Michigan School Counselors Association Conference

November 15-16, 2021

Lansing Convention Center
333 E Michigan Ave. Lansing, MI 48933

Radisson Hotel Lansing at the Capitol
111 N. Grand Ave. Lansing, MI 48933

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


MI Student Aid, located within the Michigan Department of Treasury, encourages students to pursue postsecondary education by providing equality of access to student financial resources and information. Through the administration of various student financial assistance and outreach programs, students receive the guidance and funding necessary to pursue their educational goals. We look forward to partnering with high school counselors across the State of Michigan!

For more information contact Chad Somerville, Outreach Manager at somervillec@michigan.gov or at 517.242.0551.

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.


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 Tim Maus at tim@quavered.com or at 615.585.0337.

Aperture Education empowers over 3,000 schools and out-of-school time programs across North America to measure, strengthen, and support social and emotional competence in K-12 youth and educators. This system enables education leaders to make strategic, data-based decisions about SEL within their organizations. The Aperture system includes the DESSA suite of strength-based assessments, CASEL-informed intervention strategies, and robust reporting, all in one easy-to-use digital platform. For more information please contact the Elizabeth Sims, Manager of Partnerships, at esims@apertureed.com.

Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University offers all the advantages of a conservatory college of art and design—creative immersion, expert faculty, and personalized instruction—without sacrificing the support systems and educational value of a state university. Our urban campus in the heart of Grand Rapids’ vibrant creative community is the perfect environment for your students to grow a passion for making into in-demand 21st-century skills and dynamic career opportunities.

For more information please contact the KCAD Admissions Office, at kcadadmissions@ferris.edu or at 616.259.1118.


Your local experts with over 20 years of online learning experience. Founded in 1998, Michigan Virtual is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) educational organization with a national reputation for excellence in online and blended learning. Over the past two decades, we’ve partnered with thousands of public, private, and charter schools; tens of thousands of teachers from across the state; and countless homeschool families. We’re driven by student success and the firm belief that every person can use digital learning to reach their full potential.

For more information please contact the Thomas Soria, at tsoria@michiganvirtual.org.


For more information please contact the Sara Horace, at sara.j.horace.civ@army.mil or at 517.200.8457.


Legal Literacy and Ethical Practice in the Complex World of School Counseling

Carolyn Stone

Monday, November 15, 2021 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

SPEAKER BIO: Carolyn Stone, Ed.D., is a Professor of Counselor Education at the University of North Florida (UNF). Dr. Stone is a Past President of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). Prior to coming to UNF, Dr. Stone spent 22 years with Jacksonville, Florida’s Public Schools as an elementary and high school counselor, middle school teacher and Supervisor of Guidance Services. She supervised 225 school counselors. Dr. Stone currently serves as the Ethics Chair for ASCA and has done so for 15 years.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Carolyn for her session titled Legal Literacy and Ethical Practice in the Complex World of School Counseling. School counselors must negotiate the competing interests of the overregulated school environment, student’s need for confidentiality and the legal rights of parents to be the guiding voice in their children lives. Updates on these competing interests will be discussed through recent court developments. Legal rulings will be highlighted in areas such as sexually active students, bullying, academic advising, child abuse, educational records, and sexual harassment, first amendment rights, and transgender youth. The goal is to facilitate participants’ legal literacy and provide guiding principles to support best ethical practice.

Carolyn 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 16, 2021 | 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 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 Kafele will also be presenting a breakout session.