The Spirited School Counselor

#ASCA14 Conference Notes: Day 2

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Untitled design (8)As you may know I did not attend the ASCA conference in Orlando, Florida this year. I was glued to twitter and soaking in as much as I could without being actually present during the sessions. Below is my list of resources I learned about and heard about on day 2 of the conference. You may notice that there are a few less here then there were on Day 1. I think its because everyone, myself included, was so excited, inspired, uplifted, and overjoyed by the First Lady’s remarks that morning. I know I was! Even so, there are a lot of things here that I really excited about. What has been your favorite new resource from ASCA14? 



Attachment Styles at the Workplace – article shared during a school climate ASCA session

Career planning mini-guide for high school students

NCAA pdf on probability of competing in post-high school sports

Powerpoint on Branding & marketing your school counseling program

Powerpoint on PBIS from ASCA14

Powerpoint on Interventions to support anxious students

The Race – a poem read by keynote speaker Stedman Graham



The 50th Law by 50 Cent & Robert Greene – use this book, which looks at the life of Curtis Jackson (rapper 50 cent) and his ability to overcome adverse situations, for classroom or group lessons

Freakonomics [Revised and Expanded]: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner – this book is also an unexpected, but great, resource for creating engaging classroom lessons

The Use of Data in School Counseling: Hatching Results for Students, Programs, and the Profession by Trish Hatch – this book provides practical advice on how to collect, incorporate, and utilize data in a school counseling program.

You Can Make It Happen: A Nine Step Plan for Success by Stedman Graham – keynote speaker at #ASCA14


Bitly – shorten url links instantly and collect stats on the number of times the bitly is being clicked. It also keeps all of the bitly urls you create in a searchable list.

Comfort Boxes – Pinterest expressive art therapy idea

Kahoot – an online way to collect data by having students take surveys and quizzes through their site. You can include pictures and videos too.

Poll Everywhere – awesome tool to use with students, staff or parents during lessons or presentations. Collect data and ensuring comprehension at the same time!

#scchat Twitter Chats – 1st Tuesday of every month chat with school counselors from around the world on twitter

The Leader in Me – This is a program that is based on the book, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People for students.

Veracity Matters – a character education program


Assessing Data and Be Accountable — matthew berry (@1wildcounselor) July 1, 2014


  • “The greatest fear people have is of being themselves” awesome quote from a book by 50 cent! Great ideas for lessons! #asca14 — Kelli Isamat (@McIsamat) July 1, 2014
  • We need to work on the school culture, for both students and staff. Don’t forget about your staff #ASCA14#SCCHAT — Ryan VanKampen (@TheRVK) July 1, 2014
  • Find collaborators, review data, create a plan and LISTEN to your stakeholders, parents, students, teachers, community, etc. #ASCA14 #Lead — Chris Wood (@ChrisWood415) July 1, 2014
  • Big day at Conference Learning about school climate need a flow chart of staff structure; have a STAFF CELEBRATION committee #ASCA14 — Mary Beth McCormac (@mbmccormac) July 1, 2014
  • Use a video game clip instead of a movie clip if you want to draw boys/gamers in when you want to emphasize an issue in CR guidance. #asca14 — Keith McMillin (@McMillinMEd) July 1, 2014


Look for Day 3 of ASCA Resources soon!

Thanks for stopping by!



Author: thespiritedschoolcounselor

Hey there! I started blogging about my experiences through graduate school and now have continued as a working school counselor. I am currently working in an elementary school but try hard to keep up-to-date on all things school counselor, as well as topics in education. I hope to share ideas, document what I am doing, network, be inspired, inspire, and collaborate with others through this blog. My professional portfolio can be found here: Thanks for stopping by!

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