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Workshop in Manhattan to cover topics of most concern for Kansas school counselors

Thursday, May 25, 2017


MANHATTAN — Organizers with the Kansas State University College of Education are expecting a capacity crowd for this year's two-day professional development workshop featuring premier national, regional and statewidespeakers on topics of most concern to school counselors.

The "Counselors Hit It Out of the Park in the Little Apple" camp will be June 1-2 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 410 S. Third St., Manhattan. Approximately 350 school counselors from across Kansas are expected to attend. This is the fourth year for this event.

Keynote presenters include Kansas Commissioner of Education Randy Watson; 2015 National School Counselor of the Year Cory Notestine, Colorado Springs, Colorado; and retired school counselor and advocate Shari Sevier. Watson's presentation is titled "A New Vision for Kansas — More School Counselors to Do the Critical Role of the School Counselor";Notestine's is "Serendipity is Not Serendipitous: A Reflection of Career and College Readiness"; and Sevier's is "Trauma-Informed School Counselors: Pedagogy and Practice." Tim de Noble, dean of the Kansas State University College of Architecture, Planning & Design, is presenting the opening address, "Why Design? The Potency of Design Education While Dispelling Myths and Misconceptions! Counselors and the Changing World of Work."

The camp is hosted by the special education, counseling and student affairs department in the College of Education, and it is organized by Ken Hughey, professor of special education, counseling and student affairs and department chair, and Judy Hughey, associate professor of special education, counseling and student affairs and the 2016 Kansas Counseling Association Counselor of the Year.

"The school counseling camp provides an environment of professional development in areas including trauma-informed counseling practices, strategies to prevent death by suicide, individual plans of study, college and career readiness, enhancing academic achievement, and many others," Judy Hughey said. "The camp also provides counselors the opportunity to collaborate and engage with colleagues from across the state on innovative strategies to personalize learning with the goal of creating success for every student in Kansas."

Watson began his education career as a high school social studies teacher in Tescott. He served as a principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent before assuming his role as Kansas commissioner of education in July 2015. As the state's chief education officer, Watson provides leadership to the Kansas State Department of Education in carrying out the policies and programs prescribed by the State Board of Education to ensure the necessary oversight and support are provided to assist Kansas schools, educators and students in achieving their goals.

Notestine currentlyserves as the counseling and postsecondary coordinator in Colorado Springs School District 11 where he shares his passion for creating systemic change. His work with students has been honored by the North Carolina School Counselor Association as its 2011 Secondary School Counselor of the Year and the Colorado School Counselor Association's 2013 Secondary School Counselor of the Year. The American School Counselor Association, along with the White House, recognized him as the 2015 National School Counselor of the Year.

Sevier was a school counselor for 31 years in Missouri, working at all levels, including district director of school counseling and adjunct counselor educator. She currently presents workshops to school counselors across the country on a variety of topics relevant to the profession. Sevier served on the American School Counselor Association board of directors for two terms, which included being elected twice as the board's chair. She continues her support of students in many ways, including writing for Student Health 101 and serving on its editorial board, and serving as an expert for the NBC News Parent Toolkit.

For more information about the camp, visit coe.k-state.edu/events/school-counsel-camp/.


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At a glance

Randy Watson, Kansas state commissioner of education, will be among the featured speakers at the "Counselors Hit it Out of the Park in the Little Apple" camp June 1-2 in Manhattan. Conference organizer is Kansas State University's College of Education.