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Registration Now Open
New York State School Counselor Association Annual Conference 2015
"School Counselors: Advocating Access for All!"

NYSSCA
The Sagamore Resort, on Lake George, Bolton Landing, NY
Nov. 20-21, 2015
Participant online registration here.
Exhibitor online registration here.

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July 23, 2015
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sponsored by NYSSCA
Hosted by: Shenendehowa Central School District
Shenendehowa High School East
970 Route 146
Clifton Park, N.Y.


DID YOU KNOW ... RAMP Camp is NOT just for schools ready to apply for the designation of Recognized ASCA Model Program. If you just want to learn more about the ASCA National Model, RAMP Camp is for you! Come kick-start your school counselor program development.

Register online here
Complete flyer with registration form here.

Learn more about RAMP.

Learn More about our 'Camp Counselor', Dr, Brett Zyromski.

The RAMP designation is based on "The ASCA National Model: A Framework for School Counseling Programs," third edition.

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.
 


Reach Higher Initiative Convening
CESCAL
The White House released a report this month on the Reach Higher Initiative Convening held at San Diego State University in November 2014 and attended by NYSSCA President and President-Elect, Gloria Jean and Dr. Barb Donnellan. To access the full report, visit CESCAL at: http://www.cescal.org/special-projects/white-house-convening/. We learned a November 2015 Summit is being planned (location to be determined).
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The Comprehensive College and Career Counseling Consortium of New York and New Jersey
CCCCC NY/NJ
The Comprehensive College and Career Counseling Consortium of New York and New Jersey (CCCCC of NY/NJ) was formed as a result of the San Diego Convening and continues to meet monthly to develop a coordinated plan for providing college access services in New York and New Jersey from the perspective of school counselors, counselor educators and college access organizations. For more information about CCCCC NY/NJ, contact Judy Lorimer, jlorimer@goddard.org, or Dr. Stuart Chen-Hayes at stuart.chen-hayes@lehman.cuny.edu.
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Changes to SAT leave school counselors divided
U.S. News University Connection
High school guidance counselors are facing challenging times, with changes in to the Scholastic Aptitude Test leaving some counselors torn on how best to prepare students. With students having the option to take the old SAT, the new SAT or the ACT (formerly the American College Test), advisors must decide what the best course of action is so students can be sufficiently ready.
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How do you motivate kids to stop skipping school?
NPR
It seems like a no-brainer: Offer kids a reward for showing up at school, and their attendance will shoot up. But a recent study of third-graders in a slum in India suggests that incentive schemes can do more harm than good. The study, a working paper released by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, looked at 799 boys and girls. The kids, mostly age 9, were students in several dozen single-classroom schools run by the nonprofit Gyan Shala in some of the poorest neighborhoods in the city of Ahmedabad.
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Scientists say preparing foster kids for school lessens impact of moves
Medical Xpress
A new study clarifies the impact of school moves experienced by children in foster care but also points to how to limit the damage, say researchers of the University of Oregon and the nonprofit Oregon Social Learning Center. The research, published in the journal Child Development, tracked 86 foster children and compared them with 55 children from non-foster families from preschool to fifth grade, using data collected from children, caregivers, school districts and social service agencies in a mid-sized Pacific Northwest community. Foster children were 3.28 times more likely to move schools than their peers not in foster care, and four times more likely to move and change school districts during a school year.
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Bridging the cultural gap for ELLs
By: Douglas Magrath
Language and culture are intertwined. Culture is a part of life, and students need to understand the cultural implications of reading material. One can learn a lot of about a specific culture group by reading its fiction, poetry and theatrical works. ESL students can learn about the culture of the host country from their readings, so the cultural biases inherent in the readings can be approached as an additional learning experience. Cultural situations in the texts can be great starting points for conversation as well as contrastive writing assignments.
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A fresh look at school funding
Center for American Progress (commentary)
Historically, public education has played a key role in growing the middle class and ensuring that all children, regardless of their backgrounds, have an opportunity to achieve at high levels. Unfortunately, the nation's current school finance system — primarily based on local property taxes in many places — exacerbates rather than ameliorates resource disparities between high- and low-income communities. With income inequality continuing to rise and wealth becoming increasingly concentrated at the top of the income distribution, it is more critical than ever for districts, states, and the federal government to take seriously their responsibility to provide an excellent education for all students.
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Long-term gains seen for kids who leave poor neighborhoods
Education Week
The younger children are when they move out of impoverished neighborhoods, the better their long-term outcomes are, including college-attendance rates and later salary levels, according to two studies released this month. Those results may derive in part from the likelihood that children in low-poverty neighborhoods are more liable to be given second chances in any number of situations, said a researcher who worked on one of the studies.
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Special education tactics aide Common Core success
District Administration Magazine
A curriculum framework initially developed for special education students is gaining traction in general ed classrooms nationwide during Common Core implementation. Universal Design for Learning is an approach created by a nonprofit that addresses students' individual learning needs to reach standards. Teachers allow students multiple ways of accessing information and demonstrating understanding for each lesson or assignment in order to differentiate learning. The Common Core expects students to demonstrate mastery in multiple ways.
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What do you do with a student who fidgets?
NPR (commentary)
Anya Kamenetz, a contributor for NPR, writes: "Our story last week about the connection between ADHD, movement and thinking struck a nerve with readers. We reported on a small study in which students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder performed better on memory tasks when they were allowed to spin and move around in a swiveling chair. We got hundreds of comments, tweets and emails. Even the CEO of Donors Choose, a fundraising site for teachers, wrote in to say that there are 1,455 projects with the key word 'fidget' on his site. More than 1,000 teachers requested something called a 'Hokki Stool' — a backless seat that allows kids to sit and wiggle."
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Summers with substance: How summer programs can further learning
By: Corinne Garcia
As a parent preparing for my child's upcoming summer vacation, I'm always on edge about the summer learning loss, also known as the infamous "summer slide." The National Summer Learning Association reports that most students lose an average of two months of grade-level equivalency in math over the summer. But that's not all. If they are not kept properly occupied, they also tend to lose precious motivation.
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How to get through to ADHD/LD kids
ADDitude Magazine
Teachers: Have you ever had a lesson plan that didn't work the way you wanted it to? Maybe it's because you planned the lesson for yourself. It would have worked fine for someone who learns like you do, but it wasn’t effective for struggling learners. Do you have a student who wrestles with simple assignments? Does he act confused or oblivious when you speak? Does it seem as if he's been blindfolded, spun around, and asked to perform while receiving too much information from a cheering, well-intentioned crowd? Here are several strategies for making things easier for ADHD/LD students in your classroom.
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Are new Common Core tests really better than the old multiple-choice tests?
The Hechinger Report
You are a congresswoman's chief-of-staff and she needs your help coming up with a position on whether a nuclear power plant should be built in the district. These are the kinds of prompts students across the country are being presented with during the first round of Common Core testing this spring. In this example — from Smarter Balanced, one of two state groups tapped by the federal government to develop tests aligned to Common Core — students would be given a mix of articles, videos and data charts to inform an argumentative essay for or against the construction of the plant.
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