April 3-4, 2023
Boston Marriott Newton
2345 Commonwealth Ave. Newton, MA 02466

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April 4-5, 2022
Boston Marriott
2345 Commonwealth Ave.
Newton, MA 02466


Pre-Conference Call for Proposals

Pre-Conference Call for Proposals

Submit your proposal for the MASCA Conference!

The Massachusetts School Counselor Association is soliciting proposals for presentations promoting evidence-based programs in the domains of academic, career, and social/emotional development or highlighting the latest techniques and practices in school counseling. Presentations showcase proven programs, current research, or skills of value to counselors, pre-K to postsecondary as well as district personnel, graduate students and counselor educators. MASCA is committed to providing programming that fosters inclusion, diversity, equity , and access, and we welcome session proposals that address these topics.

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Preference is given to sessions that relate directly to the work of school counselors, or to the implementation of the MA Model for Comprehensive School Counseling Programs. Also, presentations that pertain to these domains: Academic, Career, and/or Personal / Social – Social / Emotional Presentations, should include evidence that supports the impact of the program or service. We are looking for presentations that will help build the capacity of Massachusetts school counselors to help our students be ready for the next step on their academic journey.

MASCA’s Core Values are Advocacy, Collaboration, Equity, and Excellence.

Targeted Areas

Planning a Comprehensive School Counseling Program

  • Assessments and evaluations of counseling programs and individual components
  • Effective strategies to close achievement and opportunity gaps
  • Using data to deliver effecting counseling programs
  • Utilizing social media to market your counseling program
  • Managing your program with technology
  • Leadership Skills

School Counseling Core Curriculum

  • Prevention strategies for drop out, teen pregnancy, suicide and alcohol/drug abuse
  • Postsecondary awareness strategies for all grade levels

Individual Student Planning

  • Improving ACT and SAT scores
  • Effective counselor roles with RTI
  • Improving graduation rate
  • Reducing test anxiety

Responsive Services

  • Helping Transient Students (Foster, Migrant, Homeless, etc.)
  • Effective School Counselor intervention for student discipline issues


Student Support Services

  • Leading trainings for teachers and parents
  • Effective parent engagement strategies
  • Building community partnerships
  • Advocating to reduce systemic barriers to student success


Social Emotional Learning

  • Mental Health Literacy
  • Implementing SEL in Schools
  • SEL support as Multi Tiered System of Support (MTSS)
  • Trauma Informed Practice

Other Notes:

  • All Pre-Conference sessions will take place on Monday, April 3rd. These sessions will only be offered to in-person attendees and will not be recorded for future viewing.
  • Proposals are only accepted through completion of this electronic form.
  • There may be no more than three (3) presenters (one lead presenter and two co-presenters) for any session. All communication with presenters will take place via the Lead Presenter email address provided on the registration form.
  • Presenters may submit more than one proposal for consideration.
  • Presenters who intend to sell and/or promote a product as a central element of their presentation are encouraged to explore the Sponsors and Exhibitors information. Only if space permits may these programs be considered. If a program of this nature is accepted, it does not mean that MASCA endorses the product.
  • Acceptance of a proposal does not mean that MASCA endorses the content.
  • If your session is offered in support of a commercial product or service, clearly indicate the product/service on the session proposal form.
  • Whether or not your pre-conference session is accepted, you are welcome to submit a breakout session proposal for the main conference.

Please note that the 2023 MASCA Conference will have both in-person and virtual options.

As a presenter, you will be asked to present at the in-person event AND submit a pre-recorded version of your session to be shared with the virtual attendees. More details about this will be included in your acceptance email, if your session is chosen. As a way of saying thank you, presenters will be offered deeply discounted registration rates! See below for details.

Must Submit Your Vitae/Resume: In addition to filling out and submitting the form below, Lead Presenters are REQUIRED to submit a PDF of their vitae or resume, which includes their degree, educational training, certifications and licenses. 

Deadline for Submission: September 15, 2022

Notice regarding proposal acceptance will be sent via e-mail by the end of September.

The Lead Presenter will receive all communications regarding your breakout session and will be responsible for sharing it with co-presenters, if any.




Presenter Instructions

  • STIPEND: For each presentation accepted, a $300 stipend will be granted.
  • PRESENTATION MATERIALS: PowerPoint must also be submitted by March 10, 2023. MASCA will upload the information to a secure area of the MASCA website or conference app for conference attendees. For your session, you will be responsible for preparing and copying handouts, if applicable.
  • HOTEL RESERVATIONS: Presenters must make their own hotel reservations and are responsible for all other travel expenses.
  • CO-PRESENTERS: All communications regarding your breakout session will come to the Lead Presenter directly, and will be responsible for sharing it with a Co-Presenter (if any). Also note the rate structure for Co-Presenters. If a Co-Presenter is not added at the time of the CFP submission, one cannot be added in the future.
  • WI-FI: The Boston Marriott Newton is equipped with Wi-Fi Internet that is complimentary for all attendees. We highly recommend designing your session so that you will not need internet access, since it can be slow or unreliable.
  • AUDIO VISUAL EQUIPMENT: Please note that the Conference will supply with the following audio visual equipment: LCD projector, screen, power supply, and computer audio. You will be responsible for your own laptop and adapter cables. 
For more information or questions, please contact presenters@ncyi.org.

Pre-Conference Presenters receive a Complimentary Registration!

April 3-4, 2023

Pre-Conference Presenter Rate





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The Lead Presenter will receive all communications regarding your breakout session and will be responsible for sharing it with co-presenters, if any.