Rhode Island School Counselor Association


RISCA Annual Conference 2023-Call for Proposals

Join us as a presenter at the RISCA 2023 Annual Fall Conference on Monday, October 30, 2023 at The Crowne Plaza!

Fill out a Call for Proposal here!

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The 2023 High School Scholarship Winners are:

Dylan Fisher

Chariho Regional High School

Patricia Dipollino, counselor /nominator

Planning to attend New England Institute of Technology (Software Engineering & Web Development)

Anicyah Moreira

Charles E. Shea Senior High School

Rosemary Gomes, counselor/nominator

Planning to attend Georgia Institute of Technology (Aerospace Engineering)

The 2023 Graduate Student Scholarship Winner is:

Alisha Iafrate 

Providence College


The Rhode Island School Counselor Association announces Anne-Marie Flaherty as the

 2022-2023 RI School Counselor of the Year! 

Congratulations Anne-Marie!

The Rhode Island School Counselor Association (RISCA) is pleased to announce that Anne- Marie Flaherty is the Rhode Island School Counselor of the Year. This award, given in memory of counselor and educator Arthur Tartaglione, honors a leader in program implementation who also performs outstanding service to the school and community in the counseling field. Thank you to all that were able to join us in celebrating RI's SCOY!


     Pictured above: From left to right: RISCA President Lisa Fontaine, RISCA President-Elect Kristi Lombardo, East Greenwich Superintendent Dr. Brian Ricca, Rhode Island State Senator Bridget Valverde, SCOY '23 Anne-Marie Flaherty, Lt. Governor Sabina Matos, Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green, RIDE Education Specialist - School Counseling & RISCA Secretary Onna Holland, East Greenwich Asst. Superintendent Michael Podraza, EGHS Interim Principal Dr. Pat Page, EGHS Asst. Principal Jonathan Mendelsohn.

COVID - 19 (Coronovirus) Updates and Resources 

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In response to historical, recent, and ongoing events, the RISCA leadership has issued a statement and plans to thoughtfully support our members in a way that embodies our values, ethics, and commitment to social justice and advocacy.  Please view this official statement from RISCA. 

School counselors may find resources gathered by RISCA addressing race related conversations and support by visiting this link.

Black Lives Matter Movement | State Sanctioned

Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island


Pictured above: Lisa Fontaine, RISCA President and Kristi Lombardo, RISCA President-Elect

Happy National School Counseling Week!

February 6-10, 2023

- A message from Lisa Fontaine - 

My favorite time of the year is the week we get to celebrate School Counselors! National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), and Rhode Island School Counselor Association (RISCA), highlights the significant impact school counselors have in helping students achieve academic success, social/emotional growth, and plan for their future.  ASCA’s theme this year focuses on how success starts with a dream.  Thank you for your role in helping our students start, explore, make a plan, and sometimes change that plan to reach their dreams.

The school counselors that I have had the pleasure of working with, and hear about in our state schools are dedicated and committed to supporting our students in all that they do!  

  • School counselors matter!  

  • Having enthusiastic and ambitious goals for our school counseling program matters!  

  • Recognizing the core message that educators make a difference matters!  

  • Someday our students will face reality without the support of school staff, and these students will be successful and that matters!  

In addition, school counselors are the glue that holds our schools together.  Collaborating with administrators, teachers, parents, mental health teams, nurses, agencies, students, staff and each other!  Whew, that’s A LOT!  What a wonderful reward when we witness first hand the success of our students in their personal and academic growth!   

John Quincy Adams shares, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, and become more, you are a leader”.  Thank you for leading students toward their dreams!  You are all making a difference in big and small ways!  

Happy National School Counseling Week!  Be on the lookout for a little something special coming your way this week. 

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