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School Counselor Leadership Network

​​​​​​​​​​School counselors have a critical role in our schools, especially now with LCAPs focused on college and career readiness and the important work of equity for our students.

Through SDCOE, you can:

School Counselor Leadership Conference in partnership with the Western Association for College Admission Counseling on Feb. 14

2017 School Counselor Leadership Conference

If you missed the School Counselor Leadership Conference on Feb. 14, or want to relive some of your favorite moments, check below for resources, videos, and more. 

Breakout Sessions

Click the link to view the presentation materials for the breakout sessions. 

#LoveOurDaughters

#LoveOurDaughters is an event for 5th-grade girls and their parents/guardians that elementary school counselors and administrators can implement on their campus. #LoveOurDaughters is an interactive workshop where the adults learn how to S.T.E.W. with their tween and how to keep communication lines open. This session provides materials and ideas on how to implement this event at your schools.

  • Presenter: Tami Johnson, district counselor, Cajon Valley Union School District
  • Target Audience: Elementary

Advising High School Students with Learning Differences in the College Application Process.

Learn how to assist students with learning differences through the college search and application process.

  • Presenter: Nancy Olah, academic counselor, and Katie Pratt, academic support program director, Santa Fe Christian High School
  • Target Audience: High School

Building an Effective School Counseling Program

Gain a foundational overview to build comprehensive school counseling programs that align with the American School Counseling Association's (ASCA) National Model. Gain ideas on how to identify, disaggregate and use academic, discipline and attendance data to implement schoolwide programs and intentional guidance that serve all students.

  • Presenters: Pedro Caro, counselor, and Erika Gardner, counselor, San Jacinto Unified School District
  • Target Audience: Elementary, Middle, and High School

CaliforniaColleges.edu: An Online Platform for 21st-Century College and Career Counseling

Learn more about the California College Guidance Initiative (CCGI) and the college and career planning tools available for free to parents, students, and educators at CaliforniaColleges.edu. Also learn about the additional data tool functionalities and benefits available to districts that are formal partners.

  • Presenters: Kristina Acevedo, regional specialist, and Frances Suderman, regional manager, California College Guidance Initiative
  • Target Audience: Elementary and Middle School

College and Career Planning with Naviance/Family Connection

This hands-on presentation will help beginning Naviance users and schools interested in learning more about Naviance discover how it can help build a comprehensive college and career counseling program and curriculum, through its functions such as importing data, student and parent communication, four-year course plans, college visits, alumni tracker, and more! Bring your laptop if you use Naviance at your school and would like to work on it in real time.

  • Presenter: Shannon Roberts, counselor, Steele Canyon High School
  • Target Audience: High School

College Admission Case Study

Attendees will review three mock admission files and determine who will be admitted, denied, and waitlisted with the guidance of admission professionals.

  • Presenter: Terri Devine, dean of college counseling, Francis Parker School
  • Target Audience: High School

Countywide College and Career Outreach for High School Foster Youth Students

Learn about countywide outreach efforts to encourage our foster youth population to pursue post-secondary education programs in San Diego County. These services and programs are specifically designed to improve the educational outcomes of foster youth and increase collaboration with high school outreach efforts.

  • Presenters: Mindy Kukich, project specialist, SDCOE; Laurie Orr, counselor, ACE Scholars Services, California State University, San Marcos; Pam Fleming, financial aid advisor, Cuyamaca College; Angela Aceves, coordinator, Guardian Scholars, Promises2Kids; and Rashida Elimu, program coordinator, Guardian Scholars, Promises2Kids
  • Target Audience: Middle and High School

Debunking the Myth of the Starving Artist: The Economic Power of Creative Majors and Careers 

Performing and visual artists are unsung powerhouses in today's economy. Come learn more about the unique and essential value artists bring to our world, and how to best support young creatives in their search for the right fit college major and career path.

  • Presenter: Laura Young, director of enrollment management, UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture
  • Target Audience: High School

Developing Cultural Competence Among School Counseling Graduate Candidates

Explore the significance of preparing culturally sensitive school counselors for service in our culturally diverse K-12 schools. Learn how school counseling candidates were engaged in the development of cultural competence using the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) instrument.

  • Presenter: Dione Taylor, director pupil personnel services, Point Loma Nazarene University
  • Target Audience: Elementary, Middle, and High School

Find What You Should Be Looking For Using Student Data Performance Cues

Are you dealing with too many students and not enough information? Are "D/F" reports too little, too late? Does student support decline toward the lower grades? If you're getting tired of firefighting, then learn how to use your site's database program to find the information you need, sort it, and help your students. Explore Aeries query and mid-level Excel with basics that should

  • Presenter: Peter Kramer, counselor, Vista Unified School District
  • Target Audience: High School

From Fair to Great: Making Your College Fair a Can't-Miss Event

Putting on a college fair with a variety of institutions for your students to explore can be a challenge. Gain ideas to maximize college representation and student engagement.

  • Presenter: Veronica Leyva, Southern California regional representative, University of Missouri-Columbia; Olivia Huie, counselor, and Michele Murphy, counselor, JSerra Catholic High School
  • Target Audience: High School

Girls Rock! Planning an Empowering Leadership Conference for Your Female Students

Gain resources to plan a leadership conference for young girls. Learn about Grossmont High School's leadership conference, which includes motivational speakers, discussions, and activities designed to empower girls through healthy self-image, healthy relationships, staying safe physically and online, connecting with others, and their future career paths.

  • Presenter: Laura Dawson, counselor, and Julianna Manuel, counselor, Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD)
  • Target Audience: Middle and High School

Helping Students Write Their College Essays

Learn how essays are used in the college admissions process and how to effectively guide students through the writing process.

  • Presenter: Terri Devine, dean of college counseling, Francis Parker School
  • Target Audience: High School

High School Career Pathway Marketing and Recruitment Strategies  

How do you recruit students into your high school career pathways? Gain strategies for  marketing to students, parents, and school leadership. Gain resources to address your recruitment and marketing needs and look at regional best practices.

  • Presenter: Jewyl Clarke, career pathways curriculum specialist, SDCOE
  • Target Audience: Middle and High School

Hitting the Mark: Our Kids in the Middle

Create a dialogue and tactical approach to the college admissions process with potential college-ready juniors who need a little boost.

  • Presenters: Dena Tracanna, counselor, and Kim Bronson, counselor, Poway Unified School District
  • Target Audience: High School

Increasing "A-G" Completion with Freshmen African-American Students: A Cultural Approach  

Gain specific strategies, activities, and curriculum for running an ASCA model closing-the-gap group with freshmen African-American students. Best practices, resources, and reproducible lessons will be shared. An overview on cultural and ethnic barriers will be addressed as well as tips on dealing with push-back and bias.

  • Presenter: Yuridia Nava, counselor, Callie Neal, teacher, and Valerie Titus, counselor, all of Riverside Unified School District
  • Target Audience: High School

Keep Your Eyes on Your Beach Umbrella: The Importance of Your Professional and Personal Vision

Learn the importance and possible components of personal and professional vision framed around Suzanne's favorite hobby: boogie-boarding. Consider the significant leadership role counselors play and the importance of incorporating that dimension into your vision. Time will be provided for reflection and meaning-making conversations. Surf's up!

  • Presenter: Suzanne Roy, educational leadership consultant and adjunct faculty, Point Loma Nazarene University
  • Target Audience: Elementary, Middle, and High School

The Keys to Success for Your College-Bound Student-Athletes

Advising students and guiding student-athletes require very different sets of counseling expertise. Learn about the unique and optimum student-athlete recruiting timeline, which is especially crucial for high academic athletes. Understand how an athlete can initiate his or her own recruiting experience and learn about a five-step program for college-bound athletes that helps with a counselor's time management.

  • Presenter: David Stoeckel, college athletic counselor, College Recruiting Group
  • Target Audience: High School

LCAP, ASCA Mindsets and Advocacy: Standardizing Counseling Practices Districtwide

Sweetwater Union High School District counselors share their journey to develop a Counselor Standards Committee to standardize counseling practices and data collection at all school sites. The effort supports their district's Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) goals and the ASCA National Standards. Learn how the committee led to increased advocacy for student needs and lowered the counseling caseload from 400 to 360. Discover how to implement similar practices at your site.

  • Presenters: Liliana Silva Diaz, counselor; Elaine Elefante-Leano, director of college and career readiness; Nancy Castro Nieto, district counselor; Lysabeth Luansing-Garcia, counselor; Sonja Ortiz, counselor;  Armando Melendrez, counselor; Jennifer Academia, counselor, Sarah Mamaril, counselor, and Carla Jacobo, counselor, Sweetwater Union High School District
  • Target Audience: Middle and High School

Leadership Doesn't Always Come in a Title: Help Students Find Their True Passion

Students often look for the "right" organization, the "right" title, the "right" type of community service to do in order to access the "right" college.  Learn how counselors can encourage students to leverage their natural talents to find their passion and thrive.

  • Presenter: Dr. Cynthia Colón, author and educator
  • Target Audience: Middle and High School

Learn about Bachelor Degrees at California Community Colleges

Explore the details of a California community college baccalaureate degree pilot program in a field of study not offered by California State Universities or Universities of California. Find out what it means for your students.

  • Presenter: Leroy Johnson, transfer center coordinator, San Diego Mesa College
  • Target Audience: High School

New CSU Application Fall 2017

After 20 years with the same online application for admission, the California State University system has undertaken the exciting project of completely re-imagining the application and applicant experience. Learn more about the new process, called Cal State Apply (Calstate.edu/Apply), including the timing, applicant experience and application changes, and plans to support counselors through the transition.

  • Presenter: April Grommo, Darlene Daclan, and Angela Williams, California State University
  • Target Audience: High School

Non-Traditional Activities to Engage Youth

Learn about creative outlets to engage youth in dialogue, reflective art, and creative writing. Gain practices you can use with students tomorrow.

  • Presenter: Nashona Andrade-Seals, founder, Our Mommies Hands
  • Target Audience: Middle and High School

Out of State, Not Out of Reach

Attending college outside of a student's home state has gone from improbable to highly possible. Learn more about in-state choices, out-of-state options, the top reasons students choose a college, the various costs, and financial aid and scholarship opportunities, including WUE (pronounced woo-wee) or the Western Undergraduate Exchange.

  • Presenter: Gary Bednorz, student recruitment specialist, University of New Mexico; Mikayla Hall, senior coordinator regional admissions and recruitment, University of Nevada, Reno; Keith Gissel, assistant director, Colorado Mesa University; and Dennis Yan, recruitment coordinator Southern California, Northern Arizona University
  • Target Audience: High School

Overview of Financial Aid

Gather everything you need to know with a comprehensive overview of the financial aid process.

  • Presenter: Corinne Schell, director of West Coast admissions, Marist College
  • Target Audience: High School

Recommendation Writing 101

Walk through the steps to write effective letters of recommendation and receive samples of letters.

  • Presenter: Terri Devine, dean of college counseling, Francis Parker School; and Rachel Petrella, Pacific Ridge School.
  • Target Audience: High School

Reducing Anxiety in College Admissions and Standardized Testing

Explore various methods to reduce anxiety in college admissions and standardized testing through a focus on teaching a growth mindset.

  • Presenter: Nick Standlea, founder and president, Test Prep Guru
  • Target Audience: High School

Resources to Support Foster Youth in Your School

Learn the basic process of the child welfare system as it relates to the foster students you work with. Gain information on the laws created to protect the educational rights of students in the foster care system. Also, take home practical ideas on programs you can implement your school sites to support foster youth and improve academic and social-emotional outcomes.

  • Presenter: Ashley Kruger, counselor, Murrieta Valley Unified School District
  • Target Audience: Elementary, Middle, and High School

The Role of School Counselors within the New Accountability Systems

ESSA, LCAP, LCFF…what do all these acronyms mean?! Hone your skills interpreting your district's LCAP and advocating within the updated accountability framework. Through step-by-step LCAP guidance and examples of how school counselors used their LCAP to advocate for their students, walk away with ideas of how your role fits within your district's plan. Learn more about the updated state law regarding the role of school counselors and how the national Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) impacts California.

  • Presenter: Danielle Duarte, adjunct faculty, San Diego State University (SDSU)
  • Target Audience: Elementary, Middle, and High School

Safe School Ambassadors: Training your Students to be Undercover Superheroes

Safe School Ambassadors (SSA) is a program that trains students to notice different types of mistreatment, think about what is going on, act to resolve the issue and follow through with an action. Learn more about SSA and the impact it has had at Steele Canyon High School, and discuss how to implement an SSA program at your site.

  • Presenters: Matt Udvarhelyi, counselor, and Jennifer Serban, teacher, Steele Canyon High School
  • Target Audience: Middle and High School

Saving School Counselors with Clever Marketing

When money is tight, school counseling programs are sometimes the first things to go, because often principals, teachers, and others have no idea what we do or its impact schoolwide. According to the ASCA national model, counselors should spend time advocating for themselves and their programs. Gain some marketing marketing strategies that will help you showcase your hard work and keep staff and parents informed and ready to advocate for their school counselor when budget cuts come around.  

  • Presenters: Carla MacDougall, counselor, and Beth Huppert, counselor, Poway Unified School District
  • Target Audience: Elementary and Middle School

Spice Up School Counseling Classroom Lessons with Student Engagement Strategies

Want to ensure your students are engaged and learning while you're presenting school counseling core curriculum lessons? Learn ways to plan, implement, and evaluate your school counseling lessons while using a variety of student engagement strategies. Practice different active participation techniques during this interactive session, and leave with ways to incorporate a variety of strategies into your class lessons.

  • Presenter: Danielle Duarte, adjunct faculty, SDSU
  • Target Audience: Elementary, Middle, and High School

Study in the U.K.: What You Need to Know

Explore the differences between higher education in the U.S. and the United Kingdom. Gain guidance on how to apply and write your recommendation letter, and learn what U.K. universities are looking for in applicants and how to best prepare your students.

  • Presenter: Iain Harris, America's recruitment manager, Northumbria University; Sarah Beech, international development manager, Keele University
  • Target Audience: High School

Support Groups and Peer Counseling Programs: Yes You Can!

Learn how to start a student group and peer counseling program and how to sell them to your staff for buy-in and support. Discover how they can be effective and efficient ways of delivering social-emotional supports. Takeaway tools to start a program that meets the needs of your students and your school.

  • Presenter: Ann Nebolon, counselor, San Dieguito Union High School District
  • Target Audience: Elementary, Middle, and High School

Supporting Access to Higher Education for Immigrant and Undocumented Students 

Review the institutional barriers undocumented and immigrant students face in the educational system. Explore the work of SDSU faculty, community partners, school counseling alumni, and others as they coordinate efforts to educate individuals in the state and nation to ensure access and equity to higher education. Learn about the work and research being done by national and local advocates and experts on the rights, laws, and policies to support immigrant and undocumented students.

  • Presenter: Diana Camilo, co-director and lecturer, SDSU
  • Target Audience: High School

Tech Tips for School Counselors

Learn about simple communication tools to reach students, parents, and teachers through free technology, such as Google forms and sites, REMIND, and more.

  • Presenter: Tanya Bulette, counselor, GUHSD
  • Target Audience: High School

Trauma-Informed Response to Suicidal Ideation and Self-Injury

Learn more about a practical, trauma-informed approach to assessing and providing resources and interventions for students with suicidal ideation as well as students with self-injurious behavior.

  • Presenters: Amy Budd, bilingual clinical coordinator, and CoreyAnn Friedrich, mental health specialist, San Diego Youth Services
  • Target Audience: Middle and High School

Understanding the Military Interstate Compact and How LEAs can Support Military Students

Military families transfer at various times throughout the year and can relocate often -- sometimes children attend up to nine different schools by graduation. Navy school liaison officers (SLO) serve as the primary point of contact for educators, parents, and installation commanders, addressing K-12 issues and developing a collaborative network of support for military students. Learn about the seven, core SLO services and the available resources and tools to support military families, such as the Military Interstate Compact.

  • Presenters: Chanin Massaglia, Navy school liaison officer, and Stacey Bengtson, San Diego Naval Base
  • Target Audience: Elementary, Middle, and High School

Using Technology and Student Support to Streamline the Work Day

Learn about the experiences of two high school counselors using the online scheduling programs, such as youcanbook.me and repvisits.com, that have helped streamline their day and resulted in more time to work directly with students. Also hear from two senior students about their student-run ambassador program, that facilitates all college visits and fairs held on their campus.

  • Presenter: Nicholle Wyatt, head college counselor, Academy of Our Lady of Peace; and Robert Hurley, director of college counseling, Francis Parker School
  • Target Audience: High School

Using the College Board Programs to Drive College and Career Readiness

The College Board provides a variety of tools and resources, as well as programs to support college and career readiness and access for students. Learn about the SAT suite of assessments, AP programs, Khan Practice, and how the College Board programs support access to postsecondary opportunities.

  • Presenter: Megan Rafferty, associate director of K-12, the College Board
  • Target Audience: Middle and High School

What is AB 216? Are You Allowed to Accept it at Your School?

Assembly Bill 216 allows foster youth and incarcerated youth the opportunity to graduate with their class. Learn what that looks like for the comprehensive schools receiving these students with the aid of AB 2276.

  • Presenter: Dawn Ayles, counselor, San Diego SOAR Academy, SDCOE
  • Target Audience: High School

What Test Scores Really Tell You about Students: A Case Study

There is endless buzz around test scores, but aside from percentile rankings, what do they really tell you? Learn from test preparation specialists who have worked with a variety of students to gain a deeper understanding of what certain scores in conjunction with GPA and course load can reveal about a student.

  • Presenter: Joyee Lin, test prep specialist, and Ronnie Demler, SAT coach, Thinque Prep
  • Target Audience: High School

Youth Mental Health First Aid at a Glance

You're more likely to encounter someone in an emotional or mental crisis, than someone having a heart attack. Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches a five-step action plan on how to offer initial help to young people showing signs of a mental illness or in a crisis, and connect them with the appropriate professional, peer, social, or self-help care. Learn about an eight-hour certification course that teaches participants the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges common among adolescents.

  • Presenter: Violeta Mora, project specialist, SDCOE
  • Target Audience: Elementary, Middle, and High School



Professional Learning

Counselors and Curriculum

Registration is open for the new Counselors and Curriculum series beginning Nov. 9. This is a quarterly series of workshops serving breakfast, coffee, and conversation with content specialists. Build your awareness and knowledge of new changes in curriculum and instruction as it applies to your role with this new series.

Register for individual sessions:

  • March 14, 2017 - English learners and proficiency assessments, world languages, biliteracy, and science
  • May 19, 2017 - History-social science, English language arts, and Momentum Learning, a portfolio of schools operated by SDCOE

New School Counselor Leadership Institute

The current New School Counselor Leadership Institute is full. Please check back with us in 2017 for the opportunity to register for the 2017-2018 cohort. 

If you've been hired as a school counselor in the past three years, this unique offering is for you. The New School Counselor Leadership Institute provides professional learning and custom-made support for those new to the field. 

This professional learning opportunity is split into six sessions across the school year and the content aligns with the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Mindsets and Behavior Standards in the areas of academic, career, and social/emotional development. Topics include:

  • Building a school guidance program
  • How to advise students in college and career
  • Empowering students in the cyber world
  • Facilitating student groups
  • Youth mental health first aid

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Resources from the 2016 School Counselor Leadership Conference

There were nearly 250 people and more than 30 presenters at the first San Diego County School Counselor Leadership Conference​​​ on May 25, 2016. Thanks to our partners, presenters, and the school counselors and educators that made it a success. 

2016 Session Presentations and Resources ​

Student Voices Panel: High School to College Transition (HS)

Attendees will hear about the journey of first-generation college students as they moved from high school to post-secondary education, and in what ways they could have been better prepared for the challenges of that transition. 

Presenter: Dr. Heather Lattimer, University of San Diego (USD) Panel: Sinai Cota, graduate student, USD; Francisco "Panchito" Martinez, student, San Diego State University (SDSU); Alejandro Contreras, senior, CSU San Marcos; Epiphany Alford, freshman, Mesa College; Jaron Floyd, freshman, SDSU

9th-Grade Student ​Success Programs (MS, HS)

The academic and social-emotional transition to high school can be challenging for some 9th-grade students. Session attendees will learn how to organize and create a Freshmen Success Week, empower 11th- and 12th-grade student leaders, and learn new ways to collect data and share results.

Presenter: Tanya Bulette, Valhalla High School

Human Trafficking in America's Schools (ES, MS, HS)

Child trafficking and exploitation is complex, and it is important that professionals in schools understand nuances, causal factors, and potential responses. This session will review basic concepts of trafficking and exploitation and offer strategies for assessing and developing the capacity for a coordinated response.

Presenter: Jenee' Littrell, San Mateo County Office of Education

Let's Get Ready for College! Strategies for Elementary and Middle School Counselors (ES, MS)

College and career exploration and preparedness is essential for students to begin in elementary school. This session will provide specific core curriculum classroom lessons, activities and events, and resources for the K-8 level. 

Presenter: Danielle Duarte, Potter Junior High School and California Association of School Counselors (CASC)

Selective College Admission (HS)                                                                                

Attendees will take part in a mock application review session to see how admission decisions are made at selective colleges.

Presenters: Ed Devine, Lafayette College, and Terri Devine, Francis Parker School

Equity in Evaluation of International Transcripts (HS)                                           

In this session, we will look at protocols, structures, and resources to help evaluate and ensure equity for international students.

Presenters: Michele Estill and Rebeca McMillan, Grossmont Union High School District

Parent Engagement Strategies: Developing a College-Going Culture to Attract Latino Parents  

Attendees will learn how to promote college-going activities that attract and engage Latino parents by developing excellent resources, strategies, and tools. This session will include proven methods and techniques that yield exceptional results for your student and parent population.

Presenter: Roxanne Ocampo, Quetzal Mama Scholars

Embedding a Culture of College and Career Readiness Throughout Your School (MS, HS)

In this session, participants will explore how EPIC's Four Keys to College and Career Readiness can be used by counselors to leverage the resources needed to develop and sustain a culture where students graduate ready for success after high school.

Presenters: Matt Coleman and Brandi Kujala-Peterson, Educational Policy Improvement Center (EPIC)

School-Based Trauma Informed Care: Nuts and Bolts (ES, MS, HS)                                 

This session will delve into key concepts related to trauma informed school services, research into the effects of trauma, key elements of the trauma informed approach, and how to apply elements to the school setting.

Presenter: Michelle Atkins, San Marcos Unified School District (SMUSD)     

School Counselors and the Power of Collaboration with Their AVID Program (MS, HS)

Attendees will explore valuable resources and ideas for collaborating with the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program as a way to help students reach their post-secondary goals, including UC/CSU A-G completion.  

Presenter: Catalina Cifuentes, Riverside County Office of Education

The Summer After Graduation: An Opportunity or Obligation? (HS)                          

Attendees will explore ways to make the summer between high school graduation and on-time college matriculation an important and fruitful period during which to support students on the pathway to post-secondary education. 

Presenters: Kristy Eagle and Scott Birkestrand, San Diego State University​

Who's Eligible for Section 504? An Overview for Proper Placement (ES, MS, HS)

It can be difficult for 504 teams to determine whether a student is eligible for services because of the number of questions they must ask and consider. During this session, participants will gain insights into their obligations in areas such as eligibility, child find, temporary impairments, and over-identification.

Presenter: Don Buchheit, San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE)​

Comprehensive School Guidance Programs (ES, MS, HS) 

Using the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model, this session will look at the major components of a comprehensive school guidance program for all grade levels, a sample scope and sequence, how to move your program out of reactive mode, using data, and intervening for at-risk youth. 

Presenter: Tami Johnson, Cajon Valley Union School District

Learn, Explore, Grow, Focus, Apply: The Common Application and the Path to College Enrollment (HS)

The Common Application has long been a leader in the college application with nearly 700 member colleges and more than one million students and recommenders. This session will include updates on the Common Application system and a discussion of access initiatives from virtual advising to the FAFSA. 

Presenters: Chris White, High Tech High and The Common Application, and Sally Asbille, USD

How to Make the Most Out of Your College and Career Centers (MS, HS) 

Participants will learn how to work collaboratively to establish a college and career space on campus and provide students and families access to services during and after school hours.

Presenter: Denise Cabanilla, Imperial County Office of Education

Changes at the College Board: SAT Suite of Assessments, AP Potential, and Data Reporting (MS, HS)                

Participants will leave this session with an understanding of the new SAT Suite of Assessments, how to best use AP Potential to grow AP programs, and how to access and utilize the K-12 Assessment Reporting Tool.

Presenters: Lynn Dodd and Krista Dornbush, College Board

Countywide College and Career Outreach for High School Foster Youth Students (HS)     

Participants will learn about programs in San Diego County, including College Connection, designed to improve the educational outcomes of foster youth and increase higher education and community collaboration to improve high school outreach efforts.

Presenters: Violeta Mora, SDCOE; Laurie Orr, CSU San Marcos; Pam Fleming, Cuyamaca College; Angela Aceves, Promises2Kids; and Rashida Elimu, Promises2Kids

Preparing Yourself for the Implementation of Prior-Prior: FAFSA and Other Financial Aid Updates (HS)

​Attendees will learn more about prior-prior year data and the benefits and challenges of the recent policy change in FAFSA submission. Explore the implications for school counselors and college admission officers.
Presenter: Linda Doughty, Cal-SOAP

Exploring Strengths, Interests, and Values (ES, MS, HS)                                                              

T​his interactive session will mirror the types of activities used in the Qualcomm Thinkabit Lab with middle school students as they begin to discover their unique Strengths, Interests, and Values. Connect with us on Twitter @Thinkabit_Lab or @EdHidalgoSD.

Presenter: Ed Hidalgo, Qualcomm Thinkabit Lab

How Work-Based Learning Builds 21st Century Skills (ES, MS, HS)

During this session, we will debunk myths about what it takes to succeed in today's economy and introduce participants to the proven ability of career technical education and work-based learning to make students more college and career ready. 

Presenters: Sonia Lira, Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District, and Flora Barron, Junior Achievement of San Diego County

Got Student-Athletes? NCAA Eligibility Center Overview and Updates (HS) 

Particip​ants will get an overview of NCAA initial-eligibility requirements, the core-course review process, how school counselors can best support prospective student-athletes, and important changes coming to Division I in 2016 and Division II in 2018. 

Presenter: Dr. Erika Cameron and Dr. Ian Martin, USD​

No More Trial by Fire                                                                                                                        

Become familiar with an optional district-level orientation model and support for school counselors with a school counseling staff presentation, timeline, and an orientation agenda.

Presenter: Tami Johnson, Cajon Valley Unified School District

Students Who Self-Harm: A Countywide Protocol                                                                 

Learn about a countywide protocol that includes law enforcement, hospitals, mental health professionals, and educators to support students who show signs of self-harm.

Presenter: Jenee' Littrell, San Mateo County Office of Education

University Admission Reception​                                                                                            

Discover how to identify students who have been admitted to four-year universities and coordinate a reception to celebrate their success.

Presenter: Denise Cabanilla, Imperial County Office of Education

AP Student Ambassadors: Promoting Equity and Access in Honors and AP      

Learn how to design your own student-led recruitment initiative specifically for underrepresented populations in Honors and AP as one way to work to close the "participation gap."

Presenters: Tiffany Campbell, Adam Dawson, and Bill Zeigler, San Marcos High School

PSAT Score Analysis: Opening the Door to Possibilities                                                        

Get the steps to guide your students beyond the PSAT number and into understanding what information the test provides regarding career or college choices.

Presenter: Pixie Sulser, Ramona Unified School District

Peer Leaders Uniting Students (PLUS)                                                                                   

Explore the PLUS program and how it creates a positive school climate where inclusion is a reality for everyone, and utilizes the natural channels of peer influence to address critical issues. PLUS Calendar, PLUS Survey Results, PLUS Survey blank

Presenter: Cherryl Baker, SMUSD

​How to Write a Great Letter of Recommendation                                                   

Learn what admission officers need to see in counselor and teacher recommendation letters, and receive sample letters to guide your writing.

Presenter: Terri Devine, Francis Parker School

Counseling Interns: Practical Ways to Utilize and Get the Most from Your Intern  

Discover how to find interns, be a successful supervisor of school counseling students, determine meaningful activities, and guide interns effectively. 

Presenter: Dr. Erika Cameron, USD  

Using Californiacolleges.edu for Career and College Planning                                            

Learn quick, ready-to-use tools to help your students take career and interest surveys, explore careers and colleges, and create online portfolios.

Presenter: Lisa Stout, SMUSD

Using Technology Tools

​Gather simple communication tools for reaching students, parents, and teachers using free technology and online resources.

Presenter: Tanya Bulette, Valhalla High School​