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NYSED School Counselor email list
NYSED
NYSED has established an email list for School Counselors. This list will allow NYSED to keep School Counselors informed regarding SED news and updates and to be aware of what sort of information is being sent to other educators in NYS. If you would like to be added to this email list and be among the first to know of news from NYSED, please email Lori Genito at NYSED with a request to be added to the list.

NYSSCA feels that it is important for School Counselors to stay informed regarding NYSED news and we applaud NYSED for creating this communication opportunity.

To be added to the email list send an email to Lori Genito at lgenito@mail.nysed.gov requesting to be added to the School Counselor email list.

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NYSSCA 2014 Conference news registration now open!
NYSSCA
Registration forms, exhibitor information and hotel registrations. NYSSCA Conference 2014. Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 2014. 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 1NYSSC for the conference room rate.

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New Jersey School Counselor Association summer college bus tour
NJSCA
Our colleagues at NJSCA have extended the following summer college bus tour opportunity to NYS Counselors at the NJSCA rate. This looks like a wonderful opportunity and you can find more information and registration instructions in the links below.

Link to NJSCA Tour info:
http://njsca.org/content/professional-development/summer-college-bus-tour

Link to NJSCA Tour registration PDF:
http://njsca.org/uploads/College_Bus_Tour_2014.pdf

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Report finds school counselors stretched too thin
The Associated Press via Connecticut Post
High school guidance counselors throughout the county are in the midst of saying goodbye to the class of 2014. While educators hope they're sending graduates off on the right path to their future, the truth is they just don't know for certain. A new report commissioned by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce Foundation finds that school counselors are not able to meet the range of students' needs, due in large part to a stagnant system and a variety of situations often out of their control. The report was done to assess the current state of school counseling to see whether the landscape had changed much the past two decades.
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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.
 


State audit faults spending reports by a Manhattan, NY, school
The New York Times
A state audit released said that a taxpayer-supported Manhattan, New York, school for special education students rang up more than $3 million in improper expenses, including bonuses, executive salaries, alcohol and trips. The audit by the state comptroller said the school, the Churchill School and Center on East 29th Street, took advantage of programs and laws that send public money to private schools, and recommended that future payments to the school be cut to compensate for the overcharges. Education officials said they would do just that.
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Schools skip standardized tests, but keep learning standards high
MindShift
Anya Kamenetz, a contributor for MindShift, writes: "Bate Middle School is a mundane '70s-era, red-brick building. But what's happening inside is anything but mundane. I've driven the 37 miles from Lexington to see one of the most closely watched efforts in the country to change the way schools assess student learning. Principal Amy Swann and the district's Superintendent, Carmen Coleman, have completely overhauled their school's educational philosophy, moving away from standardized tests toward an approach called performance-based assessment."
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Common Core State Standards face a new wave of opposition
The New York Times
Opposition to the Common Core, a set of reading and math standards for elementary, middle and high school students that were originally adopted by 46 states and the District of Columbia, has gathered momentum among state lawmakers in recent weeks. The governors of Oklahoma and South Carolina are considering signing bills to repeal the standards and replace them with locally written versions. In Missouri, lawmakers passed a bill that would require a committee of state educators to come up with new standards within the next two years.
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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
 


School spending increases linked to better outcomes for poor students
Education Week
In districts that substantially increased their spending as the result of court-ordered changes in school finance, low-income children were significantly more likely to graduate from high school, earn livable wages, and avoid poverty in adulthood. So concludes a working paper published this month by the National Bureau of Economic Research, or NBER, a private, nonpartisan research organization with headquarters in Cambridge, Mass. The provocative results provide new fodder for long-running debates over whether more education spending translates into improved outcomes for children.
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States struggle to make school report cards useful
U.S. News and World Report
School report cards published by state education agencies are a staple for parents deciding which schools their children should attend, but many states are still struggling to collect and report key accountability information and make it easy to understand for parents, a new report finds. The Education Commission of the States asked researchers, parents and education experts for their thoughts about school accountability systems: whether the report cards are easy to find, whether they are easy to understand and which measures are essential to include in them, such as student achievement, student academic growth, achievement gap closure, graduation rates, and college and career readiness.
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Getting into college and paying for it: Landing a full ride after a year of suspense
The Hechinger Report
On a chilly Saturday in late April, Matisse Clayton faced her future. She had turned 18 a month earlier and now, near the end of her senior year at New Rochelle High School in suburban New York City, she had to make her first adult decision: where she would spend the next four years of her life. After months of struggling through the intricacies of the college application process and weeks of anxious waiting for decisions from admissions committees, it had all come down to this moment.
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Backpack bans, sealed lockers latest efforts to keep schools safe
Fox News
A New York high school is the latest in the nation to ban backpacks following several bomb threats, and has even taken extra steps, including sealing up students' lockers. For the last two weeks of the school year, students at Wantagh High School — located about 34 miles east of New York City — are being forced to carry their books and belongings in plastic bags, sign in and out to use the bathroom and submit to searches when entering the building. But the sealing up of lockers took school security to a new level.
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Why telling on bullies backfires
Psychology Today
An important research study recently made the news. Sibling bullying has been going up in recent years. This follows on the heels of another important study that found that kids who attend schools that have anti-bullying programs are more likely to be bullied than those who attend schools without such programs. Why is this happening? For the past fifteen years, the modern world has been conducting war against bullying. All of society has embraced the "anti-bullying" message. Schools have been declaring that they won't tolerate bullying, and that kids must tell the adult authorities whenever they are bullied so they can step in and make the bullying stop.
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Students' brains might benefit from an extra year in middle school
The Atlantic
The practice of voluntarily delaying school transitions, either by red-shirting kindergarten, repeating twelfth grade, or introducing a gap year between high school and college, is a well-established tradition in the United States. The extra year gives students time to mature athletically, academically, or developmentally. Although kindergarten entrance and the transition from high school to college have long been seen as the ideal times to take an extra year, recently eighth grade has been seen as an opportune time for kids to catch up with — or maybe even gain an advantage over — their peers.
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3 ways digital badges are used in education
eSchool News
As children, our accomplishments were recognized with trophies, plaques, a pat on the back or cloth badges sewn on to a Girl Scout or Boy Scout sash. In high school and college, we received diplomas and began to fill up resumes and LinkedIn profiles with job qualifications and experience. But what if there was a way to help acknowledge educational experiences that happen outside of the classroom and recognize valuable skills such as leadership or collaboration?
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