Comprehensive Counseling Initiative Monthly Video Update

Each month we highlight an Indiana school corporation that received a Comprehensive Counseling Initiative (CCI) grant from Lilly Endowment and the community partners with whom they are working to make the initiative successful.

Diehl Consulting Group & Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation

Listen and discover how the collaboration between a data-driven evaluator and the Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation magnified the positive impact of the school district’s Comprehensive Counseling Initiative. 

Hanover Community School Corporation

If you like practical ideas about improving your school counseling program, you’ll want to hear how the four K-12 school counselors at Hanover Community School Corporation used their CCI grant to measurably impact their students.

Mandy Savitz-Romer PhD

Learn how Indiana’s Comprehensive Counseling Initiative compares to national research related to the school counseling profession. Join Dr. Mandy Savitz-Romer as she provides insights on a study to see what can be learned from the CCI.

Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation

From developing a Comprehensive Counseling Team (CCT) to implementing school counselor coaches (and much more), watch and learn how the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation developed “comprehensive” strategies with the Comprehensive Counseling Initiative that other schools can implement, too.

Mind-Body Medicine

Jess Yoder with the Indiana Department of Education explains what Mind-Body Medicine is and how it is applied with the support of schools, parents and communities around Indiana. 

Dr. Lori Desautels

The well-known and highly respected author and presenter, “Dr. Lori” talks with Aimee Portteus about her current work and why learning loss should not be the main focus of schools at this time.

Purdue Polytechnic High School

Join Keanna Warren to learn how Purdue Polytechnic High School utilized its CCI grant to expand and sustain positive initiatives to help students achieve and succeed.

Loogootee Community School Corporation

Listen and learn how Loogootee Community School Corporation used CCI funding to support the hiring of a Youth First Coordinator and a Career and Graduation Coach. Megan Shake and Shelley Christmas also share how the funding helped them build a successful MANE Traits program and implement  other “life skills” strategies to help students succeed.

Counselor Connect / CIESC

Amanda Culhan, coordinator for the Central Indiana Education Service Center’s Counselor Connect initiative, shares some of the MANY school counseling resources and supports available to counselors – including a free and low cost professional development, an online Engagement Center, on-demand library, and YouTube channel – through Counselor Connect.

Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL)

CELL, the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning, was one of three supported technical assistance providers when the Comprehensive Counseling Initiative (CCI) began in 2017. Former school counselor Laura Tucker gives us an update of CELL’s most recent work. 

East Noble School Corporation

School Counselors Lindy Munson and Lisa Lauer reflect on the many ways the Comprehensive Counseling Initiative changed their schools, often in ways they didn’t predict, and how they’re effectively using Sources of Strength to improve student outcomes.

Perry Central Community Schools

Superintendent Tara Bishop shares how her “extra rural” school corporation leveraged CCI funding to expand its college and career readiness program and dramatically strengthen its supports for students AND for educators.

Yorktown Community Schools

Join us this month as we talk to the Professional School Counseling Team at Yorktown Community Schools who “Beat the Odds” in positively impacting student achievement despite any obstacles faced.  With the CCI grant they also experienced improvement in communication and collaboration, and that has made all the difference.

Communities in Schools

Learn why so many CCI schools chose Communities in Schools as a partner to advance student success, and hear from Executive Director Hadley Moore Vlahogeorge about why CIS is expanding in Indiana and across the country.

Civic Lab

Executive Director Jack Hess of Civic Lab explains his work with schools through the CCI-supported Counseling Counts initiative, and the powerful results of using a backbone organization and collective impact process.

Switzerland County School Corporation

Through the Comprehensive Counseling Initiative, even small school corporations have been able to reduce the student to counselor ratio, decrease non-counseling tasks, and increase community support. Listen in as Fred Ross explains how it was done in Switzerland County.

TechPoint Foundation for Youth

Indiana schools searching for a STEM partner should consider the TechPoint Foundation for Youth. Its many resources for teachers and students – such as robotics competitions – engage students in actively learning math, science, technology and engineering.

Tell City-Troy Twp School Corporation

Tell City-Troy Township School Corporation is proof that a small, rural school district can have a big impact on student success. Counselor Lisa Noble shares how her school and community worked together to make the most of their CCI grant.

Ask Rose

For more than 30 years, students across Indiana have reached out for tutoring help from ASK ROSE at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. This month, we talk with Ask Rose Senior Director Susan Smith Roads who shares how the successful homework help program continues to innovate and expand.

Jennings County School Corporation

Learn how the superintendent and assistant superintendent of Jennings County School Corporation effectively have used their Lilly Endowment CCI grant to dramatically change the culture of the school corporation with Trauma-Based Relational Interventions (TBRI).

MSD Decatur Township

We return to Decatur Township – the first school interviewed for this series of video updates – for an update from Dr. Chris Duzenbery regarding the successes and ongoing challenges in implementing their Comprehensive Counseling Initiative strategies and activities.

Southeast Neighborhood School of Excellence (SENSE)

From securing teacher buy-in for trauma-informed programming to tips for sustainability, Erin Good from SENSE provides practical tips for other CCI schools.

Scott County Collaborative

Hear how two rival school districts from the same county – Scott County District 1 and Scott County District 2 – found a wellspring of mutual support when they came together for the CCI grant.

Regional Opportunity Initiatives (ROI)

Host Kelly Dunn talks with Michi McClaine of ROI, a Lilly Endowment-funded initiative that works across 11 southern Indiana counties. Learn how this collaborative brings counselors and educators, employers, and community members together to support talent attraction, development, and retention.


Indiana student enrollments in and passage of Advanced Placement English, Math, and Science courses have increased across the state, in part due to an initiative called AP-TIP IN. Learn more about the initiative from Karen Morris and hear how school counselor Angie Gladish supported the work at her school.


Join Mark Merrill and Bruce Bushnell of WhyTry to learn why this social-emotional program and approach is SO popular in Indiana and the country. Plus, take advantage of the free resources mentioned at the very end.

Elkhart County CCI Collaborative

What happens when seven school districts from one county decide to collaborate on implementing the ASCA National Model? Listen in as Elkhart County Counselors Gail Draper and Sarah Flagg share what they learned through the Comprehensive Counseling Initiative.

Junior Achievement

Guest Cindy Kicinski shares how Junior Achievement not only provides career information and exploration opportunities for students, its EduSpark programs offer tours and tools for counselors and educators too.

North White Middle/High School

Locker races, PE teachers helping the counseling department, and other innovative strategies are just some of the many effective programs resulting from the White County CCI Collaborative that school counselor Gail Shriver describes in this month’s video update.

Vigo County School Corporation

Listen in as District Counseling Coaches YeVonne Jones and Fern Edwards describe how their CCI grant is helping them implement the ASCA National Model across all 28 schools in the district plus a unique program called NEAT and a dynamic online system for counselors called PRISM.

Second Step

Join Kelly Dunn as she talks with Adam Campbell from the Committee for Children about its Second Step curriculum – adopted by many Comprehensive Counseling Initiative (CCI) schools – and the importance of supporting socially and emotionally competent students.

Wabash Heartland Innovation Network (WHIN)

Have you ever heard of the Internet of Things (IoT)? Or how it connects to Indiana K-12 schools? Meet Pat Corey with WHIN, the Wabash Heartland Innovation Network, as she explains how WHIN connects students and adults to the agriculture and manufacturing industries in Indiana.

Stephanie Reynolds

A counselor at two elementary schools and a middle school in northern Indiana, Stephanie Reynolds keeps busy! Listen in as she describes the exciting initiatives her schools have implemented through the CCI grant and how her counseling program is addressing Covid-19.

AgriNovus Indiana

Discover AgriNovus Indiana and the many ways it is connecting with Indiana’s schools and students. Melissa Rekeweg shares the purpose of AgriNovus and how it wants to involve all schools, especially those without agriculture programs, in its outreach.

KIPP Indy Public Schools

Listen in as Randi Perry shares how KIPP Indy Public Schools are collaborating with teachers and community organizations to grow and sustain their college and career readiness efforts.

Southeast Fountain School Corporation

Principals Ashley Hammond and Kelli Morgan discuss their comprehensive counseling model, the ASCA National Model, and the unique strategies they have implemented in this small rural community.


Learn about a statewide organization committed to bringing Computer Science education and experiences to K-12 classrooms around Indiana and how this work supports school counseling.

MSD Decatur Township

Join a short discussion with Chris Duzenbery to discuss the school corporation’s advances and challenges in implementing their Comprehensive Counseling Initiative grant.