2018 LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES

Iowa School Counselor Association

ISCA'S LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES

  1. Preserving funding for any program/initiative which affects school counselors at all levels (State, District, AEA).

  2. Continued advocacy for the use of the accurate title school counselor rather than guidance counselor, as well as understanding and protecting the role. School counselor more accurately reflects the comprehensive, proactive nature of our role.

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ISCA'S LEGISLATIVE POSITIONS

  1. Support of Safe Schools for All (ie: DACA, LGBTQ, Bullying/Harassment)
  2. Ratio of School Counselor to StudentsThe Iowa Code presently mandates all K-8 and 9-12 schools have a school counselor. Mandated School Counselor-to-student ratio: School districts must be working toward a 1:350 ratio for all levels.
  3. Continued Support of AEAs
  • ISCA supports the funding for AEAs.
  • All AEAs have a contact to work with school counselors. However, there is an inequity in professional development opportunities for school counselors across the state.
  • School counselors would support equitable and specific professional development opportunities for all school counselors.
4. Awareness of the School Counselor’s Role (ASCA Model)
  • School counselors help all students in the areas of academic achievement, social/emotional development and career development, ensuring today's students become the productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow.

Please mark your calendar for ISCA and Iowa ACAC Visit the Hill Day!

Tuesday, Feb. 20th 2018 at 8:30am

1007 East Grand Avenue

Des Moines, IA

Save the date! It is going to be a very interesting legislative session with a lot of important education issues at stake!! Please plan to join us. More information will be coming!!

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Bob Mulqueen, Capital Group Lobbyist

"While some think that speaking with a legislator is intimidating, please keep in mind that lawmakers are everyday men and women. Most are interested in learning about such matters as the professional challenges of school counselors. The well being of students is a core of what counselors do every day. This is the starting point for your conversation with a state legislator."

NATIONAL SCHOOL COUNSELING WEEK

Monday, Feb. 5th 2018 at 7am to Friday, Feb. 9th 2018 at 4:30pm

Every School

"School Counselors: Helping Students Reach for the Stars," will be celebrated from Feb. 5-9, 2018, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by ASCA, highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.

Ideas to celebrate #NSCW18

  • Invite legislators to your school
  • Open House for teachers
  • Newsletter to parents
  • Proclamation – Get your governor, superintendent, mayor or another dignitary to sign a proclamation declaring Feb. 5–9, 2018, as National School Counseling Week.
  • Certificate of Appreciation – Show your appreciation to those faculty members, parents and other stakeholders who help you promote your school counseling program throughout the year.
  • Press release

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School Counselor Advocacy Effect

“If we do not advocate for our profession, no one else will. If we do not define our profession, someone else will.”