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Each year, the Virginia School Counselor Association hosts a number of professional development opportunities and events.  This past year, the VSCA has hosted the annual conference, King's Dominion Counselor Day, the spring symposium, various Meet & Greets, Twitter chats, the summer summit, monthly podcasts, and many more.  The Professional Development Committee is committed to bringing you timely, relevant, and cost-effective opportunities.  Be sure to check out the events below and follow our Podcast, SCOPE, to keep up with all of the latest happenings around the state.  If you have any suggestions, feedback, or requests for particular professional development in your area, please contact the Professional Development Committee Chair at

Our Events

    • September 16, 2024
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Virginia Crossings Hotel & Conference Center
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    Parks & Recreation Board Meeting Postponed-February 16th, 2021 | Lower Gwynedd Township 

    Regrettably, our Spring Symposium is being postponed

    until Monday, September 16, 2024.

    Registration will reopen this fall.

    Those that have registered - please check your emails.

    Please also cancel your hotel stay if you booked that. 


    Uplifting Student Voice Through Equity In Action   

    with Derek Francis, Michelle Sircy and Marsha Rutledge

    School counselors have a pivotal role in ensuring that all students feel welcomed and seen given their unique identities.  As our country becomes more integrated and diverse, school counselors should help all students feel affirmed in their identities while also teaching skills to help students build connections with those similar and different from them. In order to create a school environment that is truly inclusive for all students, educators need awareness of systemic and interpersonal barriers that impact students from BIPOC and other historically marginalized backgrounds.  This session will focus on utilizing the ASCA Model through an equity lens.

    Join us on Monday, March 4, 2024 as we work together to:

    1. Examine your own social identities and the impact on building relationships across the diverse identities of students, staff and families.

    2. Review the ASCA model and unpack strategies for implementing tenants of ASCA Equity in Action

    3. Develop skills to lead equity focused small group and classroom lessons

    4. Provide strategies to hear, respond and uplift student voice, particularly those who have been historically marginalized.

    5. Practice an inquiry based approach to disaggregate and review data and to apply culturally responsive interventions

    Registration Information:  Conference Cost includes breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack

      VSCA Members $90

      Non Members $110

      Retirees $85

      Students $75

      Registration prices increase on February 21, 2024!

      VSCA Members $100

      Non Members $125

      Retirees $95

      Students $85

      A limited number of rooms are reserved at the Virginia Crossing Hotel and Conference Center for Sunday night, March 3 for $125. Please call to 888-444-6553 or 804-727-1400 to reserve your room - this discount ends February 18, 2024.

      This Virginia School Counselor Association event  has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6606. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Virginia School Counselor Association is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. 


        Annual Conference


        VSCA Conference

        October 18-20, 2023

        Hampton, VA

        Why Hampton?

        Click to read more about our conference location and feedback.

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