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  • September 30, 2020 6:37 PM | Anonymous

    Tennessee 2020 ACT College and Career Readiness Workshop : for the latest ACT Updates, Resources, and PD.  They can also share this link with administrators, testing coordinators, and teachers who help with the school or district’s College and Career Readiness Plan or Strategic Assessment Plan in improving scores and increasing opportunities for students.


  • September 29, 2020 12:03 PM | Anonymous

    QuaverSEL Trainings and Support

    Are you using the amazing member benefit of accessing the QuaverSEL curriculum this year? The team at QuaverSEL has put together numerous opportunities for us to idea share, learn more, and problem solve together.

    QuaverSEL PLC

    October 13, 2020

    5:00-6:30 p.m Central

    This virtual meeting will include discussion on topics related to current teaching practices. This webinar will be highly participatory, so come ready to share! The goal is to leave each PLC with new ideas and most of all comfort that you are not alone.

    QuaverSEL Webinar: Managing Burnout - How to Reignite Your Flame

    October 15, 2020

    2:30 p.m CT

    As we move into the fall and settle into the school year, our energy may be fading or burning out. If you find yourself having screen or school fatigue, you are not alone. This 30 minute webinar will define different types of burnout and give you two practical and immediate ways to use QuaverSEL to help you manage your burnout. Leave the webinar with a greater sense of self-awareness and tools to reignite your flame.

    QuaverSEL PLC

    November 17, 2020

    5:00-6:30 p.m Central

    This virtual meeting will include discussion on topics related to current teaching practices. This webinar will be highly participatory, so come ready to share! The goal is to leave each PLC with new ideas and most of all comfort that you are not alone.

    For more support visit: https://help.quavered.com/professional-development/video-training-courses/quaversel-video-training/


  • September 29, 2020 12:02 PM | Anonymous
    With the school year in full swing, most students are looking forward to the next big holiday, Halloween.  Many schools may schedule special days for dressing up or classroom parties.  Students enjoy dressing up, laughing with friends and hope to go home with lots of candy.  However, for many, Halloween is just the beginning of food focused holidays which can bring about anxiety and stress for students with food allergies.  The Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) website reports that 1 in 13 students, two per classroom, has a life-threatening food allergy.  Although virtually any food can cause an allergic reaction, the most common food allergens, also called the “Top 8”, are: peanut, tree nut (such as almond, pecan, walnut, etc), milk, wheat, egg, soy, fish and shellfish.  Food allergies are not the same as food intolerances or “picky eaters”.  For students with a food allergy, even the smallest amount of the allergen could trigger a reaction that may lead to death.  This reaction may include hives, itching, swelling of the face and hands, vomiting, diarrhea, trouble breathing, etc.  For food allergic students, any classroom activity, party, or reward that involves food is a potential for an allergic reaction.  Students may feel constant anxiety in situations involving food.  No one wants to experience an allergic reaction, especially not in front of peers.  Students may also fear of being excluded or appearing different from their peers and this can cause added stress.  The Teal Pumpkin Project, inspired by the Food Allergy Community of East Tennessee (FACET), was created to promote ways to include all students.  Some steps you can take:
    1. Provide non-food treat options for rewards  (stickers, bouncy balls, pencils, plastic rings, etc)
    2. Place a teal pumpkin (the color of food allergy awareness) in office, classroom and front porch
    3. Spread the word about the Teal Pumpkin Project with friends and family
    4. Conduct non-food activities and classroom projects
    For more information: https://www.foodallergy.org/education-awareness/teal-pumpkin-project or https://www.foodallergy.org/
     
    Bethany Erb
    School Counselor
    Montgomery Central High School
    Food Allergy Mom/Advocate


  • August 26, 2020 7:35 PM | Anonymous

    Dear TN School Counselors,

    During this unprecedented time, you need resources you can trust. We know you're concerned about students' heightened anxiety, about equity and access issues, about safety protocols and so much more. As schools plan for re-entry and/or virtual learning, school counselors will face extraordinary challenges.

    Tennessee School Counselor AssociationSM (TSCA) provides state-level resources and advocacy, while ASCA is here for you at the national level. We believe you would benefit from membership in both organizations.

    You may have received some conflicting information in the past few months about TSCA. Please know, TSCA has been and remains the ASCA-chartered school counseling association in the state of Tennessee. TSCA leaders have participated in ASCA leadership activities and have represented the state at the national level for many years. We hope to strengthen that relationship by helping Tennessee grow and better engage school counselors like yourself.

    ASCA is extending this special offer to you, as a school counselor in Tennessee: When you join ASCA as a professional for $99* (usually $129) by Aug. 31, 2020, you'll get a complimentary membership in TSCA. Simply click here to join and include the promo code "TSCA" when you check out.

    ASCA and TSCA continue to respond to the critical issues facing our students, our schools, and our nation. Don't miss out on:

    ·      Free ASCA webinars covering timely and relevant issues

    ·      Discounts on books and resources (new books are being released later this summer)

    ·      Discounts on ASCA professional development, including specialist trainings and conferences

    ·      Discount on certification (ASCA-Certified School Counselor)

    ·      $1 million in professional liability insurance

    ·      ASCA School Counselor magazine and Professional School Counseling journal

    ·      Access to ASCA SCENE, the online member community

    ·      TSCA state enewsletter and ASCA Aspects enewsletter

    ·      State-level advocacy

    ·      State-level networking and leadership opportunities

    ·      Access to Quaver SEL for one year through TSCA

    ·      Discounts on TSCA professional development and free TSCA webinars

    For more information about TSCA, visit https://tennesseeschoolcounselor.org. If you have any questions about your TSCA membership, please email TSCAconnects@gmail.com.

    And, as always feel free to contact ASCA at 703.683.ASCA or asca@schoolcounselor.org.

    We look forward to working with you as a member of ASCA and TSCA.

    Best Regards,

    Tennessee School Counselor AssociationSM 

     


  • July 01, 2020 2:09 PM | Anonymous

    Do you have an Administrator that has gone above and beyond for the School Counseling Department?  Do you know someone who has advocated for your role and/or profession?  Now is the time to show them how much of an impact they had!  School Administrator of the Year and TSCA Advocacy Award nomination windows are now open through August 28th.   See the nomination portal https://tennessee.schoolcounselorawards.org/scoy/  Other Awards for more information.  If you have questions or need assistance with the portal, email Bethany.erb@cmcss.net  We can’t wait to celebrate the amazing things happening across our state!

    Money is tight, but especially in the school budget this year.  Asking to attend a conference just may not be what your school had in mind.  So how about you to attend SCALI on us?  Apply for the SCALI Scholarship presented by TSCA now through August 1st!  Scholarship winners will have their registration fees for the conference paid by TSCA.  Scholarships applicants must be current TSCA members.  Not a member? Sign up today!


  • June 28, 2020 1:24 PM | Anonymous

    Member Spotlight

    Bethany Erb



    Our very own Bethany Erb was nominated by one of her amazing students, Kait. When she is not working hard as our Director of Awards, Recognition, and Scholarships she is making a huge difference in her own school. Kait says that Bethany's support "extends way beyond her office" and she "helps a ton in little fragments everywhere." 

    Kait praised Bethany by sharing that "she's been there not just for me, but for other students and staff during this unpredictable time and I can say it means a lot to all of us to have her." We hear that Bethany has even inspired some Tik Tok videos!

    We think this says it all: "Bethany has encouraged me to want to be a school counselor myself." 

    We love you Bethany and we are so grateful to have you as a member and Board Director.

    Do you know someone who should be recognized for their amazing work? Tell us about them, so we can honor them in an upcoming newsletter.


  • June 03, 2020 8:45 AM | Anonymous

    Race and Equity Resources:

    Things We can do to end violence and racism.pdf

    ASCA resources

    Equity Literacy

    NAESP's Confronting Racism At An Early Age

    Talking About Race and Privilege: Lesson Plan for Middle and High School Students

    Teaching Tolerance

    Turning At Risk Into Promise: A college and career readiness group for African American middle school boys

    Don't forget to visit our resource page for a full list of resources. 

    The Tennessee School Counselor Association is committed to elevating the voices of our BIPOC members as well as providing professional development to support the growth of all of our members. We will continue to listen, learn, and advocate so that we may become the allies that all BIPOC deserve.

    In this spirit, TSCA is creating an inclusion, diversity, equity, and access committee and we need you! If you are interested in joining or leading this team please email: tscaconnects@gmail.com


  • May 09, 2020 5:50 PM | Anonymous

    Summer Self Care Tips By Laura Ressor


    From being specific about self-compassion to giving yourself grace, from limiting your exposure of news to walking barefoot on the grass (try it!), Laura shares her best approaches for taking care of yourself in these difficult times.



    Self-Compassion

    Use your time at home to do something kind for yourself! Maybe that is pickingup an instrument that you put down years ago or finishing a painting you've been putting off. Maybe you can express kindness to yourself by talking to someone who helps calm you down. Self-compassion is important. But know that all of the feelings you are feeling are totally normal. We are all feeling some way about the current state of things.


    Give yourself some grace
    Remind yourself that it is ok to feel _______ (insert feeling in the blank). Allow yourself a set amount of time to feel _______ and then get back to being productive. Example: "Self, I am going to give you 10 minutes to worry and feel anxious. After that 10 minutes I'm going to read some of my book."


    Limit your intake of news
    The news is terrifying because the world is a scary place right now. If you are particularly sensitive to the media, be mindful of how much you take in. You can also set a limit on this as well. 

    Want to read the rest of Laura's self care tips? Members check your e-mail for our members only newsletter with 3 more tips from Laura

    You can learn more about Laura here.

  • May 06, 2020 11:32 AM | Anonymous


    From the Chair: Finding Our

    Gratitude

    By Laura Filtness

    It’s hard to put into words the many emotions we are all feeling right now, and some days it’s even harder to process all of this. Undoubtedly, many of us are struggling with balancing our jobs and families, while processing waves of feeling overwhelmed, fearful and unsure.


    As the summer starts, we know that this will be a summer like none other. Our self-care is more important than ever and so this issue I’d like to focus on all the opportunities and joys that are the flip side of this tragic coin.

    Here’s what I am grateful for right now:

    • The extraordinary Laura Ressor for sharing her self-care tips with us. These are perfect for counselors, students, and families alike. We are lucky to have her in Tennessee!
    • Our members for coming together via Zoom meetings, social media, phone calls and emails. We are stronger together!
    • The TSCA board for staying positive and optimistic. They continue to plan and work together to make TSCA better than ever.
    • ASCA! The amount of resources and guidance they provide is priceless. Specifically, I’d like to thank Leisl Moriarty, who answers my endless emails while bouncing a baby on her knee and with a smile on her face.
    • Our first responders and heroes. Thank you to those who have worked and now work on the front lines. Thank you to their families for the bravery as they see their loved ones going to work.
    • My puppies, who wake up every morning thrilled with life and continue to allow me to dress them up while we are stuck indoors.
    • My fellow Knox County school counselors who help me find perspective and understanding.
    • My social worker, Rebekah Lankford, who tirelessly works for our families to ensure their basic needs are met.
    • My administration, who understand and get the role of a school counselor; because of this I can thrive, which in turn allows our students to thrive.
    • The writers and creators of amazing comedies like Schitts Creek, who brought me laugher through some tough times.
    • Time – time to plan for next year, write lessons, learn new technology and connect with friends and family.
    What are you grateful for? I encourage you to find a mindful moment each day to find joy, express gratitude, and breathe.


  • April 29, 2020 3:38 PM | Anonymous


    Dr. Whitney Kovach is the School Counselor/Behavior Facilitator at McDowell Elementary in Columbia, TN. She has experience as a classroom teacher, school counselor at all levels and has also served as Supervisor of Pupil Support in a previous district. Her expertise is in trauma-informed, restorative school climate and culture, behavior replacement, and college and career readiness at all grade levels.

    As a progressive and innovative leader within the field of counseling, Dr Kovach wasted no time in adapting counseling and student services to meet the needs of her community, students and families. Through a learning management system (LMS), Seesaw, Dr. Kovach posts weekly counseling and student services newsletters full of resources, weekly student and parent check-ins, and social emotional learning lessons. This platform has enabled on-going contact with students and families. Dr. Kovach also set-up a remote office phone number through Google Voice that allows parents and students the ability to text or call her. This allows parents, who have no internet access, the ability to receive counseling and student services updates in order to stay connected to someone at the school level.



    Weekly newsletters are full or resources for families to seek free mental health services, financial assistance, and other resources to support them during this time.


    Dr. Kovach quotes Brene Brown, “We are hardwired to connect with others, its what gives purpose and meaning our lives, and without it there is suffering.” This is a very difficult time for our state and country. A pandemic crisis affects us all, regardless of socioeconomics. Parents, guardians, and community need support during this time. For this very reason, Dr. Kovach sent every family and student a card with contact information and a message of encouragement.



    Dr. Kovach utilizes social media platforms to share information with her students, community, and families. Creating catchy story boards to post on social media is critical and vital to maintain connection with student, community, and families. She created a ‘chalk your walk’ campaign for Maury County to participate in to lift spirits, inspire creativity, and to provide a family activity.


    Most recently, Dr. Kovach has been dropping signs in student’s yards while she is doing essential shopping. These signs encourage and foster relationships and engagement with the school and our learning management system to keep students on track. The parents share pictures with Dr. Kovach, and the students and families enjoy seeing their students surprised.



    Dr. Kovach has compiled a list of resources and effective strategies that she has employed throughout this unprecedented school closure and has been sharing them across the state with other counselors and school administrators. Dr. Kovach is passionate about helping students, families, communities, and her state develop effective practices around mental health, behavior replacement, crisis management, and helping all students become happy, healthy, and productive citizens within society.






    You can connect with Dr. Kovach through any social media platform (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Linkedin @whitneykovach). You can also reach her by email at wkovach@mauryk12.org.


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