School Counseling News You Can Use

Counseling News from the Indiana Department of Education

Happy February!

Spring semester is underway! Where does the time go? One thing I want to get out of the newsletter this month is feedback! I want to know how you would like to see this newsletter formatted, what content you want more or less of, what you like and don't like. Please participate in the google form and, as always, please reach out to me if you need anything!

Happy Counseling,


College & Career Readiness

Click Here: Commission for Higher Education Updates!

Scholars updates, FAFSA, Early Grads, College Goal Sunday, etc!

Click Here: Transition from Perkins IV to Perkins V

This will allow schools the opportunity to effectively transition from Perkins IV to Perkins V CTE Concentrator Pathways.

Tip of the Month!

Did you know that Indiana Career Explorer offers free parent accounts, too?

From the student account dashboard:

1. Go to Account Settings,

2. Scroll down to My Parent Accounts

3. Click send Parent Access Code to one or more parents or guardians. Parents then receive their invitation by text or email.

4. Once the Parent Access Code is recieved, go to and select Create an Account. They choose the option I am a parent of a junior high or high school student and enter the required information. It’s that simple!

For questions or help using the Indiana Career Explorer system, please contact Kuder Client Engagement at 877-999-6227 (7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Central, M-F) or email For information about free training opportunities, please contact Mary Pouch, Indiana Field Trainer, at

Social-Emotional Learning Q&A WebEx

Tuesday, Feb. 19th, 3-4:30pm

This is an online event.

IDOE will be hosting a Social-Emotional Learning Q&A WebEx on February 19 from 3:00-4:30 p.m. For registration CLICK HERE Please contact Christy Berger, Assistant Director of Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Wellness, with any questions


Analytical Algebra II

In response to IC 20-30-10-2.5(b), (b) if a school offers a math course developed under subsection (a), a parent of a student and the student who intends to enroll in the course must provide consent to the school to enroll in the course. The State Board of Education (SBOE) staff has submitted the following:

Students now have the option of an alternative course to Algebra II, entitled Analytical Algebra II. This new course will satisfy the math requirement for all three diploma designations. Student enrollment requires a parental consent form. Please see this memo for critical information about the impact on students with higher education goals. Please contact Brian Murphy with questions.

AP Update for Counselors

AP has LOTS of updates this year for coordinators. If you are your schools coordinator take a look at THIS slideshow to ensure you're reading for the changes!
Diploma Seal Ordering is OPEN!

Submit your school’s number of graduates online at by March 15.

Self-Care Tip of the Month

Take some 'me time' everyday!

An article on recommends you "bake some valuable me time" into your daily schedule. This can look any way you want! Some things mentioned are yoga, meditating, writing in a journal, having a quiet lunch, even playing video games. One thing we as school counselors do is constantly look past our own needs to help others and secondary trauma is real, folks! I challenge you to take a few minutes every day this month to engage in some "me time" to take care of yourself! Tweet me your ideas for self-care @CounselorHott.
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For your Students

Money Smart Week- March 30 - April 6

Money Smart Week is a coordinated, statewide campaign aimed to assist all Hoosiers by providing personal finance services ranging from managing debt to obtaining scholarships that lasts from March 30-April 6. As part of Indiana Money Smart Week 2019, an essay contest is available for Hoosier students in grades 6-8 where three finalists will be invited to attend the Indiana Money Smart Kickoff Luncheon in Indianapolis. Each individual will receive a CollegeChoice 529 plan deposit and later one will be named the Indiana’s Money Smart Kid 2019. All essay submissions must be received no later than Friday, February 22 by midnight. For more information about the essay contest, please CLICK HERE.

Summer Science Program (SSP) at Purdue University

Please tell your top juniors in STEM about the Summer Science Program (SSP) in Biochemistry at Purdue. SSP is a 5 1/2 week immersion experience, a life-transforming opportunity. Thirty-six high ability participants from around the world will do original research in enzyme inhibition and drug discovery. Complete info at; application deadline March 1.

Indiana FBI Youth Leadership Academy

The YLA is designed to promote an educational experience that will provide students with valuable leadership training and a greater understanding of the FBI. Through interactive physical challenges and classroom discussions we seek to further explain to youth how the FBI addresses the concerns of the community. Utilizing FBI strategic planning techniques and exercises, participants will have the opportunity to hone their decision making and leadership skills.

July 8-10

Bradford Woods, Mooresville, Indiana

Deadline for submission: April 1

Details HERE

Application HERE

Flyer HERE

Professional Development Opportunities

FREE Training Opportunity

In Indiana, one person dies by suicide every 8 hours on average, and suicide is now the second leading cause of death for ages 15 – 34 (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, 2018 Fact Sheet).

In an effort to end this staggering trend, Families First Indiana has partnered with IU Health to offer Question, Pursuade, Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention training and certification free of charge to schools and organizations throughout the state.

QPR is a 1-2 hour educational program designed to teach lay and professional "gatekeepers" the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to respond. Gatekeepers can include anyone who is strategically positioned to recognize and refer someone at risk of suicide (e.g., parents, friends, neighbors, teachers, coaches, caseworkers, police officers).

For more information and to schedule a training for your staff, parents, or middle/high school students, contact Sandi Lerman, Community Educator, at or call 317-644-7245.

Visit the QPR Institute website at and Families First Indiana at