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One of the goals of this project is to support School Counselors in a variety of ways. In order to deliver the best tools to counselors we will provide a variety of trainings, tools, and topics.

See up to date information below and be sure to check the right side bar of this page for current articles and hot topics involving school counselors, careers, and CTE. 

For more information on how to bring any of these concepts or tools to your counseling department, please contact:

 Leah Brock

School Counselor Leader 

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NEW FOR 2019

Mental Health: Last spring we were able to conduct a Mental Health with ACES awareness program for educators and counselors. As a follow up to tha program, this year we will be hosting "Trauma Informed Care w/Resiliency and Stop the Bleed"  on October 29th in Bloomington. Please click here or see the calendar below to register. If you have any questions or would like to learn more, please contact me. 


CTE Signing Days: Last spring we were also able to partner with a few schools througout Illinois and assist with planning CTE signing days. Please consider adding this event to your spring calendar. Please reach out if you would like to find out more about how you can take advantage of an activity such as this!



Professional Development

February 14 and 15 


Bloomington, IL

March 6 and 7

-Connections Conference-

Tinley Park 

ILCTE General session

 ILCTE Jobs session 

Varying dates throughout the year

Today's Education for the Careers of Tomorrow 

Copy of presentation

March 1

-Kane County Institute Day-

 April 4


Rosemont, IL 

October 10 and 11

Quincy Conferece

March 5

-Mental Health and ACES Conference-

Tinley Park 

April 12


Bloomington, IL





Career and Job trends

-IDES Learn More, Earn More

-The State of Illions offers FREE resources to help counselors plan for and implement career counseling. One of their tools is called The Career Information System. It supports students in grades 5-8, 9-12, and post secondary. If you would like training on how to access and use this program in your school or district, please don't hesitate to contact me

-Did you know that PERKINS funding allows for career tools to be expanded to students as young as 5th grade? Learn about some tools for middle school career exploration here.

-USA Today-Where The Jobs Are. A good resource for popular articles following current job trends.

-McKinnsey Institute-Research on the future of work in America. Who will our employees be? What will they need to know? How can we train them? What will "work" look like in 2030 and are we doing what we can to get our students ready?

Counseling and Career Curriculum

-Employability competencies in CTE careers.

Topics and Trends to keep Counselors current and informed

-Legislation-current bills that involove your duties as a school HB 2868 Defining Work Based Learning and HB 2719 regarding FAFSA completion.

Legislation currently in review: HB 0205 requring mental health services and recently approved HB 3652 regarding college advising

Did you know that Illinois LAW states that School Counselors have 54 items under their professional scope of responsibility. How each district handles these 54 items varies from district to district. When is the last time you checked that list to see what items fall under your current job duties? Curious as to what those items are? Click here..

-PWR ACT-Everything you need to know about the PACE framework, transitional math, and the other pieces of the PWR act that impact your profession.

-Technology in counseling: Have you explored all that technology has to offer our profession? Would you like to learn more about VR as a counselor? Have you used tools like this with your students in the past? Let me know if you are interested or have a story to share about how technology has impacted your students!

-Tools: ISCA has a running list of Curriculum Resources that you can use for almost anything! Added bonus-many of the tools and resources are free!