Check out this interview from 5/6/2021! TaRael Kee, ISCA President Elect and 2021 Illinois School Counselor of the year on KMOX St. Louis Radio.
The Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling’s Newcomer Recognition Award was inaugurated in 1987, to recognize significant contributions of those members with fewer than five years’ involvement with IACAC. In 2004, the IACAC Executive Board renamed the award in honor of James A. Alexander. Jim was NACAC President in 1979, recipient of the Patricia A Kasowski award in 1986, and the NACAC Gayle C. Wilson Service to Education Award winner in 1991. While I was never able to meet James, he was described as incredibly knowledgeable, dedicated, and empowering. He wanted to share his expertise to help us all serve our students better. I’m told he consistently went out of his way to welcome and engage with new members. And so, this award was re-named in his honor and I am pleased to be able to recognize this year’s James Alexander Newcomer Award Recipients:
Our last recipient of the newcomer awards hasn’t been in IACAC long, but has already made an impact. One nominator talks about how this person’s leadership skills and advocacy make them the perfect person to be recognized today. This person is not only active with IACAC, but in ISCA as well-a testament to their hard work , commitment to students, and energy and passion for our profession. Their connection with IACAC started when the recipient’s school was a Project Reach recipient, and it’s been so amazing to watch as they continued their involvement with two committees who have a lot in common. This person is a strong advocate, described as a rising star and one to watch and she pursues her passion of access and advocacy for the students at her school and in the state of Illinois. She has played an integral part in making sure the IAS and Government Relations committees work together this year, and was able to connect her work with ISCA and IACAC seamlessly for a joint advocacy day earlier this year. Diana Mondragon, I am so proud to award you our final James A. Alexander newcomer award for 2021!
We were proud to recognize our 7 student scholarship recipients and ISCA Award winners including Keynote Speaker Dr. Heidi Truax, ISCA 2020 School Counselor of the Year, ISCA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Maria McCabe and ISCA 2021 School Counselor of the Year - TaRael Kee from Collinsville High School!! Click here to watch the recording from tonight's award presentation.
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