Jul. 24, 2014

NYSSCA Awards Program
NYSSCA is accepting nominees for awards to be presented at our annual conference to be held on Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 2014. 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 Leadership Grant, Career Achievement and Outstanding Program Awards, click on "Other Awards" and then follow the instructions to make an online nomination or application. 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. 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

What the Department of Education gets wrong about school counselors
Alyson Klein at Politics K-12 reports that, on the heels of a civil rights data release revealing that one in five high schools has no school counselor, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, is pushing state school chiefs to support school counselors more effectively. Though Klein focuses on the divergence between the administration's rhetorical support for school counseling and the possible ramifications of their funding strategy, the secretary's letter underscores the fundamental ambiguity in the role of counselors in our schools.More

Audit shows 1 in 3 schools were overcrowded in 2012, New York City officials failed to solve problem
New York Daily News
One-third of the city's 1,500 public schools were filled beyond capacity. In addition, enrollment at a third of the city's elementary schools registered at least a startling 138 percent of capacity that year, according to a new audit by city Controller Scott Stringer. The Education Department assigned staff to ease overcrowding, but failed to do their job.More

8 keys to end bullying: Strategies for parents and schools
A school playground aide sees third-grader Riley grab hold of classmate Liza's scarf and choke her with it. Riley is subsequently viewed as the bully. But is there more to the story? What the aide hasn't witnessed is the endless ridicule Riley has experienced from Liza and Liza's best friend, Jada. Liza and Jada have learned they can provoke emotional outbursts from Riley — a girl who has been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome — through constant social exclusion. Riley is a "bully-victim," a young person who can be aggressive toward others but who can also be a target for bullying.More

Why poor schools can't win at standardized testing
The Atlantic
You hear a lot nowadays about the magic of big data. Getting hold of the right numbers can increase revenue, improve decision-making, or help you find a mate — or so the thinking goes. In 2009, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan told a crowd of education researchers: "I am a deep believer in the power of data to drive our decisions. Data gives us the roadmap to reform. It tells us where we are, where we need to go, and who is most at risk."More

The online epidemic of cyberbullying
By: Ashley Welter (commentary)
Bullying has been a serious problem in schools and neighborhoods for as long as anyone can remember, and adolescents and teens are at the highest risk for becoming victims of this behavior. In junior high and high school, when kids are between the ages of 13 and 17, they often encounter malicious behavior from other students — either as a victim or an observer. In recent years, a new and even more damaging form of bullying has emerged — cyberbullying. Can you guess where a large portion of cyberbullying takes place? If you said social media, you're absolutely right.More

Poll shows more students in summer programs
Data from a national poll show that a third of families with school-age children had enrolled at least one child in a summer program in 2013. That is an increase from five years earlier when only a quarter of families had enrolled their children in summer programs. Shugoll Research conducted the survey for the Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C., that advocates for expanded learning programs. The data were collected this past spring as part of a survey to determine how many households with school-age children had them in after-school programs. A full report on the data will be released in the fall.More

Classroom security: What you should (not) do
eSchool News
Safe School Week will be a national observation during the third week in October. One study, "On the Importance of a Safe School and Classroom Climate for Student Achievement in Reading Literacy," reported that variation between classes’ reading achievement could be explained by safety factors — with these factors significantly and positively impacting achievement.More

Feds clarify obligations to kids with autism
Disability Scoop
In what advocates are calling a major win, federal officials are for the first time telling states that Medicaid coverage must include treatments like applied behavior analysis for children with autism. Medicaid programs nationwide must offer "medically necessary diagnostic and treatment services" to kids with autism, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services told states in a bulletin this month. That includes everything from speech and occupational therapy to personal care services and medical equipment, the agency said.More