Professional Development

SCA is committed to bringing professional development opportunities to its members. Check back often to find out about new and exciting opportunities around the state.

Current Opportunities:

ISCA/ICAN Webinar Series
The Iowa School Counselor Association (ISCA) and the Iowa College Access Network (ICAN) partner to provide a webinar series on important topics and issues facing school counselors today. Check out the current list of scheduled webinars and stay tuned for additional.

Governor's Future Ready Iowa Summit - 2018
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. Learn more and register:

Go Alliance Academy
A one-of-a-kind opportunity for secondary school educators and college-access professionals to deepen their knowledge about college and career advisement through Go Alliance Academy. Learn more.

Counselor Academy

The content of the Academy is based on the ASCA (American School Counselors Association) National Model and the Iowa Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance Program Model.

The Academy provides the foundation for counselors to effectively plan, implement, and evaluate comprehensive school counseling services. Counselors develop comprehensive developmental guidance and counseling programs for their schools based on national and state standards and research based best practices.

Contact your AEA for more information about your local options.

Iowa Youth Survey Reports for 2014

The Iowa Youth Survey (IYS) district and non-public school reports are available from the 2014 survey. Click here for more information on how to access your report.

Resource Recommendations from ISCA Level Vice-Presidents
Each level Vice-President takes the time to review their roles and responsibilities, as well as provide their favorite go-to resources for their programs. Sarah Majoros (VP-Elementary), Amber Urbain (VP-Middle School/Junior High), Meri Edel (VP Secondary) and Shelby Bryce (VP K-12). Click here.

Join an ISCA Board Committee:

There are many opportunities to get involved, including board committees. Committees such as Advocacy, Newsletter, Awards & Recognition, and many more work toward the overall success of ISCA and all Iowa Professional School Counselors. Find a committee that interests you, contact the chair and join today. You'll learn about the different aspects of committee work, gain leadership experience and help elevate the profession around the state. Learn more.

Join the ISCA Board:
Being an ISCA board member is the chance to become a leader in your profession, and you simply have to love your job. The ISCA board is made up of individuals from a vast array of backgrounds with a large range of talents. Together, the board works to raise awareness of school counselor issues, advocate for the profession, seek out professional development opportunities, and plans the annual conference. Learn more.

Join the ISCA list of mentors and share your professional experiences with other counselors. Provide a summary of your school setting and experience, along with your contact information and we'll add you to our ISCA Member Mentor program. This new initiative will allow counselors from around the state to connect with counselors, share experience and seek advice. If you are interested in participating, email

Contact a mentor. Visit our mentor page and seek out advice from school counselors around the state. 

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