Kentucky School Counselor Association 2018 Conference



Welcome to the 2018 KSCA Conference! Make plans NOW to attend February 21-23, 2018! This will be the BEST professional learning opportunity for school counselors this year! With multiple pre- and post- conference EILA workshops, a FREE post-conference workshop on Friday afternoon with updates on the KY ILP, as well as breakout sessions, keynote speakers, exhibit booths, Awards Luncheon, Connection Reception, and multiple opportunities to network with other school counselors, this is not to be missed! This year, you can earn up to 15 EILA hours by attending the conference, as well as pre- and post- conference sessions! You can register online at and pay by credit card, check, or purchase order! From the KSCA website you can also make hotel reservations, check out the keynote speakers, and review the conference schedule.
Thursday, February 22, 2018 - Opening Session Keynote Speaker - Dr. Trish Hatch
Trish Hatch, Ph.D. is a Professor at San Diego State University (SDSU), where she was Director of the School Counseling Program from 2004 until 2015.  She is the best-selling author of The Use of Data in School Counseling: Hatching Results for Students, Programs, and the Profession (2014) and co-author of the ASCA National Model: A Framework for School Counseling Programs (ASCA, 2003; 2005), Evidence-Based Practice in School Counseling: Making a Difference with Data-Driven Practices (Dimmit, Carey & Hatch, 2007), and, most recently, Hatching Results for Elementary School Counseling: Implementing Core Curriculum and Other Tier 1 Activities (in press).
Dr. Hatch is the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Excellence in School Counseling and Leadership (CESCaL) in the College of Education at SDSU and is President and CEO of Hatching Results®, where she has gathered a diverse team of expert school counselors, school counselor educators, and leaders to provide training and consultation across the nation on evidence-based practice and the use of data to increase outcomes for students. 
She is a legislative advocate and national leader.  She has served on multiple state and national school counseling research summit steering committees, including as a national expert consultant on school counseling for the former administration at The White House and US Department of Education.   Dr. Hatch is one of five original panel members for the National Panel for Evidenced-Based School Counseling Practices and serves on the Advisory Council for the National Evidence-Based School Counseling Conference.
A former school counselor, high school administrator, and central office administrator overseeing 72 school counselors in 32 high needs schools, Dr. Hatch has received multiple state and national school counseling awards and was inducted into the H.B. McDaniel Hall of Fame at Stanford University for lifetime achievement in school counseling.  She was a recipient of the Mary Gehrke Lifetime Achievement award, the American School Counselor Association’s highest honor.  Most recently, she received the Excellence in Education Award for “improving the field of education and service to students” by the National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and the inaugural California Association of School Counselors’ School Counselor Educator of the Year (2016) award. 
Thursday Awards Luncheon Speaker - Dr. Stephen Pruitt, Commissioner of Education
Commissioner Pruitt will be accepting the Counselor Advocate Award and speaking about his support for school counselors.
Thursday Afternoon Keynote Speaker - Dr. Brett Zyromski
Dr. Zyromski has published over a dozen articles related to school counseling issues, has delivered over 65 international, national, regional, and local presentations and has served as state conference keynote. He was the invited chair of the revision team for the Development Counseling Model for Illinois Schools.  Dr. Zyromski has consulted and trained internationally and across the United States.  He has trained numerous school districts, including Chicago Public Schools, on evolving school counseling programs to evidence-based, data-driven, comprehensive school counseling programs.  He has provided workshops on crisis preparation and response in schools, supervision in counseling, using school counseling to change sundown town communities, and data-driven school counseling practices.  Dr. Zyromski has served as an ad-hoc reviewer for the Professional School Counseling Journal and has been recognized for numerous awards and recognitions, including the 2015 Kentucky School Counselor Association Outstanding Post-Secondary Counselor, the 2014 Illinois School Counselor Association Friend of ISCA, the 2010 North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Professional Leadership Award, the 2010 Illinois School Counseling Association Presidential Award, and the 2008 North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Outstanding Professional Teaching Award. 
Friday, February 23, 2018 - Closing Keynote Speaker - Rosalind Wiseman
Most famously the author of Queen Bees and Wannabes — the groundbreaking and best-selling book that was the basis for the movie Mean Girls — Rosalind Wiseman is an internationally recognized expert on children, teens, parenting, bullying and social justice. Her latest best-selling book, Masterminds & Wingmen, published in September 2013, offers insights into what matters most to boys.
Each year, Wiseman works with tens of thousands of students, educators, parents, counselors, coaches and administrators to create communities based on the belief that each person has a responsibility to treat themselves and others with dignity. In addition, her entire career aims to help young people solve their difficult, yet common, social challenges.
In 2013, she was appointed as an advisor to the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration. In 2011, she was one of the principal speakers at the White House Summit on Bullying. National media regularly depends on Wiseman as the expert on bullying intervention, parenting, ethical leadership and the use of social media. She is a consultant for Cartoon Network’s Speak Up, Stop Bullying campaign and has been profiled in The New York Times, People and USA Today. Wiseman is a frequent guest on The Today Show, Anderson Cooper 360, CNN, Good Morning America and NPR affiliates throughout the country.
Her engaging and forthright delivery promises to capture audiences and inspire them to build positive relationships among each other.


  • When

  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - Friday, February 23, 2018
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Eastern Time

  • Where

  • Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa
    1800 Newtown Pike
    Lexington, Kentucky 40511

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