TN SCALI 2017 Conference

October 1-3, 2017
Embassy Suites Hotel & Convention Center
Murfreesboro, TN

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SCALI Sponsors

  • Pre-Institute Learning Sessions
  • 50+ Breakout Sessions
  • Exhibit Hall
  • TASL & NBCC credits available
  • Lunch provided on Monday and Tuesday
  • Door prizes

SCALI Pre-Institute Sessions

These Pre-Institute sessions are FREE with your paid Institute registration ($125) and are being held on Sunday, October 1, 2017 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Choose one of the following!  

Lisa King Coleman1. Teaching Growth Mindset in Schools: Mindset Matters

Lisa King Coleman

SPEAKER BIO: Lisa has worked with students developing and using innovative practices as a school counselor for 20 years. She has won numerous awards in her district and presented her programs at local, state and national conferences. Lisa has authored five books including her latest book, Mindset Matters: A Counseling Curriculum to Help Students Understand how to Help Themselves Succeed with a Growth Mindset (2016). Other books of hers include, Making the Link (2005), Academic Advisement Program (2006), Teaching Career Essentials (2015) and How to Create A College Day (2016). Lisa attended Tufts University for her undergraduate degree and Georgia State University for her graduate degrees. She lives in Marietta, GA (Atlanta suburb) with her husband and daughter.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Are you interested in learning more about Growth Mindset? This session will review how Carol Dweck's research-based theory can be infused into your school to improve student success. Come learn about a new curriculum, Mindset Matters which uses the letters in the word MINDSET to frame your lessons: Mindfulness, Identify Brain Basics, Not Yet is OK, Determination/Grit, Self-Talk, Everyone's Unique, and Teaching Others. Since these concepts align with social/emotional, academic and career domains, you will walk away with a clear way to structure your year of lessons/groups and have student outcomes to show the success that comes from teaching about growth mindset.

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2. Positive Behavior Principles

 Dan St. Romain

Dan St. Romain

SPEAKER BIO: Dan is a national educational consultant who provides staff development and consultative services to educators K-12. Dan is passionate about helping individuals shift their perspective on behavior, understanding the best ways to provide support given the challenges posed in today's society. He regularly presents on topics impacting school climate, brain-based instruction, developmentally appropriate educational practices and presentation skills. Dan's overwhelming strength is his skill as a presenter. Although his sessions are exceedingly interactive and engaging, his greatest asset lies in his ability to offer participants rich insight into the connectedness between educational practices and student behavior.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Toto, you're not in Kansas anymore. Although behaviors in the school system have changed a great deal in the past few decades, our strategies for supporting those behaviors have not. By examining all the information we have learned about the brain, we are in a better position to understand how to best create long-term behavior change in our students. In this interactive session, participants will learn nine principles for positively shaping the behavior of our students. This information complements the Positive Behavior Support Initiative, covering both prevention and intervention techniques.


Dr. Melissa Reeves3. Helping Traumatized Students and Those Who Experience Grief, Loss, and Mourning

Dr. Melissa Reeves

SPEAKER BIO: Dr. Melissa Reeves recently served as President of the National Association of School Psychologists. She is a nationally certified school psychologist, licensed professional counselor, licensed special education teacher, and former district coordinator of social/emotional/behavioral services. She is an Associate Professor at Winthrop University and a senior consultant with Sigma Threat Management Associates, PA. She has worked in public schools for over 20 years , in addition to providing mental health services in day residential treatment programs. Dr. Reeves is a co-author of the PREPaRE Crisis Prevention and Intervention curriculum and travels both nationally and internationally training professionals in crisis prevention through recovery, threat and suicide assessment, trauma and PTSD, and cognitive-behavioral therapy.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: This workshop is designed to enhance participants' existing knowledge base about trauma, grief, loss, and mourning. Participants will increase their levels of comfort in dealing with trauma and grief, better understand the differences between normal and complicated grieving, and learn intervention strategies to address both. Participants will achieve a better understanding of factors that influence grief and mourning, and develop specialized skills for helping children and adolescents cope more successfully with these intensely felt emotions.

Special Note: All of the Pre-Institute speakers will be presenting
follow-up breakout sessions on Monday!

SCALI Keynote Speakers

Monday, October 2nd (Opening Session Keynote Speaker)

Dr. Candice McQueenDr. Candice McQueen

Dr. McQueen will bring greetings and an update from the Tennessee Department of Education.

SPEAKER BIO: Dr. Candice McQueen was sworn in as Tennessee's Commissioner of Education on January 17, 2015. Dr. McQueen began her career as a classroom teacher, teaching in both public and private elementary and middle schools before serving as senior vice president and dean of the college of education at Lipscomb University. She also served as a higher education faculty member and department chair before being named dean in 2008. While at Lipscomb, she founded the Ayers Institute for Teacher Learning and Innovation. Dr. McQueen has been awarded multiple awards for both her teaching and the curriculum design of a new magnet school.


Monday, October 2nd (Luncheon Keynote Speaker)

Dr. Carolyn StoneLet Your Advocacy Actions Define Your Role

Dr. Carolyn Stone

SPEAKER BIO: Carolyn Stone, Ed.D., is a Professor of Counselor Education at the University of North Florida (UNF). Dr. Stone is a Past President of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). Prior to coming to UNF, Dr. Stone spent 22 years with Jacksonville, Florida's Public Schools as an elementary and high school counselor, middle school teacher and supervisor of Guidance Services. She supervised 225 school counselors. Dr. Stone currently serves as the Ethics Chair for ASCA and has done so for 15 years. Have Carolyn conduct one of her informative presentations at your next function or event.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Carolyn's keynote address, Let Your Advocacy Actions Define Your Role, will show how school counselors are critically important to our nation's future. They must advocate for their ability to do their job without barriers and hindrances, indeed, our nation's children are depending on it. School counselors are key strategist and deliverers in the effort to close the information, opportunity and attainment gaps and cannot do this if they are saddled with time consuming tasks that do not use their specialized skills. This presentation gives school counselors strategies to position themselves in a powerful role to show how students are different and the gaps lessened when counselors are given autonomy to define their roles. Student success data will be shared from school counseling programs that have been given the freedom to deliver powerful strategies and how student success has forwarded the counselors' cause to be autonomous in determining how they spend their time.


Tuesday, October 3rd (Luncheon Keynote Speaker)

Dr. John HodgeBe the One!

Dr. John Hodge

SPEAKER BIO: Dr. John W. Hodge's career has been defined by assisting students and teachers with overcoming obstacles and achieving goals. He has served as an inspirational speaker across the United States and has been a guest lecturer at Christopher Newport University, Hampton University, North Carolina A&T State University and George Washington University. Dr. Hodge is a trained facilitator for the (SREB) Leadership Initiative Modules "Leading Assessment and Instruction" and "Creating a High Performance Learning Culture", and a trained assessor and facilitator in the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) "Developing the 21st Century Principal" program.

Dr. Hodge is the president and co-founder of Urban Learning and Leadership Center (ULLC), an organization focused on student achievement and reduction of the achievement gap. He has served as a reading teacher, English teacher, AVID teacher, Assistant Principal and Associate Director of AVID Center Eastern Division. He served as Director of An Achievable Dream Academy, an inner city school that piloted many of the interventions used by Urban Learning and Leadership Center. An Achievable Dream Academy is a high performing, high poverty school that has received numerous national awards

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Dr. Hodge as he presents BE THE ONE! He will discuss how the education of America's youth is a challenging prospect when one considers the many burdens faced by impoverished children and their families. Research indicates that poverty need not be a barrier to academic excellence. As co-author of the book Standing in the Gap, Dr. Hodge states, "Across the nation, schools are demonstrating that it can be done: That students can reach high standards, that all children can succeed, that the gap between white and minority students, poor and affluent, can be closed." More often than not, one caring adult can make all the difference in the world. Dr. Hodge's presentation will encourage all of us to BE THE ONE!

SCALI Breakout Sessions

 50+ Informative Breakout Sessions for
Counselors and Administrators!

Including these featured speakers...

Kyle CruzeThe Evolving Landscape of
Adolescent Substance Use

Kyle Cruze

SPEAKER BIO: Kyle is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. His passion and expertise specifically reach adolescent boys (and their families) who are struggling to navigate through the difficult and confusing aspects of current culture and life. Kyle is the Adolescent Clinical Coordinator at Cumberland Heights – a nationally recognized program treating substance abuse disorders. In addition to this work, Kyle also has a private practice in Brentwood, TN.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: This presentation will explore the ever changing landscape of adolescent substance use and abuse. Not only will current trends be outlined, but effective ways of intervening will also be explored.


Haley StockerMedia Mumbo Jumbo: Sex, Drugs, & Advertising

Haley Stocker

SPEAKER BIO: Haley Stocker serves as the Outreach Team Leader for Centerstone's teen pregnancy prevention program. Haley has worked across the state with teens, parents, and educators on issues surrounding adolescent sexual health and risk prevention. Her current position allows Haley to promote healthy decision-making among youth and to provide community-based resource linkage. Haley is currently pursuing her masters in clinical mental health counseling through Lipscomb University.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: This presentation will provide updated information on the messages being conveyed to youth by the media/advertising on topics of alcohol, drugs, sexuality, and mental health and what educators can do to encourage critical thinking about these messages.

SCALI Schedule

Sunday, October 1, 2017
2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Registration Opens
2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Exhibits Open
3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Pre-Institute Session
Monday, October 2, 2017
7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Registration and Information Center
7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Exhibits Open
8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Opening Session and Keynote Speaker - Dr. Candice McQueen
9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Break - Visit Exhibitors
10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Breakout Sessions
11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Lunch and Keynote Speaker -
Dr. Carolyn Stone
1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Breakout Sessions
2:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Break - Visit Exhibitors
2:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Exhibits Open
8:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Breakout Sessions
9:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Break - Visit Exhibitors
9:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Breakout Sessions
11:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Break - Visit Exhibitors
11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. General Session & Lunch
Keynote Speaker - Dr. John Hodge
Closing & Door Prizes

TASL credits for administrators and CEU credits (NBCC) for
will be available for attending the Institute.
Details will be provided on site.

SCALI Registration

Online registration is now closed, but we have room for you!

Just come to the Institute with your registration form and payment (purchase order, cash, check or credit card).

We will register you onsite in just a couple minutes!

Please make your check or purchase order payable to:
National Center for Youth Issues
Mail the check or purchase order and registration forms to the address above.

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PRE-INSTITUTE (Sunday, October 1, 2017, 3:00 p.m. - ­5:30 p.m.)

Cost: $0*

*Institute registration ($125) is required to attend one of the FREE Pre-Institute Learning Sessions. Please indicate if you plan on attending the Pre-Institute. You may only choose only ONE.

  1. Teaching Growth Mindset in Schools: Mindset Matters
    Lisa King Coleman

  2. Positive Behavior Principals
    Dan St. Romain

  3. Helping Traumatized Students and Those Who Experience Grief, Loss, and Mourning
    Dr. Melissa Reeves


MAIN CONFERENCE (October 2-3, 2017)

Cost: $125.00 (Includes Pre-Institute)

Please note: There will be no refunds after September 18, 2017.  All cancellations before September 18, 2017 will be refunded less a $25 handling fee. The institute is not responsible for and cannont give refunds due to problems beyond its control, such as weather or school closings.

SCALI Accommodations


Embassy Suites Murfreesboro Hotel and Convention Center

School Counselor Hotel

Embassy Suites Murfreesboro TN

Reserve your Room Today!
Limited Availability

Embassy Suites Murfreesboro Hotel
and Convention Center

1200 Conference Center Blvd
Murfreesboro, TN 37129

The Embassy Suites, the Institute's host hotel, has a conference rate of $138 per night, plus tax, which remains valid for reservations made on or before September 8, 2017, while rooms are available. The price includes full, cook-to-order breakfast and evening Manager's Reception.


  • CALL: 615-890-4464 or 1-800-362-2779. If you want to phone in your reservation to the Embassy Suites, please be sure to tell the hotel that your Group/Convention code is " SCI" and mention the " SCALI 2017" room block.

  • BOOK ONLINE: Click here to book your hotel room on  Embassy Suites Website. Enter your check in dates to September 30 or October 1, and your check out date to October 3.


TN SCALI Work and Play

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Hilton Garden Inn & Marriott Residence Inn

If the Embassy Suites hotel is full, we have opened room blocks at nearby hotels. The Hilton Garden Inn and the Marriott Residence Inn are within easy walking distance (across the parking lot) from the Embassy Suites! 

Hilton Garden Inn Murfreesboro

Hilton Garden Inn
1335 Conference Center Blvd
Murfreesboro, TN 37129

The Hilton Garden Inn has a conference rate of $139 per night, plus tax, and includes a full, cook to order breakfast (limit two people per room, per night), just like the Embassy! To receive these special rates book before September 8, 2017.


  • CALL:  The direct number is 615-225-2345. Mention the "TNSCA" code and the dates, October 1-3, 2017.

  • BOOK ONLINE: Click here to go to  Hilton Garden Inn's Website and book your room with the institute special rates.

Marriott Residence Inn MurfreesboroMarriott Residence Inn - Murfreesboro
1409 Conference Center Blvd
Murfreesboro, TN 37129 

The Marriott Residence Inn - Murfreesboro has a rate of $139 per night, plus tax, and this price includes a full, hot breakfast in the morning, and a light dinner at night! You must book before September 18, 2017.


  • CALL:  The toll free line is (888) 236-2427 or the direct line is
    (615) 225-9250. Just mention the code "TSGC" and the dates, October 1-3, 2017.

  • BOOK ONLINE: Click here to go to  Marriott Residence Inn's Website and book your room with the institute special rates.
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