Winter Newsletter

January 2015

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Dates to Remember

February 2 - 5, 2015 is National School Counseling Week

February is National Career & Technical Education Month

For Your Information

On, Friday, January 30, 2015, there will be a VSCA Counselor Education Summit in Ashland, Virginia. This event is FREE. This is a meeting of Virginia school counselor educators from across the state. The agenda will include an update from the VSCA lobbyist, a school counseling supervisor panel, research sharing, and roundtable opportunities to network and discuss issues in school counselor education. If you are interested in attending, the registration deadline is January 29, 2015. Go to www.vsca.org for more details and to register.


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Special rate for VSCA members at CEUOneStop. VSCA members will receive a 10% discount using the code VSCA2014 on any of the online courses at www.CEUonestop.com. The classes are NBCC, CCE, GCDF, BCC, DCF and DCC approved!

Announcements

Be on the look out for information on a Spring Meet & Greet for Region 5 school counselors. I am in the process of choosing a location for us. Once a date, time, and location has been determined, I will send out a detailed invite/email to all members. It is most likely to occur in April. Thanks to everyone that responded to the survey!

VSCA in the news

VSCA is making history! On October 23, 2014, Renee Zando, VSCA Board Member, spoke at the Public Comment portion of the Board meeting in downtown Richmond. The request was to change the language in the VDOE documents from "guidance counselor" to "school counselor". The three minute speech was written in a collaborative effort by Marcy Kneale, Bea McLeod, Jenny Hubler, and our lobbyists David Bailey and Kristen Hardy-Bailey.


On October 28, 2014, Dr. Staples, the Superintendent of Education, followed up with an email stating that the Board had favorable remarks to our request and the VDOE is conducting a document scan to identify all places using the term "Guidance Counselor" for replacement with term "School Counselor." Due to the amount of documents, they are putting together an organized and systematic approach, but our request was heard and they are working to make the requested adjustments across all VDOE regulations, standards, and written artifacts!


VSCA is advocating for us! We are VSCA!

Check out these websites:

Looking for some online resources for your school counseling program? Check out these great websites...I've used some of the ideas in my school.


Here's a website full of wonderful resources for school counselors across all levels:

http://savvyschoolcounselor.com/


Middle school level resource:

http://www.themiddleschoolcounselor.com/


Elementary level resources:

http://www.elementaryschoolcounseling.org/


Celebrate National School Counseling Week in your school:

https://playfulschoolcounselor.wordpress.com/2013/02/02/national-school-counseling-week/

About Me

Lakisha B. Kidd,

Professional School Counselor

VSCA Region 5 Area Representative