Counselor Academy – Austin

Poised to Lead: The Professional School Counselor Academy

The Professional School Counselor Academy (Austin) is a nine-month professional development program for persons whose responsibilities include the implementation or oversight of college and career readiness at the campus and/or district level. It is sponsored by the Texas Education Agency and implemented in collaboration with Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and Texas Tech University.

Applicants should be prepared to participate in all three phases:

Phase 1: Fall Symposium held in early October;

Phase 2: Independent action-learning project and online learning modules; and,

Phase 3: Summer Symposium held in mid-June.

Featured Speakers and Topics:

Symposium speakers include Texas Education Agency staff, Regional Education Service Center (ESC) CTE Specialists, and district administrators and counselors. Topics include:

  • CTE Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for 2017-2018
  • Federal Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006
  • State Laws and Rules for Career and Technical Education
  • State and Federal Funding for Career and Technical Education
  • School Counseling State Policies and Mandates
  • PBMAS – Performance-Based Monitoring Analysis System
  • SAAH – Student Attendance Accounting Handbook, Section 5 Career and Technical Education
  • PEIMS – Public Education Information Management System
  • Labor Market and Workforce Trends, and Using Regional Data to Drive Education Decisions
  • Industry-Recognized Certifications and Licensures for Students
  • Career Clusters, Programs of Study, Articulated Credit and College Connections
  • Leadership, Fostering Effective Partnerships, and Advisory Committees
  • Special Populations
  • Other topics based on the needs of the Academy participants.