Counselor Connect

CIESC's Counselor Connect is a suite of services, resources, and activities offered to districts that foster a community of practice for student service professionals.


Counselor Connect Mission: To develop a district-led and championed community of practice, where high-quality professional development, resources, and support are provided for Student Service Professionals to foster the delivery of equitable, accessible, and data-informed services to students in the areas of academic, postsecondary, and social-emotional learning.

November's Topic: Employability Skills

Each month, we will feature some resources and professional development opportunities to align to our Counselor Connect priority topic! 

Employability skills are essential, in-demand skills, crucial to the selection of employees. This may come as no surprise but employers highly regard such skills that extend beyond qualifications and experience. In fact, you may have heard some employers share that they might be willing to teach job-specific skills but want their employees to have those ‘soft skills’ that make them employable and can be more difficult to teach.

Employability skills are a crucial component of college and career readiness. Indiana recognizes this and as such, made the inclusion of interdisciplinary employability skills standards in the curriculum a state requirement. In response, the Department of Education, in collaboration with the Department of Workforce Development, established Employability Skills Competencies. Interestingly for our Counselor Connect community, these competencies are based on Indiana’s Social Emotional Learning Competencies and the American School Counselor Association Mindsets and Behaviors, among other previously developed standards.

This month, we’ll explore how some schools are integrating employability skills in the K-12 classrooms!

Featured Career Development Resources

  • Indiana’s Employability Skills Competencies & Resources
  • ASCA Career Development Webinar Series
  • How School Counselors Use Data to Improve Postsecondary Outcomes Countywide Recorded Webinar from Hatching Results & PCG

Professional Development Opportunities

Here are some curated opportunities to help you support students and families.

Upcoming Counselor Connects

Employability Skills: Moving From State Compliance To District Culture
Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. |  Register Here

Graduation Pathways
Wednesday, December 9, 2020, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. |  Registration Posted Soon

Understanding & Responding to Behavior Through the Lens of Trauma, Stress, & Self-Regulation in Early Childhood
Wednesday, December 9, 2020, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. | Register Here

District & School Leadership that Focuses on Equity & Belonging Series
January 13, 20, 27, & February 3, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. | Register Here

Interested in presenting?

We are always looking for educational voices to share expertise, tips, and resources. If you are interested in presenting, co-presenting, or sharing a component of your program, please complete the presenter proposal form here!

Upcoming Events

  • Counselor Connect Events
  • ISCA Virtual Conference, November 20, 2020
  • INSSWA Virtual Conference, November 13, 2020
  • IYI Events
  • IASP Events
  • Hatching Results Webinar Series, Conversations & Solutions in School Counseling
    • Session 1: How School Counselors Use Data to Improve Postsecondary Outcomes Countywide, November 5, 1:00-2:00 pm EST
    • Session 2: Establishing the Foundation of Building a Data-Driven Program that is Centered on Equity and Access, November 12, 1:00-2:00 pm EST
    • Session 3: Building a Countywide School Counseling Collaborative, Featuring Elkhart County Indiana, November 18, 1:00-2:00pm EST
    • Session 4: School Counselors Closing the Gap for Student Groups, December 1, 1:00-2:00 pm EST

Ongoing Webinar Series

Past Counselor Connects

Recorded Webinars

ASCA Webinars

All webinars recorded from March 15–August 31, 2020, are free to nonmembers. Some really timely topics include:

  • Ethical Considerations: School Counseling in a Virtual Setting
  • Virtual High School Counseling: Tier 1 How-to
  • Online Safety Education for Kids
  • The Power to Motivate 
  • Ethics on Virtual Counseling

COVID-19 Resources

School Counseling

We will continue to add resources so check back often!

Meet the School Counselor!

School Reentry: The School Counselor's Role

A resource for counselors on how to help students, staff members and families reenter school while navigating a range of emotions from excitement to anxiety.

Academic Support


Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting From COVID-19

Tips for parents and educators for talking about COVID-19 and establishing a new “normal” in the home (available in multiple languages).

COVID-19: Five Helpful Responses for Families

Creating a sense of safety, connecting, and cultivating a new sense of normal with these five tips.

COVID-19 Remote Learning Resources

Resources for families to use when providing at-home learning opportunities for Indiana students.

Counselor Connect Steering Committee

The Counselor Connect Steering Committee, consisting of Student Service Professional and Administrator representatives from the CIESC member districts, will assist in setting the vision, developing the action plan, and identifying priority topics to be offered through professional development, to begin in 2020-2021. Member expertise will continue to be drawn upon for ongoing support and professional development needs through Tactic Teams beyond the initial planning period.