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2020 MESCA Conference

Save the date!  The 2020 MESCA conference will be held on October 30, 2020, and this year it will be held virtually. More details coming soon.  

Read below to learn more about the 2019 conference and please come back in spring 2020 when registration for 2020 will open up.

2019 MESCA Conference


“Growth and Change: The Power of Positive Relationships”

Keynote Speakers:

Kirsten Perry
Dr. Bryan Pearlman

Friday, November 22, 2019
7:30 AM – 4 PM

Holiday Inn by the Bay
Portland, ME

Cost: $140
($190 after Nov 1)

Registration fee includes annual membership dues.
No refunds on conference registrations after November 1.


Discounted room rates available at the Holiday Inn by the Bay.
Call the Holiday Inn for more details.


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Powerful Presenters


Come hear from top-notch counselors and experts in the field. Breakout sessions and dynamic keynote presentations will focus on this year’s theme: “Growth and Change: The Power of Positive Relationships”


Keynote Speakers




Kirsten Perry
Chicago Public Schools K-12 School Counseling Specialist


Courageous Conversations

The field of education can be one of the most challenging and rewarding occupations. With all of the pressures that both educators and students face, it can be difficult to discuss failures for fear of judgment and criticism. But we know, that it is necessary to have these conversations in order to learn and create change. This keynote will explore the power of developing positive relationships and creating a supportive school environment so that educators and students can build the confidence to fail and have COURAGEOUS CONVERSATIONS!


Kirsten Perry



Kirsten Perry is a K-12 School Counseling Specialist for the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Office of School Counseling serving over 750 school counselors. Prior to this, she served as a P-8 professional school counselor in CPS for 7 years. Kirsten was awarded the CPS Director’s Choice Award in 2013 for her work with high school matriculation and was named the CPS Site Supervisor of the Year in 2015 for her work supporting school counseling interns. Kirsten was named the National School Counselor of the Year by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) in 2018. She earned her undergraduate degree in 2006 from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a degree in the Liberal Arts and earned her masters degree in school counseling from DePaul University in 2011. She is the proud mother of one son who is a senior at Roosevelt University in Chicago studying social entrepreneurship. It is her passion to serve at-risk youth and underserved communities by developing comprehensive school counseling programs that work to create change and close the achievement gap.




Dr. Bryan Pearlman, Ed.D
Founder of Most Valuable Professional Development, LLC and Co-Founder/Board Member of Distinguished School of Mental Health & Wellness.


Whatever It Takes For All Students To Succeed In School and Life


Whatever It Takes is the title of a new book by Dr. Bryan Pearlman. This has also been his motto and mission for decades. He shares his own personal struggles as a student and his successes as a teacher and administrator helping students with challenging behaviors and those that have been traumatized. Dr. Pearlman infuses many stories, strategies, and out of the box ideas for helping all students to be successful in this engaging presentation.


Dr. Bryan Pearlman



Dr. Bryan Pearlman is a veteran educator, PD leader, keynote speaker, and adjunct professor. He is the author of the book, Whatever It Takes For All Students To Succeed In School and Life, released in January 2019. Dr. Pearlman is also the co-founder and board member of the mental health non-profit His expertise is trauma, challenging behaviors and helping all children to succeed. In the past two years, Dr. Pearlman has presented to over 20,000 people. He is regularly asked to provide keynote addresses, featured presentations, and trainings for state, regional and national organizations.




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