ISCA Vision, Ends, Bylaws & Policies

The vision of the Illinois School Counselor Association (ISCA) is to:

  • Honor the uniqueness of every Illinois school counselor, student, and community as we embrace and affirm diverse backgrounds, values, and points of view.
  • Promote professionalism and ethical practice amongst school counselors so they are able to support pre-kindergarten through post-secondary students in maximizing their academic, college/career, social/emotional growth and preparedness for adult life.
  • Advocate for legislation and policies that support and empower Illinois school counselors, students, and communities.
  • Provide high quality professional development for school counselors to assist in meeting the evolving needs of school counselors, students, and communities.
  • Offer collaboration opportunities for Illinois school counselors to build meaningful connections and coalitions amongst Illinois school counselors throughout the state.

Conditions exist so the Illinois School Counselor Association will practice with the highest level of effectiveness.

  • School counselors are actively engaged in the dismantling of racist and discriminatory practices, policies, and institutions that further disadvantage and/or marginalize our students and communities.
  • School counselors are knowledgeable about and collaborate with students, parents/guardians, staff, school administrators, policy makers, community members in the development, implementation and evaluation of effective and comprehensive school counseling programs based on the ASCA National Model.
  • School counselors are knowledgeable about current ethical, legal, and professional practices and their application.
  • School counselors are knowledgeable about current trends in school counseling and education by participating in high quality professional development.
  • School counselors are actively engaged in state and national initiatives that impact the school counseling profession.
  • School counselors are empowered to take on leadership roles to build a community of Illinois school counselors that advocates for our profession.
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