College Admission During COVID-19 recording from Intellispark.
Click here to listen to the recording from March 10th presentation.
ISCA Member, Jerry Pope is one of the presenters.
ISCA is proud of our members that have been recognized as 2021 College Board Counselor Recognition Program recipients!
The following exemplary school counseling professionals are proven lifelong learners, collaborators, advocates, and data-driven counselors, committed to student access. Congratulations to all recipients!!!!
Andrea Allen - Gage Park High School
Jennifer Enrietta - Carlinville High School
Leslie Goines - Massac County High School
Nancy Hernandez-Lule - Sarah Goode STEM Academy
Heather Johnson - Meridian High School
Michelle Langerock - Bartlett High School
Lisa Miller - Cambridge High School
Stephen Murray - Notre Dame College Prep
Karen Olsen - Collinsville High School
Franciene Sabens - Elverado High School
Amber Spaeth - Highland High School
In November 2020, School Counselor Central, a Facebook community of more than 50,000 which provides school counselors and student support staff with resources and ideas to improve student outcomes, collaborated with Intellispark to conduct a survey exploring how COVID-19 has affected school counseling.
The results of this report can be downloaded here: http://go.intellispark.com/cov21
Check out this blog from Dr. Matt Liberatore-ISCA Past President
Model School Policy on Suicide Prevention: https://www.erikaslighthouse.org/blog/white-paper-model-school-district-policy-on-suicide-prevention-implementing-effective-prevention-strategies/
WSCC Model: https://www.erikaslighthouse.org/blog/white-paper-integrating-mental-health-into-the-whole-school-whole-community-whole-child-wscc-model-for-school-health/
Watch this video to Learn more about National School Counseling Week activities, IACAC & ISCA Advocacy activities and Disaffiliation
Check out the nomination here: http://app.lifechangeroftheyear.com/nomination_detail.cfm?NominationID=6319
Dr. Truax is a true leader at the district, state, and national levels. As a former master counselor for Chicago Public Schools (CPS), Dr. Truax helps vet district initiatives, facilitates presentations, and serves as a mentor for school counselors. She has since become the executive director for CPS, leading all work for school counseling in the district. She has led city-wide “RAMP camps” for school counselors who want to learn how to complete the RAMP application. Dr. Truax has earned RAMP three times and most recently earned a RAMP School of Distinction award from the American School Counselor Association.
At her school, Dr. Truax assisted the school with earning an “exemplary" Safe and Supportive School Badge from the Chicago Public Schools. This means that a comprehensive social-emotional learning plan is in place at her school, including strategic planning, social-emotional core curriculum, a menu of options for small group and individual supports, a behavioral health team, and community partnerships.
Dr. Truax advocated for her school, which serves pregnant and parenting teens, to establish a Career and Technical Education course and a Dual Credit Course. She coordinates all school-wide events for parents and students at Simpson Academy and serves as a lead on multiple initiatives throughout the school.
At the state and national level, Dr. Truax also uses her collaborative talents. She serves on the board for the Illinois School Counselor Association as the vice-president counselor educator. She regularly earns one of the highest ratings for her presentations at the ISCA state conferences year after year. Dr. Truax has also facilitated presentations for ISCA in the fall on the new 4th edition of the ASCA model. Additionally, she serves as a lead RAMP reviewer for the ASCA and regularly presents on behalf of ASCA at the annual conferences.
Dr. Truax also serves as a counselor educator at Roosevelt University. She won the Dr. Toni Tollerud School Counselor Educator of the Year award from ISCA for the amazing work that she has done at Roosevelt University to build and improve their school counseling graduate program.
Her knowledge and expertise never goes unnoticed in any platform in which she serves. Her passion for her students and the school counseling profession is evident in all that she does, from developing stellar programs in her school and seeing huge improvements, to serving at the state and national level through ISCA and ASCA, to serving as a counselor educator. Dr. Truax is wise and truly cares about the well-being of others.
ISCA has been chosen as a grant recipient for the Dr. Toni R. Tollerud School Counseling Grant in the amount of $1,000. This grant will be used to support ISCA's development of a Race and Equity Credential for school counselors. Counselors will participate in a 3 day training to earn the Credential and to become agents of change in their schools to end systemic racist practices in schools. Click here to see the Race & Equity Steering Committee.
Have a great colleague that others need to know about! Someone that is innovative, caring, a magnet for student and staff relations in your school ?Nominate them for an ISCA Award! Click here to access the Nomination Form.
Check out our PAST ISCA AWARD WINNERS. Need more information? Click here.
The ISCA Student Scholarship application is now available. 7 $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to students. Click here to access the application. Deadline for submission is February 12, 2021. Click here to watch a video from ISCA President-Elect Mr. TaRael Kee about the ISCA Scholarship.