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​​​​​​​​​​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:

  • Get professional learning tailored to your unique needs

  • Network with other school counselors

  • Gain valuable resources for you, your students, and your colleagues by utilizing our Resource Quick Links

2018 School Counselor Leadership Conference

The 2018 School Counselor Leadership Conference will be held on February 15, 2018 at the Handlery Hotel.

School counselors are the heart of the school - make sure you are equipped to guide every student to success.

In this world of LCAP, MTSS and too many other acronyms, a counselors role isis being highlighted more than ever. At the conference, Counselors will engage in learning around best practices, learning new techniques, and how to see themselves as a leader on campus.

At this thrid annual conference, attendees will:

  • Explore the latest research and best practice in school counseling
  • Access a WACAC college fair with college admission officers on-hand to answer questions and share valuable insights into the process
  • enjoy time to network and collaborate with peers and district teams

Click here to register for the conference

Call for presenters

Click here to submit a proposal if you are interested in presenting at the 2017 School Counselor Leadership conference.  

Deadline to submit proposals is November 17, 2017.  We are looking for topics that support all grade levels and all three domains (college/career, academic, and personal/social) of school counseling.  You will be notified in December if you are selected to present

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. 


Professional Learning

New School Counselor Leadership Institute

Join a cohort of credentialed school counselors who are getting familiar with their new roles.New School Counselor Leadership Institute flier

Counselors working in K-12 schools for three years or less can grow and learn through the year with peer networking, coaching, and direct training that aligns with the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Mindsets and Behavior Standards in the areas of academic, career, and social and emotional development.

Topics across the six sessions align with Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) state priorities. Click here to register. 

In the New School Counselor Leadership Institute, you will:

  • Be supported by two SDCOE divisions: Learning and Leadership Services and Student Services and Programs
  • Received six full days of professional learning provided by experts in the field and certified trainers
  • Gain valuable knowledge in topics that directly affect your daily work with students
  • Be equipped to promote mindsets and behaviors that enhance the learning process and create a culture of college and career readiness for all students
  • Attend the School Counselor Leadership Conference in February
  • Grow with two-hours of individual coaching at your school site

Institute Dates:

  • Sept. 25, 2017
  • Nov. 7, 2017
  • Jan. 11, 2017
  • Feb. 15, 2018
  • March 13, 2018
  • April 17, 2018

Conferences Highlights Day

Can’t make it to the University of California, California State University, or CollegeBoard conferences this fall? Don’t worry! You can attend a highlights day in San Diego organized by the SDCOE School Counselor team. Get updates from the state university systems and the CollegeBoard directly from their representatives and have your questions answered in-person. 

The highlights day is a local event that fits your needs:

  • Designed for high school counselors and administrators and community and college access partners
  • Gain valuable insides into admissions, financial aid, and more
  • Get the latest on college readiness, access, and education policies

Date: Friday, Oct. 13, 2017

Time: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cost: $25, includes a light breakfast and lunch

Click here to register.

New School Counselor Leadership Institute: Year Two

The New School Counselor Institute: Year Two is designed to support the credentialed counselors who completed the first year of the New School Counselor Leadership Institute.

Continue the first year of growth and support with new opportunities to learn and connect with the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Mindsets and Behavior Standards in academic, career, and social-emotional development areas.

In the New School Counselor Institute: Year Two you will:

  • Learn how to build a comprehensive school program
  • Dig into organization and tech tools, data gathering and tracking, and managing confidential records
  • Gain skills and resources is advocating for your program and engaging parents
  • Attend the 2018 School Counselor Leadership Conference
  • Access expert support from two SDCOE divisions: Learning and Leadership Services and Student Services and Programs

2017-18 Institute Dates:

  • Nov. 2, 2017
  • Feb. 15, 2018
  • April 25, 2018

Click here to register.

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