Nov. 6, 2014

NYSSCA Awards Winners!
Congratulations NYSSCA Awards Winners. At our Annual Conference in Albany this weekend the following awards were presented:

School Counselor of the Year — Carol Miller, Lansing Middle School, Lansing NY

Career Achievement Award — Dr. Carol Dahir, New York Institute of Technology

Outstanding Program, Practice, or Project Award — Southampton High School for their Freshman Orientation Comprehensive Multimodal Process

President's Awards — Kenneth G. Slentz and Laura Z. Enteen

Leadership Grant Awards — Maizy Jaklitsch, SUNY Oneonta; Enlly Paulino, NYC DOE; Kristy Lebron, Pablo Neruda Academy; Carol Miller, Lansing Middle School; Seth Kritzman, Lower Manhattan Community Middle School

More information will be posted on our website at www.nyssca.org. More

Little Hero-Documentary from Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks
Little Hero is a documentary that centers on the relationship between 6-year-old twins, Avery and Xander. At 18-months-old, Xander began to display typical signs of Autism and was subsequently diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Avery, however, does not view her brother as being a special needs child. Instead, she actually sees him as a superhero. She believes he has "superpowers" and is very good at "helping people." In this documentary, Avery explains their unique and beautiful relationship from her perspective. More

NYSUT is seeking candidates for LRS or LRS intern positions in two regions
NYSUT is seeking candidates for two positions as Labor Relations Specialist or LRS Intern in two regional offices: North Country-Watertown and Southern Tier-Vestal. School counselors who have negotiations experience and have been active in their local are good candidates for these positions and could help districts understand the diversity of roles and negotiate contracts that more fairly represent diverse roles more effectively. Send letters of interest and resumes to Director of Field Services Mark Chaykin at mchaykin@nysutmail.org and send a copy to hr@nysutmail.org. Please include three (3) references from people other than family members. The deadline is 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13. More

Help out a school counselor? I'm in, with #hscc2015
The Huffington Post
There is a movement afoot to help out public school counselors in a very important way. Here's how it's worked, so far: When it comes to helping students apply to college, there's nothing like the annual conference of the National Association for College Admission Counseling. About 6,000 college representatives, school counselors, and other professionals involved in college access meet to get caught up on current trends and issues, consider where the college application process is heading, and talk about the students that are applying to college. More

Student self-assessment: Understanding with purpose
By: Pamela Hill
Student assessments drive education. Academics are carefully measured with every student to determine at what level he is learning and if any interventions are needed to assist him for improved learning. If a student demonstrates learning difficulties that persist after a systematic plan of interventions has been used and measured, the student may be referred for special education services. It is at this point that a student is examined in a deeper manner.More

De Blasio unveils new plans for troubled schools in New York
The New York Times
In the packed auditorium of an East Harlem high school, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a new approach to fixing New York City's most troubled public schools, offering them more money and staffing, extending the length of their day, and arranging for social services to be delivered to students and families on site. He described the new strategies, in a speech to a standing-room crowd of advocates and educators, as a sharp departure from his predecessor's approach, which centered on closing large, failing schools and replacing them with smaller ones.More

Bullying, harassment considered in new BOCES code
Ithaca Journal
Bullying, harassment and discrimination may soon be handled differently at Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga BOCES as the board of education considers a revision to the student code of conduct. The changes fall in line with procedures set out by New York State's Dignity for All Students Act, passed in 2010 and meant to protect public elementary and secondary school students with a safe and supportive environment. Part of the act requires boards of eduction to include language addressing the Dignity Act in their code of conduct.More

Brain 'architecture' differs in kids with dyslexia
The brains of children with dyslexia may be structured differently, according to neuroimaging of the thalamus, the part of the brain that serves as its connector. The behavioral characteristics of dyslexia — a reading disorder that affects up to 17 percent of the population — are well documented, including struggling to recognize and decode words as well as trouble with comprehension and reading aloud.More

Study: High schoolers with ADHD receiving few evidence-based supports
Education Week
A little over half of high school students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are receiving some kind of services from their schools, such as additional time on tests or extended time to complete homework assignments, a recent study finds. But those particular supports have no reported effectiveness in improving the academic performance of students with ADHD, according to the study published in the journal School Mental Health.More

The gender gap is closing in schools, when will it translate to the workplace?
By: Brian Stack
Despite the fact that our country is built on a foundation whereby "all" are created equal, a significant gender gap still divides us. Our schools today are producing a generation of girls who are at least as academically successful, if not more so, than their male peers. Still, if our country is to reduce its gender gap in the workplace, then schools will need to become institutions that better support and motivate girls to pursue more rigorous and demanding career fields.More

States are prioritizing prisons over education, budgets show
The Huffington Post
If state budget trends reflect the country's policy priorities, then the U.S. currently values prisoners over children, a new report suggests. A report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities shows that the growth of state spending on prisons in recent years has far outpaced the growth of spending on education. After adjusting for inflation, state general fund spending on prison-related expenses increased over 140 percent between 1986 and 2013. During the same period, state spending on K-12 education increased only 69 percent, while higher education saw an increase of less than six percent.More

Teachers favor Common Core, not the testing
The large majority of U.S. public school teachers, 76 percent, react positively to the primary goal of the Common Core — to have all states use the same set of academic standards for reading, writing and math in grades K-12. However, this positivity fades when the topic turns to using computerized tests to measure student performance (27 percent) and linking those test scores to teacher evaluations (9 percent).More

Prevention is key to stopping bullying, several experts say
The Oklahoman
Some psychologists and child development experts are concluding that many efforts to thwart bullying in schools and online have failed. New approaches are needed, they say, and the key to reducing bullying is instilling emotional intelligence in children early, as a preventative measure against becoming a bully or being victimized by one.More

These are the states with the most students for every teacher
The Huffington Post
There are substantially more students per every teacher in California than there are in Vermont. New data released from the National Center for Education Statistics shows how student-teacher ratio varied by state in the 2012-2013 school year. On average, there were 16 students per every public school teacher in the country that year.More

States backtrack on student tracking technology
The Pew Charitable Trusts
Do you know where your student is? At school? On the bus? Paying for lunch in the cafeteria? Principals in thousands of the nation's schools know the answer because radio frequency chips are embedded in students' ID cards, or their schools are equipped with biometric scanners that can identify portions of a student's fingerprint, the iris of an eye or a vein in a palm. Such technologies have become increasingly common in schools, which use them to take attendance, alert parents where their children get off the school bus or speed up lunch lines.More