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April 20, 2018 Rosemont
Opening General Session: 8:00  am - 8:50  am

 LIFE 101: For Ourselves, and For Our Students Living Intentionally For Excellence

Terri Tchorzynski, ASCA 2017 SCOY
“What really drives success is not ‘genius’ but a unique combination of passion and long-term perseverance.” (Grit by Angela Duckworth)

Influence - Equity - Access - Advocate - Success. In the world of a school counselor, these are just some of the words that permeate our minds as we strive to help our students reach their full potential and discover the world in which they strive to achieve. I am sure we would all agree that these are not always easy tasks and at times it can feel as though not enough progress is being made, so I am here today to offer you a course called LIFE
101. This is a beginner level course because I am not going to say anything that you have not already thought or experienced at some point in your life. Sorry to tell you - I do not have a magic potion or trick to get students to be successful, but I do believe I have a passion and mindset to bring these special powers out in others. We all have them. As educators, and especially as counselors, we all have the gift and abilities to bring out the
best in our students so they can find success. Sometimes - we just need a little reminder and a little influence to help us bring that out in ourselves so we can continue to be a champion for ALL students!

 April 20, 2018 Rosemont
Breakout Session 1: 9:00 am. - 10:00 am.
 “MI on the Fly”: Understanding Basic Concepts of Motivational Interviewing for Schools as a Spring Board for Quick Conversations About Change
Robert Valle, MA School Counseling
Workshop will offer participants a basic understanding of the Spirit of Motivational Interviewing (MI) as well as a practice of core concepts to begin a process of change talk with students.

GRIT: Teaching Your Students the Power of PASSION, PERSEVERANCE, and PUSH
Laurie Siegel, MA, LCPC, CADC, MISA II, Type 73, 75 licenses; National Louis University Interns: Cindy Danzell, Nina McMahon, Taylor Oakland, Michelle Olejnik, Jeffrey Thompson, Amoni Reynolds
Can you predict academic success or whether a child will graduate? You can, but not how you think. Using the GRIT SCALE, that Angela Duckworth developed with Chris Peterson, they found that GRIT is a better indicator of GPA and graduation rate.  Through this workshop, we will demonstrate ways that GRIT, can be incorporated into your schools and classroom.
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The 2018 Developmental Model for Illinois Schools
Whitney Triplett, MA, LPC, NCC, School Counseling Specialist, Chicago Public Schools
The newest edition of the Developmental Model for Illinois Schools (2018) includes cutting-edge content reflective of the evolving profession of school counseling and the changing needs of Illinois students. Walk away with a number of new resources, including a sample curriculum map, lesson plans, standards crosswalk, and so much more!
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Ignite a Healthier Me
Noah Doppelt, Schools Manager – Illinois, BS in Business Administration
Learn about online resources that can help build a strong foundation in digital awareness and healthy lifestyles for your students.  Topics will include social-emotional learning, alcohol and prescription drug awareness, cyberbullying, monitoring your digital footprint, technology overuse, and character education. Resources are available at NO-COST to educators.

Championing Student Success through Evidence Based Data-Driven Practices

Dr. Matthew J .Beck, Ph.D., LCPC, NCC, ACS; Haley D. Wikoff, Doctoral Student, M.S.Ed., LCPC, NCC
The intentional use of data and evidence-based interventions can help school counselors champion issues of equity and student achievement. This session will explore how school counselors can apply ASCA’s RAMP process and tools in development of outcome measures for individual counseling, small groups, as well as with curriculum lessons.

The Impact of Media (Mainstream and Social) on the Way We View Grief
Michelle Halm, MA., M.Ed., CT; Jessica Johnston, LPC (ISCA Member)
We will lead a brief discussion on how television, film, music, print media and social media impact how we view grief and those who are grieving. The presentation will include grief education and will discuss appropriate language to use when addressing the death of someone and how we communicate can impact all students.
 
Post Secondary Planning and Career Preparation
Amy Inka, Post Secondary Planning Counselor, Master of Arts in School Counseling; Jeanette Beste, Post Secondary Planning Counselor, Master of Arts in School Counseling
Come learn about planning/implementing a school counselor curriculum that helps students plan a path towards a career after high school.

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 April 20, 2018 Rosemont
Breakout Session 2: 10:10 am - 11:10 am
 Resilience Can Be Taught! 10 Tools to Motivate ANY Student
Christian Moore, MsW, LCSW
There are 10 tools that can help you foster resilience in ANY student, whether in one on one, small group, or classroom settings. This presentation will give you skills to deliver resilience to students of all backgrounds and learning styles.

Power of Shame
Ivy Malisow, M. Ed. and LCPC; Melissa Ockerman, PhD, Assistant Professor, DePaul University; Amelia Catania, M. Ed. School Counselor
From lunch lines to classrooms to playgrounds; schools are potential breeding grounds for feelings of shame in our students. This presentation will explore the impact of shame on students in both the academic and personal social domains. Additionally, participants will learn ways to intervene when shame is used by others.

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Who Takes Care of the Caretaker When the Caretaker Can’t Take Care?
Ray Piagentini, M.S., M.A.
Self-care for counselors and healing techniques.
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Motivational Interviewing for School Counselors
Steve Murray, M.A., LPC, PEL; Lisa Micele, M.A., PEL
Motivational Interviewing (MI) has been used successfully with adolescents. Motivational Interviewing as defined by Miller and Rollnick (1991) is a directive, client-centered counseling technique for eliciting behavior change by helping clients explore and resolve ambivalence. MI may have viability in motivating adolescents in other realms of their lives such as college choice/or college major choice. Students may present to school counselors with a mixture of positive and negative feelings or thoughts (Saginak, 2003). Students may be excited when beginning to explore their options, but may be overwhelmed and anxious by the task. Anxiety pertaining to decision-making has been associated with career and/or college major indecisiveness (Germeijs, Verschueren, & Soenens, 2006) and decision-making confusion. During this session the five basic principles of MI are examined and suggestions for tailoring these principles to college choice/or college major choice will be offered.
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Closing the Gap: Increasing the Presence of Low Income First Generation Latinos in Advanced Courses and in College Admissions

Claudia Rueda-Alvarez, Assistant Principal for Student Services, Maine West High School, Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, M.A. in School Counseling, B.A. in Education; Tim Pappageorge, English Department Chair Maine West High School, Ed.D.
This workshop will discuss two programs which have proven successful in identifying and supporting Latino students in enrolling in advanced courses as well as attending colleges at higher rates. The differences between the two programs, the populations they aim to serve, curriculum, and data will be shared.
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Supporting the Academic and Social/Emotional Needs of the Gifted and Talented

Karen Schwartz, School Counselor, MA Community Counseling, LCPC and PEL School Counselor Certificate; Amy Keck, Learning Strategies Coordinator, MA Management Concentration in Higher Education Administration
We will discuss the social/emotional characteristics of the gifted and talented population and its impact on the students academically.  Case studies will be reviewed and resources will be provided.  Participants will leave with applicable interventions to implement immediately.

Creating a Culture of Excellence: Building a Curriculum and Recruiting Your Team

Dr. Shelby Wyatt, School Counselor and Brotherhood Male Mentoring Coordinator, Ed. D; Elijah Young, Terrance Chambers, Elizabeth Comp, Brooks Reavill - Brotherhood Male Mentoring Interns
This will be a demonstration of the benefits provided by including qualified volunteer interns for school-based mentoring programs. The workshop will include a review of the Kenwood Academy Brotherhood’s efficacy over the past 13 years.

A Real Alternative: CTE Ain’t What it Used to Be

Leah Brock, MA, LPC
The grant formerly known as Curriculum Revitalization is back.  We specialize in connecting counselors and teachers with information and tools to enhance their knowledge of CTE fields. 

11:10 am - 12:10 pm
Awards Luncheon

 April 20, 2018 Rosemont
Breakout Session 3: 12:20 pm - 1:20 pm
 Accelerating College Readiness for “Disadvantaged” Students
Ray Broderick, Retired Principal District 214, Dr. Broderick was Principal of Elk Grove High School in Northwest Suburban Chicago. During his tenure at Elk Grove, the school received the following honors: The United States Department of Education Blue Ribbon Award, The Technology Blue Ribbon Award; David Waldherr, President Cambridge Grant Award Program. Dr. David Waldherr founded Cambridge Educational Services in 1990 with the mission of helping all students, regardless of ability and income levels perform well on standardized tests and gain admission to colleges and graduate schools of their choice.
A frustrated teacher from a low performing school said, “My students cannot ‘speed-read’ through the hundreds of books separating them from their more affluent counterparts”.  This discussion focuses on a three-year plan that will make ALL YOUR STUDENTS “college ready” by Junior year.  With a counselor’s help, this is reasonable, and possible.

Tear-Free Tier 1 for School Counselors: Getting Started with Core Curriculum
Lisa De Gregorio, MS, Director of Operations for Hatching Results, LLC; Whitney Triplett, MA, LPC, NCC, School Counseling Specialist, Chicago Public Schools
Want to implement a comprehensive school counseling core curriculum, but not sure where to start? This session will introduce the new, ASCA-aligned, Multi-Tiered, Multi-Domain System of Supports (MTMDSS) for school counselors, with a specific focus on planning, delivering, and evaluating Tier 1 school counseling activities for ALL students!
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HRC Welcoming Schools - Creating a Bias Free Inclusive Environment
Jason Marotzke, Masters in Counseling; Welcoming School Facilitator
HRC Foundation’s Welcoming Schools is the nation’s premier professional development program with training, resources, and lessons dedicated to creating respectful and supportive schools by:
• Embracing family diversity
• Creating LGBTQ- and gender-inclusive schools
• Preventing bias-based bullying
• Supporting transgender and non-binary students
Welcoming Schools is grounded in research that links improved academic achievement and social-emotional well-being with an inclusive school climate.This workshop will introduce you to the six different modules in building an inclusive bias free school.

Of Course Girls Can Code
Rachel Madrid, Professional School Counselor, LPC, Credentialed College and Career Advisory, M.Ed.; Katie Stalzer: Professional School Counselor, LPC, Credentialed College and Career Advisory, M. A. School Counseling
Don’t be a gatekeeper. Learn about the many resources available for you to support girls at your school in exploring careers and post secondary education paths in computer science.

Self-Advocating for Removal of Non-Counseling Duties Through Use of Data

Angela Shanahan, K-8 School Counseling Specialist, PEL in School Counseling, Master of Education in School Counseling, RAMP Reviewer, RAMP Recipient 2016, ISCA Middle School Counselor of the Year 2016, Type 73; Manuel French, Director of School Counseling, Type 73, Master in Ed. Leadership & Master of Education in School Counseling
Non-counseling duties got you down? Feel undervalued in your building? Learn tips and strategies to help you self-advocate for your role and increased resources for the school counseling program!
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Promoting Positive School Culture for All Students
Judy Locher, School Counselor, M.Ed; Sue Doran, School Counselor, M.Ed
Palatine’s PROMISE at Palatine High School is a program that teaches leadership skills to over 200 students, hosts “paloozas” during lunch periods and teaches lessons during homeroom all designed to promote a positive school culture for all students. Participants of this workshop will take away a framework and best practices for creating a similar program.
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“Name it to Tame it!” Interventions with Grieving Children and Adolescents
Janis Clark Johnston, Ed.D. Counseling Psychology, M.Ed. School Psychology
Students, and even adults, have challenges with self-regulation of grieving emotions.  This workshop features facilitation of Classroom Circles and Personality Mapping as two co-regulating responses for grieving students. Grief can shut down the brain’s social engagement system. Counseling students with a “name-it-to-tame-it” approach results in brain integration for students.

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The National Guard: The Military's Best Kept Secret
Chad W. McDannald, Master Trainer, IL Army National Guard
The National Guard is America's oldest armed force, dating back to 1636 and the only branch that serves both the Federal and State governments.  Today, National Guardsmen live, work and go to school in cities and towns all across America.  Guardsmen serve part-time and receive full-time benefits.  Our Mission: To positively impact the overall strength and readiness of the Illinois Army National Guard Family by providing quality educational services.
The Illinois National Guard Education Offices Offers:
  Federal Tuition Assistance, Illinois National Guard Grant Program, Bonus Program, Student Loan Repayment Program.

 April 20, 2018 Rosemont
Breakout Session 4: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
 Legislative Update in Illinois for School Counselors
Daniel Stasi, Executive Director of ISCA, Registered Lobbyist
This workshop will cover the most recent legislation and pending legislation that will impact the work school counselors do in their role.  This includes the recent legislation on Career and College Advising for all students, immigration, and FOID. Updates will also be make on dealing with bullying, student rights, and more. Bring questions. Handouts provided.
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How to Build a Cohesive Guidance Curriculum for Your High School?

Gabriela Rulka, Master’s of Arts - School Counseling and Mental Health, Type 73
Are you having a hard time putting together a guidance curriculum for your students? This workshop will go through the steps of how to create a sequential counseling curriculum for all grade levels and provide you with 15-20 samples you can adapt to your school.

Let’s Talk: Prevention and Intervention Services for At-Risk Youth

Lindsey Kahney, BS in Rehabilitation Psychology
Participants will learn about prevention and intervention services to better help them serve their youth and families. Focus will be on the Let’s Talk curriculum, a free, evidence based program that helps youth build life skills, increase knowledge about runaway resources, and encourages youth to seek help from trusted adults.

Youth, Technology and Trends
Christine Feller, Cyber Crime Specialist, B.A and M.A.
Create awareness of online behaviors of youth on devices and apps. Through the understanding of student social media usage educators can adapt school and classroom policies to maintain focus on the educational focus of the school day. Similarly, through surveying student’s usage of social media, schools can create positive social norms for the school environment.
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Bridging Expertise: Collaborating to Support the Successful Transitions of Department of Children and Family Youth
Neffisatu Dambo, Ph.D, School Counseling License, Principal License; Chasity Jones, BS, School Counseling Track;
Charles Spearman, Licensed Welfare Specialist and BAM Program Counselor.
This presentation discusses data, strategies, and resources for PSC’s to collaborate with students, DCFS, the community, and stakeholders to support the healthy development and successful transitions of at-promise youth. Maintaining awareness and knowledge about the challenges, strengths, and supports of DCFS youth can influence counselors’ multicultural competence when working with diverse population, promote the development of culturally appropriate assessments, and provide insight as it pertains to the implementation of comprehensive school counseling programs.

Dynamic Student Data
Matt Liberatore, M.A., M.Ed., LPC
Personalizing intervention strategies to support student achievement, attendance, and behavior. Administrators sift through static reports reviewing 2-dimensional data to try and instruct student programming and interventions. Learn how to utilize your student information system to turn static student data into dynamic data that will begin to drive a holistic approach to closing the gap.

Making Numbers Work: When School Counselors and Administrators Collaborate to Create a Data Infused School Culture
Heidi A. Truax, LPC, PEL, PhD Candidate; Erin Galfer, MA, Principal; Ila Faulkner, LPC, PEL; Michelle Perez, LPC, PEL; Kathy Klaver
Through collaboration between administrators and school counselors at a Chicago public 7th-12th grade school, a data tracking system has been infused into the culture of the building. All stakeholders, from clerks to the principal, play a role in implementing data based interventions and/or celebrations for all students.

Making "Connections" with at-risk youth
Allison Braasch, School Counselor, MS Type 73
This session will detail the "Connections" mentoring group for 8th graders transitioning to high school. High school students are trained to mentor at-risk youth, and they implement lesson plans at feeder schools four times a year, culminating in "Shadow Day," during which the mentees visit the high school.


 April 20, 2018 Rosemont
Breakout Session 5: 2:40 pm - 3:40 pm
 Roundtable Discussions: Being a Champion for English Learners
Diana Mondragon, M.S.Ed, NCC, LPC, Kellie Mainolfi – Assistant Principal, MS Interdisciplinary Studies, Curriculum, & Instruction
ESL counselors serve students with unique needs. However, there is often no specific training for the role and counselors must figure out best practices as they learn the job. The purpose of these roundtables is to provide a space for counselors to share questions/ideas to better serve our English-learning students.

Helping Parents and Students Make Successful College and Career Choices Across All Grade Levels

Donna Kirkpatrick Pinson, LCPC, NCC, NCSC, PEL Ed.D.; Tor Evans, MS Counseling, LCPC, School Counseling Licensure Student; Kathleen Selden, School Counseling Graduate Student
Utilizing The Eight Components of College and Career Readiness Counseling Approach (The College Board, 2010), school counselors can provide knowledge and skill sets to both parents and students at the early stages of education and beyond to better prepare students to make successful college and career choices.
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What School Counselors Need to Know About Anorexia Nervosa (AN)

Stephanie Rice, M.Ed. Clinical Mental Health Counseling (June 2018), B.A. (2012)
AN has the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric illness. Early intervention is key, and school counselors are in a unique position to identify and support struggling students. Speaking from personal and professional experience, I correct cultural misunderstandings about the disease and offer practical tips for working with AN sufferers.

Autobots Roll Out: How Collaboration Impacts Student Outcomes
Katherine Paulson, Master of Arts in School Counseling, Licensed Professional Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor; Amy Haptas, School Counselor, Master of Arts in School Counseling; Angela McCollum, School Counselor, Master of Arts in School Counseling; Teresa Polson, School Principal, Masters of Arts in School Administration; Miguel Salinas, Behavioral Specialist,
Dr. Tamara Rotelli, Dean of Students
Participants will leave with an understanding of a multi-tiered collaborative approach implemented in a middle school and acquires strategies used at each tier. Student outcomes drastically improve with this comprehensive model. Through the vested interest of all stakeholders, this approach brings a unique family centered support system to its community.
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The SAT Suite Toolkit – Support for High School and Middle School Counselors
Christopher Heintz, Assistant Director – The College Board; M.A. Secondary Education, Social Studies
More Illinois students are using the SAT Suite of Assessments than ever before the College Board is dedicated to providing counselors with the tools necessary to guide their students through the SAT Suite and on the path to college and career readiness. This interactive session will explore how to support students on this path by exploring new coaching resources in Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy, discussing how to access and utilize data in the Assessment Reporting Portal, and offering answers to common questions from Illinois counselors.
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ARMY ROTC Scholar/Athlete/Leader Criteria and the National High School Scholarship
Djimitri Francois, Recruiting Operations Officer, ARMY ROTC
This session will focus on Scholar/Athlete/Leader criteria for Army ROTC. We use this to assess everyone whether it is for our financial incentives, specialty training such as Airborne or Air Assault courses or more importantly when it comes time to find out if the Cadet will be an Officer in the Active Duty, Army National Guard or the Army Reserve and what job they will have. I will also discuss the National High School Scholarship.
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Securing Funding for Your Practice Through DonorsChoose.org
Laura, Angela and Allie
Have you ever paid out of pocket for supplies for your school practice? Then this is the session for you. Learn how to get the resources your student's need on DonorsChoose.org!  Participants will learn the skills needed to create and post a successful classroom funding request on DonorsChoose.org
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Illinois 529 College Saving Program
Alex Meister and Kyle Vargmann– Bright Start/Bright
Illinois has two 529 college savings plans, as well as a prepaid tuition program. The direct-sold Bright Start College Savings Program and the Bright Directions Advisor-Guided 529 College Savings Program were revamped and enhanced in July 2017.  In October 2017 Bright Start received an elite Gold rating from Morningstar (one of only 4 plans nationwide).  In addition, Bright Directions has received the highest Morningstar rating for an advisor-sold plan 3 years in a row (one of only 2 plans nationwide).
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 POSTER SESSION
Counseling Student Athletes, “In a League of Their Own”
Anthony Gliffe, Graduate Student - Counselor Intern, Bachelors in Special Education, Masters in School Counseling (June 2018) , Former NCAA Scholarship Student-Athlete,Presented at the Illinois African American Latino Higher Education Alliance through University of Illinois-Chicago. Northeastern Illinois University Student Symposium. Upcoming Presentations include Webinar through College Reading and Learning Association and Illinois Counseling Association. Successfully completed Therapeutic Approaches to Counseling Student Athletes and NCAA Online Summer Course through NACADA.
In today’s society there is a major emphasis placed on athletics and competition in sports at the high school, college, and professional levels. Research shows that student athletes struggle with identity issues that manifest into other aspects of their lives. Their identities as student athletes may also impact their post-secondary college and career planning process.
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