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  NYSSCA UPDATE



New York State School Counselor Association Annual Conference 2015
"School Counselors: Advocating Access for All!"

NYSSCA
The Sagamore Resort, on Lake George, Bolton Landing, NY
November 20-21, 2015
Call for Programs

The New York State School Counselor Association is seeking qualified presenters for the 2015 Conference! Topics addressing comprehensive school counseling program design and implementation and accountability for school counselors are welcome. Workshops relevant to the following topics will also receive special consideration:
    Counselor Preparation Programs
    Access to College and College Prep Programs
    Partnerships with agencies and foundations
    Career Transition
    Social emotional development and the comprehensive model
    Principal — Counselor Partnerships
Our Call for Programs application for this event is linked here. We will be accepting all applications online again this year. The link is also posted on the NYSSCA website. Please consider proposing a workshop to share your best practices, collaborations, research, resources and/or wisdom! The deadline for submission is May 1, 2015.

We encourage you to forward this correspondence to other school counselors in your school district and/or local counseling association. Conference information including hotel reservations can be found on the NYSSCA website at www.nyssca.org.

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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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Counselors give more guidance to brace students for college costs
Journal-News
As the country's student loan debt load continues to balloon, high school counselors say they're working more diligently to warn kids and their parents about the costs of getting a four-year degree. With Americans amassing more than $1 trillion in college loan debt, some guidance counselors have shifted from simply advising students on how to get into college to a role that also helps students figure out how to pay for it once they're there.
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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.
 


De Blasio continues on 'community schools' promise with $52 million project pairing city schools with organizations
New York Daily News
The city has paired 45 public schools with 25 community-based organizations to provide a slew of new social services for students, city officials said. The schools will seek to boost attendance and student achievement by bringing social workers and literacy classes, among other things, into city classrooms. The $52 million project is part of Mayor de Blasio's plan to fulfil a campaign promise to create 100 of the so-called community schools by the end of his first term in office. "Every student comes to class with different challenges that can make it difficult to learn," said de Blasio.
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Sensory rooms gaining in popularity
Disability Scoop
In the dimly lit room, Tiara Santos lounged on the beanbag chair, stared at the bubble tubes and played with glow-in-the-dark toys, and then slowly, the demeanor of the girl with autism began to transform. "Before we came in here, she was hard to control," said Tiara's teacher, Danielle Galambos, about the 12-year-old. "Here, she feels safe. She is quieter, more relaxed." Tiara was in a sensory room at the Felician School for Exceptional Children in Lodi, N.J., which was designed to stimulate neglected physiology in students with disabilities. In Tiara's case, it brought on a smile, as well as some calm.
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Should teachers know a child takes ADHD meds?
The News Journal
Jonathan Moore's class notes look a little different from the rest of his peers. He doesn't like using bullet points, numbering or flow charts. Instead, the 14-year-old seventh grader gets creative, sketching a picture of how lessons unfold before him. Sometimes, the teacher and blackboard with lesson are all included. In a recent class about the Declaration of Independence, he drew a partial metal skull, bloodshot eye and declaration all on one page. Jonathan says he got an A on the test on that material.
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To close the achievement gap, extra hours in school have to be better hours
The Hechinger Report
As New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio ushers in a huge expansion of after-school programs for middle schoolers, educators and advocates are debating whether the new programs are academic enough. How students and teachers should spend their time when kids are behind is among the most pressing and vexing questions in education today, and it's one we have spent the past year exploring.
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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
  Online Courses for School Counselors

Our Online Certificate of Advanced Study (School Counselor) Program offers courses for provisionally certified school counselors seeking to meet the requirements for permanent certification in New York. We also offer online courses to non-matriculated students for professional development.

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What does Congress's budget squabble mean for education?
Education Week
If you've been paying attention to Congress this week, you've probably noticed lawmakers feverishly trying to come to an agreement about how to avert a government shut-down, which could occur Dec. 11 when the current stop-gap measure that's financing the U.S. Department of Education is set to expire. Readers of Politics K-12 know this fiscal scramble all too well. Because of across-the-aisle and intraparty bickering, it's been years since Congress funded the government under the normal appropriations process by passing 12 separate agency funding bills. And this year proved no different.
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School district standing up to dyslexia
The Messenger-Gazette
Bridgewater-Raritan, New Jersey, school district puts 80,000 audiobooks in the hands of struggling students. Poor testing, difficulty sustaining attention, confused by letters, numbers and words ... Dyslexia. It's one of a host of reading disabilities one in every five students face each day as they go to class. Now, more than 500 students across all 11 schools in the Bridgewater-Raritan school district — through a partnership with Princeton based national nonprofit Learning Ally — have access to a tool that is changing the game for these struggling readers.
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The common misconception that leaves many girls with ADHD untreated
The Huffington Post
According to a new survey, 50 percent of mothers of daughters diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder thought their child's behavior was part of "normal" adolescent development and struggles before they eventually sought help. The nationally representative survey of 1,883 people was conducted by Edelman Berland and fielded by Harris Interactive. Researchers looked at tween girls with ADHD ages 8 to 14, as well as mothers, adult women with ADHD, teachers and healthcare professionals, in order to examine the awareness around girls with ADHD.
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Protecting data privacy at school and at play
The New York Times
Like many parents, Michelle Finneran Dennedy, who lives with her family in the Bay Area, likes to keep tabs on what her children and their friends are doing online. She intervened, for instance, when she overheard a conversation in the back of her car between her daughter and a friend about Instagram, the photo-sharing site. While Dennedy has told her daughter not to accept online friend or follower requests from strangers, the other girl, who frequently posted images of herself on Instagram, declared that she had more than 2,000 followers.
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6 strategies for working with diverse-needs students
Education Week
Co-teaching is a powerful model for both regular education and special education teachers. This partnership can set the stage for a variety of scenarios that meet the needs of diverse-needs learners in a classroom. However, in many schools, regular education teachers face a roster of students with Individualized Education Programs and don't have the benefit of a co-teacher. Having some strategies to meet the needs of these students can make the process less scary for teachers — and more successful for students.
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