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Awards, Awards, Awards
NYSSCA
Nominations for all NYSSCA Awards are now being accepted. NYSSCA is proud to present the School Counselor of the Year Award; the Career Achievement Award; the Outstanding Program, Practice, or Project Award; and our new Leadership Grant. Full information and nomination instructions are available here. Deadline for Nominations for all awards is Oct. 1.
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Academic Intervention Service Requirements for 2014-2015
NYSSCA
To ensure that existing support services, including Academic Intervention Services and Title I compensatory services, remain relevant and appropriate as New York continues to implement the Common Core Learning Standards, the Board of Regents at its February 10, 2014 meeting directed the State Education Department (SED or "the Department") to develop proposed amendments to Commissioner's Regulations to continue providing flexibility to districts in the provision of AIS (see http://www.regents.nysed.gov/meetings/2014/February2014/214p12a6.pdf). The full News Release is available here.
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NYSSCA Conference 2014 — Oct. 31 - Nov. 1, 2014 — Hilton Albany
NYSSCA
"School Counselors: Informed, Accountable, Impactful." Go to www.nyssca.org for full information.

Online registration now open. Hotel registrations being accepted. Information regarding the College Tour and Dinner at the Albany NanoTech Complex and SUNY Polytechnic Institute.

Our Conference Brochure is available here.

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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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Back-to-school stress: How to recognize it and help kids manage it
The Washington Post
Yes, kids get super-stressed, too, but it isn't always easy to tell what is bothering them because they hide symptoms or explain them in vague ways. As the 2014-2015 school year gears up, it's a good time to learn how to identify stress in children and teens and help them manage it.
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ADHD children make poor decisions due to less differentiated learning processes
Science Daily
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder is one of the most common psychiatric disorders among school children. Pupils with ADHD often make poorer decisions than their unaffected classmates. Researchers have now discovered that different learning and decision-making mechanisms are responsible for these behaviors, and localized the underlying impairments in the brain.
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Better oversight needed of Federal program for homeless students, GAO says
Education Week
The U.S. Department of Education needs to provide better oversight of a federal program aimed at ensuring that homeless students have access to the public education system, a new Government Accountability Office report found. The authors of the report, obtained by Education Week, listed several challenges to the Education for Homeless Children and Youth program, which provides students with transportation to and from school as well as wraparound services such as health care, counseling and food assistance.
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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
 


What are you doing to prevent bullying?
District Administration Magazine
This is the disturbing opening from a Los Angeles Times article published a year ago: "Two students from separate schools committed suicide within days of each other this month — which is National Bullying Prevention Month — and both boys apparently had been bullied. Now, parents are asking questions not just about bullying but also about anti-bullying videos, which both schools aired shortly before the incidents." In one of these situations, the student walked out of the video screening expressing suicidal thoughts to another student. The following morning, he took his life. His father has filed a wrongful death suit in federal court against the school district and the producers of the anti-bullying video.
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Expert: Common Core has had some bumps in the road but the 63 percent of students who didn't graduate high school need it
New York Daily News
This year's test scores demonstrate that despite the considerable progress made over the past 12 years, we still have work to do to fix the broken education system that continues to fail too many of our students. Only 37 percent of New York State students graduated from high school prepared for college or a career. So while adults can argue about their narrow self-interests and political agendas, this is the only Common Core statistic that matters: Last year, we failed to meet our obligation to two-thirds of our kids.
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With school closed, teachers and volunteers in Ferguson work to fill gap
The New York Times
The teachers stood on a street corner near Griffith Elementary School, jumping and dancing as they tried to get drivers' attention. No, the school was still not open for classes. But children could at least pick up free lunches there. Parents parked their cars and children leapt up the steps toward a table where cafeteria workers passed out brown bags filled with turkey and cheese sandwiches, vegetables and fruit. "Do you want chocolate milk or white milk?" they asked, though the answer was usually the same.
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States escaping No Child Left Behind can get more time on teacher evaluations
The Huffington Post
For years, the Obama administration has made tougher teacher evaluations a centerpiece of its education agenda, giving states incentives to grade educators partially in accordance with students' standardized test scores. But, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced most states will get a reprieve of sorts. Deborah Delisle, assistant secretary of elementary and secondary education, wrote to state school chiefs that states that have received waivers from the No Child Left Behind Act will be able to continue to evade the law even if they did not use test scores in this year's teacher evaluations. But states are still required to show the test scores to teachers.
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PDK/Gallup poll finds rising awareness, majority opposition to Common Core
Education Week
While more people know what the Common Core State Standards are than last year, a majority of them oppose the standards, according to the 46th edition of the PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools. Overall, the wide-ranging survey found, 81 percent of those polled said they had heard about the common standards, compared with 38 percent last year. However, 60 percent oppose the standards, generally because they believe the standards will limit the flexibility that teachers have to teach what they think is best.
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Leveraging technology to determine school vision
By: Thomas Van Soelen
Many schools struggle in creating and reviewing core documents — e.g., mission, vision, purpose, beliefs, core values) with internal stakeholders. Therefore, when it comes to asking for external stakeholder input, it is deemed nearly impossible. Jeff Homan, principal of The Main Street Academy, a start-up K-8 charter school in College Park, Georgia, leveraged technology as the school revisited its core documents in preparation for both an accreditation visit and a rechartering process with the local school district, both occurring every five years.
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Trust, equity and student-centered learning with fourth-graders
MindShift
School administrators are looking to Bring Your Own Device policies as a way to bring technology resources in the community to bear in the classroom when there is little funding for classroom devices. School districts that can afford it are opting to issue school-owned devices to students that stay at school. But the drawback to these types of one-to-one programs is that they don’t allow for anytime/anywhere learning. This article focuses on a fourth grade teacher's use of BYOD to give her students the freedom to work at their own pace, with her guidance.
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