MSCA Annual Conference

April 29, 2018 – May 01, 2018
Madden’s on Gull Lake, Brainerd, Minnesota


Theme: Anchor Your Passion

The Southwest Division will be hosting the MSCA Spring Conference this year April 29-May 1, 2018 and we are excited for you to join us for this professional conference!

Registration is Closed, the deadline for all options was Tuesday, April 10, 2018

We have two amazing keynote speakers lined up for the 2018 conference!  Manny Scott will be opening the conference on Sunday evening.  Mike Smith will be our featured keynote on Monday morning.  He is also offering an extended follow up session immediately following his large group keynote session.  You can access information about each keynote below!


Manny Scott –

Mike Smith –



Exhibitors Contact:

Should you have any questions to register as an exhibitor, please contact Jessica Kirschner –

Link to exhibitors form.  All exhibitor requests need to be submitted by March 1, 2018.


Programs Contact:

Heather Krause –

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Conference Planning CommitteeConference Tri-Chairs:

Amanda Bomstad –

Laura Zender –

Jessica Kirschner –

Costs for staying on site at Maddens

The below prices are subject to change-be sure to contact or visit Maddens site directly for the current prices.

The reservation deadline to stay on site at Maddens is March 28, 2018.

Make your Reservations at Maddens

Run of the House Room:

$478.31 Single Occupancy, per person

$308.87 Double Occupancy, per person

$252.36 Triple Occupancy, per person*

$224.11 Quadruple Occupancy, per person*


These rates include your lodging for Sunday and Monday evenings, we well as the following meals: Sunday Supper, Monday Breakfast, Monday Dinner Banquet, Tuesday Breakfast (Monday Lunch is included in your conference registration fee)


* For Triple and Quadruple Rates:

  • Please note that there are limited units with 3 or more beds at the resort
  • Guests registering for the triple or quad rate will be assigned to those units on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Once those are booked, you will have 2 options
  1. We will honor the triple or quad rate in our Run of the House rooms that has 2 beds/1 or 2 baths
  2. You can change your reservation to a single or double occupancy rate


If you book as a double, triple, or quad rate, but fewer people than indicated actually check in, you will be charged the rate based on the number of people that checked in for the stay (Example: if your initial registration indicated 4 people (quad rate), but only 2 checked in for the stay, you will be charged the double occupancy rate



  • Full package payment is required at the time of reservation request


Cancellation Policy:

  • You are responsible for your entire stay, early departures or reservation reduced in length are not refundable. Package payments are refundable, less a $25 cancellation fee if you cancel by March 28, 2018. Any cancellation made after March 28, 2018 will not receive a refund (replacements gladly accepted). Reservations made after the deadline are non-refundable.


The reservation deadline to stay on site at Maddens is March 28, 2018.

We are excited to announce the line-up of break out sessions for the MSCA conference!  As you will see, there is a great variety of topic areas, for all levels of counseling!

The 2019 MSCA Conference will be at our hosting division city of St. Paul at the InterContinental Hotel.


Video message from MSCA President (2017-2018), Leah Zimmerman

MSCA Day on the Hill

MSCA Day on the Hill took place on Thursday, March 15, 2018.

Pictures from MSCA Day on the Hill


The Minnesota Legislature convened this week to begin the 2018 legislative session. As you know, MSCA is active at the Minnesota State Capitol, working to ensure that our state lawmakers understand the importance of counselors in the lives of our students.

Each year, we plan a Day on the Hill for school counselors to meet with legislators, share our stories and details about our profession, and encourage lawmakers to support our students. Day on the Hill is an important opportunity to speak directly with our state lawmakers. Face-to-face meetings are meaningful, and help build valuable relationships with our elected officials.

Mark your calendar now: MSCA Day on the Hill will take place on Thursday, March 15 this year! We will be wearing BLUE to show unity and advocacy for School Counselors AND there will be CEU’s given for the afternoon ‘Political Advocacy and Leadership’ training. We need you there to help advocate for students and our profession!

Please click on, Register Here to let us know you’ll be attending. In the coming weeks, we’ll share additional details about the day’s agenda and guest speakers.

If you’ve never visited with your legislators before, please don’t let that stop you from attending. We know it can feel a little intimidating – but our lobbying team will start out the day with a welcome and training session to ensure that everyone feels comfortable and prepared. We’ll also provide you with an advocacy toolkit and resources to navigate the Capitol complex, and our lobbyists will be on hand all day to assist.

It is so important that state lawmakers hear from us, their constituents, about what we do as counselors and how having access to counselors is critical to student well being and success.

If you have any questions, please let us know – but don’t forget to sign up Register Here!




8:00                     Welcome in Cass Gilbert Library (3rd floor of the Minnesota State Capitol Building)

8:30-9:45             Training by GR team and Goff Public

Visits from legislators

10:00-3:00           Meetings with legislators (Note: arranged personally by individual counselors)


Lunch will be on your own this year to allow for people to grab something conveniently in between appointments.  Food is available until 1:30pm in the Rathskeller Café (Capitol basement) or Cafeteria in the Department of Transportation building.


Scheduling meetings:

To schedule a meeting with your State Representative and/or State Senator, it is best to call their offices directly. Be sure to let them know you are a constituent and will be visiting the Capitol for the School Counselors Day on the Hill on March 15. Please make every effort to schedule your meeting in advance! If you aren’t sure who represents you, can find out here:


Meeting space:

To find the Cass Gilbert Library, take elevators or stairs to the 3rd floor of the State Capitol Building, and follow signs to Room 317A.



There is limited street parking and several public parking lots around the Capitol complex. You can also parkin the Bethesda Hospital parking ramp on Park Street. Public lots are marked in yellow on this map:


If you have any questions, contact your division president, division GR chair, or any of the below MSCA Government Relations members:

GR email:

Tom Tillberry–

Murray Smart–

Leah Kent–

Jillian McGee–

Walter Roberts—

Julia Corneil-Smith–

On behalf of the MSCA Government Relations Committee, we would like to thank all that attended The Day on the Hill on March 16th, 2017.

Never attended a Day on the Hill? Nervous about meeting with legislators? There is support for those who have never attended and opportunities to go along with veteran school counselors.

Photos from the 2017 Day on the Hill

Tentative Agenda 2017 : 

Convene at Education Minnesota Building (Basement Meeting Room): 41 Sherburne Ave, St. Paul MN 55103 (Basement Meeting Room)

  • 8:00 Welcome/Registration/Refreshments
  • 8:30 Welcome of Legislators
  • 9:00 Training by GR Team/Goff regarding advocacy/meetings
  • 10:00-3:00 Meetings with Legislators (arranged personally by individual counselors)
  • 12:00 Lunch will be available After lunch: Tours available of Capitol Building
  • 3:00 Debrief with GR team

CONTACTING YOUR LEGISLATORS AND APPOINTMENTS FOR THE DAY: Begin contacting your legislators in the area where you live and/or the area where you work. Appointments should be made between 10:00 am and 3:00 if possible. If needed, appts can be made earlier and you can join the group at EdMN between appts. If you need to find out who your legislators are, here is a link

ATTIRE: Business casual is the recommended attire for the day as we meet with legislators. We are on the move often heading between buildings so comfortable shoes are recommended.

PARKING: Parking: In any public capitol complex lots or in the Bethesda Hospital complex

If you have any questions, contact your division president or GR chair or any of the MSCA Government Relations team:

Murray Smart, Government Relations Chair at 320-305-1397 or

Dr. Walter Roberts or

Tom Tillberry, MSCA President or

Leah Kent, MSCA President Elect or

Jillian McGee or

Julia Corneil-Smith or