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


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Heroin and Opioid Public Awareness Campaign
New York State Health Department
Please find linked here a letter regarding the new website related to the Heroin and Opioid Public Awareness Campaign. The letter has been signed by Commissioner King, OASAS Commissioner González-Sánchez and DOH Acting Commissioner Zucker. Please share with colleagues to increase the awareness of the resources available.
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NEA-School Equity campaign seeks your stories
NEA
The NEA has launched a campaign to collect front-line stories of inequity in schools across the country. They want every educator, principal, parent and community leader to share their stories, because all students, regardless of where they live or how much money their parents make should have great public schools. Far too often, too many children attend under resourced schools and pay the price by missing out on key ingredients to build their potential and prepare them for success. Tell your story.
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Changes could boost school counselor presence
The Advertiser
Changes could be coming to the way guidance counselors are allotted to Lafayette Parish, Louisiana, public schools. For more than a month, district officials and school board members have been discussing changes to the staffing formula. So far, no final decisions have been made. On Wednesday, the board could approve the formula changes. Under the proposed formula, each school would have at least one full-time counselor. Currently, elementary and middle schools with 249 students or fewer have a part-time counselor, usually someone who splits time between two schools.
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New York City is ending its ban on cellphones in schools
TakePart
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to make good on one of his campaign promises — one that will surely make some Gotham teens his biggest fans. No, not the pledge to lessen wealth inequality in the city. Instead, the mayor plans to bring an end to another inequity that has plagued the Big Apple's public schools in recent years: the ban on cellphones on campus.
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Keeping students out of school-to-prison pipeline
District Administration Magazine
Though more districts are hiring school resource officers to keep students safe, some argue that schools with SROs have more student arrests than schools without the officers, contributing to the school-to-prison pipeline. "There is really no evidence that SROs decrease crime in schools," says Jason Sinocruz, a staff attorney at the civil rights organization Advancement Project and a member of a team that works to end the school-to-prison pipeline. For example, after the Columbine shooting in 1999, Colorado increased security and police presence in schools. With these changes, more students were arrested for minor offenses such as disrupting class, but not for possession of weapons, which is what the presence of officers was intended to stop, Sinocruz says.
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Study: Kids likelier to take ADHD drugs in school year
USA Today
After a decade of education reform, U.S. public schools are refocused on basic academics and the needs of low-income and minority students. Could that transformation be leading more kids to take medication to pay attention in class? A new study finds that children are about 30 percent more likely to take a stimulant like Ritalin for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder during the school year than in the summer.
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Collaborating with students: Invite them to the IEP process
By: Pamela Hill
In the typical special education scenario, the special education team sets the goals for the student receiving an Individual Education Plan. However, at the age of 14 the student reaches the age of transition and begins to collaborate with the special education team to plan goals for his future. The law intends that students can be involved with any transition decisions before age 14, which may include discussion of student goals and accommodations needed to be successful in school. But it is rare that a student attend his own IEP meeting before age 14.
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Wealthier schools send more students to college
U.S. News & World Report
Students from high-poverty schools are less likely to immediately enroll in college — and to remain enrolled after one year — than students from more well-off high schools, according to data released by the National Student Clearinghouse. In its second annual report tracking the enrollment trends of high school graduates, the clearinghouse's research center examined the outcomes of more than 3.5 million students from traditional public high schools, public charter schools and private schools, finding overall school income was the strongest factor in predicting immediate college enrollment.
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State education funding lags behind pre-recession levels
U.S. News & World Report
Despite incremental increases in state support for K-12 education, funding levels still trail those before the Great Recession in 2007, according to a report released Thursday by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Overall, 30 of the 47 states analyzed are providing less per-pupil funding for K-12 schools this school year than they did before the recession. In 14 of the states, funding has been cut by more than 10 percent, the report says. In addition to the slow recovery of funding, at least 20 states cut their support for K-12 education compared to last year, the report found.
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Why teaching kindness in schools is essential to reduce bullying
Edutopia
Phrases like "random acts of kindness" and "pay it forward" have become popular terms in modern society. Perhaps this could be best explained by those who have identified a deficiency in their lives that can only be fulfilled by altruism. It seems that we just can't get enough of those addictive, feel-good emotions — and with good reason. Scientific studies prove that kindness has many physical, emotional, and mental health benefits. And children need a healthy dose of the warm-and-fuzzies to thrive as healthy, happy, well-rounded individuals.
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Stop-arm programs help raise awareness as part of School Bus Safety Week
School Transportation News
More and more school districts nationwide are adopting stop-arm enforcement programs that involve mounting video cameras on buses' stop signs to detect and deter motorists from illegally passing a stopped school bus. The Redflex Student Guardian is helping to protect children at school bus stops in Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Washington.
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As overtesting outcry grows, education leaders pull back on standardized tests
The Christian Science Monitor
As the outcry against the overtesting of American children has grown, state and local education leaders — in a move endorsed by President Barack Obama — have announced a new focus on dialing back the volume of standardized testing and dialing up the quality.
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The importance of digital citizenship in schools
District Administration Magazine
Technology has provided administrators with some great opportunities for communication and data analysis, but for our students it means so much more. To help our students, we need to show that with all these opportunities come responsibilities. All administrators have read, or lived through, instances of cyberbullying, sexting and even suicide that have come from the misuse of technology. All users of technology need to come to grips with how to use the tools of today and how to become digital citizens.
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