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Breaking the school-to-prison pipeline: The crisis affecting Rochester's students and what we can do to fix it
Metro Justice
The school-to-prison pipeline is a civil rights issue: nationally in 2011-2012, Black students were three times more likely to be suspended than their white peers ... In addition to facing suspension or expulsion, some students are arrested in school. The majority of the offenses are nonviolent misdemeanors, such as disorderly conduct, harassment,or trespassing on school grounds. Too many students in Rochester are criminalized for behavior that can be handled by administrators,counselors or other school staff.
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NYSSCA Annual Conference 2015: School Counselors: Advocating Access for All
NYSSCA
Deadline for conference program proposals extended to June 1! Due to numerous requests the due date for submission of Conference Program Proposals is extended to June 1! Take advantage of this opportunity and join your state counseling association as a presenter at our 2015 Annual Conference, to be held at the popular Sagamore Resort in Bolton Landing, N.Y., Nov. 20-21! Go to our main page and scroll down for the online form or visit our Conference Page.
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RAMP CAMP July 23 — 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. — Sponsored by NYSSCA
NYSSCA
Hosted by: Shenendehowa Central School District
Shenendehowa High School East 970 Route 146, Clifton Park, N.Y.
The RAMP designation is based on "The ASCA National Model: A Framework for School Counseling Programs," third edition.
Register online here.
Complete flyer with registration form here.
Learn more about RAMP.
Learn more about our "Camp Counselor" Dr, Brett Zyromski.
Questions? Email RAMPCAMP@NYSSCA.ORG.

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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.
 


A FREE one-week camp for boys, entering grades 5-­9, who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or loved one
NYSSCA
Aug. 17-­22, 2015
Experience Camps have been offering week-long overnight camp programs in Maine and California for over 6 years. In 2015, we will take up residence at Camp Kennybrook as we expand into the New York tri-state area, and introduce: The Kennybrook Experience.

Experience Camps provide boys who have experienced a significant death-loss with a program that helps build confidence, encourage laughter and navigate their grief through friendship, teamwork, camp activities and the common bond of loss.

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Check out the NYSSCA newly elected officers for 2016
NYSSCA
We have new officers in the following positions: President Elect- Elect, VP Middle Level, VP Counselor Educators, and Governors for Region 2 , 4, 6 and 10B.
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Education Department awards more than $24.8 million in elementary and secondary school counseling grants
U.S. Department of Education
The U.S. Department of Education awarded more than $24.8 million to 67 schools districts in 26 states across the country to establish or expand counseling programs. Grantees will use funds to support counseling programs in elementary and secondary schools. Specifically, the new Elementary and Secondary School Counseling grant awards will aid schools in hiring qualified mental-health professionals with the goal of expanding the range, availability, quantity and quality of counseling services. Parents of participating students will have input in the design and implementation of counseling services supported by these grants.
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13th grade offers some teens an easier transition to college
U.S. News & World Report
Some teens are staying in high school for an extra year for 13th grade to earn associate degrees or substantial college credits for free or at a reduced cost. "It allows students to get that head start in college in a way that provides support," says Elisabeth Barnett, an expert on high school to college transition at Teachers College, Columbia University, on the emergence of five-year high schools.
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Children's sleep and mental health are related
Medical Xpress
Toddlers who take a long time to fall asleep or wake up many times during the night have put many a desperate mom and dad to the test. Tired parents are often told that night waking is part of toddlerhood, and that it will soon pass on its own, but this is not the case for everyone. Researchers at NTNU's Department of Psychology have conducted a comprehensive survey of nearly 1,000 toddlers that shows that serious sleep disorders in young children can have long-term consequences. The study shows that 4-year-olds with sleep disorders have a higher risk of developing symptoms of psychiatric problems as 6-year-olds, compared with children who sleep soundly.
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New York Public Schools fund, under Mayor de Blasio, struggles to secure donations
The New York Times
The Fund for Public Schools, the nonprofit organization that former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and his schools chancellors built into a fund-raising juggernaut, has struggled to attract donations under Mayor Bill de Blasio. The fund, which raised an average of $29 million a year over the last decade, has raised just $18 million this fiscal year, which ends June 30, fund officials said. About half of that comes from two large multiyear grants that began under the Bloomberg administration.
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Do more to help students with disabilities learn English language
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Limited English proficiency students with disabilities represent an increasingly large segment of the student population in the U.S. and represent more than 10 percent of all the children with special needs in the U.S. qualified to receive language training and educational support under the Individuals with Disabilities Improvement Act law of 2004. The law mandates that education providers build on the unique abilities of students with disabilities, challenging conventional beliefs on disability.
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There's an unexpected downside to more kids getting free meals at school
TakePart
At a time when more impoverished kids than ever are attending public schools, the idea seemed like a no-brainer: Eliminate the stigma those kids might feel when receiving government-subsidized breakfasts and lunches by offering free meals to all students, including their better-off peers. But like other well-intentioned policy shifts, "free meals for all" programs some districts have adopted are having unintended consequences that could hurt the very children the idea was designed to help.
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The pathway to Common Core success
Center for American Progress
The Common Core State Standards began in 2009 as a state-led effort to measure the nation's students against a shared benchmark. At first, the standards received broad acceptance. Education leaders and elected officials alike agreed that students and the U.S. education system would benefit from internationally competitive standards that guarantee common, rigorous learning goals for students across the nation. But as the standards rolled out — and as they continue to roll out — the Common Core has become a political football, so much so that some political pundits are predicting that it will be a significant issue for 2016 presidential hopefuls.
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How a collaborative mindset helps teachers reach all learners
eSchool News
The implementation of the Common Core State Standards has been met with anxiety from administrators and educators at every level, because, like any major change, it can seem scary and overwhelming. General education teachers have had to learn and apply new instructional strategies to address the new standards and the vision that the standards embody, particularly universal design for learning. Special education teachers have been required for the first time to become pseudo subject-area experts to help struggling students and those with learning disabilities meet the standards.
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Just how widespread are digital state testing issues?
Education DIVE
Spring is here, which also means it's standardized-testing season. While No. 2 pencils and Scantron bubble sheets were once assessment staples, many states have upgraded to computer-based assessments in recent years. The transition, unfortunately, has not been entirely smooth. With the new format, new issues like broadband infrastructure, data security and a variety of digital glitches have entered the equation.
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