The following plan was adopted by the MSCA Executive BoardSummer 2016
A. Facilitate communication among school counselors at all levels in the state of Montana
- Publish a newsletter for all Montana School Counselor Association members three times per year.
- Build and maintain a functional website, Facebook page, and other forms of social media for MSCA.
- Facilitate counselor sharing and communication by level (K-12, Elementary, Middle, High School) by:
- electronic communication
- conference sectionals
- newsletter articles
- annual reports
- Provide Presidential email updates to members at least once a month
B. Advocate and promote the profession of school counseling in the state of Montana
- Market the profession and our state association.
- Promote the adoption of a comprehensive school counseling program for all schools in Montana utilizing the Montana School Counseling Program Model and the American School Counselor Association National Model.
- Continue to support state programs and efforts including, but not limited to: GEAR-UP, Montana College Access Network (MCAN), Graduation Matters Montana, Montana Association of Career and Technical Education (CTE), Rigorous Programs of Learning, Montana Behavior Initiative (MBI), and Montana Digital Academy (MTDA).
- Be proactive with legislation that affects school counselors.
- Offer speakers/trainers/articles on school counseling and implementation of the Montana School Counseling Program model to leadership organizations, including but not limited to: School Administrators of Montana (SAM), Montana School Board Association (MTSBA), School Mental Health Initiative, Montana Behavioral Initiative (MBI) and MEA/MFT.
- Be an active voice in the state School Mental Health effort, ensuring that school counselors are leaders of School Mental Health services in their schools.
- Be an active voice in the state College and Career Readiness movement.
- Develop and update all promotional materials including the website and new PR brochure.
- Review and update the MSCA model to align with the current ASCA model which includes Mindsets and Behaviors.
- Offer trainings to provide skills, face-to-face or electronically, to implement the Montana School Counseling Program Model, such as RAMP Camp.
- Organize two statewide conferences annually.
- Provide on-going support to all school counselors for ethical issues through training, website, newsletter articles and/or consultation.
- Support statewide efforts for regional meetings and trainings.
- Collaborate and support school counselor educator programs and their graduate students.
- Build and maintain a membership of at least one-half of the school counselors in the state.
- Hold an annual meeting of the membership each spring at the Spring Conference.
- Facilitate leadership development among the membership, to include non-board positions such as legislative advocacy and conference chairs.
- Send the President and President-Elect to ASCA including the Delegate Assembly, the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Annual Conference, and ASCA Leadership Development Institute each year.
- Send the President and President-Elect to the Western States Annual Conference.
- Review and update organizational documents annually.
- Create an annual budget and financial report to present at the annual state meeting.
- Create an annual itemized budget that reflects the priorities of the organization each summer and present at the October board meeting.
- Review financial reports as a board quarterly and create an annual report to share at the s spring membership meeting.
- Create a spreadsheet to track Strategic Plan and Policies and Procedures implementation.
- Communicate relevant data to the membership twice a year.