Lone Star State School Counselors Association Conference

November 7-9, 2021

Embassy Suites and Frisco Convention Centers
7600 John Q Hammons Drive
Frisco, TX 75034


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


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 Personal Graduation Plans by aligning career exploration and postsecondary preparedness activities with Texas’ legislative CCMR initiatives. SchooLinks streamlines accountability initiatives into predictive leading indicators, enabling swift and smart intervention. 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 contact Katie Fang, CEO at info@schoolinks.com or at 512.710.9922.


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The Texas Army National Guard offers valuable education benefits, technical skills training, and work experience. The Guard offers programs that pay for post-secondary education from vocational training through master’s degrees. High school students can get a jump start on their careers by enlisting in the Split Option Program that allows high school juniors to attend Basic Training between their junior and senior years, returning to finish their senior year with a newfound military discipline.

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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, Assistant Vice President via email.


Over 5,500 educators in Texas use QuaverSEL, a social and emotional learning curriculum from QuaverEd, a world leader in online curriculum development. QuaverSEL is approved by the TEA and offers a crosswalk to the Texas Counseling Standards and the Positive Character Traits TEKS. QuaverEd’s comprehensive curricula use the power of interactivity and songs to engage today’s students.

For more information please contact Carlie Phillips, Director of Sales, at carliephillips@quavered.com or at 731.697.7809.


Expand curriculum, resolve scheduling conflicts and meet graduation requirements. University of Nebraska High School is accredited, affordable, and online. We offer 100+ core, elective and AP courses taught by Nebraska certificated teachers. NCAA-approved. College credit available. Self-paced, open enrollment, no contracts. Come by our booth for more information or visit highschool.nebraska.edu.

For more information contact Shauna Benjamin-Brice, Assistant Director of Recruiting at shaunabenjamin@nebraska.edu or at 402.472.1922.

For more information please contact Katie Ramirez, Associate Director of Admissions, at kramirez@uttyler.edu or at 903.566.7204.

Stephen F. Austin State University is a comprehensive, regional institution located in Nacogdoches, Texas. The university enrolls more than 13,000 students, offers approximately 80 undergraduate majors and has 120 areas of study/concentrations within six academic colleges: business, education, fine arts, forestry and agriculture, sciences and mathematics, and liberal and applied arts. SFA offers degree programs both online and on its beautifully wooded campus nestled in the heart of the East TX.

For more information please contact the SFA Office of Admissions at admissions@sfasu.edu or at 936.468.2504. Please reach out to our Admissions Office and we will put you in contact with the SFA Admissions Representative for your school.


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.


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 at shaunam@xello.world or at 800.965.8541.


Connections Wellness Group is a full-service mental health practice that offers a variety of treatment options to those seeking help. Our exceptional wellness model includes therapy, psychiatry, nutritional and day-program services designed to ensure that we treat the whole client. We are dedicated to silencing the stigma associated with mental illness in our community.

For more information please contact Joshua Marshall, Business Development Manager, at joshua.marshall@connectionswellnessgroup.com or at 940.231.9669.


The Monique Burr Foundation for Children (MBF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting youth from bullying, online dangers, and all types of child abuse by providing personal safety and prevention education programs. MBF Programs include MBF Child Safety Matters® (for elementary schools), MBF Teen Safety Matters® (for middle and high schools), MBF Athlete Safety Matters® (for youth athletes), and MBF After-School Safety Matters® (for after-school and youth-serving organizations).

For more information please contact Julie LeMay, Customer Service Manager, at julie@mbfpreventioneducation.org or at 904.562.1846.


College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success—including the SAT, the Advanced Placement Program, and BigFuture. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators, and schools.

For more information contact Jill Schott, Senior Director, Texas at jschott@collegeboard.org or at 281.254.9757.


Cedar Crest Hospital and RTC is a 158 bed inpatient psychiatric facility, located on 33 acres. We offer acute inpatient services to children, adolescents and adults that are designed to stabilize the patient’s immediate crisis while providing the patient and family with skills to prevent or minimize future events that would require readmission. We also provide residential treatment for adolescents who require additional treatment in a 24-hour therapeutic environment.

For more information contact Layce Cantwell at layce.cantwell@cedarcresthospital.com or at 512.470.9409.


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 Sasha Breeden, Ambassador, at sbreeden@nu.edu or at 718.673.1794.



Sunday, November 7, 2021 | 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Pre-Conference Learning Sessions include additional opportunities for more professional development and CPE hours. The sessions generally cover more in-depth information and allow more opportunity for discussion. Space is limited for all sessions. Interested parties are encouraged to register early.

These sessions are not included in the conference registration fee. Sessions are at a minimal fee.

All Pre-Conference sessions are being held at the same time, so you may only choose one session to attend.

MTSS and School Counseling: How Do They Fit Together?

Emily Goodman-Scott

(This session is not included in the main conference fee.)


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.

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

Robert Jamison

(This session is not included in the main conference fee.)


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.

Counselor/Administrator Relationships: The Great Husky Partnership for Student Achievement

Deirdra Williams

(This session is not included in the main conference fee.)


SPEAKER BIO: Deirdra has earned a Master’s degree in School Counseling and School Administration. She also is a National Board Certified Teacher in K-12 School Counseling. She applies her knowledge each day maintaining a comprehensive school counseling program, and serving as a certified trainer for the American School Counselor Association. She enjoys working at the secondary level, ensuring her students position themselves well to have a positive transition to meet their chosen college and career goals. She believes all students can learn and educators must meet them where they are to get them moving.

Deirdra has been a school counselor for over 22 years. She uses advocacy, collaboration, and leadership to influence systemic changes that support achievement for all students. Using the framework of the ASCA National Model has strengthened her abilities and created even more positive outcomes for students. During her tenure she has led two separate counseling teams to RAMP status, one in the school’s second year of existence. She has been a RAMP Reviewer, a lead RAMP Reviewer and now serves as a RAMP team captain. She enjoys supporting counselors in documenting the work of their school counseling program as well as helping counselors and administrators to strengthen their partnerships for the sake of student achievement.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Need a more effective working relationship with your principal and other administrators? The administrative and RAMP counseling teams at Heritage High School have been intentional in supporting student achievement since the school opened in 2010. Come learn how you can apply their best practices to develop or enhance your working relationship with school administrators. Attendees will learn specific strategies for developing and maintaining positive and
meaningful relationships with administrators for the sake of student academic, attendance and behavior achievement.

Deirdra Williams will also be presenting a breakout session.


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

Principal Baruti Kafele

Monday, November 8, 2021 | 8:30 a.m.
Opening Session Keynote Speaker


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.