2018 NSCA School Counselor Academy

November 8th and 9th

La Vista Conference Center
12520 Westport Parkway
La Vista, Nebraska






Thursday Keynote Speaker - Ms. Lisa Koenecke

Lisa Koenecke is a collaborative leader advocating for systemic change.  As a former camp director for the YMCA and the Girl Scouts, team building is in her DNA.  She has put her leadership skills to use as a former President of the Wisconsin School Counselor Association and as a past member of the American School Counselor Association Board of Directors.  She continues to provide leadership as a board member for the Wisconsin Association of Middle Level Educators.
After ten years as a high school and middle school counselor, she has moved into the world of counselor education.  Training the next generation of school counselors at Lakeland University is a dream come true!  She will energize you to continue your work with students, staff and families in your community!


Friday Keynote Speaker - Dr. Carolyn Stone

Dr. Carolyn Stone was the 2006 President of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) and is in her fifteenth year as their Ethics Chair.  Dr. Stone has written the only book exclusively for school counselors on legal and ethical issues.  Dr. Stone was awarded the Mary Gerke Lifetime Achievement Award by ASCA in 2010 and the Bob Myrick Lifetime Achievement Award by the Florida School Counseling Association in 2012.  Carolyn is a past President of the Florida Counseling Association and the Florida Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors.  Carolyn has delivered over 600 workshops in all 50 states and 23 countries and guest lectured for 18 colleges and universities.  She has authored five books, dozens of journal articles and serves the courts as an expert witness in cases involving school counselors.  Her professional path in elementary and high school counseling, middle school teaching, Supervisor of School Counseling for one of the nation's largest school districts, and counselor educator has prepared her with first-hand experience and understanding of the professional world of school counselors.


Academy Hotel

The Academy Hotel is the Courtyard by Marriott (attached to the conference center). 

Cost is $99 per night (double queen and king rooms).

Room reservations can be made by calling 402-339-4900 or online by using this special link for the NSCA rate!
Be sure to ask for the Nebraska School Counselor Association room rate if you call in!
Room Rate is only available until October 15th.


Featured Breakout Sessions and Presenters


Terreka Holloway-Smith
Funded by EducationQuest

Bio - Terreka Holloway-Smith is a native of Knoxville, Tennessee and is extremely passionate about taking students and families to the next level!  She earned a BS in Social Work (University of Tennessee Knoxville), a Master's in Organizational Training and Education (Tusculum College) and an Ed.S in Administration and Supervision (Lincoln Memorial University).  Over the past 16 years Terreka has served within the Project GRAD Knoxville organization as a Campus Family Manager, Scholarship Coordinator and College/Career Access Coach.  She currently serves as the K-8 College/Career Access Coach.
Breakout Description - Strategies for K-8 College Access Engagement This high-energy session will arm you with unique strategies you can use to get your K-8 students and families engaged in college access.  Explore activities like a pen-pal program that prepares students for scholarship essays, and an event that highlights the realities of getting athletic scholarships.  You'll also learn how to get school staff, administrators, and the community involved in college access programming.


Carolyn Stone
Bio - See keynote bio above.
Breakout DescriptionLegal Literacy and Ethical Practice in the Complex World of School Counseling - School counselors must negotiate the competing interests of the over-regulated school environment, student's need for confidentiality and the legal rights of parents to be the guiding voice in their children'ss lives.  Updates on these competing interests will be discussed through 10 primary court rulings and the new 2016 Ethical Standards for School Counselors.  Legal rulings and ethical practice will be highlighted in areas such as  sexually active students, bullying, academic advising, child abuse, educational records, sexual harassment, first amendment rights, and transgender youth.  Particular attention will be given to the developing law as regarding off-campus cyber speech and other uses of social media that are difficult to address without offending the first amendment.  Through case study and the application of federal, state and judge made laws, participants will actively dialogue in a lively forum.  The goal is to facilitate participants' legal literacy and provide guiding principles to support best ethical practice.




Earn Graduate Workshop Credits
Wayne State College is once again offering the ability to earn 3 graduate workshop credits for attending the Academy and completing a writing component.  Click here for more info and to register for the class. 



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