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School Counselor of the Year, Carol Miller, recognized by NYSUT
NYSSCA
Linked below is the NYSUT Profile of NYSSCA's School Counselor of the Year, Carol Miller of Lansing Middle School. Take a few minutes to check out this wonderful recognition.
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NYSSCA Website Additions
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Check out some additions to our website at www.nyssca.org/.

We have added a section to our Links Page (under Counselor Resources) that includes Links to Job Search Resources. If you know any job search links that should be added, please send them to, Bob Rotunda at executivedirector@nyssca.org. Members can also log on to the Members' Only section of the website for Jobs Listings.

We have added a page called HS Scholarship Opportunities (also under Counselor Resources). We will add links to opportunities as we become aware of them. Also, send resources to executivedirector@nyssca.org.

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NYSED Curriculum and Assessment Updates
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Educator Guide to the Regents Examination in Geometry (Common Core)
In response to field feedback, the Educator Guide to the Regents Examination in Geometry (Common Core) has been updated.

One important refinement is that there will be two 6-credit constructed-response questions: one 6-credit question will require students to develop multi-step, extended logical arguments and proofs involving major content, and one 6-credit question will require students to use modeling to solve real-world problems. This refinement balances field expectations with what the standards require, and will allow students the opportunity to exhibit the knowledge and skills associated with both types of questions.

The guide also provides additional information about the types of questions that will appear on the test in June 2015.

Updates are shown as highlighted text in the revised guide posted at: https://www.engageny.org/resource/regents-exams-mathematics-geometry-test-guide.

Survey for the Regents Exam in English Language Arts (Common Core)
The Department is reaching out to administrators to determine approximately how many students within their school building are expected to take the Regents Examination in English Language Arts (Common Core) in June 2015. This response does not represent any commitment on the part of schools.

The survey for collecting this information can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MX62NYQ. We ask that the principal from each high school building respond or designate someone to respond no later than December 23, 2015.

Regents Examination in Chemistry will be Administered in August 2015
In response to field feedback, the Regents Exam in Chemistry be added to the August examination schedule beginning with August 2015. This change, coupled with the previously announced addition to August of the Regents Exam in Algebra2/Trigonometry, will allow interested students with an additional opportunity in August to earn the Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation.

New York State Testing Program: Common Core Grades 3-8 English Language Arts Annotated Passages
A selection of the questions from the 2014 Common Core Grades 3-8 ELA tests have been available for review and use since the summer (see https://www.engageny.org/resource/new-york-state-common-core-sample-questions.) The Department has now added annotations of selected passages to this page. These annotated passages, together with the annotated questions or on their own, will help students, families, educators, and the public better understand how tests have changed to assess the instructional shifts demanded by the Common Core and to assess the rigor required to ensure that all students are on track to college and career readiness. Other resources, including test blueprints and specifications, sample questions, and criteria for writing assessment questions can also be found at http://www.engageny.org/common-core-assessments.

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Lame-duck bill would train school counselors to give college advice
Bridge Magazine
The Michigan Legislature has set aside nine days to pass new laws before the end of the calendar year. Bridge has already outlined some issues likely to come up in this so-called lame-duck session or early in the next legislative session that begins in January. Bridge Magazine offers a deeper look at one measure that may be addressed before the New Year, a requirement that high school counselors receive training in giving college advice. Previous issues Bridge has more deeply explored are changes to electoral college voting, road funding and A-F school grades.
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Old tactic gets new use: Public schools separate girls and boys
The New York Times
In one third-grade classroom, the walls are bordered by cheetah and zebra prints, bright pink caddies hold pencils and glue sticks, and a poster at the front lists rules, including "Act pretty at all times!" Next door, cutouts of racecars and pictures of football players line the walls, and a banner behind the teacher's desk reads "Coaches Corner." The students in the first class: girls. Next door: boys.
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Inclusion Corner: The art of co-teaching
By: Savanna Flakes
Co-taught lessons should look substantively different and richer for students than what one teacher would do alone. Meaningful collaboration depends on a partnership in which each teacher brings his/her focus of expertise and utilizes his/her specialty to enhance instruction. By focusing on role specialty, the co-teaching partnership is enhanced and all students are supported and challenged. Teachers should explore, plan and utilize a variety of co-teaching models to differentiate instruction and increase student achievement.
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Dyslexia: A potential cause of your child's educational difficulties
Psych Central
As many children in the United States are managing to get through the demands, responsibilities, and academic expectations of the school system, there are also many children who are having some struggle. Focusing difficulties, attention problems, reading comprehension, and academic underachievement as compared to same-aged peers often times gets attributed to the child's personal weaknesses or behavior problems or possibly even ADHD or another mental or neurological disorder.
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No Child Left Behind gets renewed focus
The Associated Press via Yahoo News
The No Child Left Behind education law could be making a political comeback. Sen. Lamar Alexander, the Tennessee Republican who is the incoming chairman of the Senate committee overseeing education, says his top education priority is fixing the landmark Bush-era law. His goal? Get a bill signed by President Barack Obama early next year.
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The downside of resilience
The New York Times
Behind a half-century of policies to promote child development, there lies an assumption: that children are essentially equally affected by the environments they grow up in, and that positive interventions like preschool education should therefore help all children. But what if this isn't true? Evidence suggests that some children are — in one frequently used metaphor — like delicate orchids; they quickly wither if exposed to stress and deprivation, but blossom if given a lot of care and support.
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What does the Common Core mean for special education?
District Administration Magazine
The Common Core is presenting a new challenge — and offering little guidance — to special education teachers working to keep their students on pace with their peers. "We have a lot of kids who have not had the opportunity to learn standards in the past, and have a lot of gaps in instruction," says Debbie Taub, director of research for Keystone Assessment and a Council for Exceptional Children member, who has created a professional development program on teaching the Common Core to students with complex instructional needs. "But we're seeing that with well-thought out instruction, it's possible for these kids to make progress in the standards and build foundational skills at the same time."
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PARCC shares 'lessons learned' from Common Core field tests
edSurge
Not everything's a walk in the PARCC. During the spring of 2014, more than 1.1 million students in approximately 16,000 U.S. schools took field tests of a Common Core assessment developed by PARCC, short for the "Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers." According to a recently released report from PARCC summarizing key findings from these tests, the ultimate goal of the pilots "was to confirm that PARCC is a quality assessment program and to make improvements based on the experience" before the formal administration of the exam to "an estimated 5 million students" in 2015.
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