School Counselor Workshop

Save the date!

Join us online for our 2023 School Counselor Workshop on Friday, February 10 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Join us as we celebrate National School Counseling Week and shower you with giveaways and prizes.

Speakers & Schedule

In recognition of National School Counseling Week (Feb. 6 -10) and our way of saying thank you, we will also have fun surprises and giveaways during the event!

8:45 a.m. – Online Zoom Room Opens

9:00 a.m. – Welcome

Dr. Jo Tuite

Associate Director of Admissions

Dr. Tuite directs the Office of Admissions at the Indiana Academy. Her research interests include the experiences of high ability, LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, or queer) students. She is a frequent speaker at conferences that focus on high-ability/high-achieving students.

9:15 a.m. – Identifying and Promoting the Brilliance of Twice Exceptional Students

Dr. Lisa Rubenstein

Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at Ball State University Teachers College

Lisa DaVia Rubenstein, PhD, is a professor of educational psychology at Ball State University. She was a classroom teacher, a gifted program coordinator, and a researcher at the National Center for Research on the Gifted and Talented. She earned her PhD from the University of Connecticut before coming to Ball State. While at Ball State, she has served as the gifted undergraduate program director and the PhD program director. Her research examines the intersection of personal identities, creativity, and curriculum. She has been recognized by the National Association of Gifted Children, and she recently was awarded a 2.6 million dollar, 5-year Javits grant to implement Project Brilliance.

10:15 a.m. – Academic Anxiety Research & Resources to Serve Learners in Need

Dr. Jerrell C. Cassady

Professor of Psychology, Department of Educational Psychology at Ball State University Teachers College

Dr. Cassady is the director of the Academic Anxiety Resource Center ( and the Research Design Studio ( He’s been at Ball State since 1999. His areas of expertise include test anxiety, human learning, teacher education, and research design.

11:15 a.m. – Best Practices for Helping Students Navigate College Applications

Ms. Casey Schultz

Associate Director of College Counseling and Student Engagement at the Indiana Academy

Casey Schultz is the Associate Director of College Counseling and Student Engagement at the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities. She has worked in higher education as an Admissions professional and academic advisor for more than 10 years at Ball State University. Casey is also an associate certified academic life coach. She is currently pursuing her EdD in Higher Education with a cognate in Community College Leadership.

Noon – Lunch (On Your Own or Stay Online for Networking Time)

12:30 p.m. – Lunch & Learn (optional): Authentic Active Listening: Connection, Not Corniness

Mx. Addison Helsper

As a former adolescent crisis/suicide prevention counselor, Addison Helsper is passionate about sharing specific behavioral and cognitive interventions to better connect with adolescents. Through Addison’s years of crisis work at Boys Town, they have solidified a repertoire of active listening strategies to support students facing daily life stressors and preparing students for a successful future.

1:00 p.m. – IDOE Graduation Pathways

Ms. Flora Jones

Director of Student Pathways & Opportunities for the Indiana Department of Education

Ms. Jones is a Proud School Administrator and Professional School Counselor with over twenty years of experience in the field of education. She prides herself in being a servant leader who has devoted her life to helping students find their Passion and Purpose and develop a Plan for their future.

Before joining the IDOE, she served as the Director of Post-Secondary Readiness for Indianapolis Public Schools where she oversaw college, career, and life readiness initiatives across the district. Prior to her time in IPS, she spent over twenty years in MSD of Wayne Township in various roles including School Counselor, District Equity Team Leader, Recruitment Chairperson, Home School Advisor, At Risk Counselor, and GCL New Teacher Trainer, along with many other roles and responsibilities.

In her role as IDOE Director of Student Pathways, she is responsible for setting the direction of Pathway Opportunities for students as it relates to Graduation Pathways and Locally Created Pathways, Regional Work-Based Learning Opportunities and Support, Dual Credit Credentialing for School Staff to Increase Student Access to College Coursework, Postsecondary Credentialing for Students and Moving the Terminal End Point of High School Beyond the Graduation Stage. She is also responsible for the support and guidance in the area of High Abilities, Alternative Educational Programming, Homeless Children and Youth, and Homeschool Initiatives.

1:30 p.m. – Fostering a Culture of STEM Education through Collaborative Leadership

Krista M. Stith, Ph.D.

Director of the Center for Gifted Studies and Talent Development at Ball State University Teachers College

Dr. Stith is the Director of the Center for Gifted Studies and Talent Development and co-Director of the Instructional Technology Design Studio at Ball State University in Muncie, IN. With her Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus of Integrative STEM Education from Virginia Tech, she works extensively in high-ability programming and STEM/STEAM education. She is the Coordinator for Ball State University-Project Lead The Way partnership to facilitate PLTW Launch Teacher Preparation Programs and co-directs a K-6 STEAM Club and a Robotics Club. Her research interests are in design thinking and integrative STEM programming at the school and district level. Prior to her position at Ball State, Dr. Stith was a high school life science and engineering teacher in Southwest Virginia.

2:30 p.m. – Panel Discussion led by Dr. Tuite on Gifted and High Ability Education

3:00 p.m. – Program Concludes

After hours with Dr. Tuite (optional)Resources Available to You and Your Students


Cost is only for $25 ($10 for college undergrads*), and the price includes Continuing Education Units (CEUs) issued from Ball State University. Registration closes on Tuesday, January 31, 2023, so sign up today!

Register now and pay later! We accept credit card, check, and Purchase Orders (PO) for payment.

Late Registrations

For registrations after February 1, 2023, you will need to contact our office by email at .


All cancellations must be submitted in writing before February 3, 2023 to receive a refund.


Please contact our office at or by phone at 765-286-6156.

We look forward to having you join us!

* Contact our office for instructions on how to receive the student discount.