Wednesday, March 2nd | 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
SPEAKER BIO: Andrea Burston is a former high school computer/technology teacher turned elementary school counselor. She is the school counselor for Wake County Public Schools working at JY Joyner IB Magnet Elementary School in Raleigh, NC. Andrea is also the writer of the jyjcounselor blog where she shares her enjoyment of her career as well as many counselor ideas with school counselors from all over the world. She loves using technology and is always looking for new and innovative ways to integrate technology into her school counseling program. Andrea has presented at various conferences and workshops on using technology in counseling programs.
ABOUT THIS SESSION: Learn how to use digital resources such as Google, online storage and online communication tools to simplify your comprehensive school counseling program, to instruct students as well as design technology enriched learning experiences for all students. BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) to become familiar with digital learning competencies and engage in interactive activities.
Wednesday, March 2nd | 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 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.
Wednesday, March 2nd | 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
SPEAKER BIO: Joy Dudley is the Victim Services Director for Freekind (formerly Virginia Beach Justice Initiative). In 2014, she became a volunteer advocate for victims of human trafficking after attending Freekind’s Victim Advocacy Training. While serving as a victim advocate, she co-wrote and assisted in piloting Freekind’s Offramps jail program, which has reached over 350 incarcerated women to date in five city and regional jails. She also previously served Freekind as its first case manager and subsequently developed the organization’s current case management program and policies. Freekind’s case management program has identified and served approximately 250 unique survivors of commercial sexual exploitation.
A strong advocate for justice, Deanna Longjohn joined the team in 2021 to run the award-winning Prevention Project™ program, coming from Richmond Justice Initiative to work with the merged organization. Deanna holds a master’s degree in human rights law from Regent University School of Law. Her career in the anti-trafficking movement has included working for the Center for Global Justice and Richmond Justice Initiative; an internship with International Justice Mission; and volunteer work with the Safe House Project, Samaritan House, and Freekind. Deanna currently lives in Norfolk, Virginia with her husband and dog.
ABOUT THIS SESSION: Freekind’s Youth Service Training equips counselors, teachers, social workers, and others with the tools needed to recognize human trafficking, understand the stages of grooming and risk factors, and know how to best intercept situations and prevent future ones. We believe that equipping youth support personnel is making an investment in the most important safety net for students within schools and youth programs.
These trainings are delivered interactively and contain PowerPoint, video, and powerful relevant case studies, implemented in sessions ranging from 1.5 hours-3 hours. Freekind’s trainings are highly-rated and include resources from the U.S. Department of Education that are intended to address and help schools respond to human trafficking, recognize the problem, and take the appropriate course of action. Alongside a small group of professionals from around Virginia, Freekind was requested as a subject matter expert to consult and collaborate with the Virginia Department of Education to create the Guidelines for Training on the Prevention of Trafficking of Children. Freekind’s Youth Service Training meets and exceeds the standards recommended by the Department of Education. While Freekind has strong roots and partnership with our state’s Department of Education, our Youth Service Training is applicable to states across the nation.
Thursday, March 3rd | 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
SPEAKER BIO: Chase Mielke is an award-winning educator, writer, and speaker focusing on preventing educator burnout and increasing student engagement. He has been awarded multiple honors, including being a Michigan Teacher of the Year nominee and a Allegan County “Outstanding People for Education” recipient. For his work minimizing the achievement gap with at-risk high schoolers, his Positive Psychology program received a Michigan Association of School Administrator’s “Winner’s Circle Award.” The program teaches concepts of positive emotion, engagement, meaning, and accomplishment to hundreds of students each year, especially at-risk high schoolers. Consistently, students reduce failure rates by at least 50% each year.
In addition to modeling excellence as an educator, his writing has been featured on WeAreTeachers, Huffpost, Edutopia, and EdPost. As an engaging, nationally recognized speaker, he has traveled across the nation to speak with students and educators on topics of resilience, mindset, applied neuroscience, and positive psychology.
ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Chase as he presents The Burnout Cure. Chase was moments away from quitting teaching — a career he loved. He was burned out, bitter, and beaten by the external challenges of modern education. But he didn’t quit. He doubled-down, using the same science of well-being he had taught his students for over a decade.
In this engaging, humorous, and heartfelt talk, Chase shares his experience as a veteran educator and provides key insights on how the science of small, positive moments creates thriving adults, learners, and communities. Your audience will be empowered to take care of themselves, so they can better take care of the young adults who need them.
Chase will also be presenting a breakout session.
Friday, March 4th | 12:00 p.m. – 1:50 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: Join Robert as he presents How Do You View the World? A Discussion of Diversity and Equity. 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.
SPEAKER BIO: Lisa is a former secondary school counselor, Past-President of the Wisconsin School Counselor Association and has served on ASCA’s Board of Directors. Currently, she is an adjunct instructor at Lakeland University training the next generation of school counselors. She has given a TEDx Talk and is a best-selling author of Be An Inclusion Ally: ABCs of LGBTQ+. With a Diversity & Inclusion Certification from Cornell University, Lisa is an international presenter and has keynoted numerous conferences both virtually and in person. She uses humor and engagement to help everyone Save Lives!
ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Lisa as she presents 3 Ways To Be An Inclusion Ally for the LGBTQ+ Population. Pronouns, bathrooms and support plans, oh my! As school counselors, we need to have the courage, the heart and the brains to effectively support ALL of our students. In addition to the LGBTQ+ population, we also need to understand intersectionality. Race, religion, and neurodivergency can all be part of the equation. Let’s pull back the curtain and be the Wizard to save lives!
ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Lisa as she presents Supporting our Transgender, Transgender Non-conforming, and Non-Binary Friends! Some of these terms might be new to you, some might not. Whether you are a rural, urban or suburban school counselor, I promise you these terms are on their way to your space. Lisa will provide you with free resources and plans to implement the next day. From the Trevor Project to Pronouns, let’s keep this population alive and help them to Thrive! Not sure what to say when a student comes out to you? Not sure how to support a parent/caregiver of a TNC child? Join us and learn from an LGBTQ+ Subject Matter Expert, Best-Selling author who has given a TEDx Talk on this topic. Oh, and we’ll have fun!