News & Events

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


Responding to 13 Reasons Why

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – 13 Reasons Why discussion guide

American School Counselor Association – 13 Reasons Why Netflix Series: How School Counselors Can Help

Suicide Prevention Resource Center -  13 Reasons Why Q&A

National Association of School Psychologists – 13 Reasons Why Netflix Series: Considerations for Educators

ISCA is excited to partner with RAYGUN for our 2018 shirts. ASCA attendees can take advantage of early-bird ordering and have their shirts for the ASCA conference this summer. All other orders will be available for pick-up at the ISCA Conference in November. 

If you are unable to attend conference you can still get a shirt. We will facilitate deliveries in early 2019 for all those who cannot pick up shirts at conference in November.

Order yours today - this is a limited time opportunity.

The Ride

The RIDE, a three-day bus tour for school counselors, provides a door-to-door, first-hand look at select college campuses and what makes them unique. Each year the RIDE takes counselors to a variety of colleges in a specific region for tours, hands-on learning, meals and even overnights in residence halls!

All transportation, meals, and lodging are taken care of by host colleges and Iowa ACAC. ISCA sponsors The RIDE as part of our partnership with Iowa ACAC.

Take part in this great professional development opportunity June 10-13, 2018.  Learn more and register at

Board Leadership Announcement 

Effective June 1, 2018, President Elect Jaclyn Dehner resigned her position on the ISCA board to pursue her Ph.D. in Texas. Per the ISCA By-Laws the Immediate Past-President assumes the vacant position until the executive committee can appoint a replacement. From June 1 until July 1 the role of President Elect will be filled by Immediate Past President Laurel Klaassen. At the April board meeting the executive committee recommended and the board approved the recommendation that President Aimee Hospodarsky stay on and fulfill both President and Immediate Past-President responsibilities for the 2018-2019 year. Aimee has agreed to extend her board term and we thank her for her service. We also wish Jaclyn Dehner best wishes on her new journey with her family.

Save the Date for the ASCA Conference

The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) national conference is in Los Angeles this year, July 14-17. The board Presidents represents ISCA at the conference and will be part of the Iowa contingent. If you are planning to attend let Sheryl Cline know by emailing her at  so we can include you in any Iowa activities. To learn more about the ASCA conference visit It is a wonderful professional development opportunity. If you can make it we highly recommend attending.

The conference committee is now accepting proposals for the 2018 ISCA Conference – Go the Distance: Stepping into the Future. Our annual conference will be held November 4-6, 2018, at the Prairie Meadows Conference Center.

If you have a program and session idea, or experience that would benefit members at conference, consider sharing your expertise by submitting a session proposal here.

The nomination period is open for the 2018 School Counselor of the Year. If you know a deserving counselor, nominate them today. There is an application process for candidates so the sooner you nominate the more time they have to complete the process.

Save the date for the 2018 ISCA Conference – Go the Distance: Stepping into the Future. Our annual conference will be held November 4-6, 2018, at the Prairie Meadows Conference Center. Mark your calendars to attend and watch your inbox over the next few weeks for conference announcements including Keynote speakers. You can also visit for all the latest news on conference planning.

Iowa School Mental Health Conference 2018

Join hundreds of teachers, administrators, support staff, counselors, psychologists, therapists, parents, preservice college students and many more from across the midwest for the only school mental health conference in Iowa. Past topics have included suicide prevention, creating a school mental health system in your school, strategies for internalizing and externalizing behaviors, trauma-informed care, creating a trauma-sensitive school, youth perspective, LGBTQ mental health awareness and needs, culturally responsive school mental health, racial trauma, restorative justice, risk factors & resiliency, juvenile justice, and much more.  

Visit for details and to regsiter.

Governor's 2018 Future Ready Iowa Summit

The Governor’s 2018 Future Ready Iowa Summit, which will be held on Tuesday, April 3, at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. The purpose of this all-day event is to amplify the public conversation about transforming education and the workforce, including expanding work-based learning and computer science instruction.

The Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, which is hosting the summit, hopes to attract an audience of 1,000 leaders from business and industry preK-12 and postsecondary education, nonprofits, parents, students, elected officials and others, who will take information from the summit back to their communities to build upon existing initiatives.

Speakers include Mary Andringa, chair of the board of Vermeer; Brandon Busteed, Gallup's executive director of education and workforce development; Hadi Partovi, CEO of; Jeff Weld, senior policy advisor for STEM education at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; Jemar Lee, a College Community School District senior and co-founder of EdRevision;  Nicole Smith, chief economist at the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce; and Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, a computer science education pioneer. The agenda also features a showcase of work-based learning exhibits and breakout sessions.

Registration opened Thursday, Feb. 1, with a $50 fee for adults and no charge for students, at

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.



Golden CIrcle College & Career Fair
September 23, 2018
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Personal Branding: How to Market Yourself, Your Program, and Your Role as a School Counselor
September 26, 2018
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ASCA Model Series: Using Google to RAMP Your Program
October 16, 2018
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Iowa School Mental Health Conference
October 16, 2018
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ASCA Model Series: Nuts and Bolts of RAMP Applications
October 29, 2018
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ISCA Annual Conference
November 4-6, 2018
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A Day in the Life: Being an ISCA Board Member
November 14, 2018
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ASCA Model Series: ASCA Position Statements
January 14, 2019
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Family Engagement for Student Success
January 26, 2019
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Awareness Calendar

September 2018
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