Jun. 12, 2014

NYSSCA Awards Program
NYSSCA is once again accepting nominees for awards to be presented at our annual conference to be held on Oct. 31-Nov. 1. This year's conference theme is "School Counselors: Informed, Accountable, Impactful" and complete conference information is available online at www.nyssca.org.

NYSSCA presents awards in the following areas:

This year, all award nominations will be submitted online here. For School Counselor of the Year nominees, click on "Apply Now." For the Career Achievement and Outstanding Program Awards, click on "Other Awards" and then follow the instructions to make an online nomination. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ron Smith.

Nominations are due Oct. 1. More

NYSSCA 2014 Conference news registration now open!
Registration forms, exhibitor information and hotel registrations. NYSSCA Conference 2014. Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 2014. Hilton Albany. "School Counselors: Informed, Accountable, Impactful" call for programs form is available on the conference page of our website at www.nyssca.org.

Conference registration is now open. Online registration available here. "Paper" registration form is here.

Hotel reservations are to be made directly through the Albany Hilton and that info follows here: Make room reservations directly with the Albany Hilton 1-800-HILTONS (445-8667) or www.hiltonalbany.com. Use conference code 1NYSSC for the conference room rate.More

NYSED PPS Advisory Meeting
NYSSCA Representative, Gloria Jean attended a meeting of the NYSED PPS Advisory on Friday, May 30, 2014. Liaisons representing school counselors (NYSSCA), school nurses (NYSASN), school social workers (NYSSSWA) and school psychologists (NYASP) attended this meeting which is held quarterly to receive updates from SED on items related to our professions. Our report is linked here.More

A curriculum to strengthen students against cyberbullying
The New York Times
The Facing History School in New York City takes a unique approach to cyberbullying, based in part on its partnership with Facing History and Ourselves, a professional development organization that integrates the concepts of identity, community, responsibility, decision-making and participation into all aspects of its curriculum. By looking at case studies about social injustices, students try to understand the circumstances and decisions surrounding these events and then relate that back to their own experience and communities.More

What does it take to stop bullying in schools?
Psychology Today (commentary)
Signe Whitson, a licensed social worker and co-author, writes: "As a school counselor and educator on the topic of Bullying Prevention, I get to do a lot of reading, thinking, and talking on the subject of unwanted aggression in schools, families, and communities. More importantly, I aim to do a lot of listening to the teachers, parents and students who make up my audiences, for these are the people from whom I gain the most profound insights about the cruelty of bullying as well as the resilience of the human spirit."More

Which states spend the most on education?
USA Today
For the third year, public expenditure per student fell nationwide, according a recent release from the U.S. Census Bureau. Per pupil, school spending totaled $10,608 in 2012, roughly the same amount as the year before. Due to a number of factors, however, spending per student ranged widely among the 50 states. New York was the nation's top spender, at $19,552 per pupil. Utah, on the other hand, spent just $6,206 for every student. Based on the U.S. Census Bureau's latest release on education spending, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the states that spent the most and least on education per student.More

Schools get road map for improving discipline practices
The Washington Post
A national report described as a first-of-its-kind road map for improving discipline practices in U.S. public schools with 60 recommendations intended to help schools reduce suspensions and create better learning conditions. The 460-page report, the result of a three-year, bipartisan effort, urges that suspensions be used as a last resort, proposes targeting support to help students with behavioral issues and suggests specialized training for police officers on the nation's campuses.More

In schools, social media intrudes with bullying
Glens Falls Post-Star
Eleven-year-old Raina Garti felt hurt and upset when someone posted a photo of her in her pajamas to Instagram and wrote mean comments on it. The fifth-grader decided to turn that negative into a positive, however, by helping to promote an anti-bullying assembly coming up next week in Glens Falls Middle School in New York. Garti put up fliers around the school with anti-bullying messages. "Be part of the solution — not part of the problem," she said. This all started back in December when Raina attended a sleepover birthday party at a girls’ house. Some of the girls were snapping photos. Raina thought nothing of it.More

Common standards for nation's schools a longtime goal
The Washington Post
The notion that U.S. students should share core knowledge is not new. President Dwight D. Eisenhower suggested national academic standards were needed as early as 1959. Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton both proposed that states voluntarily adopt national standards, efforts that crumbled under charges of federal overreach. By law, the federal government is prohibited from telling states what or how to teach. Over the decades, organizations of educators have developed math, science and English standards, but acceptance by states was scattershot. Some states lacked standards entirely.More

What does a good Common Core lesson look like?
As NPR detailed, teachers and school leaders have a lot of work do to adopt curricula aligned with the new Common Core State Standards. In the Internet era, the best resources should be able to easily leap political boundaries and get into the hands of teachers across the country. But reading and digesting the standards and determining what lessons best fulfill them is a big, big job. And as a result, the media discussion of the Common Core — and thus its political chances — has been influenced by a few pieces of math homework that weren't, frankly, particularly high quality, or necessarily well-aligned.More

How students make progress in learning
When we think and talk about learning, the metaphors we use matter. The language we employ when we describe how learning works can illuminate the process, allowing us to make accurate judgments and predictions — or it can lead us astray, setting up false expectations and giving us a misleading impression of what's going on. One of the most common analogies we apply to education is that of a staircase. As we learn, this model assumes, we steadily ascend in our knowledge and skills, leaving more elementary approaches behind. A child learning math, for example, will replace a simple strategy like counting on fingers with a more sophisticated strategy like retrieving math facts from memory.More

Report: Teacher absenteeism can hurt student achievement
U.S. News & World Report
Teachers nationwide are in the classroom 94 percent of the school year, but students may still be getting shortchanged by the more than 1 in 10 teachers deemed to be chronically absent, according to a new report released by the National Council on Teacher Quality. Using data from 40 large school districts across the country from the 2012-2013 school year the NCTQ found that, on average, teachers missed nearly 11 days out of a 186-day school year. This is considered frequently absent. Still, 16 percent of those teachers missed 18 or more days — equivalent to about 10 percent of the school year — and were considered chronically absent, the report found.More