MSCA President's Message

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Tony Warren, MSCA President

You Don’t Need a Title to Be a Leader

My name is Tony Warren, and I am honored to serve as the 2016-2017 Michigan School Counselor Association President.  As a professional school counselor, I am extremely appreciative of the support from the MSCA Governing Board. I recognize that the appointment of MSCA President is one of high esteem. I also believe you don’t need a title to be a leader. Titles, degrees, licenses and credentials pale in comparison to character when it comes to the power of influencing others.  Mark Sanborn, the author of the national bestseller The Fred Factor, shows how each of us can be a leader in our daily lives and make a positive difference, whatever our title or position. Mark explains how passion in your work and life can turn the ordinary into the extraordinary!  ASCA National School Counselor of the Year, Terri Tchorzynski, is an excellent example of how passion, advocacy and promoting equity and access can lead to extraordinary results in students’ academic, career and social emotional development.

School counseling is a demanding yet rewarding profession and I look forward to working with the professional school counselors in the State of Michigan as we work to implement inclusive data driven school counseling programs and become more culturally competent, student centered and equitable in our practice. Together we can address the academic, career and social emotional needs of all students and provide intentional support for disenfranchised and first generation college students. We have a tremendous opportunity to challenge the status quo, respond to inequities and assume a courageous stance for implementing:

  • Comprehensive K-12 college and career readiness programs that recognize the development and pedagogy of elementary education which is to create early awareness, knowledge and skills that lay the foundation for academic rigor and social emotional development necessary to transition to middle school;

  • creating opportunities in middle school to explore and deepen academic, career, social emotional awareness, academic planning and goal setting necessary for transition to high school;

  • creating a culture and climate in high school that supports college and career pathways that promote full implementation of personal goals to ensure the widest range of future life options in addition to college.

The MSCA Governing Board is united in our efforts to provide exemplary professional development, legislative advocacy, social and emotional learning, and fostering healthy and safe supportive learning environments. The MSCA Spring Conference will be hosted in various locations throughout the state by school counselor leaders. NEW for the summer of 2017, we plan to offer a daylong summer “RAMP CAMP.” Lastly, we are exploring creative ways for counselors to earn continuing education clock hours (SCECH) by taking courses from ASCA U.  We welcome your suggestions for how the MSCA Governing Board can better meet your diverse professional development needs.

Michigan School Counselors, we can be united and mobilize around our shared aspirations for “the success of all students.” No title required.


Tony Warren