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NYSSCA 2015 Awards Program — Oct. 15 deadline approaching
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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.

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SCA Annual Conference 2015 — Register now!
Early bird deadline approaching Oct. 16

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
Hotel rooms going fast, Please use discount code NYSSCA 2015
Nov. 20-21, 2015
Participant online registration here.
Exhibitor online registration here.

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Check out our NYSSCA Calendar
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On the top of our website, WWW.NYSSCA.ORG, right below "Contact Us", there is a link to our NYSSCA Calendar. This calendar contains information regarding NYSSCA events as well as local events, meetings and professional development opportunities. If you have activities that should appear in the calendar, please email complete info to webmaster@nyssca.org. Put in the subject line of your email, Calendar Activity. We will add it as we update the website. Check it out!!
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Once sold as the solution, small high schools are now on the back burner
The Hechinger Report
Federico Leyva remembers fights in the halls or lunchroom almost every day at his 2,000-student middle school in Queens. Sometimes the adults in the building would hear them and intervene, sometimes they wouldn't. When it came time to apply to high school, he chose a small one. "There's personal attention — that's the biggest difference for me," said Federico, 17, who graduated from Urban Assembly Gateway for Technology in June with a near-full scholarship to Babson College, near Boston. "I think the fights occurred because there wasn't the personal attention."
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As rate of school shootings rises, what can educators do?
By: Brian Stack
Our country mourns the loss of 10 people in a recent school shooting at a small community college in Roseburg, Oregon. In that same event, another nine were injured. That tragic incident was one of 45 school shootings this year alone across America. It's time to ask ourselves what we can do as a country to combat this alarming rise in school shootings. We can start by taking notice. Don't let these tragic events make you complacent.
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Want high schoolers to succeed? Stop giving them 5-grade schedules
The Hechinger Report
High school students ought to manage their own time. But in the typical one-size-fits-all daily schedule known widely as "cells and bells," students migrate from class to class every 48 minutes. Borne of necessity, cells and bells homogenize education. Complacency is a risk when students have their time managed for them, as are both absenteeism and a lack of engagement. Having seniors in high school face the same type of schedule each day as that which defines a fifth-grader's day does not make developmental sense, nor offer the kind of preparation teens need for postsecondary education. The prevailing model does not fully develop the skills we know today’s students will need to have to be successful in the rapidly changing world they will enter.
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Is cyberbullying all that goes 'over the line' when kids are online?
The Conversation
In a TED talk this past spring, watched by over six million viewers, Monica Lewinsky called herself "Patient Zero" of cyber-fueled bullying and shaming. When this "scandal" unfolded, the concept of internet-enabled public shaming was relatively unprecedented. And Lewinsky's case certainly brought the epidemic threat of digital social networks into public consciousness. Today, those born in 1998, the year that the world learned of Lewinsky and Bill Clinton's affair, are in their teen years. And for them, the concept of internet-induced shaming is hardly new.
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Report: Despite public's desire, training in college counseling lags
The Huffington Post
Every year, the Center for Michigan conducts Community Conversations throughout the state to determine what's on the minds of Michigan citizens, and this year, the number one topic was college and career readiness. In startling fashion, the Center's report shows that two out of every three conversation participants rated Michigan's college and career counseling as "lousy" or "terrible", and 54 percent of the K-12 educators participating in the poll gave the same ratings. Recognizing that high counselor caseloads were part of the problem, the report still recommends all school counselors become certified in college and career counseling.
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Why many students might not be choosing 'right' college
The Christian Science Monitor
Had Alexis Calatayud known more about her college options four years ago, things might have been different. A Miami native from a middle-income family, Calatayud set her sights early on Florida International University, a local public research institution, dismissing most other options as beyond her price range. Paying extra to live away from home, she says, was something she and many of her peers, who are in similar or worse situations, were reluctant to do. "We go to FIU because it makes sense economically. It makes sense not to have to pay for room and board," she says. "I didn't know what my options were."
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Ruling in Compton, Calif., schools case: Trauma could cause disability
NPR
Students who experience traumatic events while growing up in poor, turbulent neighborhoods could be considered disabled, a federal judge has ruled in a high-profile case involving the Compton, Calif., schools. The ruling from U.S. District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald involves a class-action lawsuit filed against the Compton Unified School District. The plaintiffs argued that students who have experienced trauma are entitled to the same services and protections that schools must provide to traditionally disabled students.
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Academic coaching helps college STEM students with disabilities
By: Ruth Bomar
Experts have found that college students with disabilities who are pursuing STEM degrees express their struggle to manage time, complete assignments, maintain focus or shift focus from one task to another, make plans and organize tasks. These cognitive skills are generally referred to as executive functioning. This makes sense since executive functioning is attributed to the development of the frontal cortex, which continues developing well into our third decade.
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No, the sky is not falling: Interpreting the latest SAT scores
Brookings
Recently, the College Board released SAT scores for the high school graduating class of 2015. Both math and reading scores declined from 2014, continuing a steady downward trend that has been in place for the past decade. Pundits of contrasting political stripes seized on the scores to bolster their political agendas. Michael Petrilli of the Fordham Foundation argued that falling SAT scores show that high schools need more reform, presumably those his organization supports, in particular, charter schools and accountability. For Carol Burris of the Network for Public Education, the declining scores were evidence of the failure of polices her organization opposes, namely, Common Core, No Child Left Behind and accountability.
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Colleges vow to ease application process with new website
The Associated Press
More than 80 colleges are creating a website where students will be able to apply to dozens of them and get help along the way. Some of the top names in higher education are joining the effort under a new group called the Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success, whose goal is to make the application process easier, especially for minority and low-income students.
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Education Secretary Duncan combats school-to-prison pipeline
U.S. News & World Report
When Secretary of Education Arne Duncan headed the Chicago Public School system, he asked staffers there what time of day the most kids were being arrested. He was looking to curb the number of students who were going to jail, and assumed an early intervention program would be needed after school let out, the time he assumed most students were running into trouble. He was stunned to learn, however, that the majority of arrests were occurring during the school day, in the schools themselves.
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How can we support mental health and well-being in schools?
Connected Principals
Jessica Outram, a contributor for Connected Principals blog, writes: "This summer I spent a lot of time with my cousin who wrote a six-part blog series about collective impact that I followed in August. It got me thinking about how this type of intentional work within schools and within our broader school communities could better support students. Promoting well-being is a focus in Ontario schools. It includes supporting the whole child: cognitive, emotional, social and physical well-being. The most challenging area is mental health. We have access to more experts and resources than in the history of schooling. We have processes in place to support students in crisis and ongoing training for all staff. There is a lot to celebrate. But I think everyone would agree that there is still more work to do. Our kids still need more."
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