Make this your must-attend conference of 2018! Be a part of this ground-breaking conference to connect with other school counseling leaders from across the country and enjoy all the beauty and attractions that sunny Orange County, California has to offer.


Within the themes of Building a Team, Building The Program, and Building Systems of Sustainability and Innovation, topics will include establishing effective systems, strategic planning, marketing the school counseling program, leadership and inspiration, and evaluating school counseling programs. Opportunities for sharing best practices and networking will be provided.


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Special Guest Speakers

Our guest speakers are respected and proven leaders, practitioners, and peers in school counseling. We want to ensure that we address the specific needs and challenges of your role so that you return to your district or organization with the best practices, bright ideas, and inspiration necessary to lead and support school counselors and programs better.


Dr. Carolyn Stone: Administrators Guiding School Counselors’ Legal and Ethical Practice

Administrators who supervise school counselors must support them in negotiating the complexities of working in the over-regulated school environment, student’s need for confidentiality and the legal rights of parents to be the guiding voice in their children lives. Ten court rulings that provide critical guidance for administrators of school counselors will be highlighted in areas such as sexually active students, bullying, academic advising, child abuse, educational records, sexual harassment, first amendment rights, cyber speech, and transgender youth. The goal is to facilitate administrators’ knowledge of legal literacy related to school counselors and provide guiding principles to support best ethical practices.
Get your questions answered! Lecture and discussion followed by optional individual consult appointments.

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More special guests will be announced soon!

Who Should Attend?

Across all grade levels pK-12:

  • District Directors and Administrators
  • School Principals and Assistant Principals
  • State and Regional Coordinators
  • Lead School Counselors
  • Graduate Students of Educational Leadership and Principal Programs

Conference Program

Click below for a downloadable Schedule-at-a-Glance. (NOTE: Schedule is tentative as of Nov. 15, 2017 and is subject to change.)

Hotel & Travel

Hotel Reservations

With a blend of the comforts of home and contemporary amenities, the Ayres Hotel and Suites boutique hotel located at 325 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA, 92626 has limited guest rooms available at the discounted rate of $139 (plus applicable taxes and fees) per night with complimentary parking and Internet. To make a reservation, call (714) 549-0300 (option #2) or (800) 322-9992 (24 hours a day) and mention the Hatching Results School Counseling Leadership Conference or refer to event #11896. Note: Reservations must be made by February 11, 2018 to secure this rate. No exceptions will be made. 24 hours cancellation notice required. Email for questions.

Ground Transportation

If traveling to/from the John Wayne Airport, Orange County (SNA), approximately 3 miles away, the Ayres Hotel offers a complimentary airport shuttle. Upon arrival, call (714) 549-0300 to request pick-up and wait at the designated 'Ground Transportation' area after picking up any luggage.

If traveling to/from the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), approximately 50 miles (1-2 hours driving time) away, making arrangements with the Super Shuttle is recommended. Visit Super Shuttle to learn more.

Explore Orange County

Make your California dreamin' a reality! With 42 miles of beaches, the "OC" also offers attractions like the original Disneyland Resort and Knott's Berry Farm plus plenty of wilderness, trails, and nature parks to explore. Plan your trip and learn more at the Orange County Visitors Association and Dream Big California.