Pre-Conference Sessions

The following Pre-Conference Sessions will be offered Sunday, November 5, 2017.

1-3 p.m. - Igniting a Movement! Ideas, Encouragement, and Resources for New Professional School Counselors and Graduate Students

4-7 p.m. - All other sessions

Igniting a Movement! Ideas, Encouragement, and Resources for New Professional School Counselors and Graduate Students

Presented by: Sue Schirmer, Professional Learning & Leadership Consultant - Heartland AEA

School counselors can’t do it alone. Come to learn about resources and supports for you as a new counselor! What do you need to know about the role of the school counselor TODAY in Iowa so that you can IGNITE A MOVEMENT!!!!

This session is especially for new counselors (1-5 years) and graduate students. It will offer resources, materials, and personal support!

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The Nurtured Heart Approach (NHA) - A Snapshot

Presented by: Sandy Thomson, Elementary School Counselor - Charles City Schools 

Have you ever said to yourself, “I have tried everything and nothing works with this kid!” OR “I wish I could build a better relationship with that challenging student?” Here is an opportunity for you to learn how to transform student behaviors and your relationships through The Nurtured Heart Approach® (NHA).   You will leave refreshed and reenergized, with a specific tool set to take back into the lives of your students. 

The Nurtured Heart Approach® (NHA) is more than just a parenting or educator behavior management strategy.  It is a philosophy for creating healthy relationships with the people in your life. Originally created by Howard Glasser in 1992, NHA is being successfully implemented through families and classrooms, seeking successful, early intervention techniques.

The Nurtured Heart Approach consists of a set of strategies that assists children in further developing their self-regulation and has been found effective with children of all ages. It focuses on transforming the way children perceive themselves, their caregivers, and the world around them. Children learn to understand that they will receive endless amounts of praise, energy, recognition and reward through the positive behavior they display and this supports children to build a positive portfolio of themselves, which we call “Inner Wealth®.”  

Intensity is key to Nurtured Heart Approach thinking. Unfortunately the word intensity has negative associations in our society and teachers, parents and childcare workers can view it as the enemy. In Nurtured Heart Approach® thinking we believe intensity is a powerful quality that, if developed correctly, can propel children onto amazing achievements. When a child learns to feel great about their intensity, the incidents of challenging behavior dissolve.

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Building Trades Registered Apprenticeships Tour

Presented by: Bill Gerhard - ISBCTC

Tour two different Registered Apprentice Training Centers.  Transportation will be provided by ISBCTC and affiliated Councils and Apprenticeship Programs.   An introduction of what a Registered Apprenticeship is will start the session.  At each site we will tour the facility while being guided by current Apprentices.  Hear first hand, in detail, how the entry/application process works, their experiences, both in the classroom and on job sites, discover the curriculum they are being taught, and find out more about the wage and benefits and career options they have.  We hope to have as much question and answer time as possible during the tours and follow up with an informal discussion.  Light food and beverages will be provided.

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FAFSA: A Scenario-Based Training

Presented by: Brittania Morey, Director of Communications and Erick Danielson, Vice President of Programs - Iowa College Access Network (ICAN)

 Is the FAFSA a rough spot in your Career and College Readiness toolbox? Do you have students and parents ask you FAFSA questions and you’re not quite sure how to respond? Do you wish you could provide more assistance in helping your seniors file the FAFSA form or maybe you just wish you knew a little bit more about the rules and the process?

If you answered yes to any of the above, this is the training for you.

FAFSA: A Scenario-Based Training provides participants the opportunity to learn about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and gain understanding of how to assist in the completion of the form. Participants will work with other professionals in the field to understand common issues and misconceptions that arise when assisting students in navigating the financial aid process. The following topics will be covered through an interactive, group discussion using scenarios and real-life examples:

  • ·         Current financial aid concepts, tools, and resources at the state and federal level
  • ·         FAFSA form review
  • ·         FAFSA challenges & common mistakes
  • ·         Federal and state aid eligibility
  • ·         Dependency parental information
  • ·         Financial information requirements
  • ·         FAFSA results meaning

At the end of the training you can take a test to become certified in FAFSA Assistance from the Iowa College Access Network (ICAN).


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