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National School Counseling Week
NYSSCA
National School Counseling Week, Feb. 3-7, 2014, is here. We hope that you are enjoying and celebrating our week. NYSSCA Members should be looking for a special NSCW thank you gift, which will arrive in your mailbox. How did you celebrate? Join the ASCA SCENE conversation to share your ideas.
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Appalachian Regional Commission/Oak Ridge National Laboratory summer opportunity for students and teachers
NYSSCA
For the past 16 years, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), in collaboration with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has sponsored a two-week residential hands-on learning institute focusing on math, science, and technology for high school students and teachers from New York States Appalachian Region (Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Otsego, Schoharie, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga and Tompkins counties). This year's institute for high school students and teachers will be held from July 5 to 18, 2014. Applications must be postmarked on or before Feb. 26, 2014.

Also, again this summer, the ARC will also offer a summer academy for middle school students. The 2014 Middle School Summer Science Academy will be held from July 13 to 18, 2014. Applications must be postmarked on or before February 26, 2014.

More information, the applications, the application postmark date, and to whom the applications should be sent may be found at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/arc/home.html.

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  FYI: ASL-English Interpreting Programs

Click here for information every high school guidance counselor should know about ASL-English Interpreting degree programs.
 


Register now for the Region 1 Conference!
NYSSCA
Region 1 Conference
Feb. 28, 2014
"Everything a Counselor Needs to Know About Engineering-But They Forgot to Tell You"
Western Suffolk BOCES
31 Lee Ave, Wheatley Heights
Large Conference Room


A special greeting from Regent Roger B. Tilles is planned!!!

Guest Speaker: Dr. Ann Marie Flynn, Chairperson Chemical Engineering Department, Manhattan College

Each participant will receive Dr. Flynn's Resource Publication for School Counselors on the Field of Engineering.

Click HERE For a Conference Brochure and Registration Information.

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Call for Programs
NYSSCA
NYSSCA Conference 2014
Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 2014 at the Hilton Albany
School Counselors: Informed, Accountable, Impactful"

The Call for Programs Form is available on the home page of our website at www.nyssca.org.

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  AROUND THE INDUSTRY



Report: High school grades matter most in college admissions
The Boston Globe
A student's high school record is the most important factor in college admission decisions, according to survey results released by the National Association for College Admission Counseling. Data in the 11th annual edition of NACAC's "State of College Admission" report show that students' grades and the academic rigor of their course loads weigh more heavily in decisions to admit than standardized test scores, high school class rank, or demonstrated interest in attending, the association said in a release.
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New York City public school kids getting new Muslim, Lunar New Year holidays
New York Daily News
New York City is moving to close school for two Muslim holidays and the Lunar New Year — but Mayor de Blasio isn't so sure about the Hindu festival Diwali. Appearing on WNYC's "Brian Lehrer Show," the mayor said he hadn't taken a position on whether Diwali, the festival of lights celebrated in India and other South Asian countries, should be a day off from school.
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Positive psychology is good for your student's brain
Psychology Today
What do we know about the brain and learning? We know that the brain constructs all learning and all behavior is brain-based. We know that academic competence cannot be bifurcated from emotional literacy. We know a tangle of neurons in the limbic system (emotional brain) permeate the pre-frontal cortex (the academic brain) coloring all thought with emotion. The challenge is how to translate what we know about the new science of learning into teaching?
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  When you're here, you're almost there

Health Analytics is the future of health care administration and the new, one of a kind analytics program at D'Youville College, will give the student an early career advantage in this high demand profession. Health Analytics is vital to any organization in the planning, implementation of programs and policy. www.dyc.edu
 


STEM program gives Coney Island elementary school students a leg up with Lego
New York Daily News
A scrappy Coney Island elementary school is creating opportunity for disadvantaged students, with innovative academic programs that have kids fired up about science, technology, engineering and math. Nine out of 10 students at Public School 188 live below the poverty line, and a quarter have special needs, but the dedicated educators there have rolled out innovative programs in robotics, forensics and rocketry that give kids a place to thrive.
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De Blasio administration planning to move $210 million from charter schools for preschool facilities
NY1
In a move that is angering charter school advocates, the de Blasio administration is planning to move $210 million away from charter schools and use the money to pay for preschool facilities. Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña said that the charter school money would help create 2,100 new full-day pre-kindergarten seats.
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A call to ignore exam results when evaluating educators
The New York Times
A year after a switch to new standardized tests for public school students caused passing rates to plummet, leaders of both political parties in the New York Legislature called on the state to back away from plans to use those exams to grade teachers.
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Teachers' push for back pay may pinch New York City
The New York Times
As New York's 152 municipal unions line up to press Mayor Bill de Blasio for raises and back pay, his administration and the powerful teachers' union are reaching the final stages of a largely overlooked, drawn-out battle that could prove enormously expensive to the city — potentially putting at risk its ability to balance the budget.
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