Serving Maine School Counselors PreK-12

Mesca Spring Refresher

Equity and Inclusion

2021 Spring Mini-Conference

“MESCA Spring Refresher: Equity and Inclusion”

April 7, 2021
Virtual from 1-4:30PM

Conference videos for those who registered are available through June 7.

Conference Fee
Members: Free
Non-members: $40

NOMINATE A COUNSELOR

Who deserves to be the next Maine School Counselor of the Year? Recognize someone who is doing an outstanding job in a K-12 school in the State of Maine.

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MESCA YouTube Videos

We’ve launched a video series called MESCA Minute that we hope you will find helpful.

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SCHEDULE: Wednesday April 7, 2021

1:00 to 1:45

Breakout Presentations

Using Book Clubs to Engage in Meaningful Conversations on Race, Equity, and Inclusion

Ellen Kaschuluk Ed.D

WOKE Work

Sylvia Hollins M.Ed, NCC

1:45 to 2:00

Break

2:00 to 2:15

Self Care

Visual Arts: Circles of Control

Movement: Self Care with a Chair

2:15 to 3:15

Breakout Presentations

Social Justice and the ASCA National Model

Dierdra Hawkes

ASCA Director of Programs and Advocacy

Cultural Competency for School Counselors

Monica Bryant M.Ed. NBCT

3:15 to 3:30

Break

3:30-3:45

Self Care

Music: Guitar

Bryan Litchfield LMSW-CC

Mindfulness 

Hope Hersom

3:45-4:30

Grade Level Debrief

SPEAKERS

Woke Work with Sylvia Hollins

Learn about the role of school counselors as leaders in social justice, advocacy, and the work of interrupting racism and bias in schools through cultural competency, the power of your WHY and solution-focused, data-driven strategies to begin or deepen this critical work. Through a social justice framework and the lens of lived experiences, understand the impact of navigating communities and educational institutions as a minority and the impact this has on children, parents, families, educators, institutions and communities.

Cultural Competency for School Counselors with Monica Bryant

This session will help participants gain an understanding of cultural competency by learning about stereotypes, microaggressions, and implicit bias. Participants will also learn about what they can do in a school setting to help combat these issues.

Social Justice and the ASCA National Model
with Dierdra Williams Hawkes 

This session will help participants gain an understanding of cultural competency by learning about stereotypes, microaggressions, and implicit bias. Participants will also learn about what they can do in a school setting to help combat these issues.

Not Fire but Light with Ellen Kaschuluk

This workshop speaks to the potential of using the book club model as a method of building-led professional development.  Referencing what Matthew Kay terms as dialogic pedagogy, this session will focus on: setting up safe spaces to make room for dialogue, supporting teachers in engaging in meaningful conversations about race, and building collective knowledge that can be shared across content areas. Additionally, it will offer ideas on how to engage colleagues with the text through discussion prompts, scenario-based examples, and self-reflection while modeling the effective teaching practices presented in Kay’s book, Not Light But Fire: How to Lead Meaningful Race Conversation in the Classroom.

Circle of Control (Visual Arts) with Adele Drake

Circle of control is an arts integrated, social emotional learning activity that involves conversations around issues of control.  The goal is to help participants to identify the things that are within their control so that they can release the burden of the things outside of their control.   Come prepared with a question that starts with the words, “Can I control…?” To fully participate in this activity, you should bring paper, scissors and art materials like crayons or markers.

Self Care with a Chair: Yoga Kara Sprague

Join me for a gentle stretch right from the comfort of your office chair! 15 minutes of gentle guided “Self Care with a Chair” Yoga.

Mindfulness: Hope Hersom

In this session, we will settle in with some grounding practices, followed by loving-kindness practices that focus on sending ourselves and others kind thoughts.

Music with Bryan Litchfield

Acoustic music for your brain and your feet! Using music and singing to relieve stress and manage emotions.  Listen or sing along!

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