• Saturday, January 08, 2022 10:49 AM | Vince Walsh-Rock (Administrator)

    ISCA is offering 7 $1,000 scholarships to graduating 2022 seniors. One winner will be selected from each Region in Illinois. Deadline for applications is January 31st. Click here for more information.

  • Saturday, January 08, 2022 8:28 AM | Vince Walsh-Rock (Administrator)

    "Protecting Your Mental Health" - The U.S. Surgeon General's Advisory

    Expand the school-based mental health workforce.152 This includes using federal, state, and local resources to hire and train additional staff, such as school counselors, nurses, social workers, and school psychologists, including dedicated staff to support students with disabilities. For example, a lack of school counselors makes it harder to support children experiencing mental health challenges. The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) recommends 1 counselor for every 250 students, compared to a national average of 1 counselor for every 424 students (with significant variation by state). The American Rescue Plan's Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funds can be used for this purpose and for other strategies outlined in this document.

  • Thursday, December 23, 2021 10:39 AM | Vince Walsh-Rock (Administrator)

    On December 10th, 2021, the Governor of the State of Illinois issued and signed a Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation that will be in effect past December 31, 2021. In accordance with Section 25.1015 of Part 25 of the Illinois Administrative Code, due to this disaster proclamation, the edTPA licensure requirement will now be waived during the fall 2022 academic term. The earliest it could be required again is during the Spring 2023 term. If the Governor extends the public health emergency past June 30, 2022, the requirement will continue to be waived during the Spring 2023 term.

    Relatedly, content tests will continue to be required for licensure, but do not need to be completed prior to student teaching at least through the fall 2022 academic term.

    Waivers/Exceptions Under a Public Health Emergency

  • Friday, November 19, 2021 10:22 AM | Vince Walsh-Rock (Administrator)

    New: ISBE-ISAC Partnership to Benefit HS Seniors Across the State 

    The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) is pleased to announce in partnership with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) that the reports generated through the ISAC FAFSA Completion Initiative will be accepted by ISBE as documentation to be used for compliance with the state’s requirement that all Illinois public high school seniors complete either the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid (Alternative Application) as a prerequisite to receiving a high school diploma. ISAC’s FAFSA Completion Initiative shares data with participating schools on a weekly basis to identify students who have not filed a financial aid application (the FAFSA or the Alternative Application).  In addition, 431 Illinois high schools were recognized for supporting their class of 2021 students in filing financial aid applications for postsecondary education.  


    To ensure ISAC has up-to-date student data for a school for the FAFSA Completion Initiative and to be considered for the 2022 Financial Aid Completion Recognition Award, a high school needs to do a student record upload into the ISAC Gift Assistance Programs (GAP) Access portal.  Instructions for the file upload process, as well as the participation agreement if a school is not already participating, are provided in the FAFSA Completion Initiative User Guide, which is accessed via the GAP Access User Guides area. Once uploaded, those lists will then be used to match FAFSA and Alternative Application completion data. It is important to note that the FAFSA Upload function is separate from the State Scholar Program File Upload process schools may do with ISAC. 

  • Monday, September 13, 2021 11:11 AM | Vince Walsh-Rock (Administrator)

    ISCA Back to School Fall Newsletter

    Important Information from your ISCA Board, Conference, Legal Updates, and More!

  • Thursday, August 19, 2021 12:42 PM | Vince Walsh-Rock (Administrator)

    The National Board Resource Center (NBRC) is a nonprofit organization that has been charged with overseeing the Illinois State Board of Education program that enables teachers and counselors to become National Board certified. NBRC provides free support for teachers and counselors throughout their journey to National Board Certification. 

    Illinois State Board of Education is pleased to announce the $1,900 National Board Candidate Fee Subsidy application is now available for Illinois teachers and counselors wishing to pursue National Board Certification beginning the 2021-22 school year. Applications open on September 01 are due by October 10. Additionally, many districts in the state of Illinois offer incentives for educators once they obtain certification. 

    There is one school counseling certificate area:

    The Early Childhood through Young Adulthood/School Counseling certificate is appropriate for counselors who work with students in grades preK–12 (ages 3–18+) in educational settings. These school counselors may work with individuals, small groups, a whole class, or the entire school to advance student learning academically, emotionally, and socially, and in the area of career development. Some may focus their counseling primarily in the area of student assistance, college planning, academic testing, or a more general guidance delivery model. However, all school counselors, without regard to their assignment, practice in a manner designed to advance student learning in the areas of academic, personal/social, and career development.

    View more information about the processAdditionally, this video testimonial shares the experiences of Illinois National Board Certified Teachers while these slides explain the certification process and subsidy. The attached brochure provides a brief overview of the certificate components. Click this link to access more information.



    Please email jsmit31@ilstu.edu or Director Amy Smith at assmith3@ilstu.edu  for more information.

  • Friday, July 16, 2021 2:00 PM | Vince Walsh-Rock (Administrator)
    • CPS is Hiring Increased Numbers of School Counselors - Click here for more information and for the link to apply.

    • Larkin High School located in Elgin, IL is currently accepting applications for a School Counselor position (Bilingual Preferred). Larkin High School is one of five high schools in School District U-46, the second-largest K-12 Unit District in Illinois. We are a public, four-year comprehensive high school with an anticipated enrollment of 2100 students for the 2021-2022 School Year.

      Applications can be submitted online: https://www.applitrack.com/u46/onlineapp/default.aspx

    • Eureka Middle School (grades 5-8) is in search of a School Counselor for the 2021-22 school year. Ideal candidates have a strong work ethic, value a collaborative community and have strong interpersonal communication skills. Candidates must have a valid Professional Educator License as a School Counselor or School Social Worker. Candidates can have a LPC/LCPC and are willing to become school certified. Congerville-Eureka-Goodfield CUSD 140 is a K-12 unit district serving approximately 1500 students. It is located 25 minutes from Bloomington/Normal and Peoria, Illinois. Applications can be submitted online at: https://www.district140.org/district/employment-opportunitiesFor more information, please contact Principal Kelly Nichols, at 309-467-5718, or kelly.nichols@district140.org.

    • Channahon junior High School has an opening for either a school counselor or social worker position.  We are accepting applications through the end of next week.    Channahon Junior High School is a terrific school and would be a great place for a counselor to start their career.  
      Position: School Social Worker OR School Counselor
      Attendance Center: Channahon Junior High
      Term: 2021-2022 School Year (and beyond)
      Salary: Per collective bargaining agreement (estimated minimum of at least $46,500)
      Qualifications:  Professional Educator's License
      If interested, please apply online or contact Dr. Chad Uphoff for more information. cuphoff@csd17.org 

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