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  NYSSCA UPDATE



New York State School Counselor Association Annual Conference 2015
"School Counselors: Advocating Access for All!"

NYSSCA
The Sagamore Resort, on Lake George, Bolton Landing, NY
Nov. 20-21, 2015
Call for Programs

The New York State School Counselor Association is seeking qualified presenters for the 2015 Conference! Topics addressing comprehensive school counseling program design and implementation and accountability for school counselors are welcome. Workshops relevant to the following topics will also receive special consideration:
    Counselor Preparation Programs
    Access to College and College Prep Programs
    Partnerships with agencies and foundations
    Career Transition
    Social emotional development and the comprehensive model
    Principal — Counselor Partnerships
Our Call for Programs application for this event is linked here. We will be accepting all applications online again this year. The link is also posted on the NYSSCA website. Please consider proposing a workshop to share your best practices, collaborations, research, resources and/or wisdom! The deadline for submission is May 1, 2015.

We encourage you to forward this correspondence to other school counselors in your school district and/or local counseling association. Conference information including hotel reservations can be found on the NYSSCA website at www.nyssca.org.

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Eating disorders: About more than food
National Institute of Mental Health-Eating Disorders Brochure
The eating disorders anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder, and their variants, all feature serious disturbances in eating behavior and weight regulation. They are associated with a wide range of adverse psychological, physical and social consequences. Eating disorders are real, treatable medical illnesses.
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Announcement from Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
ACES
Important information regarding the 2015 ACES Conference being held in Philadelphia, PA Oct. 7-11.

All conference information can be found directly on the ACES Conference website at www.aces2015.net

Program Proposal Reviewers needed:
If you are an ACES member and interested in becoming a proposal reviewer, please email acesconference2015@gmail.com and please include, "ACES Proposal Reviewer Information" in the regarding line of your email.

Hotel Information:
The conference will be held at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown at 1201 Market Street. The ACES reservation link is: https://resweb.passkey.com/go/ACES15. Reservations by phone are strongly discouraged. We ask that you use the passkey link so that the conference gets credit for the reservation.

Registration:
Early Bird Registration for the conference is now open. To register, visit: https://www.regonline.com/2015ACES. Questions about registration? Contact ACES Conference Registration Co-Coordinators Eric Perry and Edward Wahesh at ACESRegistration2015@outlook.com

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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
  Inspirations for Youth and Families

Inspirations for Youth and Families teen rehab is a small, privately run treatment center and private school located in Florida. The program helps teenagers overcome drug and alcohol addiction in a calm, therapeutic setting. Clients participate in daily exercise, counseling, and a variety of therapies. A typical stay at Inspirations lasts 30 to 90 days.
 


NYSUT Common Core Testing Fact Sheet
NYSUT
NYSUT has provided its members the following fact sheet regarding opting out of Common Core testing. NYSSCA passes it along as a resource to our membership. Click on "READ MORE" to download the Fact Sheet.
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3 ways high school counselors can help students, parents
U.S. News & World Report
No day is typical for high school counselors. "You can have a student walk into your office and they could be homeless," says Tawnya Pringle, a school counselor at Hoover High School in San Diego. Or she may need to counsel another student stressed about making straight A's and worried his or her parents will be upset if that doesn't happen. School counselors help students thrive academically, personally and socially, and assist them in exploring their options after high school. The American School Counselor Association, a professional group, is sponsoring National School Counseling Week Feb. 2-6 to promote the profession.
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Celebrating school counselors
Edutopia
Among the most underappreciated of education professionals may be school counselors. These certified or licensed professionals (depending on state requirements) work with teachers, parents, social workers, and many others to address the academic, the career, and the personal and social development needs of all students. And research consistently shows that their efforts are critically important to student success, both in school and in life.
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Why we test
The Hill
In New York State, the debate over the implementation of the new, more rigorous common core learning standards has been everything from controversial to impassioned to confusing. The argument has frequently centered on the evaluation of teachers and principals using student test scores. And the debate has become so heated that some teachers and even some superintendents are refusing to administer assessments tied to the standards.
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Can school districts regulate what educators say on social media?
By: Archita Datta Majumdar
The raging social media debate across the country — about inappropriate conduct between teachers and students — is driving school districts to set stringent rules for educators. Along with protecting students from irreparable emotional or other damages, there is also an increasing concern about the damage these actions could do the positive and needful online communication between the two groups.
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Michelle Obama: College counselors are key
MSNBC
For the first time in history, the National School Counselor of the Year will be honored at the White House. The initiative was developed as a means to provide college counselors with more support since they are "key" in helping students achieve an education beyond high school, wrote first lady Michelle Obama in an op-ed for USA Today. Her announcement came just a few weeks after President Barack Obama proposed making two years of community college free for all students who qualify.
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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
  Online Courses for School Counselors

Our Online Certificate of Advanced Study (School Counselor) Program offers courses for provisionally certified school counselors seeking to meet the requirements for permanent certification in New York. We also offer online courses to non-matriculated students for professional development.

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Concentrating on word sounds helps reading instruction and intervention
Medical News Today
A neuroimaging study by a University at Buffalo psychologist suggests that phonics, a method of learning to read using knowledge of word sounds, shouldn't be overlooked in favor of a whole-language technique that focuses on visually memorizing word patterns, a finding that could help improve treatment and diagnosis of common reading disorders such as dyslexia.
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Psychological stress on schools
District Administration Magazine
In many schools, psychologists have time for little more than assessing students. That prevents them from using their range of skills in counseling, data analysis and preventing bullying, suicide and violence. As the number of psychologists shrinks in many districts, the priority becomes compliance with federal special education laws, leaning away from providing services that are not legally mandated but that help the general population of students.
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Study: US teaching time greatly exaggerated
Education Week
The long-held belief that American public school teachers spend at least twice as much time in front of the class than their counterparts in the world's higher-performing school systems is a myth, according to a new study from Teachers Colllege at Columbia University. In a working paper titled "The Mismeasure of Teaching Time," researcher Samuel E. Abrams blames the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics for releasing bad data that academics and journalists have repeated without verifying its accuracy.
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  Outstanding Academics. Exceptional Value.

At William Paterson University, we pride ourselves on our commitment to providing each student with an exceptional and affordable public higher education experience. MORE
 


Study: Why school snow days are good for students
WPRI-TV
With cities and towns across Southern New England preparing for a blizzard over the next several days, they might want consider giving students an extra day off from school. That's because a 2012 study released by Harvard Kennedy School of Government found that weather-related school closures do not have a negative impact on student learning, in part because the days are often made up at the end of the year. The study, prepared by assistant professor Joshua Goodman, also found that a district's decision to keep school open during inclement weather can actually be detrimental for students because "many kids will miss school regardless either because of transportation issues or parental discretion."
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Welcoming immigrant students into the classroom
Edutopia
According to the Pew Hispanic Research Center, there are roughly 1.7 million undocumented students under age 30, who are enrolled in high school, have graduated or obtained a GED, or are currently enrolled in elementary or middle school. Additionally, this past summer our nation witnessed a spike in unaccompanied minors crossing our southern border with more than 50,000 children fleeing persecution from Central America and Mexico. Most of them await immigration court dates while staying with relatives or sponsors, but in the meantime, our laws require that they attend school. In 1982, the Supreme Court determined in Plyer v. Doe that all students, regardless of their immigration status, are entitled to access K-12 education.
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Tanya always forgets. What's wrong with her?
By: Howard Margolis
On Friday, Tanya's teacher sighed sorrowfully, "Tanya forgot all six sight words she knew on Monday. I spent 30 solid minutes teaching them to her. This always happens. What's wrong with her?" What's wrong? Maybe nothing. Maybe she just needs the right kind of practice. So what to do? How can you increase Tanya's chances of remembering these and other words for a lifetime? One way is distributed practice, also known as spacing.
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