• PSCA Southeast Region

    IU's 22, 23, 24, 25 & 26
     

    Region Representative:


     

    Photo: Liberty Bell

  • PSCA Central East Region

    IU's 14, 20, 21 & 29

    Region Representatives:
    Stephanie Steigerwalt
    Laura Zaharakis



    Photo: Delaware Canal State Park

  • PSCA Northeast Region

    IU's 18 & 19

    Region Representatives:
    Renee Berry
    Larissa Valonis 



    Photo: Bushkill Falls

  • PSCA Northcentral Region

    IU's 9, 16 & 17

    Region Representative:
    Regina Edgerton



    Photo:Appalachian Mountains

  • PSCA Southcentral Region

    IU's 12, 13 & 15

    Region Representatives: 
    Adam Oldham
    Lori Casanova



    Photo: Harrisburg Capital

  • PSCA Central Region

    IU's 8, 10 & 11

    Region Representatives:
    Erin Campbell
    Janelle Reese



    Photo: Bedford County Covered Bridge

  • PSCA Southwest Region

    IU's 1, 2, 3, 7 & 27

    Region Representatives:
    Sima Misquitta
    Lezlie DelVecchio-Marks



    Photo: Pittsburgh's Three Rivers

  • PSCA Northwest Region

    IU's 4, 5, 6 & 28

    Region Representatives:
    Michelle Strasser
    Julie Kosker



    Photo: Presque Isle Lighthouse

Latest News

PDE Equity Grants Available

PDE has allocated up to $5 million dollars in state funding for equity grants for schools to purchase computer equipment, such as laptops, tablets, and internet hot spots, or to use towards providing instructional materials, such as paper lessons and coursework.

PDE will also allocate new federal monies to these grants as the federal appropriations become available.

Schools with the highest percentages of students lacking access to resources will be given priority in receiving these grants.
Grant applications will be available on April 6 and must be submitted through PDE’s eGrants system by April 10.

COVID-19 Resoures

The Pennsylvania School Counselor Association is committed to supporting its members, staff, and all school counselors in Pennsylvania during these uncertain times.  We are closely monitoring the rapidly evolving COVID-19 developments. We know that in times of crisis, school couselors play invaluable roles in supporting their communities and students both in person and virtually.  As COVID-19 has impacted all "Business as Usual" operations, here are some resources for school counselors as we use our natural flexibility in this challenging time.  Our thoughts go out to those school counselors working in some of the higher impacted parts of the state.  One vision, one voice. ​If you know of any resources that you would like to share with your fellow school counselors across the Keystone state, please email them to mike16412@gmail.com.

PSCA Governing Board Announces a Search for an Executive Director 

Dear PSCA Members, 

After many years of dedicated service to PSCA, Dr. Judith Bookhamer, Chief Executive Officer of the Pennsylvania School Counselors Association, has indicated her intention to not seek a contract renewal. The PSCA Governing Board has therefore opened a search for new leadership. Information about the position and the application process can be found HERE. The application deadline is April 30, 2020. 

As you read the job posting, please share it with any person who you believe would be a good fit for the position. We recognize that due to the uncertain circumstances of the workforce, this message might not be widely viewed. 

Wishing you each safety, good health, and productive work, 

Beth Stem, PSCA President 

#AloneTogether

ASCA created a campaign #AloneTogether that was pushed out on social media to highlight the important work you’re doing and the physical distance right now doesn’t stop that. School Counselors are encouraged to consider retweeting it from Twitter and share it from Facebook.  Please check out your social media today, and remember that we are alone together.

Folds of Honor Academic Scholarship

The needs of our military families are great!  Folds of Honor is here to support the spouses and children of our fallen and disabled soldiers, providing scholarships to those that qualify.  It is our mission to “Honor Their Sacrifice, Educate Their Legacy”. In 2019 there were 45 individual academic scholarships awarded by Folds of Honor Corporate to Western PA families for the children of our local fallen and disabled servicemen.  This totaled $213,700 in awarded scholarships in our region.  For more information on the Folds of Honor Academic Scholarship CLICK HERE.

 

2019-2020 Pennsylvania School Counselors Association Annual Election

The 2019-2020 Pennsylvania School Counselors Association (PSCA) Annual election will be held from Monday, March 16 until 12:00 PM (Noon) Monday, March 23.Information regarding current nominees can be found here (Link to Bio Page Attachment, see attachment below)
All Professional, Regular, Retired, and Life PSCA members are eligible to vote and are invited to cast their ballot in the election.  All eligible members will be able to vote for the President-Elect position and for Regional Representative (if a vacancy exists in their region).  

PSCA will once again use an online election system (ElectionBuddy) to tabulate votes.  If you are an active and eligible member you will be sent an email on or before Monday, March 16 which will contain a unique access code which can only be used to vote once.  Your voting choices will remain anonymous. Please do not reply to this email to vote, as your vote will not be registered. Please do not forward this email.If you have any election questions, feedback or want to be removed from future ballot lists, please email PSCA, Past-President Michael Perrott at maperrott@yahoo.com
For BIOPAGE CLICK HERE

HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO APRIL 3, 2020.

For the seventh year, PSCA will host a competition to award a high school senior pursuing a postsecondary education a $1,000 scholarship. The essay competition asks the student to describe how a school counselor has impacted his/her academic, career and/or social/emotional development. The flyer describing the award and the application are available by clicking here. Application postmark deadline is March 13, 2020.
SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION CLICK HERE
SCHOLARSHIP FLYER CLICK HERE

GRANT FOR BUDDY BENCH AVAILABLE

As part of its advocacy initiative, the Pennsylvania School Counselors Association continues to offer up to two grants of up to $500 each for the establishment of a Buddy Bench at an elementary or middle school.
 
The Buddy Bench, a simple idea to eliminate loneliness and foster friendship on the school playground, gained attention in 2013 when Christian, a student at Roundtown Elementary School in York, PA proposed the idea of a Buddy Bench at his school. The local newspaper followed by the Huffington Post did stories on the Buddy Bench.  NBC and other media aired the story and Buddy Benches caught the attention of schools across the continent. Detailed information about Buddy Benches and their evolution may be found at http://buddybench.org
 
If you are and interested applicant, please click her for more details and the application which is due March 31, 2020.

LINK FOR APPLICATION

PA Legislators Address School Counselor Ratios

PSCA is aware of the recent introduction of HB 1401 and the soon to be introduced Senate Bill 650 to increase access to school counselors at the national recommended ratio of 250:1. PSCA supports the 250:1 ratio recommended by ASCA and the bills’ intent to ensure access to services for students.

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PA Career Ready Skills

The PA Career Ready Skills introductory document has been approved by Secretary Pedro Rivera.  A toolkit to accompany the skills is in-process, with an anticipated release in late March/early April of 2019. Also coming are professional development courses that will support stakeholders working with students in the area of the Career Ready Skills.

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PSCA and PCA Announce New Collaborative Relationship

The Pennsylvania Counseling Association (PCA) and the Pennsylvania School Counselors Association (PSCA) are pleased to announce a new collaborative relationship that will support continued growth of both organizations as we continue to serve the best interests of school counselors nationwide.

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Welcome

Welcome to our "refurbished" Pennsylvania School Counselor Website.  Although it is new to you, we have been working on the website for the past year, making sure that we are able to bring to you "up to date information" and best serve the school counselors of Pennsylvania.

While you are here:
  • Check out our new advocacy piece on the top toolbar.  There are many great things happening in Pennsylvania for school counselors, and we need to advocate for ourselves and the profession.
  • Look at the Latest News.  There are a few things that are important for you to be aware of... especially the upcoming State Conference in Pittsburgh, PA.  Look under Professional Development for the Latest news on the Conference.
  • Log in.  If you are a member, log in and you will find that your favorite resources are still there.  Over the coming months we will be updating our resources section.  If you have difficulties with logging in, please hit "forgot password" and you will be emailed a temporary password so that you can update your information on the new site.  While updating, please check on your contact information so that you can be sure to get all of the latest news letters and Extras from PSCA.  If you are not a member, it is a great time to join.  Just hit "Join PSCA" at the top.
Thanks for visiting the new website, and check back regularly for future news.