessions
Multiple breakout sessions available to gain insights, inspiration, and effective plans of action.
Register to Attend
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Thanks for joining us for the 2023 Lone Star State School Counselor Association Conference!​

We hope to see you next year!

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SPONSORED BY

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Achievement in Career Engagement
(ILP Platform)
Most significant Success with LESS STRESS 

ACE is a Career Development Platform that is easy to navigate and beneficial to your students. In addition, the High School platform allows students to create a portfolio showcasing their academic and career successes. It is a walking resume that will continue to follow them after high school graduation.

For more information please contact Carla Kersey, Project Development Coordinator at (606) 620-8253 or carla.kersey@kedc.org.

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ACT is transforming college and career readiness pathways so that everyone can discover and fulfill their potential. Grounded in more than 65 years of research, ACT’s learning resources, assessments, research, and work-ready credentials are trusted by students, job seekers, educators, schools, government agencies, and employers in the U.S. and around the world to help people achieve their education and career goals at every stage of life

For more information contact Debra FitzGerald  at debra.fitzgerald@act.org or (319) 431-4472.

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ABC’s all-inclusive Kentucky solutions meet 100% of the Kentucky Academic Standards. Our content prepares students for the KSA assessments and we guarantee our products will improve student scores. All workbooks include free access to our digital platform, CourseWave, with eBooks and CourseWave Online Testing.

For more information contact Michele Lantz, Senior Account Executive at mlantz@abck12.com or (888) 264-5877 .

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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, Senior Vice President at beccab@dialcare.com.
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With a network of 30,000+ schools and thousands of partners who share our mission, EVERFI delivers engaging digital resources, free of charge so teachers can equip students with real world skills for success beyond the classroom. 

For more information contact Jonathan Barnes, Education Success Specialist at k12north@everfi.com or (614) 507-5977.

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The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science is Kentucky’s first residential 2-year STEM program for gifted and talented juniors and  seniors. Established in 2007, students enroll as juniors and are full-time WKU students pursuing their interests in advanced science, technology, engineering, and mathematical careers, all while receiving a full scholarship for their housing, tuition, and meals. 

For more information please contact Kari Lynn Somers at (270) 745-2971 or kari.somers@wku.edu.

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Harmony Academy offers educators professional learning and curriculum resources promoting healthy relationships. Harmony Curriculum provides comprehensive classroom materials to foster engaged learners and peer relationships. Harmony Professional Learning empowers educators through free modules and monthly webinars led by inspirational leaders, focusing on relationship building strategies. Visit harmony-academy.org for more information.

 

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Guide students to a brighter future with the Kentucky Army National Guard. offering tuition assistance, career training, and community impact, the Guard equips students with valuable skills and opportunities. Our recruiters are available to visit your school, providing insights into benefits and joining. Contact us today to empower your students’ success. 

For more information contact Jayda Bowen at (270) 556-7661 or jayda.m.bowen.mil@army.mil.

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Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) has a mission to improve students’ access to postsecondary education. For over half a century, KHEAA has enhanced the educational opportunities available to Kentucky students by administering state financial aid programs and providing Kentuckians with services and information about higher education. KHEAA’s Outreach service is vital in fulfilling the agency’s mission and helping students and families plan, prepare and pay for college. 

For more information please contact Casi Benedict at 502.759.1776.

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KY Goes to College Programs

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FAFSA Guide

SchooLinks is a modern college and career readiness platform that supports districts’ implementation of a comprehensive curriculum and framework to prepare students for the post-secondary pathway of their choice.  Containing more than eighty interactive student experiences from interest discoveries, academic planning, and soft skill development – SchooLinks offers internship matching, career mentorship, industry partner management, and more to help districts support holistic postsecondary readiness. Our unified solution supports Kentucky’s initiatives for improved student outcomes and postsecondary readiness. 

For more information, please contact Mike Sandridge at msandridge@schoolinks.com

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Talkspace for Teens is an online therapy service that connects individuals 13+ to a dedicated, licensed mental health therapist through private messaging, live sessions, or both from the privacy and convenience of their computer or smartphone. Users can regularly message their Talkspace therapists via text, voice, or video as life happens — anywhere, anytime. Talkspace also offers virtual resources and online classes designed to improve teen mental health. 

For more information contact Lea Krugolets, Senior Director of Youth Programs at Lea.Krugolets@talkspace.com or (716) 864-7685.

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Terrace Metrics is a comprehensive system that promotes resiliency in every student, pre-k and older. It is the only company that ties results from a fast, cloud-based assessment to empirically based curricula that corresponds all tiers of the MTSS framework. Terrace Metrics provides school personnel with the knowledge to design, implement and evaluate prevention and intervention programs with little effort and high effectiveness. The system is used nationwide and in over 60 KY districts.  

For more information please contact Keith Kline, Director of Programs at keith.kline@terracemetrics.org. or (800) 470-4401.

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Executive Summary

Xello is an engaging, online program that helps K-12 students define their future goals and transform their aspirations into actionable plans for success. 

It helps them build self-knowledge, explore their options, create a plan, and develop the skills needed to thrive in the world of work.

For more information please contact Amanda Molinaro, Territory Manager at amandam@xello.world

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SPEAKERS

We have many dynamic speakers who will be speaking at the conference. Check back soon!

More speakers will be presenting at the conference. Check back soon!

Keynote Speakers

Bryan Pearlman

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Diana Virgil

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Opening Keynote Session 
September 12, 2024| 8:30 a.m.

“Maslow Before Bloom” is a hashtag that Dr. Bryan Pearlman has been using for years on social media. It is also the title of his second book, released in May 2020. In this engaging and interactive presentation, Dr. Pearlman shares his own personal struggles as a student and his successes as a teacher, school administrator, and now as a mental health therapist. He infuses many real-world case studies, stories, strategies, evidence-based practices, and out of the box ideas for helping all students (and staff) to be successful in school and life. Dr. Pearlman’s message will make participants laugh, cry, and feel.

 


 

Dr. Bryan Pearlman is a former school administrator, a mental health therapist, PD leader, keynote speaker, and adjunct professor of education psychology. He is the author of three books: Maslow Before Bloom: Basic Human Needs Before Academics, Whatever It Takes For All Students To Succeed In School and Life, and From Struggles To Successes: A Handbook For Parents & Educators. Dr. Pearlman is also the co-founder and board member of the mental health non-profit DSMHW.org. His expertise is helping all children to succeed, challenging behaviors, trauma, school improvement, mental health, and self-care. Dr. Pearlman has presented to over 100,000 people in the past few years. He is regularly asked to provide keynote addresses, featured presentations, and trainings for state, regional and national organizations.

Awards Brunch Keynote Session 
September 13, 2024| 11:00 a.m.

Session information coming soon.

 


 

Diana Virgil, Ph.D., ACSC, of Alabama’s Daleville High School
Virgil has been a school counselor since 2015 and works on a campus that serves 346 students in grades 9–12. She is the 17th person to receive the national recognition and the first from Alabama. Virgil received her bachelor’s, master’s and educational specialist degrees from Mississippi College and a doctorate degree from University of the Cumberlands. She is an ASCA-Certified School Counselor, a National Certified School Counselor and a National Certified Counselor.

Many Daleville High School students are trailblazers in their families, aiming to be the first to graduate from high school. When Virgil was hired, she noticed a significant number of students weren’t participating in dual-enrollment classes due to a lack of awareness, limited college aspirations, transportation challenges and financial constraints. Virgil promptly established a partnership with the local community college to boost student enrollment. A significant turning point came when the college received a grant to provide eligible students with free tuition and books for dual enrollment, revolutionizing the opportunities for students to earn both high school and college credit. To address transportation challenges, Virgil worked with the college to implement online courses and enlisted teachers to teach dual enrollment courses at the high school. Her approaches increased the number of students in dual-enrollment courses from four to more than 40 each semester. This year, the school is on the cusp of graduating its first student with a high school diploma and an associate degree in science, along with its first student with a mechatronics certification from the aviation college. As a result of Virgil’s extensive collaboration and advocacy efforts, Daleville High School now offers dual-enrollment courses in science, English and math. For Virgil, the most rewarding part of her work as a school counselor is the opportunity to be a support system for her students.

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Pre-Conference Speakers

Heather Bushelman

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Gina Crabtree

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Allison Roeser

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Pre-Conference Learning Session 
September 11, 2024| 2:00 p.m.

Comprehensive school counseling is a true show everyday for school counselors.  How do we balance all three domains (SEL, academic, and CCR) while also ensuring students receive MTSS for tiers 1, 2 and 3? This session will show how to become the ringmaster of your counseling program by interweaving and balancing all three domains for direct services including large and small group, and individual counseling.  Indirect service options will also be modeled on how school counselors can advocate for their students within each domain.  The ASCA documents will be referenced to help school counselors at all levels (K-12) to proactively plan and be data-driven for their MTSS for tiers 1, 2 and 3 as part of their larger school and districtwide plan.  All evidence-based strategies and tools will be easy to implement as school counselors return to their settings, so bring your popcorn to enjoy how to effectively implement the greatest show on earth!

 


 

Heather Bushelman has been in education for 22 years, with sixteen of that time spent as a school counselor. Most recently, she served as the Kentucky Department of Education’s Coordinator for Comprehensive School Counseling. As President of the Kentucky School Counselor Association, she advocates for school counseling around the state and nation. She was also honored to have been named the 2022 Kentucky School Counselor of the Year. Heather has presented nationally for conferences in Georgia, Nevada, Florida, California, Tennessee, Missouri, and Texas on topics including SEL Implementation within MTSS, Trauma-informed practices, building a comprehensive school counseling program, and college and career readiness. Her current role is serving as the MTSS Coordinator for the third largest district in Kentucky, Boone County Schools.

Pre-Conference Learning Session 
September 11, 2024| 2:00 p.m.

Are you feeling like your spinning plates when it comes to PBIS and behavior management? In this session attendees will explore Tier 1, 2 and 3 behavior management strategies for grades K-12.  Take an in depth look at several Tier 1, 2 and 3 behavior interventions that are common among many schools/districts.  Participants will leave the session with practical strategies that can be implemented quickly, and systems  for measuring fidelity of the interventions.  

 


 

With 25 years of experience in education, Gina Crabtree has served many roles. These include School Counseling, Special Education and District Behavior Coaching.  Through these experiences, she has gained recognition as Kentucky’s School Counselor of the Year, and as a National School Counselor of the year semi-finalist.  She has served on the board for the Kentucky School Counseling Association for 7 years and is currently serving as Past President. She is the author of the blog Mrs. Crabtree’s Counseling Corner.  Through this work, she has been supporting teachers and school counselors across the nation for over a decade. Her passion lies with building capacity for teachers and School Counselors in order to support students with varying levels of behavioral needs.  Her strategies for supporting students focus on understanding the whole child through relationship building, function based analysis, and brain science.    

Pre-Conference Learning Session 
September 11, 2024| 2:00 p.m.

Circus acts and SEL have more in common than we might think. The courage it takes to catapult yourself in the air and do something magnificent is the same courage we need in the school environment. Using social-emotional learning with students and adults is a vital part of comprehensive school counseling. We know that SEL increases academic achievement, improves behavior and contributes to the overall sense of well-being for students and teachers. This engaging and interactive session will provide easy-to-implement SEL strategies that can be used in whole-group, small-group and individual settings. Strategies that can be used “in the moment” in addition to longer stand alone activities to support a variety of scenarios will be offered. Last but not least: because SEL starts with us, we will reflect and build upon your own personal SEL skills and practices in each of the five core competencies.

 


 

Allison Roeser, M.H.S.,PCC, is an education consultant, author and leadership coach.  She holds a Master of Health Science (MHS) degree from Johns Hopkins University and Professional Coach Certification (PCC) from the International Coaching Federation. Ms. Roeser has almost two decades of experience working with leaders in education. Serving as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), a program that advocates for foster care youth in San Francisco, Allison is passionate about child welfare and social change. Previously, Allison served as Deputy Director at Westat, a research organization where she directed studies focused on health and education.  Allison is co-author of the book Social Emotional Learning Starts with Us: Empowering Teachers to Support Students and is co-founder of SEL&Beyond, an organization dedicated to providing SEL professional development and coaching for educators, parents and students.

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SCHEDULE

Tentative

The conference takes place on Sunday, November 3 - Tuesday, November 5. Check back soon for a detailed schedule!

SBEC and LPC Hours

15.5 SBEC CPE hours available (#902-466)

15.5 LPC CPE hours available (2740)

REGISTRATION

We are excited to have you join us!
Save the date! Registration will open soon.

Advanced Registration Deadline:
October 18, 2023

Become a Member

Please visit the KSCA website and become a member or renew your annual membership. For questions about KSCA membership please contact, Heather Wells at heather.wells@boyd.kyschools.us.

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 (modeled from ASCA) you can customize to support your efforts to attend the 2024 KSCA Conference!

To receive a conference T-shirt you must register by August 28, 2024.

Main Conference | September 12-13

Professional / Affiliate Member*

$205

Save $20 if you register by July 31!**

Student / Retiree / Emeritus Member*

$105

Save $20 if you register by July 31!**

Non-Member

$250

Onsite registration adds $30 to your rate, so register now! (Non-Member rate will not change.) Details on the registration form below.

Pre-Conference | September 11

Professional / Affiliate

$50

Student / Retiree / Emeritus

$40

*Your KSCA membership must be good through September 13, 2024 to qualify for these rates.

**To qualify for the early registration discount, 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.  

Online Registration has 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.

To pay with a check or purchase order please download the registration form and send it in with your check or purchase order. Registrations cannot be processed without payment. Contact us with questions.

CANCELLATION POLICY: If we are forced to cancel the KSCA Conference because of a “force majeure” event, such as a government restriction on large gatherings that cover the intended size of the conference, then we will issue full refunds of the registrations. Otherwise, our normal cancellation policy will be upheld: There will be no refunds after August 11, 2024. All cancellations before August 11, 2024 will be refunded less a $25 handling fee. The conference is not responsible for and cannot give refunds due to problems beyond its control such as weather or school closings. The sponsors of the conference receive registrant contact information.
On social distancing and other health and safety measures, the regulations/guidelines that apply to hotels and conference centers may change. The KSCA Conference will conform to all necessary regulations/guidelines that are in place as of the date of the conference.

REGISTER

Register online below using a credit card, or download the registration form and send it in with your payment.

To pay with a check or purchase order please download the registration form and send it in with your check or purchase order. Registrations cannot be processed without payment. Contact us with questions.

ACCOMMODATIONS

VENUE & HOST HOTEL

Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa

1800 Newtown Pike
Lexington, KY 40511

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Reservation information coming soon.

All events of the conference will be located at the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa. Standard rooms at the hotel may be reserved at a special conference rate of $165 per night, plus tax. This rate is valid through August 19, 2024.

Please note that when reserving your stay you will be charged an additional $10.00 daily resort fee on top of the nightly rate of $165 plus taxes. However, this charge will be removed on site upon check out. Guests are not charged when making a reservation.

You can also book a room by calling (800) 228-9290 or (859) 231-5100. Be sure to mention the Kentucky School Counselor Association.

Make Hotel Reservations Early! Limited Availability!

Come Learn and Play!

In the evening, make sure you take time to relax and enjoy the surrounding area. Visit the Hamburg Pavilion, just minutes away from the Marriott. You can sit back and relax at the many restaurants available, such as Logan’s Roadhouse, Tekka, and Old Chicago, along with others. Enjoy shopping at the White House / Black Market, DSW, Bath & Body Works, and many more! Click here to see all the fun you can have at the Hamburg Pavilion.

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!

CONTACT INFORMATION

866.318.6294

Fax 423.899.4547

registrations@ncyi.org

National Center for Youth Issues
ATTN: KY-SCA
P.O. Box 22185
Chattanooga, TN 37422-2185

Make all checks and purchase orders payable to:
National Center for Youth Issues

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 contact KSCA directly with all membership questions.

Sponsors receive attendee contact information.

All intellectual property rights in and to the KSCA Annual Conference (“the Event”), the content and all materials distributed at or in connection with the Event are owned by the Kentucky School Counselor Association and/or the Event sponsors or speakers presenting written permission of Kentucky School Counselor Association or the presenting speaker.