Elizabeth Parker was recently elected President of the VSCA by a membership of over 1,500 school counselors across all regions of the Commonwealth. Parker will serve a two-year term (2017-2018 President-Elect & 2018-2019 President).
As the presiding officer of VSCA, Parker will serve as spokesperson for all school counselors in the state of Virginia; work directly with the organization’s contracted lobbying and government relations firm; update the strategic plan and standing rules as necessary; create a professional development calendar for the year; contribute to the “Voice, VSCA’s quarterly publication; serve as an official member of the finance, government relations, and conference planning committee; and will be representing Virginia’s School Counselors at the American School Counselor Association’s delegate assembly, leadership institute, and annual conference.
Founded in 1962 , the Virginia School Counselor Association (VSCA) is a state chapter of the American School Counselor Association. It is the only school counselor association in the Commonwealth of Virginia solely for and by school counselors. VSCA provides professional development opportunities through workshops and conferences; lobbying for local, state and national policies and legislation; networking opportunities through social media outlets, and current and relevant information and resources to school counselors throughout the state. VSCA collaborates with the Virginia Department of Education and is actively involved in a number of educational leadership committees such as the SOL Innovation Committee and the Virginia Public Education Coalition. Additionally, VSCA was a stakeholder group actively involved in reviewing and planning for the implementation of the Virginia Profile of a Graduate, and assisted with revisions to the Standards for School Counseling Programs in Virginia Public Schools, among other guiding documents.