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Common Core Resources
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Please be aware of various resources available for Common Core Regents Exams and share as appropriate.

Common Core Mathematics (including design specifications) - http://www.engageny.org/resource/regents-exams-mathematics (posted June 2013)

Geometry Test Guide —
http://www.engageny.org/resource/regents-exams-mathematics-geometry-test-guide (posted March 2014)

Geometry Sample Questions —
http://www.engageny.org/resource/regents-exams-mathematics-geometry-sample-items (just posted April 28, 2014)

Algebra I Webcast —
http://www.engageny.org/resource/regents-exams-mathematics-webcasts(posted December 2013)

Common Core English Language Arts (including design specifications) —
http://www.engageny.org/resource/regents-exams-ela (posted October 2013)

Test Guide —
http://www.engageny.org/resource/regents-exams-ela-english-language-arts-test-guide (posted February 2014)

Sample Questions —
http://www.engageny.org/resource/regents-exams-ela-sample-items (posted October 2013)

Webcast —
http://www.engageny.org/resource/regents-exams-english-language-arts-webcasts (just posted April 30, 2014)

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NYSSCA 2014 Conference News — registration now open!
NYSSCA
Registration Forms, Exhibitor Information and Call for Programs. NYSSCA Conference 2014. Oct. 31-Nov. 1. Hilton Albany. "School Counselors: Informed, Accountable, Impactful." Call for Programs Form is available on the Conference Page of our website at www.nyssca.org.

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

Hotel reservations are to be made directly through the Albany Hilton and that info follows here:
Make room reservations directly with the Albany Hilton 1-800-HILTONS (445-8667) or www.hiltonalbany.com. Use conference code 1NYSCC for the conference room rate.

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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.
 

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State launches STEM scholarship for SUNY-, CUNY-bound grads
Chalkbeat New York
The state is ready to pay some students' tuition to CUNY or SUNY, if they commit to studying science, technology, engineering or math, Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office announced — though there are plenty of strings attached. Starting with this year's graduating high school seniors, students will be eligible for the scholarship if they graduate in the top 10 percent of their high school class, enroll full-time after high school, commit to one of the approved majors and work in one of those fields for five years in New York state after graduation.
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Managing the college admissions frenzy
The Huffington Post
Students now apply to an average of a dozen universities to assure acceptance into a college because of the competitive nature of admissions. What has created this competitive environment and how are students empowered to take charge?
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Test prep endures in New York schools, despite calls to ease it
The New York Times
On the day she was announced as New York City's schools chancellor, Carmen Fariña denounced an overemphasis on test preparation as the dark underbelly of the previous administration's data-driven reforms. But in interviews across the city recently, students and teachers said that test prep was as robust as ever.
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Charting a common-sense course for the Common Core
Education Week
The American education system is between a rock and a hard place, due to the intersection of two major reform strands — first, introduction of the rigorous Common Core State Standards, which bring new expectations for student (and teacher) performance. At the same time, new assessments will be administered to students, and administrators, in turn, will be required to hold teachers accountable based on the assessment results as never before.
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Making mistakes is the key to learning
By Brian Stack
"If at first you don't succeed, try, try again." This phrase, etched into the minds of children for generations, was first popularized in a proverb by British educational writer William Edward Hickson in the late 1800s. It reminds us all how important mistakes are to the learning process. It is up to teachers to allow students to be free to practice and make mistakes and focus their deliberative practice on the things that are going to help them learn. Failure to do so would result in a generation of students who will be scared to raise their hands when they don't know the answer to a question.
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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
 


A tale of 2 schools
The New York Times Magazine
Two schools — Fieldston and University Heights — are in the same borough but worlds apart. How much understanding between their students can a well-told story bring?
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Would-be teachers face tougher certification tests
Time
Seven states now require state-approved performance assessments for graduation or accreditation, following calls by organizations including the American Federation of Teachers and Council of Chief State School Officers for more authentic measures of a teacher's readiness. Supporters say it is only fair to raise the bar for teachers at a time when students are being challenged by new Common Core learning standards that are changing how and what they learn.
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The $10,000 bachelor's degree arrives
Bloomberg Businessweek
The disruption of higher education takes another step with the announcement of the first nationally available $10,000 bachelor's degree. That;s $10,000 for the whole degree, not per year. It will be offered by College for America, an online operation of Southern New Hampshire University. The college keeps its costs down by offering classes online.
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