March 17, 2021 

  1. Leadership Education Webinar - Session 6
  2. Register for PCACAC's Virtual Conference
  3.  Conference Keynote Speaker
  4. Executive Board Election
  5. Success of Rural & Small Town SIG
  6. Counselor Resource Center
  7. AmazonSmile
  8. PCACAC Giving
  9. Join PCACAC's Team
  10. Calendar of Events
  11. Connect With Us

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Leadership Ed. Certificate 2020-21 SESSION 6 - Counseling Through Crisis/Pandemic

Tuesday, March 23, 2021
4:00 - 5:00 pm

Many college admission professionals on the high school and college side may not come from a counseling academic background. What can we learn about tips and best practices from professionals in our field with counseling experience and education. How do we work with students during high-stress or moments of crisis that may be personal as well as national? We are excited to bring this conversation into our educational series to provide us with support in serving our students and families as well as maintaining our own health.

  • Alicia Ogelsby, Director of School and College Counseling, Bishop McNamara HS (MD)
  • Maureen Ponce, Board Secondary Vice President, Maryland School Counselor Association (MD)
Moderated by Damian Garcia, Glenelg Country School (MD)

Register now for PCACAC's Virtual Conference - April 18-20, 2021


SCHEDULE AT-A-GLANCE - A more detailed schedule with sessions and presenters will be available in late March via the Socio web and mobile apps! 

Our sessions will be based on the following themes that are developed from the feedback we received in a recent survey where many of you shared the current issues and topics YOU would like to see discussed at the conference:

  • Access and Equity
  • Engagement
  • Collaboration
  • Real Issues, Real Answers, Real Conversations

Chair:  Rosemary Martin, St. John's College High School (DC)
Sessions:  James B. Massey, Jr., Univ. of Maryland, College Park (MD)
PCACAC Office:  Rhonda Douthit, Executive Assistant and Site Director

This year's conference is hosted by Revolution Prep!

We are excited to announce our 56th Annual Conference Keynote Speaker! 

On Monday, April 19 at 9:15am, please help us welcome our Keynote Speaker, Dr. Shaunna Payne Gold from Gold Enterprises, LLC, for a conversation about "Civility and Collaboration in the Work of Access and Equity".

An educator, higher education administrator, ordained minister, and highly sought-after consultant in the equity and inclusion marketplace; Dr. Gold currently serves as the Assistant Provost for Diversity & Inclusion at Towson University near Baltimore, MD. Her primary goal is to support the Division of Academic Affairs by attracting, advancing, and retaining diverse staff, faculty, and librarians. Read Dr. Gold's full profile and register today:

Cast your vote by Sunday, April 18th! As a valued member, PCACAC's Nominating Committee encourages you to vote in the 2021 Executive Board election.  Not currently a member? Join through the "New Member" section of the ELECTION BALLOT and cast your vote today! Annual membership is $45 from October 1 - September 30.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CANDIDATES for the following available positions.  Each position holds a three-year term.
  • President-Elect
  • Vice President of Finance
  • Admissions Practices Chair
  • Credentials & Bylaws Chair
  • At-Large Delegate
The election will be held from March 15 - April 18, 2021 and results will be announced at our Membership Meeting on April 19 during our virtual 56th Annual Conference.  Newly elected officers will take office July 1, 2021.

Thank you for your commitment to PCACAC and we look forward to receiving your vote!  Joel Lang, Immediate Past President and Nominating Chair

The Rural and Small Town SIG Workshop was a Big Success!

The Rural & Small Town SIG held their first ever virtual workshop on March 3, 2021 with a total of 50 attendees online! Originally the event was planned to take place in Beckley, West Virginia in person but due to the current state of affairs, the workshop was moved to Zoom and still offered a strong West Virginia focus.  

The event concentrated on the college search process for rural students and provided additional information regarding special circumstances due to the pandemic. Through the morning sessions, discussion was had regarding the hurdles facing the college search process during this time, the ongoing conversation of paying for college, and the topic of gap years and alternative paths to a four year institution. We also heard from two students who shared their experiences coming from rural backgrounds and navigating their time in higher education.

Our goal is to continue to provide programming in the future to rural areas of the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia/Western Maryland, Eastern Shore Maryland, and then back down to rural areas of southern Virginia. For more information and how to get involved with the Rural & Small Town SIG, please feel free to contact Emily Ewoldt.

Counselor Resource Center: 

HUGE thanks to the Hill School for generously sharing their resources about applying to service academies:
Chair:  Kathleen Martin, Wilmington Friends School (DE)

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We simply can't do it without you!

PCACAC invites you to contribute to our new endowment fund - created to help counselors whose schools, districts or programs are underfunded and/or who need extra support.  With your support, we can provide additional professional development opportunities, programming, and materials for those counselors most in need.  PLEASE GIVE HERE

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