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NYSSCA's President Elect Rosemarie Thompson is awarded Health Care Professional of the Year
NYSSCA
Watch the presentation video to learn more about her and the other ward recipients. If you want to know how a union works, how a workplace becomes safer or what type of professionals go above and beyond the call of duty, then look no further. NYSUT honors both hard work and achievements of members from different constituencies during the 2015 Representative Assembly, May 1-2 in Buffalo.
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America's top SAT tutor explains why no one should take the SAT in 2016In
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In a recent interview, Green told Business Insider no one should take the new SAT in 2016, which he's also argued on his site. "I'm recommending that none of my students take the first three rounds of the new SAT (March, May, and June of 2016)," Green said. "Why let students be guinea pigs for the College Board's marketing machine?"
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Guidance Plan Development
NYSSCA
In January, NYSED asked school districts to post their "guidance plan" on their website by March 1. This deadline was later extended to June 30, and we confirmed it was a request and not a requirement. However, the request alerted school districts to assess the status of their plan. NYSSCA members asked for assistance, so we developed a document which puts "guidance plan development" in the context of the ASCA National Model. "Guidance Plan Development Within a P-12 Comprehensive School Counseling Program Framework" is available on the NYSSCA website at http://nyssca.org/ along with the document's forms in excel spreadsheet format to allow easy use.
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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.
 


Update: NYSED Board of Regents
NYSED
Update: NYSED Board of Regents is scheduled to review revised regulations on school counseling programs, school counselor preparation and school counselor certification at their May 18-19 meeting. We anticipate new regulations will reflect ASCA National Model standards for school counseling program development and CACREP standards for the preparation of school counseling. We will post the actual regulations once they are made available by NYSED. NYSSCA members will be notified directly, so make sure your membership is current to receive the latest information!
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  AROUND THE INDUSTRY



For schools, grief counselors serve as 'first responders' after a tragedy
The Gazette
When two elementary school custodians died in late February in a murder-suicide, administrators at the College Community School District weren't the only ones helping students and staff cope. That week — as in nearly 20 other cases around the Corridor this school year — the schools called in grief counselors and other crisis managers from the Grant Wood Area Education Agency for help. The agency's Crisis Incident Stress Management team — made up of school social workers and psychologists, administrators, counselors, clergy members and retirees — assists schools after a tragedy, usually a student or staff death.
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Changing times expanding the role of high school counselors
Chicago Tribune
Though some people may balk at the idea of working with teenagers, Michele Vieu views them as the future. A guidance counselor at Lyons Township High School in La Grange, Ill., Vieu, 33, sees teens doing amazing things every day. She's watched them building underwater and land robots. She's seen them taking care of younger siblings while balancing the demands of school, work and activities. She's seen them raise funds for the Belize Zoo and compete in the Model United Nations, pitting their diplomatic, critical thinking, leadership and teamwork skills against those of other young people from across the state and the nation.
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My child struggles with writing: Why typical evaluations don't do the job
By: Howard Margolis
Typical writing evaluations are often inadequate. Knowing this may help you convince school or private evaluators that your child needs a different kind of writing evaluation, one that might use but doesn't depend on standardized tests to compare him or her to other children. Instead, outside of standardized testing, it directly examines what he or she can and can't do well and tries to identify external barriers to progress. There are several important written requests you may need to send the school. If you're faced with resistance, there are possible actions to lessen or eliminate it.
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Testing gives 3rd-graders upset stomachs, tears and even fevers
The Hechinger Report
This year was the first year that Mississippi teachers taught the Common Core standards in grades kindergarten through 12th grade. It was also the first year using a new computer-based end of year exam, which the state Board of Education voted in January to toss out after this year. And to add to the host of changes, this year was also the first for the "third-grade gate" test, which will check reading ability and prevent third graders from going to fourth grade if they can't read on grade level. The Hechinger Report sat down with Darla Miller, a third grade teacher in east Mississippi, to talk about the changes and challenges that she has experienced in this year of reforms.
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Educational vacations versus standardized testing
The Atlantic
Perhaps many of the parents who are disillusioned with America's hyper-standardized education system are channeling the famous scene from the 1976 film Network, when a news anchor — in the midst of an epic on-air soliloquy about modern society — declares, "I'm mad as hell and I'm not gonna take it anymore." Michael Rossi — the author of a now-famous letter to the principal of his children's school — probably wasn't as fed-up as the character in the film. But looking at his letter, he may have been close to it. Rossi and his wife Cindy brought their two young children — Jack and Victoria, who attend Rydal Elementary School in Pennsylvania — to Boston earlier this month to watch Rossi compete in this year's marathon. That meant the kids missed three days of school.
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Study: Kids overeat when they're stressed
TIME
Next time you watch "Bambi" with your kids, you may want to hide the ice cream: A new study shows that 5-to-7-year-old children tend to eat more when they're sad. According to a new study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, kids are more likely to overeat when they are upset, especially if their parents have used food as a reward in the past. The study notes that stress eating is a learned and unnatural behavior, since stress and emotional turmoil usually reduce appetite, rather than increasing it. The fact that children were found to have stress eating tendencies at this age suggests that emotional overeating is something children learn in early childhood, perhaps because of the way their parents feed them.
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Beating the Common Core
Scholastic Administration Magazine
The Common Core State Standards are designed to help students build a solid foundation of knowledge and skills in preparation for both college and career. To help students meet the expectations of these more rigorous standards, it is important for educators to focus on the standards that students struggle with most. Based on i-Ready diagnostic data from more than 750,000 students, Curriculum Associates has identified four standards as the most difficult in reading and math. These findings are shared below to help educators better plan and maximize their instructional time, accelerate student progress, and create learning environments in which all students can succeed.
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Skip a grade? Start kindergarten early? It's not so easy
NPR
On the first day of school, the only person more discussed than the "new kid" is the "new kid who skipped a grade." Words like "gifted," "brilliant" and "genius" get thrown around a lot to describe these students. Education researchers generally refer to them as "accelerated." It's a catch-all term to describe students who've either entered kindergarten early, grade-skipped or taken single subjects above grade level. Part of the hype comes from how uncommon it is. Researchers estimate no more than 2 percent of students fall into these categories.
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Senate bill may provide big boost to competency education
By: Brian Stack
In a news release to its members, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning recently announced that it has been assisting in the reauthorization of the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The bill, known as the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015, calls for states to continue to conduct annual accountability assessments but opens the door for states to consider things like growth measures, adaptive measurements, multiple measures and assess when ready, innovative assessment flexibility, and state-led accountability.
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For kids, bullying by peers is worse than abuse from adults
Healthline
A long-term study shows that children who were bullied have more trouble in adulthood than children mistreated by their parents. Peers may be worse than parents when it comes to the psychological effects of disparaging words and harassment. A study published in The Lancet Psychiatry reports that children who were bullied by peers had significant mental health problems as adults — even more significant than children who were mistreated by their parents or caregivers.
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Choice in books may help kids' reading score over summer
Reuters
Allowing young children to choose books they'd like to read over the summer break from school may hone their reading skills and prevent "summer slide" in reading scores, suggests new research. Kids who were allowed to select books to take home at the end of the spring term had better reading scores when they returned to school in the fall, compared to kids who received books they had not chosen, researchers found.
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