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


The New York State School Counselor Association is looking for presenters and programs that will meet the growing needs of today's school counselors, especially in the areas of practical application, best practice,accountability and use of data.

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

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2014 NYSSCA Graduate Student Scholarship announcement
NYSSCA
To help future school counselors fulfill their educational goals, the New York State School Counselor Association awards scholarships to graduate students each year who are currently enrolled in a New York State accredited master's-level school counseling program.

Scholarships are awarded based on students' academic achievement, contributions to the field and commitment to the promotion of the ASCA/NYSSCA Comprehensive Model and NYS Learning Standards. The required letter of recommendation should be specific as to the candidate's suitability for the award.

NYSSCA Contact: Dr. Robert Rotunda, Executive Director, NYSSCA, (631) 582-4047, or at executivedirector@nyssca.org .

The application for the 2014 Graduate Student Scholarship is available HERE.

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To keep teenagers alert, schools let them sleep in
The New York Times
The sputtering, nearly 20-year movement to start high schools later has recently gained momentum in communities, as hundreds of schools in dozens of districts across the country have bowed to the accumulating research on the adolescent body clock. In just the last two years, high schools in Long Beach, Calif.; Stillwater, Okla.; Decatur, Ga.; and Glens Falls, N.Y., have pushed back their first bells, joining early adopters in Connecticut, North Carolina, Kentucky and Minnesota.
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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.
 


Undercover TV reports on school security raise ethical questions
The New York Times
The three news reports followed the same format: Television reporters walked into schools with hidden cameras, under the premise of testing the security measures. Each time, the anchors provided a sobering assessment of the findings. School shootings, especially the 2012 attack in Newtown, Conn., have prompted not just a reassessment of safety measures, but also a rash of efforts by news organizations in recent months to assess the effectiveness of safety protocols. But these episodes have raised broader questions about the ethical and practical implications of this type of reporting.
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The boring but crucial federal form that helps kids get to college
The Atlantic
President Barack Obama wants every high school student in America to apply for federal financial aid. "Even if you think you might not qualify for financial aid, fill out the form. You might qualify," he told Florida high school students. Many of the one million high school students who failed to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid last year may be unable to attend college this year as a result — or may turn instead to expensive private loans to pay for college. These days, 85 percent of undergraduates at U.S. four-year colleges and universities use financial aid to help cover the cost of higher education.
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College admissions offices mine data on prospective students
Chicago Tribune
With some four-year degrees costing the equivalent of a house, filling the class of 2018 at many of the nation's estimated 2,600 colleges has become trickier than ever. About 60 percent of admissions directors reported they had not met their enrollment goals in 2013, according to Inside Higher Ed. To woo prospective students, many schools are increasingly gathering multiple streams of online information to hone the most personalized pitch.
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State senate makes bid to undo anti-charter school moves
New York Post
The state Senate will propose sweeping measures in its budget bill to undo Mayor Bill de Blasio's ­moves against charter schools, sources familiar with the plan said. The recommendations include overriding the mayor's decision to block three of Eva Moskowitz's Success Academy charter schools from opening in city buildings.
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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
  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
 


Report: New York's education reform making progress
The Journal News
New York is making progress implementing Common Core learning standards and other education reforms but had spent only 35 percent of its $696 million federal Race to the Top grant through September.
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Opinion: My neighborhood makes it easier to get pregnant than to go to college
TIME
"The trouble with assistance programs, as I've seen it, is that they reinforce a cycle of poverty without offering a way out for young people like myself who want to pursue higher education and a career — at least without having to get pregnant," writes Shanice Joseph.
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