Counselor Connect (Keep Indiana Learning – CIESC)

The Keep Indiana Learning Counselor Connect Expert Network is a district-led and championed community of practice, offering high quality professional development, resources, and support for Student Service Professionals to foster the delivery of equitable, accessible, and data-informed services to students in the areas of academic, postsecondary, and social-emotional learning.



  • (Added 6/4/24, CIESC): Need Customized Support for your Student Service Professionals?  CIESC is one of nine educational service centers (ESCs) in Indiana offering support to member school districts. Counselor Connect and the School Counseling Professional Learning Specialist, Samantha Vidal, are additional supports offered by CIESC. For information on customized professional learning, coaching or support for your student services team, contact Samantha Vidal at
  • (Added 5/15/24, Amanda Culhan, CIESC): The recording for the recent Student Wellbeing Teams webinar is now available! You can also find it in either of these places:
  • (Added 4/23/25, Sam Vidal, CIESC):  Navigating HEA 1447 for School Counselors (Recorded April 11, 2024) Slides: and Recording Link:
    (Passcode: 3KGT6*iK)
  • (Added 3/19/24, CIESC): We need to hear from Student Services Professionals to identify & prioritize topics of professional learning opportunities & resources. Please complete this survey by 3/22/24.
  • (Added 1/16/24, Samantha Vidal, CIESC): Talk Data to Me, Part I – The Counselor Connect team has a 4-part series with tips to make your life easier when using Excel and Google Sheets. Each video will increase in difficulty. By the end of the series, you will be a spreadsheet expert! We will release a new video each month this semester.
  • (Added 1/12/24, Amanda Culhan, CIESC): Counselor Connect Newsletter
  • (Added 12/22/23, Amanda Culhan, CIESC): Counselor Connect Digital Library – Don’t miss a thing from 2023!
  • (Added 12/15/23, Amanda Culhan, CIESC):
    • National School Counseling Week Call Out: We’d love to feature some school counselor celebrations that occur during NSCW! If your counselor or administrator does something unique or fun to advocate for and/or celebrate the profession, please let us know! We’re looking for pictures or ideas to share with other schools!
    • New podcast series from our SEL team -Building Bridges: Student Support Talk ~ What do you want to know about supporting the social-emotional needs of your students? Christy Berger and Brooke Lawson, both counselor leaders in Indiana school districts and chairs for the Counselor Connect SEL team, will be responding to your questions in podcast episodes to occur every other month, with the first episode airing December 8th! Submit your question(s) for a future episode!
    • Upcoming Events: 
      • Creating & Sustaining a CSC Program: Q&A with School Counselor Leaders, January 17 via zoom | Free Registration
      • Preparing for National School Counseling Week, January 23 via zoom | Free Registration
      • Winter Book Study: Join the Counselor Connect community of readers this winter as we enjoy Soundtracks: The Surprising Solution to Overthinking. We’ll kick things off January 31st with an overview of the series, including our pacing guide through March. | Free Registration
      • *Winter Learning Bundle, including 4, 60-90 minute virtual sessions presented by Hatching Results! Sessions will be recorded and made available OnDemand through December, 2024, if you can’t join us live. Sessions will include:
        • The Use of Data in School Counseling: A Deeper Dive with Co-Author, Dr. Julie Hartline (1/17/24); 
        • Strengthening Counselor/Administrator Collaboration (1/30/24)
        • The School Counselor’s Role in MTMDSS: Tier 1 and 2 Activities & Supports (2/5/24)
        • Spend More Time on What is Working with PDSA (2/14/24)
        • $40 Registration for the Bundle Coming Soon!


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