MSCA Annual Conference

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



2019 Conference Co-Chairs:

Wendy Eidem –

Ben Herman –


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

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 –

The proposal window has closed.


Conference Planning CommitteeConference Tri-Chairs:

Amanda Bomstad –

Laura Zender –

Jessica Kirschner –

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!

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.




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