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The Keep Indiana Learning Counselor Connect Expert Network is a district-led and championed community of practice, offering high quality professional development, resources, and support for Student Service Professionals to foster the delivery of equitable, accessible, and data-informed services to students in the areas of academic, postsecondary, and social-emotional learning. 

Counselor Connect is supported by the Keep Indiana Learning Tactic Teams guiding Comprehensive School Counseling, Post-Secondary Options, Social-Emotional Learning, Student & Family Advocacy.

Professional Development Opportunities


Empower educators with a community-driven approach that is equity centered and based on applied neuroscience and trauma-informed practices.

Free Events & OnDemand Library

Visit the free Keep Indiana Learning Engagement Center for upcoming Counselor Connect virtual events and OnDemand videos from practitioners and educational thought leaders!

Home Grown Blog & Original Podcasts

Explore our Home Grown blog and original podcasts to experience the stories of educators, counselors, and leaders as they work to transform education.

Interested in Contributing to Keep Indiana Learning?

We are always looking for educational voices to share expertise, tips, and resources.

Engage with the Counselor Connect Network

The best way to stay up-to-date with the Counselor Connect Expert Network is through our Professional Learning events and through our monthly newsletter.

Tactic Teams

Counselor Connect values the member expertise and ongoing support from our four tactic teams, including: Comprehensive School Counseling, Postsecondary Options, Social-Emotional Learning, and Student and Family Advocacy. Each team consists of content experts from across the state who assist in identifying needs and contribute to creating and identifying content and resources to meet those areas of need.

  • Comprehensive School Counseling
    • Amanda Culhan – Co-Chair  |  Counselor Connect
    • Lizette Baumann – Co-Chair  |  Hamilton Southeastern Schools
    • Sam Vidal – Co-Chair  |  Zionsville Middle School
  • Counselor Leadership
    • Amanda Culhan – Co-Chair  |   Counselor Connect
    • Jennifer Dodson – Co-Chair  |  MSD of Washington Township
    • Heidi Schellinger – Co-Chair  |  Indiana Connections Academy
  • Postsecondary Options
    • Dr. Andrew Melin – Co-Chair  |  CIESC
    • Allen Hill – Co-Chair  |  ISCA/JR Phalen Leadership Academy
    • Flora Jones – Co-Chair  |  IDOE
  • Social-Emotional Learning
    • Amanda Culhan – Co-Chair  |   Counselor Connect
    • Christy Berger – Co-Chair  |  Center Grove Community School Corporation
    • Brooke Lawson – Co-Chair  |  Hamilton Southeastern Schools
  • Student and Family Advocacy
    • Mary Brabson – Co-Chair  |  CIESC
    • Lisa Laug – Co-Chair  |  Greenwood Community School Corporation

Are you interested in joining our tactic teams to help plan and drive the work of Counselor Connect? Reach out to Amanda Culhan for more information!

Meet Our Counselor Connect Coordinating Team Members

Counselor Connect launched in the spring of 2020 with the mission of a serving Student Service Professionals, Administrators, and organizations. To support student service professionals across the state, this team is focused on providing quality learning opportunities regarding MTMDSS, systems for comprehensive school counseling development, leadership development, and advocacy.

  • Amanda Culhan, Counselor Connect Coordinator
  • Dr. Andrew Melin, CIESC Executive Director
  • Co-Chairs for the Comprehensive School Counseling, Postsecondary Options, Social-Emotional Learning, and Student & Family Advocacy Teams

Network Resources

Our Expert Network has curated these resources to support Student Service Professionals across the state. Check back often!