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Tips for Attending the ASCA National Conference in Person - #ASCA24

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Heading to Kansas City, MO for the 2024 American School Counselor Association Conference?  Below Andrea Burston and I share tips to help you make the most of your ASCA Conference experience! ✨  PLAN AHEAD ✨ Do some research ahead of your arrival so that you are prepared for your trip.   Check out the following: - Health & safety guidelines - Weather forecast - Hotel location - Conference location  ✨  PACK FOR WORK AND PLAY ✨ When you're packing your bags, think about what you will wear to conference sessions and what you will wear during downtime. If you are attending special events or activities, be sure to pack for them. ✨  CONNECT WITH OTHER SCHOOL COUNSELORS ✨ One of the most amazing aspects of the ASCA Conference is the opportunity to connect with other school counselors! Some ways to connect: - State or local meet-ups - Planned social activities - Social media meet-ups - Between sessions  ✨  MAKE TIME FOR FUN ✨ ASCA Conferences are great for professional deve

Popcorn Theme for National School Counseling Week πŸΏπŸ“£

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Roll out the red carpet for National School Counseling Week with some popcorn and advocacy! πŸΏπŸ“£  For Open House and outside of the School Counseling Office at my school I have a Popcorn theme. Last year, I decided to carry over the popcorn theme into National School Counseling Week. This post contains everything you need to host a 🍿 Popcorn Themed National School Counseling Week. These are some pictures of the displays I made to share information (and treats!) with staff. More treats and information.  πŸΏπŸ“£ What's Poppin'? Sign   This idea was inspired by Dr. Sarah Kirk. She shared an image with all the different roles and responsibilities that she was involved in as a school counselor. I decided to create a popcorn version to match with my theme. Click  here  or on the image below for an editable Canva template of this image. Thank You for Popping by Cards I created these cards to attach to bags of popcorn.  NSCW Pop Quiz  (sign) I

12 Days of Self-Care & Self-Care Selfies! *Updated for 2023

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The days leading up to winter break can be stressful! To help students and staff cope with the stress of the season, the Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) team at my school is hosting a daily self-care challenge for the 12 days leading up to winter break. Each day, students and staff can take a selfie featuring them doing the daily self-care prompt. Students and staff who submit a self-care selfie, will be entered in the weekly prize drawing.   The challenge starts on Wednesday, December 6th and continues through Thursday, December 21st.  I am sharing everything you need to host this challenge at your own school! Students and staff will submit their selfies using a Google Form. I made a template of the form I am using so that you can use it too! You can access it here: TEMPLATE FOR SELF-CARE SELFIE FORM   I created a slideshow on Canva to share the daily prompt with students and staff on the closed circuit TVs. I made a version that you can use and edit to meet your nee

"Empower Your Program" Virtual Professional Development Hosted by Magnolia State School Counselor Association

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Are you looking for virtual professional development? Are you looking to up your technology and advocacy game? Check out the virtual professional development,   Empower Your Practice , hosted by   Magnolia State School Counselor Association on March 30th from 8:30am CST/ 9:30am EST - 2:30pm CST/3:30pm EST. Members and non-members can attend! MSCA planned a day packed full of sessions to help you use technology and social media in your school counseling program! Empower Your Practice   Hosted by Magnolia State School Counselor Association (MSCA)  Cost: $25 for MSCA members; $65 for non-members  I can't wait to share "Technology and Social Media to Amplify Your Program and Advocate for Your Role" for the Magnolia State School Counselor Association Virtual Professional Development. I will be presenting live, so if you have questions, I would love you to join in! Technology and Social Media to Amplify Your Program and Advocate for Your Role presented by Dr. Danielle Schultz.

How to Host a Self-Care Fair for Teachers

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For our February Inservice, school counselors in my district were charged with hosting a social-emotional wellness session for teachers in our school buildings. My co-counselor and I decided to do something experiential. We wanted teachers to experience various self-care activities; not just talk about them. We decided to call this event a “Self-Care Fair” since teachers would have the option of trying different activities during the event. Overview of the Self-Care Fair For our Self-Care Fair, we had a two-hour block of time where we hosted six, twenty-minute sessions. We had multiple activities to choose from for each time-slot. Teachers were able to select which activities they wanted to attend. Our goal was for teachers to have a choice about what they participated in for the day. We chose activities that would be within teachers’ comfort zones. We wanted it to bel an enjoyable, self-care opportunity, not something stressful!  Self-Care Activities We hosted the following sessions d

12 Days of Self-Care and Self-Care Selfies

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The days leading up to winter break can be stressful! To help students and staff cope with the stress of the season, the Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) team at my school is hosting a daily self-care challenge for the 12 days leading up to winter break. Each day, students and staff can take a selfie featuring them doing the daily self-care prompt. Students and staff who submit a self-care selfie, will be entered in the daily prize drawing for that prompt.   The challenge starts on Wednesday, December 7th and continues through Thursday, December 22nd.  I am sharing everything you need to host this challenge at your own school! Students and staff will submit their selfies using a Google Form. I made a template of the form I am using so that you can use it too! You can access it here: TEMPLATE FOR SELF-CARE SELFIE FORM   I created a slideshow on Canva to share the daily prompt with students and staff on the closed circuit TVs. I made a version that you can use and edit t

I'm Presenting at PSCA22

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I can't wait to present at the 2022 Pennsylvania School Counselors Association Conference! This year the PSCA Conference will be held December 8th and 9th in Lancaster, PA.  I'm presenting two sessions:  πŸ’΅ Get Funding for Your School Counseling Program - December 8th at 9:45am  πŸ’» 10 Tech Tools to Save You Time with Lezlie DelVecchio-Marks! (@schoolcounselordm) - December 8th at 1:45pm  I'm so excited to connect and share with other PA school counselors! Will you be there? Here is a link for the PSCA conference registration πŸ”—: https://bit.ly/psca22register. Follow along on social media for posts related to the 2022 PSCA Conference by using the hashtag: #PSCA22. Below are some links about attending conferences in-person or virtually that may be helpful to you! Tips to Optimize Your ASCA 2022 Virtual Conference Experience Tips for Attending the ASCA National Conference In-Person Need a presenter for your school counselor group?  Request a workshop for your local or state s