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The following webinars are available for download.


Executive Functioning: The What and the How

Presented by Scotti Hagensick, School Improvement Facilitator for SEBH - Keystone AEA

The term "executive functioning" is often used as an umbrella term or meta-construct to define the various motor, sensory, communication and cognitive skills all individuals use for numerous daily activities and situations. This interactive webinar will provide participants with the opportunity to dig into the various definitions of executive functioning and equip educators with strategies to implement best practices designed to build students' capacity in this area. The outcomes of this session include:

  • Develop an understanding of executive functioning and applying this definition in conversations with students, staff and stakeholders
  • Link executive functioning to ASCA Student Standards: Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success as well as to individual educators' building and district mission and vision statements
  • Articulate the sequence of executive functioning skills and illustrate how these skills lead to specific behaviors 
  • Utilize problem solving templates and tools to match students to executive functioning interventions and supports

This will be an interactive session and attendees will be encouraged to turn their cameras on and engage.

PowerPoint and Session Links

Updated ASCA Student Standards - Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success

Presented by Courtney Cook, ISCA President-Elect Elect and Social-Emotional-Behavioral Health Coordinator - Prairie Lakes AEA

Have you heard? ASCA has recently updated the Mindsets & Behaviors! The 36 ASCA Student Standards continue to identify and describe the knowledge, attitudes and skills students should be able to demonstrate as a result of a comprehensive school counseling program. The standards can be aligned with initiatives at the building and district level, including the SEL and CCR. Attendees will learn about the revisions, where they can find resources for lesson plans and objectives, and how the ASCA Student Standards crosswalk with the Iowa Social-Emotional Learning Competencies.

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Going Above and Beyond to Meet ICAP Requirements

Presented by Sheryl Bass, ISCA Immediate Past President and Career and College Counselor at Linn-Mar High School/Kirkwood Community College

Middle School and High School Counselors are often looking for new and engaging ways to reach students. While a great career information system (CIS) can help, you can go beyond what a CIS provides to ensure your students are receiving relevant information and you are meeting the ICAP requirements. Sheryl Bass will share resources she used with Schoology to provide lessons and keep track of her student data to give you an idea of how to get started. Share your favorite resources for the ICAP components with others as well.


Virtual Transitions - Expanding Communications Channels & Making Technology Work for You

Presented by Brittania Morey, Vice President, Marketing & Communications at ICAN

Technology has allowed (or forced) us to expand and learn many things over the past 18 months. As we move ever-closer to a more normal workday, what are the lessons learned and resource gained that we want to maintain? How can you expand your toolbox and take technology in a virtual world and use it to reach your stakeholders in new ways? Join us for this webinar and find out. 

ISCA/ICAN Webinar Series: Day on the Hill and Education Advocacy

Presented by Melissa Murphy - ISCA President, Lauren Cerqueira - ISCA Advocacy Chair, and Jim Obradovich - ISCA Lobbyist

Join us for an advocacy webinar and learn about the current session. We’ll talk about the upcoming Day on the Hill event and ways in which school counselors can advocate for the role, as well as their students.

ISCA/ICAN Webinar Series: Job Search Process and Tips for New School Counselors

Presented by Sheryl Bass - ISCA Immediate Past-President and Anna Rogers - ISCA Graduate Student Co-Chair

Join us and learn about what applying for a school counselor position in Iowa entails! Geared towards graduate students, this webinar will include topics such as finding job postings, writing a cover letter, impressing during an interview, and more.

ISCA/ICAN Webinar Series: Implementing Interventions Using SAEBRS and MySAEBRs Data

Presented by Scotti Hagensick - ISCA AEA Ad-Hoc and School Improvement Facilitator for SEBH, Keystone AEA

SEBH screeners can be used to identify the presence of well-being factors and social-emotional competencies at the building, classroom, and individual levels. SAEBRs and MySAEBRs can also pinpoint students with potential needs in the areas of social, emotional, or academic behaviors. This session will provide an overview of SAEBRs and MySAEBRs within a school's MTSS process as well as strategies to intervene at various levels of support. Attendees will gain skills in confidently navigating the data, interpreting areas of need, and selecting targeted interventions that crosswalk with the ASCA Student Standards and Iowa's SEL Competencies.

ISCA/ICAN Webinar Series: Leveling Up Iowa’s ICAP: ICAP Planning and Implementation Insights from 2020 & 2021

Presented by Delfina Manocchio - Xello

Educators want to go beyond ‘checking boxes’ to deliver a more thoughtful and meaningful college and career readiness curriculum. Join Xello, an Iowa state approved Career Information System (CIS) provider, in a session where we’ll discuss how Xello’s interactive lessons support the ICAP learning objectives and share practical examples of ICAP correlations from neighboring school districts in Iowa. You’ll learn how other Iowa districts have successfully rolled out and implemented the ICAP across their schools, engaged students remotely, and kept their students excited about future planning throughout this past year. You'll also see what's next for Xello and check out our brand new Financial Literacy curriculum program that you can start using today in your personal finance literacy class.

ISCA/ICAN Webinar Series: Xello’s Work-Based Learning Module Supports All Pathways for All Students

Presented by Delfina Manocchio - Xello

Xello’s Work-Based Learning (WBL) module helps bridge the gap between education and the world of work and helps you maximize student ICAP in your district. Save time and stay organized with a centralized database to manage your contacts, companies, and opportunities. In this session, we’ll be sharing How Xello’s Work-Based Learning Module Supports All Pathways for All Students. You’ll have an opportunity to learn how Xello’s Work-Based Learning (WBL) module can support your program’s requirements and how other districts have implemented the module to streamline their workflows to make every student's future ready.

ISCA/ICAN Webinar Series: Cedar Falls CAPS - Connecting Students to Postsecondary with a Purpose

Presented by Chris Wood - Cedar Falls CAPS Business Solutions and College and Career Counselor, Cedar Falls High School

Join us for a conversation on community engagement and high school career and postsecondary preparation. Chris Wood, Cedar Falls CAPS Business Solutions and College & Career Counselor, discusses how CAPS prepares students (or associates as they refer to them) for their future. CAPS (Center for Advanced Professional Studies) helps associates develop the "why" for their postsecondary step rather than a simple "what." Through an out of box approach with business and community engagement, associates partner on real world projects while developing an understanding of the work they are meant to do..

ISCA/ICAN Webinar Series: The Financial Aid Process for Students with Special Circumstance

Presented by Lupe Hernandez - Student Success Advisor, ICAN

Join us for a discussion on how to guide students with special circumstance through the scholarship and financial aid process. In this session we will cover non-citizen students, DACA students, and those who are undocumented. We will also be talking about students who are or have been in the foster care system, covering how their foster care status affects them when applying for financial aid. We will also cover situations in which students can file as an independent.


ISCA/ICAN Webinar Series: Counselor of the Year Series: Amanda DeWulf - 2018 High School Counselor of the Year

Presented by Amanda DeWulf, Secondary School Counselor at Maquoketa Community Schools.

In this webinar, 2018 High School Counselor of the Year Amanda DeWulf will share her experiences as the ISCA Secondary SCOY, including tips with the application process. She'll also highlight successes within her program and share ideas and approaches that have led to positive outcomes for her school and her students.


IASFAA Community Outreach Series: Financial Aid Packages

Completing the FAFSA is an important step for students in the college-going process, but what happens after you hit submit? What are the next steps? In this webinar we will explain the pieces of a financial aid package, how packages are put together, and how to compare one package to another. We will also discuss financial aid comparison tools and the importance of creating a college budget.

Understanding Future Ready Iowa's Last Dollar Scholarship

Because finances can be a barrier to Iowans who would like to continue education after high school, the Future Ready Iowa Last-Dollar Scholarship is designed to work with other state and federal programs to completely cover the cost of tuition toward a certificate, diploma, or associate degree in a high-need field. Recipients are also eligible for mentoring support to ensure their college success.


ISCA/ICAN Webinar: Counselor of the Year Series: Kinzee Bryte - 2018 Elementary School Counselor of the Year

In today’s webinar, 2018 Elementary School Counselor of the Year Kinzee Bryte will share her experiences as the ISCA Elementary SCOY, including tips with the application process.  She'll also highlight successes within her program and share ideas and approaches that have led to positive outcomes for her school and her students.


ISCA/ICAN Webinar Series: Bullying, Harassment & the Law

Presented by Terese Jurgensen, Iowa Department of Education

The State of Iowa prohibits bullying/harassment in Iowa Code 280.28. However, In some cases, bullying overlaps with discriminatory harassment which is covered under federal civil rights laws. A school that fails to respond appropriately to harassment of students based on a protected class may be violating one or more civil rights laws enforced by the Department of Education and the Department of Justice. 

The webinar will be broken down into three sections:

Definition of Bullying in Iowa Code 280.28

  • Definition of Bullying
  • Definition & Characteristics of Conflict & how it differs from bullying
  • Definition of Harassment
  • Definition of Hostile School Environment

Defining Federal Laws that may Intersect with a Complaint

  • Title IV and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
  • Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)


  • The role of the School Counselor
  • Working with parent/caregiver(s) of the student who is the alleged bully and also the parent/caregiver(s) of the alleged target/victim
  • Questions from Listeners


ISCA/ICAN Webinar Series: Understanding the Link: Career Pathways and Education/Training Preparation

Presented by Steve Irvin and Mary Joan Dougherty, Student Success Advisors at ICAN

Career and college readiness can be tricky, especially when career and college are looked at as two separate choices and not an aligned progression of a student’s future exploration. Helping students understand their options for life after high school and helping them navigate their way to the choice that’s right for them can be daunting. There’s so much information available that it can be hard for students to know where to start or what information should weigh in their decisions. Understanding the links between their career assessment results and how they prepare and ultimately selection their education or training path can make a tremendous difference for students in terms of what they pursue, how long it takes to complete, and how much they will ultimately spend on their future. In this session we will go through different ways to help students align their assessment results with future options and discuss the different opportunities each pathway can provide in terms of career opportunities, as well as education and training at all levels. 


IASFAA Community Outreach Series: Verification

This webinar talks about the Verification process, why students are selected and how to avoid mistakes.

Increase Your Odds of a Meaningful Evaluation

Presented by Aimee Hospodarsky, ISCA Immediate Past President and Elementary School Counselor at Monticello Community Schools and Sue Schirmer, Professional Learning & Leadership Consultant at Heartland AEA

Take your evaluations from "so-so" to "super" with the Iowa School Counselor Evaluation Supplement. School counselors are required to be evaluated on the Iowa Teaching Standards, but it can be a challenge to fit the role of the school counselor neatly into them.  The School Counselor Evaluation Supplement can help your evaluation become a meaningful part of a professional growth process. In addition, it's a tool for advocacy and communication about your role.  This year, the supplement has been updated to reflect the new School Counselor Competencies and updates to the ASCA model that have been recently released.
At the end of this session, attendees will:

  • understand how the School Counselor Evaluation Supplement incorporates School Counselor Competencies into the Iowa Teaching Standards
  • recognize how the School Counselor Evaluation Supplement can be a tool for advocacy and promoting the appropriate role of the school counselor
  • be able to use the evaluation process for relevant goal setting in their school counseling program 


ASCA Model Series: Why RAMP?

Presented by Sarah Majoros, Elementary School Counselor, Des Moines Public Schools

Ever wonder what RAMP is or why it is important? As counselors, we do a lot of different things in our comprehensive school counseling programs to help our students be successful. During this webinar, we will discuss what RAMP is and why considering RAMP for your school is an important step in implementing your comprehensive school counseling program.

The A-B-C of Diversity and Multiculturalism: Practical Applications for School Counselors

Presented by Dr. Roberto Swazo, University of Northern Iowa

The purpose of this webinar is to provide school counselors with a series of practical applications in pursuance of raising their cultural IQ. The main objectives of the presentation are: (a) to develop a comprehensive understanding of diversity in the schools, (b) to promote the school counselor's self-cultural exploration and evaluate its impact on daily life activities, and (c) to generate a series of practical recommendations in order to be a more proficient multicultural school counselor.


Links from Webinar

How to Avoid Common Mistakes on the FAFSA

This webinar will discuss best practices for the FSA ID and filing the FAFSA. Learn about common errors and how to help parents and students avoid these missteps in order to get the most from their FAFSA.

Preparing Seniors - Career and College Readiness for Senior Year

Senior year can be tough for students and parents - the transition from high school to life after can be tough and there are so many decision to be made. As a counselor what can you do to prepare seniors. What is the timeline and resources for senior year? What markers and to-do's can you help facilitate that can make their transition a success? In this session we'll go over timelines, tips, events, activities, and resources to help you transition the Class of 2020 to their next steps.


Kids Who Have Thoughts of Suicide

Nationally, surveys show that among teenagers, 3 out of 20 students has thought about suicide in the last year.  Among 8th and 11th graders in Iowa, more than 1 out of 10 students had a plan for suicide in the last year.  At our crisis center, we have talked to kids as young as eight or ten who are thinking about suicide.

In this webinar, we will discuss the results of last year's Iowa Youth Survey regarding thoughts of suicide, how kids of different ages show signs, and how to initiate a conversation about suicide.

Presented by CommUnity Crisis Services. 




Trans and Nonbinary Youth

Presented by Amney Harper - University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh

In this webinar participants will gain an understanding of the identities and experiences of trans and nonbinary youth. We will explore various aspects of trans and nonbinary identity, including labels and language, pronouns, and identity development. Additionally, we will explore experiences of trans and nonbinary youth in school and particular challenges related to coming out, family acceptance, and building a supportive and inclusive environment within the school.


Adding Check & Connect as a Tier 2 Intervention

Presented by Amy Abler - Des Moines Public Schools

Check & Connect is a unique, evidence-based mentoring intervention that combines the systemic, standardize structure of the “Check” with the student-centered flexibility of the “Connect” that truly disrupts the cycle of school disengagement. Learn more about the fundamentals of this intervention, how it can be introduced in your district, ideas for creating data-based decision rules that help identify students for this intervention, and how to train and support mentors to begin serving students and their families.


SEL = Harmony

Presented by Laurel Klaassen, School Counselor - Sibley-Ocheyedan Community Schools

Social-emotional learning is the root of where we begin with students.  Building relationships with students and guiding them in the development of social skills can be a challenging task.  Emotional development is an area that, as counselors, we play a huge role in.  Sanford Harmony is a SEL program that can help bring unity to a school.  This webinar will share how one school has implemented Sanford Harmony using the school counselor as an integral part.  Harmony components include:  Diversity and Inclusion; Empathy and Critical Thinking; Communication; Problem Solving; and Peer Relationships.  This is a program that comes at NO COST to your school district!  Join us to see what Harmony is all about!


Having Tough Conversations with Students About Suicide: What You Need to Know

Presenter: Laura Gallo - School Counselor Educator at Boise State University

This webinar will cover the most essential information school counselors need to know when working with children and adolescents who have suicidal ideation. Common myths, the importance of language, and connecting with students will be discussed within this hour long presentation.


Teaching PreK-4th Grade Brain Research 

Brain Research" isn't just for adults! Preschool - 4th grade elementary school-age children can understand, too! Through the use of various resources and research, I teach vocabulary and purposes of the parts of our brain, practice mindful moments, and stretch our neurons for growth mindset in my comprehensive school counseling curriculum. "Brain Research" promotes emotional health, self-control, social skill strategies, and motivation to learn to ALL in our school -- students and teachers alike!

Presenter: Liz Koenig - pk-4 School Counselor - Marcus Elementary - MMCRU Schools - liz.

Resources Recommended in this Webinar:


Whole Brain Child by Dr Siegel -


What Happens When We Lose Control of Our Emotions -


  • The Most Magnificent Thing
  • The Whole Brain Child
  • After the Fall – How Humpty Dumpty Got Back up Again
  • Beautiful Oops
  • Giraffes Can’t Dance

Facebook Pages as Resources:

Email Subscription - Aces too High -


ASCA Model Series: ASCA Position Statements

Have you ever wondered about ASCA Position Statements? What are they? Why are they created? How can they be useful? Join us for this webinar to discuss the variety of ASCA Position Statements and discuss their value in your practice as a School Counselor.

Family Engagement for Student Success

Academic, social, and emotional/behavioral outcomes for students are impacted by connections between parents and schools. Kate Boonstra, Family & Educator Partnership Coordinator with Heartland AEA, will share personal stories alongside findings from the research on family engagement. Tools and tips for establishing and maintaining partnerships with parents will be discussed.

Personal Branding: How to Market Yourself, Your Program, and Your Role as School Counselor

Your work may not always speak for itself, which is why your personal brand is key to helping others understand your value. There’s a lot of talk about the importance of advocating for your students, your program, and your proper role as school counselor. But sometimes it just feels a little too much like bragging or there’s so much happening that the self-value step is skipped. In this session we’ll talk about how to develop your personal brand, establish your identity in the workplace, and use data to advocate to your students, parents, faculty, administrators, and your state and local representatives.

Chronic Absenteeism and Intervention Ideas for Attendance Issues

Past Webinars

Suicide at School: How you can help in the time of 13 Reasons Why

Creating Safe Schools for LGBTQ+ Youth


Providing Service Opportunities for Students

After the FAFSA - A Counselor Guide to Award Letters

Organizing a Stress Management/Self-Care Awareness Day

Four-Legged Counselors: Bringing Therapy Dogs into Schools

Character is our Superpower

IASFAA High School Counselor Training: Avoiding Common Mistakes Made on the FAFSA

MAP: Free Online Career Information System for Iowa School Districts

Minute Meetings with a Tech Twist

Helping Students and Parents with that Nasty FSA ID

Your Life Iowa: The Future of Youth Interaction with Crisis Services in Iowa

Stepping Outside the Counseling Box and Making a Difference!

Positive Psychology in Schools

RAMP Process: Becoming a Recognized ASCA Model Program

FAFSA Season is Almost Here - Prior Prior in Action

Three Steps to Building a College Going Culture in Your School

Simple Steps for Students' Mental Health

Prior-Prior Year: Financial Aid Changes You Need to Know

Resources for Leveraging the Counselor-Principle Relationship to Impact College & Career Readiness

Advocacy, Advocacy, and More Advocacy!

Iowa's Intermediary Networks

IASFAA's School Counselor Webinar Series: FAFSA on the Web

IASFAA's School Counselor Webinar Series: The Financial Aid Process

IASFAA's School Counselor Webinar Series: State Update

Navigating Mental Health Issues as a School Counselor

Organizing and Collaborating in the World of Google

Stepping Up for School Counselor Advocacy: How to Implement Advocacy in Your Program Every Day

Implementing a Growth Mindset Culture in Your School

How Twitter Can Help You in School Counseling

Managing the Aftermath of BMI Measurements in Schools

Paper No More! Using Livebinders!

New Counselor Resources

 * To see the PowerPoint presentation of this webinar (without sound), please download the PDF materials.

For more information, e-mail Brittania Morey or call (319) 423-7708.

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