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The News & Events section will keep you up-to-date on important topics of interest and upcoming events for the counseling community and the students we serve. If you know of a news or event you think should be posted here, email ISCA at iowaschoolcounselors@gmail.com.


ISCA Board Adds Ad-Hoc Position

College and career readiness continues to be an area of focus for school counselors in Iowa.  At the summer LDI meeting, the ISCA board reflected on a number of initiatives related to this topic, including, but not limited to:

·  Iowa's College and Career Readiness Roadmap Team

·  Iowa's recent definition of College and Career Readiness

·  Go Alliance academies

·  Future Ready Iowa Alliance

·  ISCA's recent research study on College and Career Readiness

·  House File 2392

To help keep lines of communication open and ensure awareness of the important roles that school counselors play in college and career readiness, the board agreed to add a College and Career Readiness Ad-Hoc position.  Due to her past leadership on the board and her role with several of these initiatives, Casey McMurray was suggested for this role and graciously accepted the position.  Casey will work to provide the board with information and advise on how we might continue to promote the role of the school counselor in college and career readiness efforts in Iowa.  

The 2017-2018 Webinar Series schedule is currently being developed with new sessions added throughout the school year. Be sure to take part in this great professional development opportunity. You can learn more on the Members-Only webinar series page.

A great opportunity for high school students, the Golden Circle College & Career Fair offers a wide variety of college and universities from across the country, as well as career-focused resources and employers, and breakout sessions for students and parents. Encourage your students to go and learn more at www.icansucceed.org/goldencircle.

Winter Newsletter Available - visit Members-Only Section

Letter from ISCA President

President Laurel Klaassen sent a letter to members about the growth of ISCA and upcoming changes to the organization. Click here to read it.

OpEd in the Des Moines Register - Counselors play a vital role in getting students career ready

ISCA President Casey McMurray and ISCA Advocacy Chair Susan Langan's OpEd piece on the role of school counselors was published in the Des Moines Register April 7, 2016. Click here to read the piece.

ISCA Announces Suicide Prevention Grant for Members

ISCA is excited to offer a one-time grant opportunity for an ISCA member to implement suicide prevention. Click here to learn more.

ISCA names new Graduate Student Chair

Matt Brown, a graduate student at Buena Vista University, was appointed to the role of School Counseling Graduate Student Chair. His term will begin July 1, 2016.

Update on Career Guidance Work Team

Click here to review the updates on the work of the Career Guidance Team.

ISCA Commissions Statewide Study

ISCA recently commissioned a statewide study to examine the role and practice of Iowa school counselors through the lens of various education stakeholders in addition to school counselors. This study will provide insights into opportunities to better leverage school counselors in supporting college and career readiness standards. Look for more information in April about this statewide study. 

2015 School Counselors of the Year Awarded at Conference

ISCA awarded the 2015 Iowa School Counselors of the Year on Monday, November 2, 2015, during the awards ceremony luncheon at the ISCA Conference. School counselors were selected for each level including elementary, middle, secondary, and K-12. In addition the lifetime achievement award in school counseling and the Henrichs Memorial Award were presented. Read more.

ASCA NEWS - New Council Aims to Boost Students' College and Career Readiness

Nine organizations have joined forces to form the Council of National School Counseling and College Access Organizations, with the goal of supporting every United State student with college and career preparation, access, and success. Through this collaborative council, the member organizations that reach almost 20 million professionals, students and families will develop competencies and identify priorities for professionals who support students in their transition to college and career. Read more.



ISCA Annual Conference

November 5-7, 2017
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ISCA/ICAN Webinar Series: A Day in the Life: Being an ISCA Board Member

November 13, 2017
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ISCA/ICAN Webinar Series: Iowa Intermediary Network Overview and WLC Program Delivery in Area 10

December 11, 2017
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Awareness Calendar

October 2017
  • ADHD Awareness Month 
  • Bullying Prevention Month 
  • Communicate with Your Kids Month 
  • Computer Learning Month 
  • Crime Prevention Month 
  • Domestic Violence Awareness Month 
  • Health Literacy Month 
  • LGBT History Month 
  • National Book Month 
  • National Depression and Mental Health Screening Month 
  • Positive Attitude Month 
  • Oct. 1 - International Day for Older Persons
  • Oct. 2-8 - Mental Illness Awareness Week 
  • Oct. 2 - Child Health Day 
  • Oct. 2 - World Habitat Day 
  • Oct. 4 - Walk and Bike to School Day 
  • Oct. 5 - World Teacher’s Day 
  • Oct. 5 - National Depression Screening Day 
  • Oct. 6 - World Smile Day 
  • Oct. 8-14 - Teen Read Week 
  • Oct. 11 - National Coming Out Day 
  • Oct. 15-21 - America’s Safe Schools Week 
  • Oct. 16-20 - National Health Education Week 
  • Oct. 16-20 - National School Bus Safety Week 
  • Oct. 16 - World Food Day 
  • Oct. 22 - International Stuttering Awareness Day 
  • Oct. 23-31 - Red Ribbon Week (Drug-Free America) 
  • Oct. 24 - United Nations Day 
  • Oct. 25 - Unity Day/Stop Bullying Day

View the full 2017-18 Awareness Calendar

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