The Value of the ASCA Conference: A First Time Attendee Reflects #asca13
I listened to the live chat last night for helping new counselors and had two major take-aways.
1. I have found an amazing network of people to continue to learn from and
2. experienced counselors better stay on top of the changing nature of our profession
I feel like this conference allowed me to connect with both bloggers and tweeters that have great hints on data collection and professional readings. I was already using Twitter, but now I follow 50-60 more professional counselors now than before ASCA 13. I used tagboard, google docs, google hangout, Smore, Yapp all since I have come home. Of all of these technological advances for me, maybe the most exciting has been Weebly. I have created this blog and have begun to create a website for our department with the colleague who attended the conference with me (Karen who is pictured above).
Additionally, I sang "Puff the Magic Dragon" with Peter Yarrow from Peter, Paul and Mary with 2,000 of my closest friends, learned the first steps to creating a model ASCA program that is data informed, gathered information on a school and commuity career summit, read the book Acceptance by David L. Marcus, and met the president of ASCA.
I am reading the book Linchpin by Seth Godin as recommended by the ASCA book club and have already mentioned one of the changes his ideas have made in me. This book has inspired me to continue to think of ways that I can bring art to my work every day. I love to create and write and interact with my students in ways that will help them achieve and succeed.
Thank you ASCA for what you have taught me. Thank you Whitehall Schools for allowing me to go and splitting the costs with me.
It is my hope to be back in Orlando next year. The value of this conference is too great to miss.
Hope to see my new friends there!