Rhode Island School Counselor Association

2021 RISCA Annual Conference

Together Again, Together We Can!

Monday, October 25, 2021

Crowne Plaza, Warwick, RI

With Keynote by Brian Coleman 

Mr. Brian Coleman was the 2019 National School Counselor of the Year and the first African-American winner of this prestigious honor. He was also a 2019 Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Upstander Award recipient for his commitment to LGBTQA+ youth advocacy. Coleman has spent the last year traveling the country as the cartwheeling "Unicorn Counselor" speaking on issues ranging from comprehensive sexual health education and counseling program design to counselor identity and engagement strategies within the school community.  He is in his eighth year with Jones College Prep where he has served as Counseling Department Chair for four years. At Jones, Mr. Coleman has primarily overseen counseling programming for seniors, JCP’s student mentorship program "Eagle Mentors", and the school’s LGBTQA+ student organization JonesPride. In recent years, he has also participated in DePaul University’s “Here We Do” and McDonald’s “Black and Positively Golden” promotional campaigns. He has also contributed to pieces for CNBC, Forbes, Teen Vogue, and NPR among others.  Coleman is a proud graduate of Northwestern University as well as DePaul University where he was named the College of Education’s 2019 Alumni of the Year (and, recently, became an Adjunct Instructor!)  He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Illinois School Counselor Association and the Educational Advisory Board for Responsibility.org.  He enjoys all things unicorn, most things theatrical, and a good amount of professional wrestling!

Three Powerful Sessions:

Embrace & Empower the Unicorns

Unicorns Unite: Models for Peer-to-Peer Mentorship in High School

Unicorns-R-Us: Strategies to Connect

Don't miss out on these INCREDIBLE Breakout Sessions...

How to Level-Up Career Related Curriculum 
Coping Skills for Current Times 
From Perfect to Purpose: A student’s struggle with anxiety, perfectionism, and substance use. 
ROTC with Sean Ritchie, Army ROTC Scholarship and Enrollment
Unlocking Apprenticeship: Understanding and Connecting Students to Youth Apprenticeship Opportunities 
Junior Achievement Middle and High School Programs 
College Admissions during continued COVID challenges 
ACT to Save a Life: Evidence-based Suicide Prevention for MS and HS 
What K-12 SEL Should Look Like As We Rise To The Moment: Neuroscience, Strategies, Easy To Implement And Effective
Writing a Proposal: Generate Your Ideas Into Action 
The RI School Counselor Curriculum Framework 
Advising College Pathways and Postsecondary Options for Students on 504/IEP 
Supporting Concussed Students -  REAP: The Benefits of Good Concussion Management 
Angst - Film Screening

Vendors invited! Last year, RISCA welcomed over 40 vendors to our conference! Interested in joining us in 2021 ? Email Barbara.DiSaia@jwu.edu to learn more. Want to make your payment online? Click here.

Thank You to our

Fall Conference 2021


Gold Sponsor


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Silver Sponsors


      *Coffee and Snack Break Sponsor 

Bronze Sponsors

American School Counselor Association 

CollegeBound Saver

Johnson and Wales University

Lasell University

Plymouth State University

Sallie Mae


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