School Counseling News You Can Use

Counseling News From The Indiana Department of Education

Spring Has Sprung!

I hope you are loving this weather as much as I am and getting lots of outside time! First, I want to apologize for the newsletter being a little late this month and any delays in my responses to you! I was out on vacation for two weeks enjoying some self-care and exploration! I am glad to be back and ready to jump in! As always, let me know how I can help!

Happy Counseling,


K-12 Updates

Career Ready!

April officially kicks off Learn More Indiana’s Career Ready campaign. From April to July, Career Ready is here to help students and families learn about careers in Indiana and find the right path for them. Find Career Ready resources, such as school announcements, career day resources, and classroom activities for studenrets of all ages at

To help us better promote Career Ready, we want to hear from you. If your school or organization is doing career-related activities during the months of April to July, tell us about it! Tag us in your Career Ready events on Facebook: @LearnMoreIN, Instagram: @LearnMoreIndiana and Twitter: @LearnMoreIN, and use the hashtags #CareerReady and #LearnMoreIN.

The Mind Inside: Teaching Social and Emotional Skills

Check out this short video on teaching SEL in schools!

Comprehensive Positive School Discipline Resource Guide Available

In an effort to support schools seeking resources and guidance in developing and implementing a comprehensive positive school discipline plan, IDOE is releasing this resource guide to walk schools through the ins and outs of a positive behavior system. Whether starting from scratch, building on a foundation, or just making a few tweaks to an already effective plan, this resource guide will be a valuable resource. Please contact Robin LeClaire or Christy Berger with questions or assistance.

Professional Development Opportunities


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Monday, April 22nd, 9pm to Wednesday, April 24th, 4pm

1 South Capitol Avenue

Indianapolis, IN

More Information & Register HERE

Indiana Youth Institute: College and Career Conference 2019

Wednesday, June 5th, 8am to Thursday, June 6th, 4pm

3645 River Crossing Parkway

Indianapolis, IN

The 2019 College and Career Conference brings together professionals to help prepare students for their futures. Over two days, educators, counselors, youth workers, and philanthropic and civic leaders convene to advance a wide range of readiness needs and options for students related to postsecondary education and the workforce.


Resilience Roadshow!

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Feeling that pre-summer slump?

You're in the homestretch! Don't forget to take care of yourself. Check out this short article on three ways to help get you to the EOY! Tweet me your favorite! @counselorhott

Indiana School Counselor of the Year Nominations

Now is the time to nominate an amazing counselor for ISCA’s School Counselor of the Year Award! The deadline for all awards (including Exemplary Administrator, Exemplary Support Staff and Womack Scholarship) is May 10 this year. Nominees will then have a month to complete the application. ISCA is offering some exciting new incentives this year. If you complete the SCOY application and score at least a 22 on our rubric, you will receive a free year-long membership to ISCA! In addition, the top two nominees who scores at least a 26 on the rubric will be invited to present at our annual conference in November and your conference fee will be waived! We hope you can take some time today to visit and celebrate a great counselor or colleague in your life.

Primary K-5

FREE Lesson Plans

Taken from the IDOE SEL toolkit ! Both plans align with the Self-Awareness standard.

Kindergarten Readiness Resources Now Available!

The Office of School Improvement has Kindergarten Readiness documents available in both English and Spanish. These documents outline skills children can work towards before heading to kindergarten. The information is available on the kindergarten webpage.

Secondary 6-12

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INCE Tip of the Month

Did you know that transitioning students to a post-secondary or workforce account before they graduate high school is easy? Help your students keep the great tools and resources they enjoy in the Indiana Career Explorer system, in addition to gaining new ones they can use for their next step on their career and education journey! From the student account dashboard, go to “Account Settings” in the top right-hand corner and scroll down to “My Current Grade Level.” Click on the edit icon and then click on the red link “Are you done with High School?.” Complete the questions on the pop-up screen to transition the account to Kuder Journey for Adults. Students will not lose access to anything in this transition- they will take their assessment reports, resumes, e-profile, etc., with them AND gain resources that are appropriate for their next step!

Analytical Algebra II


Analytical Algebra II: The What & The Why - Tuesday, April 30, 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. (ET) - In this first of two webinars we will discuss the origins and creation of the course as well as the goals of the course. Updates regarding the Commission for Higher Education (CHE) and the NCAA will be given. We will also begin to compare and contrast Analytical Algebra II with traditional Algebra II in an effort to build confidence and understanding. Register here.

Analytical Algebra II: Adapting & Gathering Resources - Thursday, May 16, 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. (ET) - In this follow up webinar, we will focus on resources, specifically, how schools can utilize and adapt their current Algebra II text with Analytical Algebra II. We will also explore utilizing the math framework as well as begin to share digital resources. Register here.

Regional Summer Learning & Collaboration

Join us for a deep dive into Analytical Algebra II. Over the course of two days, educators will receive resources and pedagogical strategies that can be used to implement the course. Educators will also be given meaningful work time to collaborate with colleagues from around the state. Click on the location to register. Additional information will follow to registered participants closer to the date.

Southern Indiana - June 4 - June 5 - Jasper, IN

Central Indiana - June 6 - June 7 - Indianapolis, IN

Northern Indiana - June 10 - June 11 - Warsaw, IN

Free Lesson Plans

Taken from the IDOE SEL toolkit! All plans align with the Self-Awareness standard.
CHE Updates

Updates from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education

Learn More Indiana

Looking for a way to help your students find job opportunities and experiences? Visit for real world, practical advice on how students can get career experience. From job shadowing to internships and everything in between, this page has tips, tricks and links to help students find – and make the most – of these experiences.