GrantEd Funds ASCA Conference Attendance
Carletta S. Hurt is not new to the American School Counselor Association Conference (ASCA). Not only has she attended for 5 years, she has even been a presenter once before. This conference, she says, helps her find new ways to improve her craft, introduces her to ideas and methodology from around the world, and expands how she approaches her profession and students. Carletta was determined to attend the conference again this year, even if she had to pay out of pocket, something she’s had to do for the last 2 years. Attending this conference along with 3,000 of her peers and 500 vendors catering to her profession was vitally important to this counselor from Ward 4’s Roosevelt Stay High School.
“Originally my school system paid for everything and I was all set to go, but then there was a policy change and I lost everything--flight, registration, hotel, and per diem.” Carletta has since taken to fundraising within her network to get as much help as possible to attend the ASCA. Like so many educators she is expected to pay out of pocket to do her job, stay on the forefront of best practices in her field, and collaborate with her peers.
“GrantEd was critical in helping me get to the ASCA conference this year--I would not have been able to afford it without their support.” This would have been especially tragic this year, as Carletta was once again honored with the request to be a speaker at the conference. “The session topic was ‘Alternative Options: Counseling Students in Alternative Settings.’ It’s such a passion of mine now that I work at Roosevelt STAY. Speaking to other counselors in alternative schools and hearing about their experiences really made my trip.”
Carletta is also the linchpin for a spin-off group, Professional School Counselors of Color (PSCOC), which has significantly stepped up their presence and engagement thanks to her. “The ability to participate in quality professional development, network with my peers, present on a national stage, and connect with vendors that support the work that I do for my students [is] worth every minute it took for me to get the funding needed to attend.”
GrantEd Foundation is honored to have funded Ms. Hurt’s attendance at the ASCA conference this year and we thank her for her invaluable service.