NKU to host national evidence-based school counseling conference March 18-19

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For immediate release…
Tuesday – Dec. 11, 2012

NKU to Host National Evidence-Based
School Counseling Conference March 18-19

– The Northern Kentucky University School Counseling Program is collaborating with the NKU Center for Educator Excellence and the Ronald H. Fredrickson Center for School Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst to present the inaugural National Evidence-Based School Counseling Conference March 18-19 at the NKU METS Center for Corporate Learning (3861 Olympic Blvd.) in Erlanger.

The conference will focus on equipping professional school counselors with the skills to choose evidence-based interventions and the tools to evaluate the effectiveness of existing programs by measuring the impact of interventions on critical measurements such as test scores, grade-point-averages, post-secondary going rates, attendance rates, office referrals and drop-out rates.

“In a time of high-stakes standardized testing, this conference offers a return to examining which social, emotional, interpersonal and college/career interventions positively impact student achievement,” said Dr. Brett Zyromski, assistant professor and director of the NKU School Counseling Program.

The National Evidence-Based School Counseling Conference will bring in experts from across the nation through the American School Counselor Association, American Counseling Association, Education Trust’s Transforming School Counseling Initiative and the College Board’s National Office for School Counselor Advocacy. Professional school counseling faculty from across the country will lead discussions about what works in professional school counseling, how it works, how to measure that it works and which critical data elements are impacted.

“The two main gaps in school counseling today relate to administrators’ lack of knowledge about how to gain the highest impact from school counseling interventions and professional school counselors’ lack of skills in program evaluation,” said Dr. Zyromski. “This conference will help to illustrate how school counseling interventions impact student achievement.”

Dr. Zyromski said the conference addresses both gaps and is thus ideal for professional school counselors, school administrators, state education leaders and school counselor educators.

The cost to attend the conference is $170 (before Feb. 1) or $185 onsite. Online registration is available at http://nkcee.wordpress.com/conferences/evidence-based-school-counseling-conference.

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