Oregon School Counselor Association, Inc
 
Promoting Excellence in Professional School Counseling Since 1967
 

Announcing New OSCA Board Positions

Please join me in welcoming our new OSCA Board Members and those serving in new positions!
  • Laureen Held-President-Elect
  • Eric Strid-Treasurer
  • Kimberly Ross-Membership Chair
  • 21 Aug 2013 4:50 AM | Anonymous
    Registration is open for the 2013 conference in Bend. Check out the conference page for more details. We will be adding more information regularly. Please come join us!
  • 13 May 2013 5:50 PM | Anonymous

    OSCA Board Elections results are in! Congratulations to the following members who were elected:

    Secretary: Deb Sprong

    Elementary Vice-President: Emily Sallee

    President-Elect: Michelle Jensen

  • 20 Apr 2013 9:10 PM | Anonymous

    Don Perkins Award recipient
    Congratulations to Kelly Tiscornia upon receiving the Don Perkins Grant. This year Kelly moved from the middle school level to the elementary. She has discovered that the students in her building lack skills in the areas of; friendship skills, how to join in a group, how to deal with feelings and personal safety. Kelly will use the money to buy a variety of books as well as materials to help students learn and practice the skills they need. Congratulations Kelly!


    Graduation Scholarship Award recipient
    Congratulations to Jessica Winfrey. Jessica is a graduate student in the School Counseling program at Portland State University. Jessica interned at the Delayed Expulsion School Counseling Center in Portland Public Schools. Lisa Weatheroy her site supervisor, writes that Jessica met the high challenges of working with the diverse student population. She was extremely well organized and a great problem-solver with the diverse population of students at the center. Jessica is also able to see the ‘bigger picture’ to take into account many of the factors that aid in the success of the students she worked with. Congratulations Jessica! OSCA wishes you the best as you graduate and enter the field of school counseling.

  • 07 Mar 2013 2:50 PM | Anonymous

    OSCA elections are coming soon!  There are several positions open for election including: High School VP, Elementary VP, Secretary, and President Elect.  If you, or a fabulous school counselor you know, are interested or have questions about the position, please contact Lucia Meza (lucia.meza@gmail.com) before March 25th.  Please send Lucia a statement of interest for inclusion in the upcoming elections.  Remember, you must be a Professional Member of OSCA to run for a position. See below for more information about the open positions. 

     

    Open Positions: High School VP and Elementary VP

    Terms of Service will be from July 1st, 2013- June 30th, 2015

    The Vice Presidents of OSCA shall be responsible specifically for generating interest and activities within their respective grade level and shall assume other duties as assigned by the President.  The term of office for the school level Vice Presidents shall be two years.  A person elected to a position of Vice President shall be employed as a counselor in the work setting to be represented. 

     

    Open Position: President Elect

    Term of Service will be from July 1st 2013 – June 30th 2016

    The President-Elect, in the absence of the President, shall assume duties and responsibilities of the President. The President-Elect shall chair the Nominations and Elections Committee and shall be responsible for the preparation of the ballots.

     

    Open Position: Secretary

    Term of Service will be from July 1st 2013 – June 30th, 2015

    The Secretary shall keep the official records of OSCA and of the Governing Board. The Secretary shall be responsible for the recording of the minutes and shall perform such other duties as are incidental to the office.  The term of office for the Secretary shall be two years.

  • 09 Nov 2012 9:33 PM | Anonymous
    Last Wednesday at a staff meeting at Roosevelt Middle School in Eugene Fran Calciano was awarded School Counselor of the Year for 2012-2013. Fran has worked as a school counselor for 25 years. She is a powerhouse who with her calm and gentle demeanor, connects with students, staff and parents alike.  In the hectic pace of a middle school Fran's office offer respite for kids to share a daily check-in or ask for support for the difficulties they may be facing.  

    Fran also runs a lunchtime mentor program that connect college-age and older mentors with at-risk youth.  She also runs the WEB (We All Belong) that connect incoming 6th graders with 8th graders who help them to feel connected and supported as the start their middle school years.

    OSCA congratulates Fran Calciano as the Oregon School Counselor of the Year!
  • 01 Nov 2012 9:22 PM | Anonymous

    Our hearts go out to all those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Although we were not directly affected in Oregon, the images and conversations have likely influenced our children. School counselors may be called on to help some children deal with the aftermath of the storm or another crisis or emergency. ASCA has gathered a number of resources to help you work with students during this time.

    Perhaps most important to keep in mind, are these tips for helping children in terms of crisis and stress: 
    * Try and keep routines as normal as possible. Kids gain security from the predictability of routine, including attending school.

    * Limit exposure to television and the news.
    * Be honest with kids and share with them as much information as they are developmentally able to handle.
    * Listen to kids' fears and concerns.
    * Reassure kids that the world is a good place to be, but sometimes bad things happen.
    * Parents and adults need to first deal with and assess their own responses to crisis and stress.
    * Rebuild and reaffirm attachments and relationships.

  • 27 Oct 2012 12:27 PM | Anonymous
    Governor Kitzhaber and Chief Education Officer Rudy Crew are restructuring education in Oregon.  What is emerging is a seamless, outcomes-based P-20 system that addresses academic achievement, college/career readiness, and early childhood development.  School counselors have not been identified as providers of these key priority services.  We need to speak up at community forums that begin Monday! 

    Here’s what’s needed:
    1.     Attend and/or speak at the forum closest to you to advocate for our profession.  Locations and times are listed below. 

    2.     Use the talking point examples and rhetorical question from this communication to guide your conversation.

    3.     If possible include one example from your school or district of a positive school counseling outcome related to academic achievement, college/career readiness, or early childhood development.  For example, test score improvement, graduation rate, attendance, post-secondary placement, RTI, kindergarten success, and so forth.

    4. Email your comments to Education.Investment@state.or.us if you cannot attend a session. If you attend a session remember that you have to check-in by 5:30 to speak for 2 minutes. There is also a webinar option on Monday, October 29th.

    End goal: 
    Communicate that professional school counselors are integral to the implementation of this initiative. Wonder aloud about how it is that although professional school counselors have specialized training to address the specific goals of this initiative we have not been named as contributors to its implementation. We want to be recognized and included in the conversations.

    True Talking Point Examples of School Counseling Outcomes:
    1.     Attendance:  School A (Elementary)*

    a.     Goal:  improve attendance with 76 students who were absent at least 10% of the time during 2nd quarter

    b.     School counselor interventions:

    • parent letter
    • attendance club
    • individual counseling
    • group counseling

    c.     Results:

    • 65 out of 76 children improved attendance
    • identified children increased attendance from 85.4% to 92.4%
    • average attendance increase per student was 6.5 days
    • total increase for the school was 494 days
    • state aid to the school increased $5,433.00 as a result
    2. Graduation Rates: School B (High School)*

    a.     Goal:  improve graduation rates for credit-deficient juniors

    b.   School counselor interventions:
    • parent letter with information and options
    • individual advisement meetings with students
    • parent consultations
    • teacher consultations
    c.   Results:
    • graduation rates increased from 94% to 99%

    * personal communication.  Sharon Sevier, American School Counseling Association President-Elect.  October 12, 2012.

    Ask the rhetorical question:

    How will professional school counselors be recognized and funded through this initiative? 

    Because, professional school counselors are trained to do the following:

    • engage and support families and students
    • bridge transitions
    • develop goals for college and career readiness
    • strengthen Oregon Diplomas attainment through a focus on students’ academic, career, and personal/social development
    • equip students with essential skills for global success

    We need to demonstrate evidence-based outcomes from comprehensive school counseling programs.  This particular audience isn’t looking for emotional appeals. Just be authentic and data-minded.

    For more information see the 15-page document from the Education Funding Team’s Summary Recommendations to the Governor about the prioritized list of investments that the state could make in education.  What professional school counselors do is threaded throughout the document, but professional school counselors are not mentioned in the document. 

    Oregon Education Investment Board Community Forums:

    Monday, October 15 – Eastern Oregon
    Hermiston High School, Commons Room
    600 S. First Street, Hermiston, OR 97838
    6-8:00 p.m.

    Wednesday, October 17 – Eugene
    University of Oregon
    Ford Alumni Center, Giustina Ballroom
    1720 East 13th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97403
    6-8:00 p.m.

    Thursday, October 18 – Portland
    Marshall High School, Auditorium
    3905 91st Avenue, Portland, OR 97266
    6-8:00 p.m.

    Tuesday, October 23 – Salem
    McKay High School, Auditorium
    2440 Lancaster Drive, Northeast  Salem, OR 97305
    6-8:00 p.m.

    Wednesday, October 24 – Medford

    North Medford High School, Commons
    1900 North Keene Way Drive, Medford, OR 97504
    6-8:00 p.m. 

    Thursday, October 25 – Coos Bay
    Southwestern Oregon Community College, Performing Arts Center, Lakeview Room, 2nd Floor
    1988 Newmark Avenue, Coos Bay, OR 97420
    6-8:00 p.m.

    Monday, October 29 – WEBINAR
    Streams at:  http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=3310
    3-5:00 p.m.

    Tuesday, October 30 – Bend      
    Pilot Butte Middle School, Cafeteria
    1501 Northeast Neff Road, Bend, OR 97701
    6-8:00 p.m.

    Anyone wishing to speak must sign in beginning at 5:30 p.m. Individuals will be heard on a first come basis. Each speaker will be given two minutes.  Public comments may also be emailed to:Education.Investment@state.or.us.

  • 27 Oct 2012 12:26 PM | Anonymous
    Graduate Student Scholarships Now Available! OSCA offers a limited amount of $500.00 scholarships. Applications due no later than Dec 31st, 2012.  Click here for application information. 
  • 12 Jun 2012 1:56 PM | Anonymous

    In response to the 2011 Oregon Legislature enacting SB 253 and SB 909:
        The Oregon School Counselor Association and the Oregon Association of School Counselor Educators assert that in order to accomplish this goal, the 2013 legislature needs to appropriate annual targeted funding in the amount of $50,000,000 to add 1000 additional school counselors to Oregon’s current force of 1140 school counselors and also provide the infrastructure support for ensuring that all Oregon School Counselors are more well-prepared for the following roles and functions.  
    See our Legislative Advocacy Proposal in its entirety:  http://www.oscainc.org/Resources/Documents/Resources/1000%20New%20School%20Counselors.pdf

  • 15 May 2012 8:52 AM | Anonymous
    OSCA Board Positions are open for member votes!
    Please take a moment to click on the link below, or paste it into your browser, to follow the url for our ballot.

    If you would like a paper ballot, please respond via an email, to lill3086@yahoo.com, and I'll be happy to assist you.
    Candidate Statements:

    President Elect:

    Lucia Meza: My desire to be considered for the President-Elect position comes from wanting to continue working with School Counselors from all over Oregon to advocate and collaborate on important issues affecting our profession.  During this past year I’ve served as Middle School VP, and I have truly enjoyed getting to know so many outstanding School Counselors in the field.  I feel that the work OSCA has been doing is very valuable for our profession, and I’d like to continue that work.

    Treasurer:

    Debi Meier:  It has been an honor to serve as your OSCA Treasurer over the past year.  I would be honored to continue to serve as Treasurer through the next term.  I’ve been a high school counselor for the past 14 years, a member of OSCA for 16 years.  My time serving on the Governing Board has been the most amazing experience I’ve had since joining.  I’m dedicated to advocacy for school counselors and serving on the Board has given me that chance I’d been seeking to participate in a positive way.  I applaud your membership and would greatly appreciate your vote.


    Middle Level VP:

    There are no candidates for this position.  You will have an opportunity to write in a candidate on the ballot.

    Voting will close on June 6, 2012.  If you have any questions about voting please contact me via an email.

    Sincerely,

    Christina Lilly, President-Elect

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