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NYSSCA 2015 Awards
NYSSCA
The New York State School Counselor Association presents several awards each year at our annual conference. The award categories this year include:
  • School Counselor of the Year
  • Administrator of the Year (new this year!)
  • Career Achievement
  • Outstanding Program, Practice or Project
All nominations are submitted online. Read more and apply.

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NYSSCA Annual Conference 2015 — Register now!
NYSSCA
New York State School Counselor Association Annual Conference 2015
"School Counselors: Advocating Access for All!"

Special Keynote Speaker, Dr. Carolyn Stone, ASCA Ethics Committee Chair and Professor, Univ. of North Florida
The Sagamore Resort, on Lake George, Bolton Landing, NY
Nov. 20-21, 2015
Participant online registration here.
Exhibitor online registration here.

Sagamore

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NBCC portability plan release
NBCC
The American Mental Health Counselors Association, the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, and the National Board for Certified Counselors have jointly endorsed a plan for counselor licensure portability. This plan from leading counselor organizations establishes a regulatory platform allowing licensed counselors to move between and practice in multiple states.

The AMHCA-ACES-NBCC portability plan is built on sound principles of quality assurance and national standards. The plan will promote acceptance of a license from another state when the individual holds a degree from a clinically focused counselor preparation program accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs, holds certification as a National Certified Counselor, or meets standards adopted by the state board of counseling.

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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.
 


Back to school news from ASCA
ASCA
Five Things I wish I Knew in School
At the ASCA Annual Conference in Phoenix, Ariz., this summer, closing speaker Tim Federle blew away the audience with his presentation. Part humor, part inspiration, part self-deprecation, "From Bullied to Broadway to Books" had a little something for everything. Watch a five-minute video from his presentation and be inspired to do your best during this back-to-school season — and to take care of yourself at the same time. Watch it here. Have a great back-to-school season, and watch your email each Monday for the next six weeks for more back-to-school resources.

Webinar on Redesigned SAT and PSAT
The College Board is launching the new redesigned SAT Suite of Assessments starting in October 2015. The PSAT 8/9 and PSAT 10 are new offerings, and the PSAT/NMSQT and SAT have been redesigned so all the assessments are aligned to the same skills and knowledge research indicates are essential for college and career success. Learn about the key changes to the tests and their unique features in this webinar. Learn more.

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20 percent of New York state students opted out of standardized tests this year
The New York Times
More than 200,000 third through eighth graders sat out New York's standardized tests this year, education officials said, in a sign of increasing resistance to testing as more states make them harder to pass. The number of students declining to take the exams quadrupled from the year before, and represented 20 percent of all those eligible to be tested, according to data from the State Education Department. The statistic not only showed the growing strength of the "opt out" movement against standardized testing, but also put immediate pressure on state and federal officials, who must now decide whether to penalize schools and districts with low participation rates.
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States can play a role in improving school discipline, guide says
Education Week
School discipline is frequently viewed as a school- and district-level issue, but state boards of education can also play a role in determining that policies and practices are fair and effective, a new guide says. The guide, by the National Association of State Boards of Education, provides suggestions for states to get involved in the growing discussion around reducing the use of suspensions and expulsions and ensuring that children of all races, ethnicities and sexual orientations are treated equitably under school policies.
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Should high school students have to 'defend' their diploma like a Ph.D?
The Hechinger Report
Looking smart in a blue button-down shirt, Jorge Magana, 18, zipped through a PowerPoint presentation with the confidence of a Fortune 500 CEO. Seated in front of Magana in a classroom at Los Angeles High School of the Arts was a panel of three judges: the school's assistant principal, a school coordinator, and a former student. The occasion was his senior defense. Magana was trying to convince the panel that he was ready to graduate.
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Fixing the school-to-prison pipeline with mental health support in schools
Education World
According to the U.S. Department of Education, the amount of suspended students in America could fill up a Super Bowl stadium 45 times. This statistic does not speak about the amount of children in America that misbehave and warrant punishment but rather speaks about this country's neglect of children who need the support of their school system the most. It's no secret or hush-hush fact that the United States has the largest prison population in the entire developed world. In fact, incarcerated people is the one thing above else that the United States leads the world in.
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Privacy tips to help teachers avoid a social media scandal
By: Jessica Taylor
Thanks to social media, privacy is gone in the education world. Scandals and complaints involving teachers who misuse social media have been occurring more frequently around the U.S., which has led school districts scrambling to create new guidelines. Only educators can decide whether social media is right for them. There are benefits, but also risks when using it. This infographic gives some great advice on best practices for social media and teachers.
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4 tactics that take cheating prevention to the next level
Education Dive
The time that students, especially in K-12, spend preparing for standardized exams has been a source of controversy in education for well over a decade now. With the increase of technology in schools, moves to digital platforms and other factors, the lengths to which schools go to prevent students from cheating has also garnered a fair amount of attention.
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Study: Warmth, not punishment, helps middle-school students learn
MLive.com
If parents want their middle-school students to succeed in school, the best way is to avoid harsh punishments and to create a home environment that stimulates learning, University of Michigan researchers say. The findings of Sandra Tang and Pamela Davis-Kean appear in the current issue of the Journal of Family Psychology. Lecturing and restricting activities as punishment for young teens who earn low grades can lead to lower achievement in the next five years, the study says.
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Sexting, Internet safety loom large as childhood health concerns
Reuters
As more kids use mobile phones and surf the Web at increasingly younger ages, sexting and Internet safety are becoming bigger childhood health concerns, edging out longtime worries like smoking and teen pregnancy, a new poll suggests. Internet safety rose to become the fourth most commonly identified major problem in the 2015 C.S. Mott Children's Hospital national poll on children's health, up from eighth the year before, with 51 percent of adults this year citing it as a top concern.
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What schools and parents need to know to support transgender students
EdSource
As superintendent of Benicia Unified School District, Janice Adams found herself face to face with a first when a mother asked what Adams could do to support her kindergarten child, who was born a boy but identified as a girl. "If your experience is anything like my own, you will be in unfamiliar — perhaps uncomfortable — territory," Adams wrote to her fellow administrators in an introduction to a new 68-page report, "Schools in Transition: A Guide for Supporting Transgender Students in K-12 Schools," released this week by five organizations, including the National Education Association. "It is important, however," Adams continued, "that your own personal uncertainties do not interfere with your ability to do the right thing to protect the safety and well-being of these vulnerable children."
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The consequences for kids when their parents work irregular night shifts — research
The Washington Post
Having a regular schedule matters — especially when it comes to young people of all ages. According to a new research brief from the nonprofit Economic Policy Institute, children of parents working non-standard and unpredictable schedules are more likely to have decreased cognitive and behavioral outcomes. Who is more commonly affected?
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Cultural competence in the classroom: A key 21st-century skill
By: Erick Herrmann
Schools today are becoming increasingly diverse. Any educator who has been working in schools for a long time has likely seen the differences between students who were in their classrooms 20 years ago and students who are in their classrooms today. As racial, ethnic and linguistic diversity in the classroom and school widens, so does the need for educators to be responsive to diverse student and family needs, beliefs, values and attitudes.
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5 facts about America's students
Pew Research Center
In a few weeks, America's roughly 53.5 million K-12 students will head to the classroom. Trading in swimming pools and summer jobs for math problems and history homework, these students will hit the books at one of more than 129,200 schools across the country, including about 5,700 charter schools and 30,900 private schools. Pew Research Center has found today's American students as a whole to be more diverse — and on track to be better educated — than their parents and grandparents.
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