Summer Academy 2014

School Counselors Team Up in the Capital City!

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Maryland School Counselor Association & Virginia School Counselor Association

VSCA and MSCA are teaming up to bring you a grand slam summer academy conference in the Nation's Capital!

Summer Academy 9

Friday, Aug. 1st 2014 at 8am-4pm

Holiday Inn Ballston, 4610 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203


8:00-9:00 AM: Registration

8:30 AM: Breakfast Buffet

9:15 AM: Opening Greetings – Jeremy Goldman, MSCA, Jenny Hubler, VSCA, & Jill Cook, ASCA (Arlington & Clarendon Ballrooms)

9:30-10:30 AM: Session 1:“The Digital Counselor” presented by Jeremy Goldman (Arlington & Clarendon Ballrooms)

With a presence on Twitter and the Blogosphere, as well as frequent use of spreadsheets and other technology to make his school counseling program more efficient and transparent, Jeremy Goldman has developed a reputation for being a “Digital Counselor.” Participants will explore the advantages and processes for bringing their programs into the 21st century.

10:45 – 11:45 AM:

Session 2A: “Emotional Classroom Management” presented by Brett Welch & Allison Kahelski (Arlington Ballroom)

One of the biggest challenges of being a school counselor is managing a classroom during guidance lessons, especially when you have one or more challenging students! Learn some tried and true ways to manage a classroom and specific students, motivating the behaviors you want to see and effectively managing the behaviors you don't. Practice real life situations and determine which adult responses produce student behavioral solutions. Use these techniques yourself and share them with your teachers! This session is mostly geared toward elementary but can be modified for any level.


Session 2B: “Interweaving the ASCA Themes into your Comprehensive School Counseling Program” presented by Darrell Sampson (Clarendon Ballroom)

As schools move towards developing comprehensive school counseling programs and consider completing RAMP applications, there is often more of a focus on the essential components and less on the themes of the ASCA Model. This session will help school counselors think about how to incorporate the themes into their programs with a focus on the foundational skill of building relationships.

11:45 AM-1:30 PM: Lunch on your own – Ballston is full great places to eat within a short walking distance from the Holiday Inn. Enjoy this time to get some fresh air and catch up with colleagues!

1:30-2:30 PM:

Session 3A: “The Strategic Alliance between School Counselors & Administrators (to foster academic excellence and social-emotional competency) ” presented by Edward Reed & Darryl Johnson (Arlington Ballroom)

School Counselors and School Administrators play a critical and influential role in fostering the social-emotional development of their students. Research has shown the important relationship between academic performance and social-emotional competencies. The objective of the workshop is to demonstrate and discuss how to strategically build an alliance between administrators and counselors, utilizing their specialized skill sets and professional interest to empower staff, students, and parents with the skills to prepare our students to be successful in the 21st century.


Session 3B: “The Upstanders Program” presented by Amy Shilo (Clarendon Ballroom)

2:40-3:40 PM: Session 4: “Take Me Out to the Ballgame…” presented d by Phyllis Hollimon (Arlington & Clarendon Ballrooms)

Baseball will never be the same again…at this game, everyone will win. Running around bases is what it’s about, and you’ll never hear an umpire shout, “You’re out!” Creative ideas will be pitched to you; I cannot wait to see what you’ll do…

3:40-4:00 PM: Closing remarks, door prizes, & directions for the baseball game

Registration Fees

VSCA member $60

MSCA member $60 (must use code MDMEMBER)

Non-Members $75

Students $75

Hotel Information

Room rate of $119/night + taxes. Parking will be covered by MSCA/VSCA.

Group Arrival Date: July 31, 2014

Group Departure Date: August 02, 2014

Group Cut-off Date: July 04, 2014

If you desire to arrive earlier or stay later than the dates we have blocked for the group, you will to need to contact the hotel directly and they will be happy to assist you. Please call the hotel in-house reservation department @703-243-9808 ext. 7107 or to avoid booking at higher or non-refundable rates.

Instructions for this link are as follows:

  • Double-click on the link and it will take you to our reservations webpage
  • Select your date of arrival and number of nights

* Please note that if your arrival or departure dates are different than the dates of the group, you will not be able to make a reservation online, and will need to give us a call on the numbers below.

  • Click on "Check Availability"
  • It will give you room choices available within the block
  • Proceed with reservations

If you should experience any problems with our direct group booking link, there is another way to book their rooms within your group block, as follows:
  • Enter the group code (VB5) in the Group Code field

Optional Washington Nationals Baseball Game and Conference Baseball Style T-Shirt

Interested in the Baseball game - $30.00; Click HERE
Conference T-Shirt -Information forthcoming
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