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Happy holidays to all of our members, families and friends from the NYSSCA Executive Board. Wishing everyone a healthy and prosperous new year.

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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
Nov. 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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How important are school counselors? Spoiler alert: Very
Tamu Times
Even one additional counselor in an elementary school could have a profound positive impact on learning and conduct, according to a study coauthored by Texas A&M University Economics Professor Mark Hoekstra. When it comes to academic performance, there's always talk of class size and teacher quality, but little focus on other factors. In their paper "Are School Counselors an Effective Education Input?" Hoekstra and coauthor Scott E. Carrell, University of California-Davis, studied 3rd through 5thgraders in Alachua County, Fla., from 1995-1996 through 2002-2003 and found the addition of one school counselor increased test scores and reduced bad behavior.
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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.
 


New York state wins federal grant worth nearly $25 million to expand pre-K
New York Daily News
New York State won a federal grant worth nearly $25 million to expand pre-K programs across the state, White House officials said. Of that money, $9 million will go to fund city pre-K programs. The annual cost of the city's universal pre-K program is about $750 million each year so the grant money won't make much of a dent, but President Obama did give Mayor de Blasio's ambitious program a shout-out in his speech announcing the grants.
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Instructional issues affecting the development of reading skills
By: Dale King
There is often a long and winding road to reading success for students with learning disabilities. Competent teachers of reading know and understand the five components of reading, why each needs to be explicitly addressed in instruction in a systematic and sequential manner, and how to provide these types of instruction while both encouraging and monitoring a student's progress. In addition, instruction needs to be ongoing and scheduled frequently enough to foster learning.
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Two years after Sandy Hook: Mental health funding still lags
U.S. News & World Report
School shootings and high-profile stories of mental illness often bring about calls for change from government officials, but this year Congress did not pass mental health care reforms and states slowed in their response to the issue, shows a study by the National Alliance on Mental Illness. The State Mental Health Legislation report for 2014 comes days before the second anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, when Adam Lanza — who had untreated mental illness – killed 20 children, six educators, and his mother, before killing himself. The massacre, another in a string of school shootings in recent years, again raised questions about gun control and early intervention for people with mental health issues.
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Does Common Core really mean teachers should teach differently?
The Hechinger Report
The Common Core wasn't necessarily supposed to change how math is taught, but in many schools that's exactly what's happening. Many — some might argue most — American math teachers once followed a simple format: Explain a formula to the class, show an example on the board, then let students practice on worksheets.
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Student reading practices lag far behind national goals
The Journal
As new learning standards put more emphasis on getting students to be able to read and analyze non-fiction text, this year's annual "What Kids Are Reading and Why It Matters" report from Renaissance Learning suggests that classrooms have a long way to go. Renaissance produces Accelerated Reader, an integrated reading program that delivers online quizzes to students on the books they've read, both fiction and nonfiction.
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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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More students at poor US schools get free meals in federal initiative
Reuters
Over half of the nation's high-poverty schools are taking advantage of a new federal initiative intended to make it easier for U.S. children to eat nutritious cafeteria meals for free, federal officials said. Nationwide, 51.5 percent of eligible schools have commenced offering free, federally funded meals to all their students without requiring the applications long used to prove low-income status, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported.
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Big drop in students being held back, but why?
NPR
The question of when or whether it's appropriate to hold a child back in school is a heated one among teachers, parents and even politicians. And a new study is adding some kindling to the debate. Researchers found that the rate at which kids are held back — in education circles it's called "grade retention" — has dropped dramatically. From 1995 to 2005, the overall retention rate hovered near 3 percent. But, from 2005 to 2010 it fell to 1.5 percent.
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Do the police belong in public schools?
By: Archita Datta Majumdar
Recent news reports of police and citizens clashing all over America have been disturbing indeed. What is remarkable that many of the protestors are American youth and even schoolchildren in some instances, painting an even more complicated picture. The increasing presence of police in schools shows how opposing forces are splitting the system apart from within — authorities that want more control over the future generation who are unwilling to give it.
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Common sense for the Common Core
Scholastic Administrator
Regie Routman, an author for Scholastic Administrator, writes: "As a mentor teacher, leader and coach who has been working in diverse classrooms and schools for more than four decades, I've learned that no matter what reforms, standards, or new programs come along, literacy achievement gains tend to be fleeting. Here's what I've observed over and over: Without administrators who have a solid knowledge of effective literacy instruction, schools wind up focusing on implementation of isolated skills and/or standards with the hope that all the parts will add up to something meaningful."
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Feds: IDEA still applies when students incarcerated
Disability Scoop
Kids with disabilities have the right to a free appropriate public education complete with academics, therapies and other supports even if they're locked up, federal officials say. In new guidance, the Obama administration is reminding states and local agencies that students do not relinquish their rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act if they are incarcerated.
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