Jun. 25, 2015

ASCA Leadership Development and Delegate Assembly
Dear NYSSCA Member,

Representatives from the NYSSCA Executive Board will be attending ASCA's Leadership Development Institute and Delegate Assembly this week in Phoenix, Arizona. President Gloria Jean; President-Elect Barbara Donnellan; Executive Director Bob Rotunda; VP Middle Level Kelly Whitney; VP Middle Level Elect Carol Miller; and, Webmaster Sean Finnerty will be attending Leadership Development Sessions with State School Counseling Association leaders from around the country. This is always a terrific opportunity for our leaders to communicate and collaborate with other state leaders and network for ideas that can work in New York. We will be communicating via Twitter and Facebook throughout LDI and the Delegate Assembly...

This team will also be attending that ASCA Conference that follows starting, Sunday, June 28. More

There is still time to register and hold your space!!

DID YOU KNOW ... RAMP Camp is NOT just for schools ready to apply for the designation of Recognized ASCA Model Program. If you just want to learn more about the ASCA National Model, RAMP Camp is for you! Come kick-start your school counselor program development.

Need a hotel for RAMP Camp?
NYSSCA has reserved rooms at a special price right next door to Shenendenhowa High School. To reserve a room at the $159 reduced price, call the Hilton Garden Inn of Clifton Park at 518-371-7777 and use code NYS. Reservations must be made by June 23 to take advantage of this special pricing. Reservations may be canceled up to 48 hours before the date of arrival. For additional information, contact RAMPCAMP@NYSSCA.org.

July 23, 2015
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sponsored by NYSSCA
Hosted by: Shenendehowa Central School District
Shenendehowa High School East
970 Route 146
Clifton Park, N.Y.

DID YOU KNOW ... RAMP Camp is NOT just for schools ready to apply for the designation of Recognized ASCA Model Program. If you just want to learn more about the ASCA National Model, RAMP Camp is for you! Come kick-start your school counselor program development.

Register online here
Complete flyer with registration form here.

Learn more about RAMP.

Learn More about our 'Camp Counselor', Dr, Brett Zyromski.

The RAMP designation is based on "The ASCA National Model: A Framework for School Counseling Programs," third edition.


NYSSCA Annual Conference 2015 — Save the date
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"School Counselors: Advocating Access for All!"

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Nov. 20-21, 2015
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