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ISCA/ICAN Webinar Series

The Iowa School Counselor Association (ISCA) and ICAN provide comprehensive training for Iowa school counselors on a variety of topics throughout the year. Registration is open to current ISCA members.

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Upcoming Webinars

Teaching PreK-4th Grade Brain Research - February 27, 2019 at 3:30 pm (Register)
Presented by Liz Koenig - Elementary School Counselor - MMCRU Schools

Brain Research" isn't just for adults! Preschool - 4th grade elementary school-age children can understand, too! Through the use of various resources and research, I teach vocabulary and purposes of the parts of our brain, practice mindful moments, and stretch our neurons for growth mindset in my comprehensive school counseling curriculum. "Brain Research" promotes emotional health, self-control, social skill strategies, and motivation to learn to ALL in our school -- students and teachers alike!

Having Tough Conversations with Students About Suicide: What You Need to Know - March 11, 2019 at 1:00 pm (Register) 
Presented by Laura Gallo – Assistance Professor – University of Iowa

This webinar will cover the most essential information school counselors need to know when working with children and adolescents who have suicidal ideation. Common myths, the importance of language, and connecting with students will be discussed within this hour long presentation.

SEL = Harmony - March 14, 2019 at 3:15 pm (Register) 
Presented by Laurel Klaassen -Elementary School Counselor, Sibley-Ocheyedan Community Schools

Social-emotional learning is the root of where we begin with students.  Building relationships with students and guiding them in the development of social skills can be a challenging task.  Emotional development is an area that, as counselors, we play a huge role in.  Sanford Harmony is a SEL program that can help bring unity to a school.  This webinar will share how one school has implemented Sanford Harmony using the school counselor as an integral part.  Harmony components include:  Diversity and Inclusion; Empathy and Critical Thinking; Communication; Problem Solving; and Peer Relationships.  This is a program that comes at NO COST to your school district!  Join us to see what Harmony is all about!

ISCA Webinar Series: 2018 School Counseling: A New Kind of Peace
Presented by Riley Drake, Doctoral student in Social and Cultural Studies of Education, Iowa State University

This two part webinar series will problematize the “working for peace”, “Choose Kind,” and “We are one human race” narratives to which school counselors so often subscribe. Often seen as the conflict solver or the mental health expert, focusing almost entirely on the perceived deficiencies of students, we will come to understand peace not as the absence of conflict, which protects whiteness and leads to an artificial type of harmony, but as a solidarity with students and families that boasts a sense of justice and restoration. This requires that as school counselors, we become accomplices working with our students and families by 1). understanding racism and racial injustices, 2). developing a critical consciousness and 3). applying culturally sustaining pedagogies.

Part I: But I’m Not Racist! - Monday, March 18 - 4 p.m.  (Register)

Part 1 will require participants to get real about race and racism. While a portion of our time will be spent learning about the evolution of racism throughout history, including how it manifests contemporarily in schools and produces the opportunity gap, participants will also engage in exercises to help them understand their own internal biases and how those likely manifest in deficit-oriented, subtractive ways when working with populations of marginalized students and families. This is the beginning of developing a critical consciousness, or “learning to perceive social, political and economic contradictions, and to take action against the oppressive elements of reality” (Freire, 1970, p. 35). Self-work options will be presented and participants will be encouraged to complete one or more of the exercises prior to part 2 of the webinar series.

Part 2: Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies - Thursday, March 21 - 4 p.m (Register)

Culturally sustaining pedagogies (Paris & Alim, 2017) will be introduced, not as the antidote to the opportunity gap, but as a fundamental shift that school counselors should and must make to ensure that “linguistic, literate, and cultural pluralism as part of schooling for positive social transformation and revitalization is perpetuated and fostered—sustained” (Paris & Alim, 2017, p. 1). CSP requires that the counselor has developed/is developing a critical consciousness, however, so the webinar series will conclude with dialogue between facilitator as listener and critical colleague and participants who will describe their experiences completing the exercise(s) after part 1. There will be an opportunity for participants to discuss how they can continue developing their critical consciousness, collectively holding one another accountable in what is called a critical colleagueship, to ultimately redefine what it means to be a school counselor working for “peace.” Essential to this new kind of peace is that it will never be a destination to which we arrive, but an ongoing, often uncomfortable journey as we work to stand in solidarity, principally for justice and restoration, with students and families. ISCA Webinar Series: 2018 *I cannot overstate that participating in this webinar series is not enough. In order to continue developing your own understanding of who you are and what you present in schools (as well as how you can combat social injustices and be an authentic ACCOMPLICE, acting alongside your students), you will have to continue engaging in critical reflection and dialogue of this sort. I am always available to help you to connect with others or offer suggestions.

Adding Check & Connect as a Tier 2 Intervention - April 4, 2019 at 1:00 pm (Register)
Presented by Amy Abler - Des Moines Public Schools

Check & Connect is a unique, evidence-based mentoring intervention that combines the systemic, standardize structure of the “Check” with the student-centered flexibility of the “Connect” that truly disrupts the cycle of school disengagement. Learn more about the fundamentals of this intervention, how it can be introduced in your district, ideas for creating data-based decision rules that help identify students for this intervention, and how to train and support mentors to begin serving students and their families.

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