Sep. 24, 2015

Revised NYSED School Counseling Regulations
The Board of Regents discussed new and revised regulations regarding school counselors, our programs and school counselor certification at their Wednesday, September 16, 2015, meeting. Click here for the memo to the Regents with these proposed changes. Take some time to review the proposed changes. They are very comprehensive. A Notice of Proposed Rule Making will be published in the State Register on Oct. 7. After this point, the regulation will be open for comment for 45 days. It is anticipated that the proposed amendment will be adopted by the Board of Regents at its December meeting. If adopted at the December meeting, the proposed amendment will become effective on Dec. 30. NYSSCA Officers, Dr. Barbara Donnellan, Gloria Jean, Kristen Shearer and Dr. Bob Rotunda were on hand in Albany at the Board of Regents meeting to observe the discussion and note any questions and issues that may arise. Our leadership is very pleased with the proposed regulations and feel that these changes bringing school counseling into the 21st Century in NYS will impact students for generations. As more information regarding the proposed changes become available, we will keep our membership informed. If you have any specific questions or comments, please contact us at info@NYSSCA.org. More

NYSSCA 2015 Awards Program
The New York State School Counselor Association presents several awards each year at our annual conference. The award categories this year include:

All nominations are submitted online.More

SCA Annual Conference 2015 — Register now!
New York State School Counselor Association Annual Conference 2015
"School Counselors: Advocating Access for All!"

Special Keynote Speaker, Dr. Carolyn Stone, ASCA Ethics Committee Chair and Professor, Univ. of North Florida
The Sagamore Resort, on Lake George, Bolton Landing, NY
Nov. 20-21, 2015
Participant online registration here.
Exhibitor online registration here.


5 things college career counselors wish students knew
U.S. News & World Report
The college career center is a magical place on campus that's solely dedicated to assisting students with the pursuit of internships and careers after graduation. While it may vary in title, the college career center typically offers resources, events, job postings and advice during the academic year. In my business, we work with more than 70 career centers throughout the United States. Often, the dedicated staff in these departments see similar trends when students make the transition from college to career.More

New York to shorten Common Core assessments again
THE Journal
According to an article in the New York Times, the state of New York will shorten its Common Core-aligned assessments for third through eighth graders this year. Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia announced the change at a Board of Regents meeting on Wednesday. Elia said that the assessments given next spring would include fewer multiple-choice math questions and fewer passages in the reading section. This is the second time New York's tests have been shortened since they were introduced in 2013.More

College kids are sad, stressed and scared. Can their counseling centers help them?
The Boston Globe
When Ramya Babu thinks about her freshman year at Boston University, she remembers the day she stood alone in her dorm room and screamed in anguish. Babu had been thrilled to start college. But just a few weeks into the school year, she began to feel like the world around her was simultaneously spinning too fast and leaving her dizzy, but also moving too slow in a way that made her feel like her loneliness and anxiety would never end. All of the overwhelmed emotions she had tried to suppress caught up to her, making her cry out in pain.More

When home is tough, making students feel good at school
In a classroom in the Bronx borough of New York City on a recent school day, a little boy in a green shirt got very frustrated. He was sitting on the floor with his fellow second-graders as they were going over a math problem with their teacher, when he suddenly turned away from the group and stamped his feet. It seemed like he was mad that she had called on another student. But instead of reprimanding him, the teacher asked him to chime in.More

Number of homeless students in US has doubled since before the recession
The Washington Post
The number of homeless children in public schools has doubled since before the recession, reaching a record national total of 1.36 million in the 2013-2014 school year, according to new federal data. The latest homeless count, an 8 percent increase over the 2012-2013 school year, is a sign that many families continue to struggle financially even as the economy recovers from the housing collapse of 2008. And it offers a glimpse of the growing challenges that public schools face nationwide as they seek to educate an increasing number of low-income children.More

Phys ed program boosts students' confidence, ability
District Administration Magazine
A physical education program that brings commercial-grade fitness equipment to under-resourced schools — along with a curriculum based on boosting confidence and fun — dramatically increases students' performance on California's standardized physical fitness test, according to a UCLA study titled "Targeting the Body and the Mind: Evaluation of a P.E. Curriculum Intervention for Adolescents." The UCLA Health Sound Body Sound Mind curriculum, which focuses on mastering basic physical tasks that can be done in small spaces, such as using free-weights and jumping ropes, tripled the percentage of students who passed the California state Fitnessgram test in schools where it was implemented.More

Nipping ADHD and conduct disorder
Psychiatric Times
New research suggests predictors of adolescent ADHD and conduct disorder can be identified — and intercepted — in school-age children. According to a recent study, it is crucial to identify and remedy "bad" behavior and low academic performance during kindergarten. If these 2 modifiable factors occur together in a young child and are allowed to persist, the odds that the child will display severe symptoms of comorbid ADHD and conduct disorder are 8 to 1. It is well-known that children with comorbid ADHD and conduct disorder engage in more delinquency behaviors than their peers.More

The surprising thing about schools with lots of technology
Los Angeles Times
More time spent on technology in the classroom doesn't necessarily help kids do better in school, a new study has found. In fact, above a certain threshold, an over-reliance on technology might actually detract from learning. "Limited use of computers at school may be better than no use at all, but levels of computer use above the current ... average are associated with significantly poorer results," states a new report by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. More

Will school-discipline reform actually change anything?
The Atlantic
Christine Rodriguez vividly recalls her early school years. A native of Brooklyn's Bushwick neighborhood, a working-class predominantly black and Latino section of New York City, her most vivid memories of elementary school consist of crammed classrooms with inadequate books, insufficient chairs, and the constant presence of the school-safety agent. (School Safety Agents, or SSAs, are New York Police Department officers assigned to K-12 campuses and charged with protecting students, campus staff and visitors.) Now a college freshman at The New School studying education, Rodriguez rattles off with ease how school discipline shaped her K-12 education.More

Which education programs would be hit by a government shutdown?
Education Week
The federal government is careening toward a shutdown at the end of the month, thanks in part to an impasse in Congress over whether to fund Planned Parnethood. But most school districts, and many federal education programs, wouldn't feel an immediate pinch if the U.S. Department of Education and other agencies temporarily shut their doors. The two major exceptions: the Head Start program, an early-childhood program for low-income children funded through the Department of Health and Human Services and Impact Aid, the Education Department program that helps districts with a big federal presence (such as a military base or a Native American reservation).More

Better posture may lead to better reading skills
Additude Magazine
Remember when your mom reminded you to stand up straight and watch your posture. Such advice may also work when you're sitting down to read a book. Forbrain, a technology that enhances language and learning by using your voice to optimize your brain, offers this posture plan for reading.More