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Feb. 20, 2014

Register now for the Region 1 Conference!
NYSSCA
Region 1 Conference
Feb. 28, 2014
"Everything a Counselor Needs to Know About Engineering — But They Forgot to Tell You"
Western Suffolk BOCES
31 Lee Ave, Wheatley Heights
Large Conference Room


A special greeting from Regent Roger B. Tilles is planned!!!

Guest Speaker: Dr. Ann Marie Flynn, Chairperson Chemical Engineering Department, Manhattan College

Each participant will receive Dr. Flynn's Resource Publication for School Counselors on the Field of Engineering.

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Update on New York Common Core Learning Standards and Assessments
Deputy Commissioner Ken Wagner
At the February meeting of the Board of Regents, a Work Group of the Board presented 19 options to improve the implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards at the State and district level in a report entitled "The Path Forward: Common Core Learning Standards, Assessments, and Teacher & Principal Evaluation in New York State."More

The First Annual Healthy School Communities: Vision in Action
Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES
Registration now open
Location: Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES, Yorktown Heights, N.Y.
Date/Time: March 21, 2014, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: $35

For a conference flyer and registration information, click HERE.More

College applicants sweat the SATs ... perhaps they shouldn't
NPR
With spring fast approaching, many American high school seniors are now waiting anxiously to hear whether they got into the college or university of their choice. For many students, their scores on the SAT or the ACT will play a big role in where they get in. That's because those standardized tests remain a central part in determining which students get accepted at many schools. But a first-of-its-kind study obtained by NPR raises questions about whether those tests are becoming obsolete.More

Bullying duration linked to lingering health effects
CBS News
Bullying can have a lasting effect on a child's well-being, especially if it persists over time, a new study shows. Researchers looked at data on 4,297 kids and adolescents who were enrolled in the fifth through 10th grade. They were asked about their mental and physical health, and whether they had experienced bullying. Twenty-two percent of the fifth graders said they were being bullied currently. The frequency decreased as the students grew olderMore

10 guidelines for stopping cyberbullying
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A generation ago, young people who were bullied in school could count on hours spent at home as a respite from ridicule. Today, kids are ever-connected through texting, instant messaging and social media sites; sadly, there is little rest for the bully-weary. While many parents consider themselves digital immigrants in their child's native cyber-lands, even a tech-novice can help a young person navigate their way safely through the choppy waters of online aggression. Here are 10 guidelines that parents, caregivers and other concerned adults can offer to the young people they care about for effectively dealing with cyberbullying. More

Opinion: Real discipline in school
The New York Times
Too many schools still use severe and ineffective practices to address student misbehavior. Large numbers of students are kicked out, typically for nonviolent offenses, and suspensions have become the go-to response for even minor misbehavior, like carrying a plastic water gun to elementary school or sometimes simply for talking back. Rather than teaching kids a lesson, these practices increase dropout rates and arrest rates — with severe social and economic consequences. They also disproportionately affect students of color and students with learning disabilities. More

New York vows to remove registered sex offenders from housing near schools
WCBS‑TV
The State of New York has vowed to fix a troubling issue. Convicted pedophiles have been housed near city schools in violation of a state law. Parents were distressed to learn that Hipolito Ramos, a registered sex offender convicted of raping a 15-year-old, was placed in the Delta Manor Homeless Shelter by the city.More

Scrutiny rises on placement of best teachers
Education Week
The U.S. Department of Education is developing a 50-state strategy that may finally put some teeth into a key part of the No Child Left Behind Act that has been largely ignored for the past 12 years: the inequitable distribution of the nation's best teachers. Central to the federal strategy will be a mix of enforcement and bureaucratic levers to prod states into making sure that poor and minority students are not taught by ineffective and unqualified teachers at higher rates than their peers.More