Tennessee School Counselor and Administrator Leadership Institute

September 26-28, 2021

Embassy Suites Hotel and Convention Center
1200 Conference Center Blvd
Murfreesboro, TN 37129


Thank you for attending TNSCALI. We hope to see you next year!




Founded in 2004, Destination Knowledge specializes in educational technology resources that schools need most. Today, our MTSS model is flipped and SEL / MH is one of the most crucial needs of our students and staff today. Ripple Effects is an evidence-based, proven-effective, digital trauma-informed student support that gets to the root cause of problem behaviors and thoughts. Educator Ally ensures staff are included in this critical process. Effective for Tier 2 on the TN Comp. Resource Guide.

For more information please contact Kristine Marsh, Founder and President at 800.889.4886 or at kmarsh@destinationknowledge.com.

Enlisting in the Tennessee ARMY National Guard means more time at home. Training typically requires one weekend each month, with a two-week training period once each year. Get a degree with money for school, learn job skills that translate to the civilian world, make bonds that last a lifetime, and earn pride for life. Learn more about the opportunities in the Tennessee ARMY National Guard.

Bethel University’s Dual Enrollment program provides an opportunity for qualified high school juniors and seniors to begin their college education while still in high school. This program offers an affordable and efficient way to gain a head start on earning a college degree. Courses are taught by qualified instructors and either at the high school or through an online learning format. Credits earned can be applied to Bethel’s wide variety of degrees and programs with an opportunity to receive a Dual Enrollment scholarship. Credits can also be transferred to the college or university of the student’s choice.

For more information please contact Craig Lunn, Director of Dual Enrollment at lunnc@bethelu.edu or at 731.352.6329.


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 robert.lambert@centerstone.org.


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.


CollegeforTN aims to prepare students and their families from across the state for their ideal college and career. This year, the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation are relaunching the CollegeforTN.org website with new tools and resources to help students research and organize their college, career, and financial aid search. CollegeforTN: You can get there from here!

For more information please contact Jessie Greene, Coordinator of College Access Communications at jessie.greene@tn.gov or at 615.741.1318.

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 Buz Watson, Director of Sales, at buz@quavered.com or at 615.347.0050.


The Tennessee Higher Education Commission was created in 1967 by the Tennessee General Assembly. The Commission develops, implements, and evaluates postsecondary education policies and programs in Tennessee while coordinating the state’s systems of higher education. THEC is relentlessly focused on increasing the number of Tennesseans with a postsecondary credential.

The Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC), a non-profit corporation created in 1974, administers over 20 different state student financial aid programs, including the HOPE scholarship, Tennessee Promise, Tennessee Reconnect, Tennessee Student Assistance Award, and the Dual Enrollment grant. To increase awareness and participation in these financial aid programs, the agency conducts outreach and training to students and staff at every high school and postsecondary institution in the state. TSAC also works directly with postsecondary financial aid offices to improve program effectiveness, compliance, and efficiency.

For more information please contact Jason Seay, Senior Director of Outreach at jason.seay@tn.gov or at 615.253.7459.

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 Cory Watkins, Chief Strategy Officer at corywatkins@jasonfoundation.com or at 615.264.2323.


The U.S. Army provides state-of-the-art training in a multitude of career fields from Culinary to Aviation to Medical and Engineering to name a few. Learn about free education resources the Army offers to students and teachers. Connect with the Education Services representative who can provide presentations on these resources, Army benefits, and college/financial aid information to you, your parents, or your school!

For more information contact Ms. Abigail Murdock, Education Services Specialist at abigail.l.murdock.civ@mail.mil or at 615.289.0138.


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.


The College Funding Coach was founded in 2002, to teach parents how to EFFICIENTLY pay for college without destroying their retirement nest egg!  The College Funding Coach is the only national organization that is brought into elementary, middle, and high schools in 25 different states, to teach parents how to pay for college without going broke! For almost 20 years, The College Funding Coach has worked with counselors and school administrators at elementary, middle, and high schools across the country, educating parents through our nationally acclaimed free parent workshop called “Little Known Secrets of Paying for College.  With significant changes to the FAFSA, and the reduction of financial aid at many colleges and universities, The College Funding Coach has never been more needed for parents who are looking to reduced their out-of-pocket cost for their children’s college education.

For more information contact Demetrius Doss at ddoss@thecollegefundingcoach.org or at 703.340.6911.


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.





Sunday, September 26, 2021 | 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

The Pre-Institute sessions are included in your registration. They run concurrently. You may only attend one.

MTSS and School Counseling: How Do They Fit Together?

Emily Goodman-Scott

Sunday, September 26, 2021 | 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. 


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

Sunday, September 26, 2021 | 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. 


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.

Respond to Suicidal Ideation

Melisa Marsh

Sunday, September 26, 2021 | 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. 


SPEAKER BIO: Melisa Marsh, Ph.D. currently serves as the Supervisor of School Counseling for the Cobb County school district in Marietta, GA., where she coordinates the development and supervision of school counseling, student advisement, crisis response, and Hospital Homebound programs. She has 17 years of experience in filling the roles of Georgia State High School Counselor, Supervisor of Counseling, and School Counseling and Advisement Consultant. Melisa received her Ph.D. in Counseling Education and Personnel Services and her Specialist Degree in School Counseling from the University of Georgia. She received her Advanced Masters in School Counseling Program from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Marsh has also written a book entitled 15-Minute Focus – SUICIDE: Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention. Missy lives in the Atlanta Metro area with her husband and puppy. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, yoga, cycling, running, hiking, and spending as much time outdoors as possible.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Do you know what to say to someone with thoughts of suicide? When suicidal individuals leave your office, do you feel confident they will get the help and support they need? Walk away with tools you can use to keep individuals safe when they express suicidal ideation. Learn how to use these tools with your individuals who express suicidal ideation so you can feel more confident each time that you have these challenging conversations.

Melisa Marsh will also be presenting a breakout session.


The Ripple Effect

Dan St. Romain

Monday, September 27, 2021 | During the 11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Luncheon Session



Dan St. Romain is a national independent educational consultant who provides staff development and consultative services to educators and parents working with children at all developmental levels. Dan is passionate about helping individuals shift their perspective on discipline, understanding the best ways to provide support given the challenges posed in today’s society.

After receiving his master’s degree in education, Dan worked in both private residential and public school settings, as well as at the Region 20 Education Service Center in San Antonio, Texas. His work as a self-contained behavior unit teacher, educational diagnostician, behavior consultant, and director of a learning resource center has afforded him experience at all levels, in both general and special education settings. Dan is just now starting his retirement after having worked in the school system for the past 30 years.

Dan’s overwhelming strength is his skill as a presenter. Although his sessions are exceedingly interactive, his greatest asset lies in his ability to offer participants rich insight into the connectedness between educational practices and student behavior. He is the author of Teach Skills and Break Habits: Growth Mindsets for Better Behavior in the Classroom, several resources for teaching social skills, featuring his chameleon, Juan Pablo, and his newly released book, Positive Behavior Principles: Shifting Perspectives and Aligning Practices in Schools.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: When you throw a stone into a pond, sometimes it simply sinks—“plop”. However, if thrown just right, the rock skips. Instead of the singular “plop”, the skipping rock reaches more water, leaving ripples on the surface – and this energy changes the entire pond. As educators, we throw the stone. In this dynamic opening session, educators will learn simple ways we create ripples in the school setting that positively impact the students we serve.

Dan St. Romain will also be presenting a breakout session.

Standing Tall Through It All

Steve Bollar

Tuesday, September 28, 2021 | During the 11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Luncheon Session



Steve Bollar, a.k.a. Stand Tall Steve, is an educational thought leader, former Superintendent of Schools, principal, author and a school culture and motivation expert. He is known for his quick wit, creative thought, and humorous personality.

Steve is the author of the school culture book Ideas, Ideas, Ideas! and is a contributing author in the book School Climate 2.0: Preventing Cyberbullying One Classroom at a Time.

Steve openly shares his knowledge, experiences and creativity with others. He currently speaks to students, staff and communities throughout the country about how to think differently about schools, education, and life.


Challenges can either force you to step up your game or they can stop you in your tracks. Steve will show you how to overcome challenges in your schools and come out better, maximize leadership, and more motivated than ever. In this humorous yet focused session, you’ll discover:

  • How to maintain the focus needed to get great results… even when chaos and challenge surrounds you!…
  • How you can increase productivity no matter what is happening or how overwhelmed you are…
  • How to maximize difficult relationships that keep you from success – and how to prevent relationship breakdown from
    stalling your progress ever again!

Steve Bollar will also be presenting a breakout session.