School Counselor Connection

May 2022

From your School Counselor Specialist & Director of Post-Secondary & Community Engagement

As we reach the end of the school year, we hope that you take the time this summer to recharge and rest in ways that work for you whether it be professional development, unplugging, or just relaxing with family and friends. Thank you for another amazing year of serving your students and families.

Please reach out if you need anything. We are here to support you. Our contact information is located at the end of this newsletter.

2022 School Counselors' Institute - Limited Spots Remaining!

Big picture

June 6-7, 2022

JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort and Spa Tucson, Arizona

We are pleased to announce the 2nd annual School Counselors’ Institute being held on Monday, June 6 through Tuesday, June 7, 2022. This two-day training is specifically designed to meet the needs of school counselors in implementing a comprehensive school counseling program. We are very excited to bring the expertise of Hatching Results to lead school counselors for another year in this interactive and engaging professional development opportunity. School counselors will leave with the tools they need to promote and support the development and implementation of a comprehensive school counseling program that is data driven to meet the needs of all students.

The School Counselors’ Institute will offer two tracks – K-5 or 6-12 focus.

Please note: There is only one registration link regardless of which track participants choose to attend.

TARGET AUDIENCE: School Counselors, Social Workers, Interventionists, and School and District Leadership


This is an in person event. There is not a virtual option.

My Future AZ - Monthly Virtual Demo Trainings

Big picture

Every month ADE will host virtual trainings that will demo the My Future AZ platform, review the types of accounts available, and show how a district/charter/school can easily set up to start using the program. All trainings will take place on the last Tuesday of each month from 9:00 am – 10:00 am. We are currently accepting registrations for trainings from May – July.

If your school or district is looking to onboard with My Future AZ, please email Amanda at for next steps.

New Resource - Navigating Life Transitions: Arizona's Transition Resource Guide

On behalf of the Statewide Arizona Community of Practice on Transition (AZCoPT), this email is to announce and share the NEW Comprehensive Navigating Life Transitions: Arizona's Transition Resource Guide with the community. This Guide was developed for students who have disabilities and their families, by the AZCoPT Partners and other organizations across Arizona. We are excited and hopeful that this Guide will provide students and families with the information and resources that may be helpful and supportive to them as they are navigating transitions.

Locate the electronic guide by following this link to the AZCoPT website: Navigating Life Transitions: Arizona's Transition Resource Guide

College Depot

Big picture

College Depot May Scholarship Highlights Video

College Depot’s latest scholarship highlights video is here! We feature opportunities from five scholarships that have deadlines in May. Don’t forget to like and subscribe to our YouTube channel to get alerts for every new video we put together!

College Depot Summer Bridge for Class of 2022

Do you have graduating seniors who need support over the summer? Our team is here to support them stay college-bound. Students can register for our free Summer Bridge program to get the individualized support they need to start college this fall:

Be A Leader Foundation - Senior Boot Camp

Big picture

Be A Leader Foundation Senior Boot Camp (SBC)

Be A Leader's Senior Boot Camp (SBC) program provides critical support, encouragement, and guidance to high school Seniors as you apply to and prepare for college. Through a year-long series of workshops, along with steady coaching and one-on-one support, you will be equipped to pursue the post-secondary education of your dreams!

All of our programming is FREE!

Go to for more information and to APPLY!


· Opportunity For Free ACT Preparation (Summer)

· Help Applying To Scholarships

· Access To Exclusive Member Scholarships

· Help Applying To Colleges/Universities

· Essay Help

· FAFSA Assistance

· College Campus Trip Opportunities

Summer Schedule:

8 weeks - 1 session per week (June - July)

School Year Schedule:

1 session per month

Youth Advisory Council - Maricopa County Department of Public Health

Big picture
We are pleased to share that Maricopa County Department of Public Health is in the process of recruiting youth to join our Youth Advisory Council. The intention of the council is to provide leadership opportunities, trainings, relationship building, and a platform to inform our department on health issues affecting our youth in their respective communities within the County. We are looking for passionate youth ages 14-18 who can; commit to one year of monthly, possibly bi-monthly, and quarterly meetings. Our goal is to build a safe inclusive environment where youth can share their unique perspectives and assist us in making an impact in communities. The youth will receive a small stipend for their participation and opportunities to meet with department leaders.

Applicants will need to submit applications by May 27th, 2022, to be considered.

You may also recommend a youth you believe would be good for this role.

Arizona Youth Leadership Forum 2022

Big picture

Arizona Youth Leadership Forum for Teens and Young Adults Who Have Disabilities (AZYLF) 2022 is almost here! If you, a friend or loved one have not applied yet, please do so today!

The AZYLF application period has been extended until Friday, May 20th.

Don’t miss this opportunity to participate in this fun and inclusive conference. Applications must be received by 11:59 pm on Friday, May 20, 2022. There is absolutely no cost for individuals to participate in AZYLF.

Participants will share in a dynamic experience that focuses on self-discovery, leadership development, career exploration, effective advocacy, and empowerment through heightened awareness of disability history and culture. Through Person Centered Planning, youth are assisted in developing a Personal Leadership Plan which includes specific action items they choose to address as they navigate their futures.

For 2022, AZYLF Regional Conferences will be held in person AND online via Zoom. Applicants must select one option only. Individualized accommodations will be celebrated and honored, and a variety of avenues for self-expression and interaction will be embedded throughout AZYLF.

Youth must meet the following AZYLF requirements to be eligible:

  • Identify as having a disability
  • Have completed at least one year of high school, and be under the age of 30
  • Wish to increase personal leadership, self-reliance, and self-advocacy skills
  • Aim to interact respectfully with peers and elders
Live in Arizona

Raising Special Kids

Raising Special Kids is offering 2022 Summer School for Parents in-person & virtually. Below is a link for registration and attached is our digital flyer with more details.[]=245

Office of Indian Education

Big picture
Big picture

IHD Evidence for Success HYBRID Disability Conference

Big picture

June 20-21, 2022 - Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas

Our annual multi-faceted Disability Conference is now back to IN-PERSON (with virtual participation options)!

Focusing on innovative, evidence based approaches to issues affecting persons with disabilities, our conference integrates a number of Northern Arizona University's Institute for Human Development (IHD) project areas including Assistive Technology, Innovative

Practices in Disability Disciplines and American Indian / Alaska Native Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment.

Join us for this year’s exciting conference, offering great content at a great rate:

  • Keynote presentations from Disability Advocate Emily Ladau, Commissioner Jill Jacobs from the federal Administration for Community Living (ACL), and JUNETEENTH recognition programming led by community and civil rights advocate Floyd Galloway.

  • 45+ breakouts sessions focused on the most current topics in the fields of Disability and Assistive Technology
    • Covering a wide range of disability related topics including Education, Employment, Transition, AAC, American Indian Rehabilitation Services (AIVRS), ICT Accessibility, Adaptive Recreation, Adapted Video Gaming, Plain Language, Virtual Reality for Social Skills Development, and so much more!
    • Featuring nationally recognized speakers Shelley Haven and Mo Buti, along with numerous local and regional experts

  • Earn up to 12 CE credit hours during the 2-day conference
    • Northern Arizona University Continuing Education (CE) certificates
    • NOTE: 16 sessions will be live-streamed virtually. They will also be recorded and available for on-demand viewing for a limited time after the conference (for registered and paid conference participants ONLY).

  • Back this year! Our vibrant in-person Exhibit Hall, featuring assistive technology and disability services organizations.

Two Registration Options: (Early-Bird rates ending 5/20/2022)

  • $199 -Full Conference IN-PERSON Registration*
    • All general sessions + choice of 45+ breakout sessions focused on the most current topics in the fields of Disability and Assistive Technology
    • Exhibit Hall featuring assistive technology and disability services organizations
    • Breakfast & lunch Included both days
    • Networking, optional Tour & Reception at Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center, Raffle Prizes, and more!
  • $50 -VIRTUAL Conference Registration (limited session options only)
    • All general sessions + choice of 16 breakout sessions which will be presented live in real time (and include virtual attendee participation)

* $99 Special rate for Arizona School-Based Staff - Using Discount Code AZSchools22

Every Moment Counts; Promoting Participation and Mental Health Throughout the Day

ADE/ESS is pleased to announce a series of workshops designed for Related Service Providers, including OTs, PTs, and SLPs. The series will be presented throughout the 2022–2023 school year.

Every Moment Counts: Promoting Participation and Mental Health Throughout the

Day/Presenter: Susan Bazyk, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Date/Time: June 3, 2022, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Format: Virtual (Zoom Meeting)

Fee: Free

Participants: Geared toward related service providers, however educators and administrators are welcome to attend


Small moments make a big difference in how children feel and function in school. Research confirms that positive interactions and experiences (e.g., enjoying lunch, having fun during recess) help children to feel positive and connected to school. Every Moment Counts is a mental health promotion initiative developed to help all children/youths become mentally healthy in order to succeed in school, at home, and in the community. Participants will learn about a multi-tiered public health approach to mental health involving promotion, prevention, and intervention and will be introduced to Every Moment Counts’ activity-based programs: Comfortable Cafeteria, Refreshing Recess, Calm Moments Cards, and Making Leisure Matter. Practical examples of collaborative services (OT, PT, SLP, teachers) integrated in academic (classroom) and non-academic (cafeteria, recess, art, etc.) settings will be shared. Creative strategies for helping youths to participate in meaningful, community-based leisure will be provided. An overview of website resources will be provided as well as strategies for building capacity of school personnel to do this work.

Big picture

CAP Training

College, Career & Academic Planning May 23 – June 27

Register Now

Financial Aid and College Applications June 6 – July 15

Register Now

Advancing College and Career Readiness through a Comprehensive School Counseling Program Sept. 12 – Oct. 21

Registration Opens: 6/1/2022

Advanced Skills in Postsecondary Education and Career Advising Nov. 7 – Dec. 16

Registration Opens: 9/1/2022

ACTEAZ Summer Conference

Big picture

Upcoming Due Dates:

  • Summer Conference Poster Session Proposals Due: May 20, 2022
  • Summer Conference Sponsorship Applications Due: June 1, 2022 at 5 p.m.

The ACTEAZ 2022 Summer Conference will be held in person July 15-20, 2022 at the Hilton El Conquistador and Westin La Paloma in Tucson, AZ. We have plenty of updates this week, so please read below!


The current Summer Conference agenda is available for viewing here. Session and presenter information are subject to change as the conference draws nearer.


Sponsorships are now open! To apply, click here. The deadline for sponsorship applications is June 1, 2022 at 5 p.m.


Attendee registration costs $525 through June 30, 2022. Late registration begins July 1 and costs $575. To register for the conference as an attendee, click here.


Exhibitor registration is now open. On-site and virtual booth options are available. For more information and to reserve a booth, click here.


Program areas: The conference is being hosted at both the Hilton El Conquistador and Westin La Paloma. Some program areas are being hosted at Hilton and others at Westin. For a list of program areas by hotel, click here.

Overflow hotels: Overflow rooms are now available at the Embassy Suites La Paloma Village and the Westward Look. For hotel and reservation information, click here.


The Hilton El Conquistador and Westin La Paloma will be hosting children's programs during the conference. Spaces are limited. For more information, click here.


RSVP to the official Summer Conference Facebook event page, and share with your friends! Keep in mind that RSVPing to the Facebook page DOES NOT mean you are registered for the conference. To register for the conference as an attendee, click here.

Visit the Summer Conference website for more information.

To view the sessions by for school counselors, download the attachment below.

ASCA Webinars

ASCA webinars are free to ASCA members. There is a small fee for non-members. Members who are unable to attend a webinar live can view it on-demand on ASCA On Air after the scheduled date. Here is a list of topics for webinars offered through the summer:

  • Legal and Ethical Considerations of Working with Students with Disabilities - 5/18
  • Rising Risk: K-6 Mental Health - 5/25
  • LGBTQ+ Legal Rights in Education - 6/1
  • Culturally Sustaining Social/Emotional Learning - 6/16
  • The School Counselor's Role in State Legislation and DEI Advocacy - 7/21
  • College and Career Support for Students with Disabilities - 7/26
  • Nurture a Positive Relationship with Administration - 8/9

NAU Admissions Support

Change in NAU Admission Requirements for Students Entering in Fall 2023:

Access to Excellence: NAU will provide a tuition-free college education for every Arizona resident with a household income of $65,000 or below starting in Fall 2023, assuring tuition will be fully covered by scholarships and financial aid. Approximately 50% of Arizona households currently meet this financial threshold. Find out more about this program here:

Changes in Merit-Based Scholarship Criteria: Scholarship criteria for students entering NAU in Fall 2023 have changed. Find out more about how criteria have changed here:


The Frank Harrison and Harry Austin Voting Rights Essay Contest serves to recognize American Indian youth who are determined to uplift the voices of their peers and community members by participating in civic engagement efforts.

Click on the flyer below for more details.


Big picture

AISES has partnered with Apple to offer the Apple Scholarship Program to exceptional Indigenous college students studying in a STEM field. Selected scholars will receive a $15,000 scholarship, a MacBook, and a Development Experience.

Apply here

Camp Civitan

The mission of Civitan Foundation, Inc. is to provide our community an accessible, safe, and affordable environment while delivering superior life experiences to enhance the quality of life for children and adults with developmental disabilities. We are actively seeking teenagers between the ages of 13 and 17, to experience our Volunteer Program and become active members within our organization with a more enhanced understanding of the population we serve.

Our main office is in Phoenix, and I can be reached there any time by email at

Link to the Civitan Website and online application:

Camp Volunteer Program Information – Civitan Foundation (

Link to one of our favorite camp videos:

Share with your Bioscience Teachers - Great Opportunity!

SciTech Institute is supporting a unique opportunity in collaboration with ASU and a Department of Defense Grant. There are a total of 10 spaces available for 8th to 12th grade bioscience teachers. Is this something you can distribute to educators in the Phoenix Union?

They can secure their space here by May 25th.

Project Overview

The BioSense Network is a collaboration between ASU’s Biodesign Institute and ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, supported by funding from the National Defense Education Program. The purpose of this network is to build a community of educators who can guide middle and high school students in sense-making around biotechnology concepts and applications. As a part of this three-year project, we will develop a curriculum which will allow our participants to see and manipulate the ‘invisible’ molecular players of biology using a computational microscope, accessible via internet browser. Teachers will be trained on these e-modules and asked to provide input and feedback throughout the process, including collaborating on supplementary resources/ activities and implementation strategies, leveraging each teacher as an expert on their students and classroom context.

Teachers will also have the opportunity to identify interested students to participate in the project. Students will be offered training on module content throughout the school year by the BioSense Network mentor team. Students who are 16 years or older will have the opportunity to complete hands-on summer research experiences at ASU and ERDC (U.S. Army Engineer and Research and Development Center) Labs during Summers 2022, 2023, and 2024.

Benefits of participating

  • Quarterly stipend of $375
  • Completion certificate from ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. This will also count towards PD hours for recertification
  • Engage in a community of practice of bioscience educators, University Faculty, and Researchers.


  • Participate in live virtual training sessions (~1 hour per Fall & Spring semester; ~2 hours per summer)
    • Summer 2022 live training options (via Zoom-- must attend 1):
      • Thurs June 2: 10am - 1pm
      • Mon June 6: 10am - 1pm
      • Mon June 27: 10am - 1pm
      • Wed July 13: 10am - 1pm
      • Mon July 18: 10am - 1pm
  • Complete virtual asynchronous work via project website (~10 hours per quarter)
    • Engage in self-paced biotechnology e-modules
    • Provide feedback and ideas
    • Dialogue with other teachers in the network

ADE School Counseling Padlet - Resources Hub

As we continue to find ways to provide and share resources, we have created a School Counseling Padlet for easy access to resources. Please send us any items you would like us to share out with your school counseling colleagues.

You can access it at or by clicking on the button below.

Email Distribution List

If you no longer want to receive these emails, please email me at

Do you have colleagues who didn’t receive this email? Please forward to them. And click here so we can add/update their information in our database.

Andrea Glenn - Director of Post-Secondary and Community Engagement