Counselors' Corner is where you can find events, resources, opportunities and information not officially sponsored by MASCA, but which may be of general interest to the counseling community.

You may also link to our REQUESTS page to view requests made by the greater counseling community, including information about research studies in which school counselors my be interested in participating.

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  • 01 Dec 2018 9:48 AM | Jean Atwater-Williams (Administrator)

    First appearing in the Boston Globe, MASCA is sharing this article by permission of the author, Jessica Lander.

    Full pdf of article:  WhySchoolCounselorsMatter.pdf

  • 29 Nov 2018 8:47 AM | Jean Atwater-Williams (Administrator)

    The Counselor Education Department at Bridgewater State University has some classes for those interested in working towards their professional school counseling license.  While we know that most of you reading this blog have already obtained your professional license, you may want to pass this information on to your colleagues.  Please see Spring 2019-Professional License.pdf for more information.  For questions, please contact Dr. April Megginson

  • 25 Oct 2018 11:57 AM | Jean Atwater-Williams (Administrator)

    Verona Counseling Institutes (VCI) is has just announced a unique school counseling professional development opportunity for Spring of 2019 that will be held in Verona, Italy.  Up to 30 school counselors from the US will have the opportunity to participate in the 2019 Spring VCI Institute focusing on Best Practices in School Counseling in Italy and the United States.

    The 2019 Institute will meet April 15-19, 2019, when most school districts in the US are on Spring recess. The program includes both professional workshops and unique cultural experiences.

    Program organizer Dr. John Carey explained that Institute’s participants will learn about best practices in school counseling in Italy, develop collegial relationships with Italian school counselors, and experience the beauty of Verona and the rich culture of northern Italy.

    VCI staff will advise participants regarding travel plans and affordable accommodations.  The Institute schedule will enable participants to either return to the US for Easter, or extend their stay in Italy through the Easter holidays.

    More information is available on the Institute’s website ( and blog (

    VCI was founded to create high quality, affordable programs that promote mutual understanding and international collaborations for both counseling practitioners and counselor educators. VCI will offer yearly themed institutes for practitioners (Spring) and counselor educations (Fall) in Verona Italy to take advantage of the city’s outstanding facilities, rich cultural heritage, incredible beauty, and central location.

  • 27 Jun 2018 10:00 AM | Jean Atwater-Williams (Administrator)

    Excellence Through Social Emotional Learning (exSEL) Network

    We know success in school and life depends on more than academic ability alone. Research shows social-emotional skills have a significant impact on students' academic performance and persistence in school, as well as their lifelong health, wealth, and well-being.

    Is your district ready to make social-emotional learning (SEL) a critical part of every school day? Apply now to join the Excellence through Social Emotional Learning (exSEL) Network for the 2018-2019 school year!

    The exSEL Network—and its partners the Rennie Center and Transforming Education—will work together to gain critical insight on how to support students' social and emotional development through changes in policy and practice at the district, school, and classroom levels. Participants will have the option to engage in deeper data analysis work, using existing academic and behavioral indicators to guide their SEL efforts while developing new and effective strategies for measuring student progress.

    All Massachusetts school districts are eligible to join the exSEL Network. Districts are expected to contribute $10,000 to help offset the total cost of these services. Our request for applications form includes guidance and suggestions on funding sources. To apply, please follow the format outlined in the form
    Applications are due August 3.






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  • 25 Jun 2018 7:48 AM | Jean Atwater-Williams (Administrator)

    MassEdCO is excited to be partnering with MEFA on this informative webinar regarding their U.Plan Prepaid Tuition Progam.  Please register here:

    The Massachusetts U.Plan Prepaid Tuition Program

    New to the U.Plan Prepaid Tuition Program? This webinar will cover: • The powerful money-saving benefits of the U.Plan, including locking in today’s tuition prices • How your savings will grow even if your child attends college out of state • The easy steps to enrollment Please contact MEFA at if you need live …

  • 13 Jun 2018 12:43 PM | Jean Atwater-Williams (Administrator)


    Dear Friend,

    The Consulate General of Canada in Boston invites you to a college fair in Newton, MA.

    The event will be held on Tuesday, September 25th, 2018. Representatives from Canadian institutions will be present to answer questions about their colleges, tuitions, application processes and more.

    Come out and learn why over 12,000 Americans are studying in Canada.

    Canadian College Fairs

    Tuesday, September 25, 2018


    Boston Marriott Newton

    2345 Commonwealth Avenue

    Newton, MA 02466

    Tel: 617-969-1000

    Light refreshments will be provided.

    Please RSVP to


  • 13 Jun 2018 12:33 PM | Jean Atwater-Williams (Administrator)
    2018 Counselor Workshops
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    Dear Colleague,

    As the school year closes, I want to thank you for your dedication to student success. I appreciate the work you do and hope you’re looking forward to a well-deserved break this summer.

    As a former school counselor, I’m committed to providing you with free and convenient professional development opportunities to learn about College Board programs and to receive resources to support your work with students. Please join us for a workshop to learn about:
    Updates to the AP® Program
    The SAT® Suite of Assessments and the upgraded K–12 Score Reporting Portal
    SAT School Day opportunities
    Fee waiver program enhancements
    I understand that your busy schedule may keep you from attending a face-to-face workshop, so please browse our online offerings. I’m excited to share that you’ll receive CEUs for attending both on-site and online workshops.

    Have a great summer, and don’t forget to register. See you in the fall.


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    Vice President, Counselor Community Engagement
    The College Board
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  • 22 May 2018 6:08 PM | Jean Atwater-Williams (Administrator)

    2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR

    To: High School Seniors

    Re: Chester E. Goodfield Scholarship

    One or more scholarships may be given each year in memory of Chester E. Goodfield of Hardwick, Massachusetts, a long time dairyman and community and civic leader.  Any resident of Massachusetts is encouraged to apply for this $1,000.00 scholarship under the following guide lines:

    • Well qualified high school seniors are eligible for this scholarship, but preference will be given to students that have successfully completed at least one year of study in a 2 or 4 year degree granting program.
    • Selection is based on academic standing and leadership qualities displayed in present and prior years.
    • Preference will be given to students majoring in production agriculture, agri-business, forestry, or the environmental or biological sciences. 
    • The recipient of the Scholarship will be notified prior to the Hardwick Agricultural Fair and will be awarded at the Hardwick Fair, the third weekend in August.

    The scholarship deadline is July 1, 2018.  The application may be downloaded HERE.  

    For more information you may call or e-mail Robert Bottomley at 413-477-6518 or  You may also write to P.O. Box 16, Hardwick Massachusetts 01037.  The Paige Agricultural Trustees of Hardwick will make the final decision.  The scholarship will be paid directly to the student.  

  • 20 Apr 2018 4:03 PM | Jean Atwater-Williams (Administrator)

    Please join the Massachusetts Health Council for

    Our Kids and Drugs of Misuse: Nicotine, Marijuana and Opioids
    Tuesday, May 22, 2018 | 9:30 - 2:30 pm
    Bentley University, Waltham, MA

    Hear from national health and policy experts discussing the risks, trends and realities surrounding these activities and substances.

    CLICK HERE for additional information and registration.

  • 01 Apr 2018 8:53 AM | Jean Atwater-Williams (Administrator)

    A new film created to open up the conversation about anxiety, and provide tools, resources & hope.

    (Appropriate for ages 10 and up.)

    Followed by Q&A with Jon Mattleman and a MYM Young Adult Speaker

    Thursday, May 17
    7:00PM - 8:30PM
    Newton South High School
    Newton Centre, MA


    Register Here

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