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


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

Conference Registration is now open. Online registration is available HERE. The "paper" registration form is HERE.

Hotel reservations are to be made directly through the Albany Hilton, and that info is available here:

For room reservations, contact Albany Hilton at 1-800-HILTONS (445-8667) or go to www.hiltonalbany.com. Use conference code 1NYSCC for the conference room rate.

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Doctors are talking about creating a new attention disorder for 'daydreamy' kids
Business Insider via San Francisco Chronicle
According to the New York Times, some researchers say that almost two million American kids could have a controversial attention disorder called "sluggish cognitive tempo." Half of these kids are a subset of the six million currently diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder — usually called ADHD. They make up a group of non-hyperactive children who have been sorted into the ADHD group, and could potentially be re-classified as having this new condition.
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Bad behavior in the classroom may hurt even the best students
VOXXI
Disruptive students have always been a challenge for teachers making sure their classroom successfully completes their curriculum, but suspensions and other traditional forms of punishment might be hurting your grade A, overachieving student as well; schools are taking note.
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  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.
 


Students flood college counseling offices
USA Today
Hidden among the record numbers of students on college campuses is one secret in plain sight: Nearly one in every 10 students is getting mental health counseling on campus. Counselors say the demand for their services — often offered free or at a nominal price — is at a record high this year and the illnesses they are treating are more serious, often including prescriptions.
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Counselors push high school students to apply for federal financial aid
The Washington Post
As educators and politicians work to increase college attendance across the country, they often focus on a key barrier to a higher degree: money. Studies show that students who apply for financial aid are more likely to enroll in and graduate from college, particularly as tuitions increase.
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New York City reducing role of tests in advancing students to next grade
The New York Times
New York City's Education Department, in a break with the data-driven policies of former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, moved on to reduce the role of standardized exams in deciding which students to hold back each year. Under the new policy, students in third through eighth grades would be judged on several criteria, including writing samples, grades and class projects. While test scores would also be considered in deciding which students should advance to the next grade level, they would not be the dominant factor, as they were under Bloomberg.
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Opinion: School counselors are an increasing necessity, not a luxury
Buffalo News
The strongest schools, and the schools that report the highest levels of achievement, are the ones that involve everyone in supporting students, and value equally the various professionals involved. For schools to not only be integrated but also places where all students can succeed, now and after graduation, districts must protect, value and support the professionals whose role it is to help students — school counselors.
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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
 


Road bumps, drama and noise: Officials dismiss complaints about Common Core
The Huffington Post
New York City parents, teachers, school administrators and students have marched at dozens of schools protesting against the latest round of Common Core aligned high-stakes standardized tests. Teachers and principals who were forced to sign agreements that they would not reveal specifics from the Pearson designed tests, complained that the tests included confusing questions that did not reflect recent curriculum changes.
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Is college really harder to get into than it used to be?
The Atlantic
The myth of selectivity, that college admissions gets harder with each passing year, is both true and untrue, according to Dan Edmonds, vice president of research and development for Noodle.org, an education company that helps high school students and parents with the college search process.
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