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NYSSCA Conference 2014
NYSSCA
Great news. The Early Bird Deadline has been extended for a few days. Complete Conference info & registration links here.

"School Counselors: Informed, Accountable, Impactful"
October 31 to November 1, 2014
The Albany Hilton, Albany, NY 12207


Online Registration Available here

Full Info on Our Conference Page

And Great News from our Conference Hotel
It's not too late to get a NYSSCA rate on your hotel room! As long as there are still rooms in our block, you can call the hotel directly at 518-462-6611. Explain to the front desk that you want to attend the New York State School Counselor Conference on 10/31-11/1/2014 using the Group Code 1NYSSC. Do not call the national number for Hilton as they will say the room block is over!

Hurry and reserve your hotel room!

Check out and register for the App created for the NYSSCA Conference 2014!

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NYSSCA calendar
NYSSCA
Check out the new NYSSCA Calendar on the front page of our website at www.nyssca.org. The calendar includes professional development events, Executive Board speaking appearances, and other dates of interest. If you have a professional development event that you feel should be included, email Bob Rotunda, executive director at executivedirector@nyssca.org with details including any pertinent link.
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Bullying Prevention Month
NYSSCA
October is Bullying Prevention month. Here is a link to the Bullying Prevention collection found in the American Federation of Teachers' national website Share My Lesson that facilitates the sharing of best practices lessons and resources. A free poster is also available. Share My Lesson Bullying Prevention Collection.

* You will need to create a free account to access the resources.

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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.
 

  AROUND THE INDUSTRY



Study: School counselors have enormous impact on students
Education World
When reflecting on a student's performance in school, whether one is evaluating discipline or test scores, the tendency is to look for a teacher's or principal's influence on a child. It's often forgotten, however, that school counselors play a huge role in students' lives. "School counselors do a lot more than help kids figure out what classes to take," said an article on PSMag.com. "Their primary role, in fact, is to help students work through behavioral problems, mental health concerns, and other issues that might hamper kids’ success in school and in life. But despite considerable recent attention to factors that might improve education in underperforming schools, researchers have largely ignored how much of an impact counselors have on academic performance."
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School counselors outnumbered
WTHR-TV
The recent and tragic number of local teenagers committing suicide has many parents asking if schools are doing enough to save students' lives. We found counselors educated and trained to help, but alarmingly out numbered. Only six states have fewer school counselors than Indiana. At Northview Middle School, there are more than 800 students and just two school counselors. Jennifer Dodson has to keep up with the class schedules, grades, college and career choices, as well as the social, emotional and behavioral issues of more than 400 kids.
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New federal guidelines aim to rid schools of racial inequality
The New York Times
With racial minorities still less likely than white students to have access to rigorous academic classes or experienced and qualified teachers, the Obama administration will announce guidelines on Wednesday to ensure that strong teachers, high-level math and science courses, quality extracurricular programs, and equivalent technology and school facilities are available for all public school students.
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Who is responsible for IEP goals?
By: Pamela Hill
As the beginning of autumn appears, public school is well underway for the more than 2 million students identified with learning disabilities in the United States. These students are being instructed by teachers whose responsibility is to assist them in meeting their Individual Education Plan goals. The IEP was first introduced in 1975 as part of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The individualized education goals are a pivotal part of this legal document and are crucial to the student's success. Was it the intent of the designers of this document that decisions and educational goals be made for the student or with the student?
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Drilling down on education data
District Administration Magazine
A new bounty of academic data is guiding teachers as they adjust instruction in the hopes of boosting student achievement. Some districts are connecting "data coaches" with the teachers' own professional learning communities to ensure this bounty of information fulfills its pedagogical promise. Using portions of the $4 billion Race to the Top initiative, educators in Delaware, Rhode Island, Hawaii and other states have been working with data coaches — many of whom are former teachers — to learn how to parse data to plan lessons and reach end-of-year academic benchmarks, among other short- and long-term goals.
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Homeless high schoolers face barriers to education
U.S. News & World Report
Homelessness among public school students is at an all-time high, and teens without a home face unique challenges. Some teens are homeless with their families. But others are on their own, simply trying to get through life without anyone looking out for their well-being, says Barbara Duffield, director of policy and programs at the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth. "They are typically homeless because of a very bad situation at home, abuse or neglect," she says of unaccompanied homeless teens. On the flip side, teens who are homeless with their families may be in a parental role, taking care of younger siblings.
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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
 


How to cultivate a bully-free community
Edutopia
Fifth-grader Malcolm Lyon is especially tall and well spoken for his age. When asked what he loved most about his school, Malcolm answered simply, "No bullying." This might be surprising given the struggle with bullying that schools face nationwide. This August, Malcolm started his eighth year at Odyssey Community School, a small private school in Asheville, North Carolina, where the subject of bullying is addressed with four guiding fundamentals.
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When teachers, not students, do the cheating
NPR
Opening arguments began in the trial of 12 Atlanta educators charged in an alleged cheating conspiracy that came to light in 2009. Prosecutors claim there was widespread cheating on state tests throughout the city's public schools, affecting thousands of students. The case has brought national attention to the issue, raising questions about whether the pressures to improve scores have driven a few educators to fudge the numbers, but also about broader consequences.
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Survey: Common Core standards working well
USA Today
"Common Core" academic guidelines for public schools are sowing controversy as teachers implement them across the USA. Several states have balked at requiring them and even comedian Louis C.K. last May took to Twitter to complain, "My kids used to love math. Now it makes them cry. Thanks standardized testing and common core!" But teachers in states where the math and reading standards have been in place longest say that, in spite of the criticisms, Common Core is going well — and that most teachers feel prepared to teach new kinds of lessons.
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