2019 Summer Academy

Wisconsin School Counselor Association  13th Annual Summer Academy 


Thank you all for helping make the 13th Annual Summer Academy a success!

We would like to give a big thank you to our wonderful sponsors:






We would also like to thank the exhibitors from our first ever Summer Academy Resource Fair!

Exhibitors include:
  • WTC
  • Viterbo
  • Counselors for Computing
  • Wisconsin Laborers
  • AmeriCorps – Serve Wisconsin
  • Southwest Wisconsin Technical College
  • Wells Fargo Bank
  • UW-Madison Office of Student Financial Aid
  • UW-La Crosse Professional Studies in Education
  • Starting Point
  • UW – La Crosse
  • Wisconsin Job Service
  • CESA 4/DPI – Work Based Learning Guide
  • IBEW Local 14
  • New Horizons Shelter and Outreach Centers
  • Sue Kolve’s Salon and Day Spa
  • The Salon Professional Academy
  • State of WI Department of Workforce Development
  • Junior Achievement of Wisconsin


Western Technical College • La Crosse, WI
Tuesday, July 30, 2019 |  9:00 – 4:00 (includes lunch)

New! Select from one of FIVE great sessions to support your counseling program!

Session A:  Data Boot Camp – Beginner: Using Data in your school counseling program/WSCPAR Introduction
Learn how completing a Wisconsin School Counseling Program Accountability Report (WSCPAR) can help with writing SLOs, SPO’s, PPG’s, promoting your program, and utilizing data to show how your program is impacting students.  You will walk step by step through the data process and you will learn what makes an impactful graph, how to write SMART Goals (which can lead to SLOs), and more.  You’ll learn tips and suggestions to approach the process and how to submit your WSCPAR application.

Session B: Data Boot Camp – Advanced: RAMP Camp/WSCPAR Ready
Bring your process, perception and outcome data and comprehensive counseling program components to this session to take your school counseling program to the next level! Learn more about RAMP and the Wisconsin School Counselor Accountability Report (WSCPAR)! Based on the ASCA National Model, RAMP is a recognition program for individual schools, not districts or school counselors. Applying for RAMP helps schools evaluate their school counseling program, discover areas for improvement and enhance the program’s efforts to contribute to student success. The RAMP application process should be the culmination of the implementation of a comprehensive school counseling program, which typically takes three-five years to implement. Once a school has a program in place, it will need at least one entire academic year to collect the data and information needed to fulfill the RAMP and WSCPAR application requirements. Your trainer will guide you through the application requirements and process.

Session C: Academic and Career Planning (ACP): Empowering Students to Pursue their Career Goals
This workshop will provide school counselors and career counseling professionals with information and resources they need to connect their students with their career passions. Participants will emerge with an enhanced knowledge of the full range of education and career options, with a specific focus on Career Technical Education (CTE), to empower students to pursue their career goals and expand their existing strategies for effective career advisement.  At the conclusion of this training, attendees will be able to:

  •      Identify and discuss the various components and benefits of a high-quality CTE program of study, including work-based learning, industry-recognized credentials and dual/concurrent credit
  •      Discuss the range of options available in CTE and know how to locate and access information on programs in their specific state and local CTE delivery systems
  •      Explain the value of CTE to students and parents
  •      Assist students with career exploration and development in K-12 and identify potential strategies to implement in their community
  •      Develop an individual action plan with specific strategies to reach students, parents, administrators, other counselors and/or other stakeholders two months following the workshop to communicate the value of CTE

Session D: Academic and Career Planning: Preparing for Careers of the Future: School Counselors Lead the Way!
Did you know tech jobs in Wisconsin are growing but not enough students are prepared to fill them? And, did you know new computer science classes are being added in Wisconsin’s schools, classes that are suited to all students’ interests and aptitudes?

Both of these realities have implications for counselor practice. Join Counselors for Computing for up-to-date information on computing education and careers, and leave equipped with messages and resources (including posters and a virtual reality headset!) that you  can use to advise about paths to stable, rewarding and flexible careers in computing. In this session, counselors become informed, motivated and equipped to support diverse participation in computing.

  • INFORMED Counselors learn what computer science is, what jobs are like in computing (and what they pay), and how the tech employment gap in WI favors their students. Counselors learn about new courses coming to schools and efforts nationally and in WI to invite diverse participation in computer science classes and computing careers.
  • MOTIVATED Through our session counselors come to recognize that access to computing is an equity consideration–quickly-growing, high-paying, secure and creative jobs in computing are currently being filled primarily by white and asian males. Counselors will appreciate that we all benefit from the diversity of thought that comes with differences in race, gender and life experience, and that in their role, they have a unique opportunity to change the composition of the computing workforce! Everybody wins when everybody codes!
  • EQUIPPED Counselors leave with strategies, key messages and resources they can use back at school as they strive to see CS class enrollment mirror the demographics of the school
Just ADDED!!  Discover how to help your students become good – and safe – digital students, using the interactive experiences in Palo Alto CYBER A.C.E.S. (Activities in Cybersecurity Education for Students) FREE program! In this session, counselors become informed, motivated and equipped to support diverse participation in computing.

Session E: Mental Health – Educator Self Care: Compassion Resilience Toolkit
How are we filling and re-filling our tanks and those of our colleagues and employees as we work with youth and families who face complex challenges? The Compassion Resilience Toolkit is a flexibly implemented set of resources to build awareness of compassion fatigue and strategies to increase compassion resilience in all staff from a system and individual perspective.

Prepare to bring the toolkit resources to your school/district. Attend as a team of 2-3 people who will take the lead in facilitating the toolkit over a 2-year period. The ideal team will include one person in administrative leadership in your school or district. The day will include clarification of leadership roles, rationale for the work, a look at how to inspire culture change, and tips for implementing the toolkit resources matched to the realities of your current school commitments and goals.


Registration Fees:

Early bird special until June 15, 2019:

WSCA Member $5

Student Non-member $40 

Non-member $75

After June 15, 2019:

WSCA Member $10

Student Non-member $40 

Non-member $85



One Graduate Credit will be offered through Viterbo University for $200.00 – Course payment & registration are separate from the workshop registration. 


Click here to download a 2019 Summer Academy Registration Form


Register ONLINE below.



We are doing our first ever Lunch Break Resource Fair! 

Join over 100 school counselors at the 13th annual WSCA Summer Academy!  Space is limited for a lunch break resource fair, register today!

Click here to download a 2019 Summer Academy EXHIBITORS Registration Form