Government Relations Committee

Welcome to WSCA Advocacy

The WSCA Board of Directors believes school counselors are visionary leaders who impact the state and national agenda surrounding education and student success. WCSA works at the state level through Afternoon on the Hill and our partnerships with the Department of Public Instruction.

ONE VISION: ONE VOICE

The Government Relations Committee is committed to providing members with up-to-date information regarding state and federal legislation which affects school counselors in our state. This site allows WSCA members to learn about pending bills, find out who represents them in the Wisconsin legislature and Washington, DC, and gain access to web pages that track legislation.

The committee encourages all members to advocate for Wisconsin’s children and the school counseling profession by actively engaging in the political process.


Counseling During COVID Update

School Counselor COVID Advocacy Tips

A November 2020 WSCA school counselor survey showed that 2/3rds of school counselors have had a change in their roles and now spend a greater percentage of their time on non counseling duties. WSCA has created a position statement that can be used by counselors to start conversations about your role in your school community.  We hope these tips and questions will also help you in those meetings with supervisors and administrators.

Reflection Questions

  • What are you unable to get done in your contracted time if you’re doing other duties?
    • Do a time study to show how you are currently spending your time. If you have done this previously you could compare the two to see how similar/different they are.
    • Have ideas to shift that time and how/why you think it will have a greater impact for students.
  • What is your admin team’s plan if you are unavailable in an emergency situation?
  • What are your building and district goals this year?
    • Have you met with your supervisor or administrator to discuss things you can do to help meet those goals?
  • What does your administrator know about the role of the school counselor?
    • Give them a copy of ASCA’s school counselor roles and responsibilities
    • Set up a weekly or bi-weekly meeting time with student services staff to talk about your school’s climate and issues you may be facing – be part of the problem solving team.

Non-School-Counseling Duties 

Non-school-counseling duties take away valuable time from implementing a school counseling program that meets students’ needs.  Consider these steps for the reassignment of non-school-counseling duties.

  • Identify tasks school counselors are currently responsible for that do not align with the appropriate duties of a school counselor.
  • Use data from the use-of-time calculator or estimate the amount of time in hours these duties take away from school counseling program implementation.
  • Consider if the tasks really need to be completed and how else the tasks might be completed, including through technology usage for increased efficiency.
  • Determine what school counseling activities would replace these tasks if they were removed, and estimate the impact on students.
  • Express willingness to be part of a plan for successful transfer of the tasks to staff who have skills to complete the task, keeping in mind that other staff members may already have a large list of responsibilities as well.
  • Recognize that reassigning tasks may take time.

In an effort to provide our members with the most support during these trying times, WSCA has crafted a position statement regarding School Counseling Duties During COVID 19.  Click below to download the document.


 

What: 10th Annual “Afternoon On The Hill”

Where: Capitol Building, Madison, WI
When: Wednesday, November 10th, 2021
Time:  1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

One of the ways you can get started would be to participate in WSCA Day on the Hill. This exciting event has become a cornerstone of the annual conference. WSCA would love to have you participate! Come learn how to effectively advocate for the profession you love and put it to practice under the dome! This inspiring session will provide an overview of how to get your message out to your legislators about what you do, the difference you make, and how they can help support our mission. Following the interactive training session, we will walk to the Capitol where you will be scheduled to meet your respective legislators. This event is an outstanding opportunity for professional leadership and advocacy. Over the years, our presence on the Hill has paid, and will continue to pay, dividends for WSCA and all school counselors statewide! Join us, and keep the positive momentum growing!!


If you would like to serve on the Government Affairs Committee and/or be added to our growing statewide network of school counselors who would be willing to reach out to their elected officials in the future, please contact us right away at govrelations@wscaweb.org. Thank you for your time and best wishes for a rewarding school year.

Directors of Operations:

Kelly O’Connell 

Government Relations

Watertown School District
262-233-6648
govrelations@wscaweb.org

Members:

Stephanie Boncher
Counselor for McKinley Academy & Personalized Learning Programs
Manitowoc Public School District
sjboncher@gmail.com

 

Katie Cahoon-Sukow
Howe Elementary School
Green Bay Public Schools
920 246-9851
oksukow@gmail.com

 

Gary Campbell
Meyer Middle School
230 N 9th St
River Falls, WI  54022
715-425-1820
gary.campbell@rfsd.k12.wi.us

 

James McMullen, Ph.D., NCC, LPCA
University of Wisconsin-Stout (MS in School Counseling Program Director)
715-232-5353
mcmullenj@uwstout.edu

 

Mary Nilsestuen
Arcadia Middle School
358 E River St
Arcadia, WI  54612
608-323-7500 ext 2116
nilsestuenm@arcadia.k12.wi.us

 

Nate Rice
West Allis Central HS
262-893-3880
nrice@wi.rr.com

 

Karolyn Taylor
Scholarship Coordinator |College & Career Readiness
Milwaukee Public Schools
5225 W. Vliet Street
Milwaukee, WI 53208
Office: 414-475-8761
henderkt@milwaukee.k12.wi.us

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