SS INTouch- January

Counseling news from the Indiana Department of Education

Meet your new School Counseling Specialist!

Greetings Counselors!

My name is Courtney Hott. I am your new School Counseling Specialist at IDOE. I am overjoyed to serve all of you in this capacity. I want to start this January with a fun newsletter. We will also be changing the name so look for that next month! I look forward to working with all of you! Please reach out to me via phone or email (bottom of newsletter) with any questions, comments, concerns or just to say hi and introduce yourself! See you around Indiana!

Happy New Year!


College & Career Readiness

Commission for Higher Education Updates!

Updates on: Early Graduates, 19-20 FAFSA, College Goal Sunday, Cash for College, 21st Century Scholars Enrollment, Next Level Jobs Workforce Ready Grant, Education Workforce Innovation Network (EWIN) Grants

Career & Technical Education (CTE) Concentrators

In December, the State Board of Education (SBOE) approved Career and Technical Education course sequences that will count toward concentrator status for 64 career pathways. These course sequences were designed to align with the new two-course completion definition of a CTE concentrator in Perkins V that will be in effect for the Class of 2023 cohort.

These course sequences have been developed as a short term aid to answer schools’ questions about the advanced course designation and to begin applying the 10 components of a rigorous program of study, as outlined by the United States Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education. Although students in graduation cohorts 2019-2022 are grandfathered under the previously adopted concentrator six-credit definition, schools may elect to opt students into the newly adopted two-course concentrator definition.

The Workforce & STEM Alliances Division, Office of Career and Technical Education, will be hosting a live webinar to discuss the recently approved Perkins V CTE concentrator course sequences. The webinar will be held on January 24, 2019 from 3:30-4:30 p.m., and is open to school personnel. You can register for the webinar by clicking here. Please contact Tony Harl at if you have any questions related to the course sequences or webinar.

Indiana Career Explorer: Tip of the Month!

Did you know that help and support using Indiana Career Explorer is easily accessible? Help is only a brief phone call away! The phone number for our Client Engagement department is 877-999-6227. You can reach them anytime M-F, 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Central time. They answer quickly and can answer questions great or small! You can also email them for non-immediate needs at Want additional ways to reach them? Live chat is also available in the Administrative Database Management System and you can always find their contact information in the blue footer at the bottom of the screen in the Indiana Career Explorer student system under “Help” and “Contact Us”.

SEL Resources!

The Indiana Department of Education will be releasing Social Emotional Learning Resources throughout the month. A new website is available where all SEL resources will be housed.The first week roll out includes a short video from Christy Berger, Assistant Director of Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Wellness, In addition to two infographics, SEL 101 video and SEL 201 video. New links will be added each week. Please view the website at
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Course Updates

Analytical Algebra II

Analytical Algebra II (2524) was approved by the State Board in December, and can be added to a school’s course offerings for the 2019-2020 school year. This course is an alternative to traditional Algebra II, and should most likely be offered in your sequence wherever you offer Algebra II currently. It has been designed for students who would struggle to find success in traditional Algebra II. However, Analytical Algebra II, if taught with fidelity, will prepare students for success in Dual Credit Finite, Dual Credit Quantitative Reasoning, and Statistics courses. However, Analytical Algebra II should not be seen as a path to Calculus.

Per statute, students and parents are required to sign a consent form if they opt out of traditional Algebra II. We know you are currently scheduling and need that form as soon as possible. We are waiting final approval, and we will get it to you as soon as possible. Please contact Robin Conti or Jennifer Jensen if you have any questions about this course. More guidance, along with professional development for teachers, will be forthcoming.

AP World History

Course has changed!

    • Now called AP World History-Modern

    • Covers 1200 CE- Modern

  • IDOE World History course will continue to cover 8000 BCE-Modern as stated in the course descriptions
  • Both courses will count toward graduation even though they cover different time frames

  • Change was made to align more closely with what colleges are offering

Credits assigned for either ocurse will remain unchanged and posted in the Indiana Department of Education's 2019-2020 Course Titles and Descriptions Catalogue

Self- Care Tip of the Month!

Create an Atta-Girl/Atta-Boy file

Feeling burned out? Feeling underappreciated? You are are not alone! Your job is tough! Emotions run high and some days it feels thankless. A fun way to remember the good you are doing is create an 'Atta-Girl/Atta-Boy file! Get some kind of container, whether it be a folder, box or envelope. Make it fun, make it your own (use stickers, markers, memes, quotes...) Fill it with the nice things your students give you, notes from parents, emails that made you smile, cards that you have recieved, etc. Keep it in somewhere accessible. When you are feeling down, take five minutes and read some of it. This is a sure fire way to boost your mood and motivation!
Tuesday, Jan. 1- Mitch Daniels Early Graduation Scholarship Applications Available

Monday, Jan. 21 - Jan 25 - Cash For College Kick-Off Week- Get your materials HERE

Certificate of Completion Regional Trainings

January 2019 – Project SUCCESS, in conjunction with IDOE, is offering three sessions on the Certificate of Completion. Each session will last two hours, with an opportunity to ask questions about the Applied Courses, scheduling, and criteria for assigning students. Who should attend? Middle and high school counselors and administrators, but attendance is open to any staff who wish to attend. The following sessions are available:

January 22, 10 a.m. - Noon – Jackson County Learning Center, 323 Dupont Drive, Seymour, IN 47274

January 25, 10 a.m. - Noon – Edison Middle School, 2701 Eisenhower Ave, South Bend, IN 46615

January 28, 10 a.m. - Noon – Noblesville Educational Service Ctr, 18025 River Road, Noblesville, IN 46062

Register to attend one of these trainings here.

Contact Mary Baker-Boudissa at for more information.

Computer Science for School Counselors Webinars

Topics will include an overview of CS in Indiana, course options, standards, assessment, resources, and more!

January 21, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Click Here

January 31, 3-4 p.m. Click Here

ISFAA Winter Conference

Thursday, Jan. 24th, 8am to Friday, Jan. 25th, 5pm

9625 North Meridian Street

Indianapolis, IN

ISU Counselor Day on Campus

Wednesday, Feb. 6th, 8am-3pm

401 North 7th Street

Terre Haute, IN

Registration is Online!

If you have any questions, call 1-800-GO-TO-ISU

or email at

IACAC Conference

Tuesday, Feb. 19th, 8am to Wednesday, Feb. 20th, 4pm

241 West Washington Street

Indianapolis, IN

Indiana Association of College Admission Counseling

Register Here

IDOE Online Professional Development Series

Earn PGP points at no cost and on your own time! Enrollment key is 'Counselor'

IYI Webinars

January 16: Social & Emotional Resilience 1.0: Helping Youth Grow from the "Good" Stress in their LIves February 20: When Scholarships Are Not Enough February 27: State of the Child- The Well-being of Indiana Youth


Earning an ASCA U Specialist designation is self-paced, online professional development. You'll read a series of books and articles, view/listen to webinars and/or podcasts and take a series of quizzes on the material.


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