Strategic Plan

Idaho School Counselor Association Strategic Plan

Updated 2015


Vision

Our preferred future regarding organization or structure, personnel, program planning, logistics, and public image.
 
The organizational structure of ISCA not only meets national association staffing standards but includes positions that ensure effective working relationships with state education agencies. Designed to meet the professional development needs of Idaho school counselors, Association programs and services are based on regular input from the field and approved by the Board of Directors. Furthermore, all activities are well planned and systematically evaluated to ensure that they are in-step with constituent demands.
 
Officers of the Idaho School Counselor Association are professional counselors who are enthusiastic advocates for children and youth, informed practitioners, life-long learners, and persons dedicated to the profession. They evidence these qualities through planning, hosting, and participating in state and regional conferences, consulting with colleagues, reading professional publications, and engaging in a variety of other professional development programs. In addition, Association officers collaborate with other professionals in advocating for and addressing student personal-social, career development, and educational skill development through deliberate and planful classroom guidance activities.

Association programs and services are sufficiently funded through membership dues, state and national grants, contributions and other resources. Association officers are dedicated to fiscal responsibility and are accountable to their constituents for maintaining a financially solvent operation. 

Communication with Association members and other stakeholders is a high priority and carried out through a variety of methods including newsletters and other printed matter, electronic media, presentations, and consultations. Association officers maintain an active telephone tree through which they can be contacted in times of need.
 

Philosophy

Fundamental values, core beliefs, and convictions about programs and services and the professional school counselors we serve.

ISCA is the primary organization that advocates for professional school counselors statewide. The welfare of the Association depends on the contributions of time, energy, and other resources from its officers, members and other stakeholders. The developmental approach to school counseling defines school counselors as helping professionals distinguishable from other school-based human service providers. The strength of the Association lies in maintaining viable regional operations. Every child and youth has the right to responsive and focused attention of a professional school counselor. Every school counselor deserves the support of his/her colleagues.


Mission

Our statement of purpose and function.
 
The mission of the Association is to promote excellence in school counseling by empowering professional school counselors to meet the needs of all Idaho's students and constituents.
 

The Program

GOAL 1: Increase our membership to 85% of all school counselors in the state of Idaho

GOAL 2: Work to establish a state level School Counseling Coordinator who supports the ASCA Model

GOAL 3: Make the ASCA Model the norm for providing school counseling services within Idaho schools

GOAL 4: Establish 5 RAMP (Recognized ASCA Model Program) schools in the state of Idaho

GOAL 5: Increase our online presence as an association to better connect with our membership

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