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NYSSCA Conference 2014 — Oct. 31 - Nov. 1, 2014 — Hilton Albany
NYSSCA
"School Counselors: Informed, Accountable, Impactful."

Don't forget to reserve your hotel room at the Hilton Albany before 10/3/2014! Check our website at www.nyssca.org for details on how to register for the conference and reserve your hotel room!

Online Registration Now open. Hotel Registrations being accepted. Information regarding the College Tour and Dinner at the Albany NanoTech Complex and SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY PI).

Our Conference Brochure is available here.

Check out the app created for the NYSSCA Conference 2014!

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Membership news
NYSSCA
1. Membership dues for Graduate Students and Retired Members has been reduced to $25.

2. Automatic Renewal — this feature is now available when you renew your membership. Save a bit of time each year by selecting automatic renewal when you see the choice.

3. Check out the Members' Only section of our website. There is a click for Members' Only on the top right of our website at www.nyssca.org. There are many resources available to members including recently uploaded ASCA Webinars on many topics.

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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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Invitation to Military Children and Schools
The Future of Children via NYSSCA
When
Oct. 8 at 12:30-4:30 p.m.
(Reception immediately following)

Where
Princeton University
Woodrow Wilson School
Robertson Hall — Bowl 16
Princeton, New Jersey 08540

Military children are everywhere, in virtually every school in the U.S. In recent years, more than two million children of military families have been separated from their service member parents because of deployment. Many more have faced frequent moves and transitions to new schools. These types of transitions directly affect their educational outcomes. Schools should work to identify these students and to assist them both educationally and emotionally.

This conference will address the school experiences of military children and identify research and policies to assist them. The discussion will use developmental science to highlight effective education programs as well as to suggest potential new program models. For this conference, we will define military children as those from families on active duty or in the National Guard and Reserve, in addition the children of military veterans.

This conference is an outreach event for the Future of Children journal’s Military Children and Families issue, edited by Colonel Stephen J. Cozza (U.S. Army, Retired) and Richard M. Lerner. The issue is available online at http://futureofchildren.org.

This event is free, but requires registration. Please RSVP by Thursday, Oct. 2.

Click here to register for this event.
Click here to view the agenda.
Click here to download the parking pass and directions.

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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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School counselors' duties expanding with growth of social media
Tribune-Review
When Jennifer DiVittis was in high school, she went to her guidance counselor for help scheduling classes and applying for college. Now that she's a counselor herself — at Norwin Middle School, DiVittis not only handles schedules and college prep, she also must help students with personal problems and with their social and problem-solving skills. Psychological issues, she says, form "the majority of our work. We do it all." DiVittis is one of two counselors at the junior high and head of the Norwin School District's guidance department.
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New York officials monitoring schools' efforts to stop bullying
New York Daily News
New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Education Commissioner John King sent a survey to school districts asking if they have posted anti-bullying guidelines and delegated the responsibility for fighting bullying to school staffers.
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Inclusion Corner: Encouraging our students to have a growth mindset
By: Savanna Flakes
Have you ever found yourself wishing that you could create a community of students who are self-motivated and persist with challenging tasks? Do you have a student that gives up after making one mistake? Why do some students give up so quickly? How do we encourage our adolescents who have undergone so many failures with math or reading? Carol Dweck, a leading researcher in the field of motivation, has posed there are two groups of people in the world: people with a "growth mindset" and those persons with a "fixed mindset."
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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
 


Study: ADHD not being properly treated in American children
Counsel&Heal
New research reveals that less than one in four commercially insured children treated with medication for ADHD also receive psychotherapy. Researchers added that the percentage is significantly lower in many parts of the country. Researchers said the latest study is the first to illustrate the dramatic variation in the use of talk therapy among American children treated with ADHD medication.
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New federal legislation introduced to reduce mandated tests
Education Week
Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., is the latest member of Congress to introduce a bill that would significantly shrink the federal footprint on standardized testing. The Tackling Excessive Standardized Testing Act, introduced with the backing of the American Federation of Teachers, would allow states to choose an alternative testing regimen for students in grades 3 through 8.
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Special education charters renew inclusion debate
Education Week
Parents go to great lengths to meet the special and often demanding needs of children with disabilities. In Diana Diaz-Harrison's case, that meant opening a charter school in Phoenix for her son, who has autism — and for other students like him — when she felt his needs weren't being met in regular district-run schools. "For my typical daughter, we chose a charter school that specializes in the arts ... that meets her needs," said Diaz-Harrison.
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Why recess is non-negotiable for ADHD kids
ADDitude
As if we needed more proof that taking away recess is a counterproductive punishment, a new study indicates that exercising every day can actually help ADHD children focus better in class. The study, recently published in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, selected 202 children between the ages of 4 and 9 — about half of whom were "at risk" for ADHD. The students were randomly assigned to either 31 minutes of vigorous physical activity before school or 31 minutes of a sedentary classroom activity, like completing an art project. The study lasted for 12 weeks.
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The people behind college matchmaking: School counselors and admission officers
The Washington Post
Robyn Lady, a high school counseling chief from Northern Virginia, cruised the halls of the Indiana Convention Center to schmooze with other counselors and admissions professionals at the nation's largest gathering of college matchmakers. Lady, director of student services at Chantilly High School in Fairfax County, Virginia, was one of about 2,000 high school representatives mingling with 2,000 college admissions officers at the 70th convention of the National Association for College Admission Counseling.
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Lessening school assessment stress
District Administration Magazine
When Danville Independent Schools in Kentucky overhauled its curriculum in 2009 to focus on 21st century skills, district leaders quickly realized they faced an assessment challenge: How would teachers objectively and systematically measure the development of skills such as teamwork, initiative and perseverance? Because such complex thinking skills can't be measured by traditional standardized tests, educators nationwide are turning to new ideas like "stealth assessments" hidden in video games and student roundtables that work like college dissertation defenses.
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Rx for bullying: Positive behavior programs that build trust and support
School Transportation News
Though headlines have blared about violence on the yellow bus just weeks into the new school year, school officials affirm that anti-bullying programs are making a difference for students across the nation. School districts in Minnesota reported seeing positive results from PRIDE and Olweus bullying prevention programs that were implemented within the prior school year, and last spring the state passed a new anti-bullying law that calls on public schools to follow suit.
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Should schools be responsible for kids' health?
The Atlantic
There's a section in the new Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll out this week that hasn't gotten much attention: what parents think about schools and student health. Interestingly, the percentage of parents who said they "strongly agreed" their child's school "does things to help him or her be healthier" has declined since 2012, to 20 percent from 33 percent, according to the new poll. While keeping in mind that correlation is not causation, the steepness of that dip took me by surprise. The role of schools in keeping kids healthy has been in an intense spotlight for the past four years, both with the push to improve federal school nutrition requirements and the intensity of first lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" campaign.
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