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Superintendent Glenda Ritz's is hosting listening tours that provide an opportunity to share input regarding the development of Indiana's ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) plan. The facilitators present for approximately 30 minutes and then open the floor for public comment (no questions). Those wishing to comment are limited to 3 minutes and must sign up at the start of the meeting. While individuals can also make comment via the website, presence at the meetings would definitely increase our voice! WE NEED SCHOOL COUNSELORS TO ATTEND AND SPEAK (EVEN BRIEFLY) ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF SCHOOL COUNSELORS FOR OUR CHILDREN! There is specific language in ESSA that opens the door for explaining our role in schools.

Click on the linked agenda which includes the specific questions on which they are seeking input, but don't let that limit you! 

If you are able to attend one of the sessions (schedule and location details below), I would encourage you to review the following information from the ASCA website.


INDIANAPOLIS – Today, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz announced a statewide listening tour to gather input from families, educators, community members and other stakeholders on the state’s education plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act.  This new federal law, also called ESSA, requires state education agencies to develop a plan to be submitted to the United States Department of Education in 2017.  The first stop of the statewide Every Student Succeeds Act Listening Tour is in Indianapolis on the evening of September 14.  The Indiana Department of Education has scheduled a total of nine meetings throughout the state.

“Input from families, educators and community members is essential to ensuring that Indiana’s ESSA Plan is comprehensive and responsive to local needs,” said Ritz.  “After years of asking the federal government to get rid of the punitive No Child Left Behind law, we finally have flexibility to create an Indiana education plan that meets the unique needs of our students.  That is why I am excited about the work we are doing to develop the Indiana ESSA Plan alongside Hoosier communities.” 

The Every Student Succeeds Act Listening Tour will include presentations from Department experts on both state and federal regulations in the areas of accountability, assessment and school improvement.  Additionally, the Department will gather direct input from families, educators and community members through both targeted questions and general public comment.

In addition to the statewide listening tour, the Department has formed several stakeholder advisory committees to gather input on its state ESSA plan as is required by the federal legislation.  The Department also created a comprehensive ESSA website which includes an online comment portal for those unable to attend an in-person meeting.

The dates and locations of the nine meetings are listed below.  All times are local.

September 14, 2016

4:30 – 6:30 PM


September 15, 2016

5:00 – 7:00 PM

Fort Wayne

September 22, 2016

4:30 – 6:30 PM


September 29, 2016

4:30 – 6:30 PM


October 4, 2016

4:30 – 6:30 PM


October 5, 2016

4:30 – 6:30 PM

New Albany

October 6, 2016

4:30 – 6:30 PM

South Bend

October 11, 2016

4:30 – 6:30 PM

Terre Haute

October 12, 2016

4:30 – 6:30 PM


Additional information on the Every Student Succeeds Act, including details for each of the ESSA Listening Tour locations, is available on the Department’s website.


Advocacy Tips

Presented by Kathy Renie, ISCA Advocacy Chair

Please join your ISCA Governing Board in advocating for all of us. Major issues include honoring the recommended counselor/student ratios as stated in Indiana Student Services Rule and the placement of a licensed Professional School Counselor in every school building in our Hoosier state. Are these lofty goals ? Indeed the are. However they are also goals worthy of our attention and our efforts.

Advocacy Tips for Professional School Counselors
  1. Display Your Credentials
  2. Gather and Share Data- Document Your Activities, Share These Activities with Your Supervisors

  3. Use Your Local Media as a Public Relations Tool

  4. Enlist the Support of Your Union

  5. Create, Distribute and Display a Brochure Describing Your Program

  6. Join ISCA and ASCA, Your Professional Organizations

  7. Participate in Relevant Professional Development – Stay Sharp and Informed

  8. Take an Active Role – Vote, Contact Local, State and National Government Officials Regarding Your Professional Concerns

  9. Maintain Contact with Education Policy Makers –

    • IndianaEducation Roundtable
    • Indiana Department of Education
    • State Board of Education

    • Local School Board
  10. Recruit and Utilize a Local School Counseling Advisory Committee

  11. Set Personal and Departmental Goals –

    • Review and Revise on a Regular Basis

    • Conduct a Needs Assessment – Survey Your Students, Staff and Parents

    • Apply for Relevant Grants

  12. Support Elementary School Counselors/ Purchase the Garfield/Education License Plate
  13. Express Your Appreciation to Those Who Support Your Work

  14. Take Good Care of Yourself – Physically, Emotionally, Spiritually

  15. Know you are NOT alone!

ISCA continues to actively solicit support and understanding of the Professional School Counselor’s Role. ISCA representatives have met with the Governor, State School Superintendent, and State Education Committee Chairs, made presentations at the Indiana Principals’ Conference, contacted Hoosier principals and superintendents and have on-going, frequent interaction with other education professionals. ISCA employs an Education Advocate to assist us in keeping informed about

Indiana legislative developments that effect school counselors.

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THANK YOU!! for all you do every day for our Hoosier kids!

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