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ISCA Conference exhibitors feedback: A Garbage Can Day
This was our first time as an exhibitor at the Illinois School Counselor's Association Conference. It was a wonderful experience! We so enjoyed chatting with enthusiastic interns, seasoned veterans and all those dedicated counselors in-between! Here is link to our counseling tools: children's book, game and workshop opportunities at www.GarbageCanDay.com.
Illinois Senate to consider mental health legislation
Illinois state senators are considering legislation that would allow colleges to share mental health information of students with parents.
Under the proposed legislation, parents would receive information from the college on their child's mental health if the student gives permission, and if the student was found to be a danger to others or themselves.
Learning by doing helps students perform better in science
University of Chicago via Phys.org
Students who physically experience scientific concepts understand them more deeply and score better on science tests, according to a new UChicago-led study.
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Student concussion legislation passes Illinois Senate
Legislation that would require students who suffer a concussion to obtain medical clearance to return to sports or class has been passed by the Illinois Senate.
Illinois schools find federal local food funding hard to get
A federal initiative seeks to make school meals more nutritious while boosting local economies. However, Illinois school districts have barely cracked the surface in competing for these dollars.
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Illinois elementary school gets safe rooms
A new elementary school in central Illinois has safe rooms to protect students.
The new Middletown Prairie Elementary School in Mahomet, near Champaign, has 10 safe rooms disguised as backpack cubbies or bathrooms. The safe rooms are located between every two classrooms and have concrete walls reinforced with metal rods. They also have doors made of high-impact resistant metal with three locks.
Childhood bullying 'worse for mental health' than maltreatment by adults
Medical News Today
A new study by researchers at the University of Warwick in the U.K. has suggested that children are adversely affected more in later life by bullying than maltreatment from adults.
Bullying leads to depression and suicidal thoughts in teens
High school students subjected to bullying and other forms of harassment are more likely to report being seriously depressed, consider suicide and carry weapons to school, according to findings from a trio of studies reported at the Pediatric Academic Societies meeting in San Diego.
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Department of Education cracks down on Illinois for lack of science exam
In the latest controversy over state exams, Illinois is in hot water with the federal government for not administrating statewide science tests this school year.
Bullying and the defenseless victim
The Huffington Post
This meme has been making its way around social media lately. It was posted in October of 2013 but for some reason has found traction again. The meme says:
"We will never, ever get rid of bullying. We should teach kids how to stand up for themselves and cope instead of wearing pink shirts and passing anti-bullying bylaws. We are creating a society of victims."
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