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NYSSCA Conference 2014
NYSSCA
Looking forward to seeing many of you in Albany this weekend.

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

Registration is still open. Don't miss this conference. Complete Conference info & registration links here.

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


Conference Hotel
It might not be 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!

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ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success released
ASCA
The "ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success: K-12 College- and Career-Readiness Standards for Every Student" describe the knowledge, skills and attitudes that students need to achieve academic success, college and career readiness and social/emotional development. The standards are based on a survey of research and best practices in student achievement from a wide array of educational standards and efforts. Download the ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success. To operationalize the standards, use the ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors database to select competencies that address student needs and align with specific standards and academic content. The database also allows school counselors to contribute to the competencies by sharing other ways to meet or align with a specific standard.
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Register now for the 2014 NYASP Conference in Albany, NY, on Nov. 5-7
NYASP
Promoting Wellness in the Classroom & Beyond
Hilton Albany
Albany, NY

Featuring: Jack Naglieri, Steve Feifer, Harold Koplewicz, Amanda Nickerson, Scott Barry Kaufman, George McCloskey, John Kelly, Dawn Flanagan, Stephen Brock, Ray DiGiuseppe, Scott Poland, Milton Dehn, and Many Others.

*Earn CPD credits for your NCSP!
*Hear about latest legislative developments impacting the field!
*Speak with test publishers about exciting new products! *Learn more about the NYASP Bullying Prevention Specialist Certification!
*Connect and network with colleagues and friends!
*Special student strand!
*Special Strand on Medical Educational Collaboration on Children's Mental Health


To register, go to: http://nyasp.wildapricot.org/conference For more information find the schedule at a glance below: Day at a Glance.

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NYSUT supports new 4+1 path to graduation
NYSUT
NYSUT expressed strong support for new pathways to graduation for students in the arts, humanities, STEM and Career and Technical Education, calling it a long overdue step in the right direction. The Regents approved the proposal and expect to issue final approval in January. It would go into effect this school year.

NYSUT was out ahead on this issue, with a "white paper" containing key recommendations on CTE. And here's our Web coverage of Vice President Catalina Fortino's remarks at last weekend's NYSUT BOCES leadership conference.

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  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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Report: Number of homeless kids in NYC spikes 63 percent in 5 years
The Huffington Post
New York City neighborhoods known for their middle-class appeal may be tumbling down the socioeconomic ladder, and children are suffering the consequences. A new report by the Institute for Children, Poverty & Homelessness found that the number of homeless kids in public city schools has jumped 63 percent in the last five years, with the borough of Queens experiencing an alarming 90 percent spike. As New York Daily News reported, most of the increase was felt in neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens known to house middle-class families.
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New York schools chancellor replaces 8 superintendents
The New York Times
Carmen Fariña, the New York schools chancellor, announced that she was replacing eight of the city's 32 district superintendents, her first major personnel reshuffling since taking office in January and the first step in what may ultimately be a large-scale reorganization of the school hierarchy. Fariña has been open about her intention to give more power to superintendents, who were stripped of many of their traditional responsibilities under the administration of former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. Because of her plans to give them greater authority, Fariña said this summer that current superintendents would have to reapply for their jobs, including submitting essays and letters of reference.
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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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Police presence powers up in schools
District Administration Magazine
Districts working to prevent mass shootings and other violent campus attacks are hiring more school resource officers to patrol their buildings, particularly at the elementary level. These SROs, elevated from a more passive role, are now an integral part of school safety planning. But their work goes beyond protecting students in the rare event of an active shooter. Despite media attention on school violence, "most schools and SROs are never going to face a violent encounter," says Mo Canady, executive director of the National Association of School Resource Officers.
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Understanding the causes of dyslexia for effective intervention
Edutopia
For most of the 40-plus years the term "dyslexia" has been in existence — and although the diagnosis has long been considered a "learning disability" — it has been based on comparisons with average readers. Simply put, a child could be diagnosed with dyslexia if he or she shows an IQ in the "normal" range but falls at or below the 10th percentile on standardized reading tests. This cut-off has been arbitrary, often varying from district to district and based on Response to Intervention criteria. As a result, a child who falls at the 12th percentile might be considered a poor reader while a child at the 10th percentile would be diagnosed with dyslexia.
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The economic impact of school suspensions
The Atlantic
Tiambrya Jenkins was just 14 years old when she got into a fistfight that would change the course of her educational trajectory. Following an after-school scuffle between Jenkins and a white classmate, the two girls — both freshmen at Rome High School in Georgia — were transferred to an alternative school as punishment. Her white classmate was allowed to return to their original school after 90 days. But Jenkins spent the rest of the year at the transitional academy, a place she describes as more like prison than school. "It was really, really boring. You just sat there all day until the bell rang," she says. "They didn't teach us anything."
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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
 


Bullying in schools still prevalent, American national report finds
Clemson University via Science Daily
Despite a dramatic increase in public awareness and anti-bullying legislation nationwide, the prevalence of bullying is still one of the most pressing issues facing our nation's youth, according to a report by researchers from Clemson University and Professional Data Analysts Inc., and published by the Hazelden Foundation.
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White House is root of test-reduction rhetoric, sources say
Education Week
President Barack Obama appears to be behind his administration's recent rhetorical push on the need to reconsider the number of tests students take, sources say. And the president's new thinking on tests would seem to put U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in a pretty awkward position. For the first six years of his term in office, Duncan has bet big on student scores on state tests, pressing states to use them in pivotal decisions, such as teacher evaluations.
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What's going on inside the brain of a curious child?
MindShift
How does a sunset work? We love to look at them, but Jolanda Blackwell wanted her 8th graders to really think about them, to wonder and question. So Blackwell, who teaches science at Oliver Wendell Holmes Junior High in Davis, Calif., had her students watch a video of a sunset on YouTube as part of a physics lesson on motion.
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5 ways to prevent K-12 school violence
The Huffington Post
School violence, when it occurs, has a high impact on schools and communities where the incident takes place. Rare but deadly incidents of violence, such as the Columbine High School Massacre of 1999 or the more recent school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut, bring the harsh realities of school violence to light. These are both extreme examples, of course, but violence in smaller doses still occurs in schools around the country. The Centers for Disease Control report that about 828,000 students each year are victims of non-fatal victimization while on school property, which is about 32 victims per 1,000 students. In schools where violence statistics are even higher, it can be difficult to focus on academics — and keep students, teachers and administrators safe.
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