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2018 Conference Summary

The 2018 ISCA Conference was held November 4-6 at the Prairie Meadows Conference Center.

The theme of the conference was "Go the Distance: Stepping into the Future"

The 2019 Iowa School Counseling Conference will be held November 3-5.

Pre-Conference Sessions

Four dynamic pre-conference sessions were offered.

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Keynote Presenters

Monday - Dr. Joyce V. Brown

“Leading Into The Future:  Run Fast To Prominence!”

Amid a growing national recognition of the need for some postsecondary education beyond high school, the school counselor has emerged as a collaborative school leader for college and career readiness. This is our reality and we must seize the moment to move from the shadows and run into the sunshine, advocating and helping all students acquire the academic preparation and social capital required to successfully enter postsecondary pathways.   Students can succeed and school counselors can help!  Get Ready, Get Set, Now Go!!

About Dr. Brown

Dr. Joyce V. Brown is a recognized school counseling leader, serving as a teacher, counselor and district director of School Counseling, within Chicago Public Schools (CPS), the nation’s third largest school district.  Throughout her career, she has designed and implemented numerous programs focused on college and career readiness, high school transition practices and counselor leadership, especially for first generation populations.  She was the chief architect of the  CPS district-wide four-week summer transition program, Freshman Connection, for 20,000 freshmen and successfully developed and introduced a data driven comprehensive counseling model to repurpose the role of school counselors as college advising leaders. Currently, she is president of Joyce V. Brown Consulting Group, an organization providing college and workforce readiness coaching and professional development to schools, school districts and non-profit agencies throughout the nation.

Dr. Brown has served as a consultant to the Department of Education FAFSA Tracking Pilot Program, College Board, National Office of School Counselor Advocacy (NOSCA) and the Education Trust.  As a founding member of the National Consortium for School Counseling and Postsecondary Success (NCSCPS), she provides consultative services to former First Lady Michelle Obama’s REACH HIGHER Initiative.  She has been a panelist on President Obama’s, College Opportunity Agenda, Strengthening School Counseling and College Advising, at Harvard University and a panel moderator for President Barack Obama’s College Opportunity Summit, at the White House.

Tuesday - Ryan Nesbit

“The Marathon Life”

Ryan will examine suicide prevention options (limiting means and “the Power of 5”), prevention goals (20% by 2025), and overcommitted students (too many activities).  Ryan will also share a personal story of losing his best friend to suicide, discovering the body, and then living through his own suicidal thoughts for many years.  Finally, Ryan will take a hard look at resilience and how our lives are all marathons.

About Ryan Nesbit

Ryan Nesbit has been a volunteer with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention since 2010.  He currently serves as Co-Chair for the AFSP Iowa Chapter. Ryan has completed the Youth Mental Health First Aid training, AFSP Adult Facilitator Support Group training, and AFSP Adolescent Facilitator Support Group training.  He is the Co-Director of the Alive & Running Iowa 5k for Suicide Prevention. He has presented “Talk Saves Lives” to college students, high school students, youth groups, Wells Fargo employees, National Guard members, and Mental Health Counselors.  He currently serves on a Committee to create suicide survivor bereavement groups and strengthen existing groups. Ryan is a stay home dad to 3 elementary aged children and works daily to reach the AFSP goal of reducing suicide 20% by 2025.

Conference Program

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Presenter Handouts

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Sponsors & Exhibitors

A big thank you goes out to all our Sponsors and Exhibitors for helping make the 2018 Conference the best yet.

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