NYSSCA Today
Dec. 19, 2013

Save the date — NYS Career Development Association Conference
New York State Career Development Association

"No One Left Behind,' Reclaiming Our Vision for Workforce Wellness
The 2014 NYSCDA Annual Conference will include a keynote address by Dr. Norman C. Gysbers, past president of ACA and NCDA. Join us May 29-30, 2014 in Buffalo, N.Y. Come and experience opportunities for learning, renewal and fun as we gather together providing career development professionals with opportunities to re-group, renew, restore and revitalize our vision for workforce wellness. More

GLSEN Safe Space Kits
NYSSCA
In the fall of 2010, GLSEN embarked on a monumental campaign to provide every middle and high school in the country — 63,000 schools — with a GLSEN Safe Space Kit by the end of 2013. The Kit, which includes Safe Space stickers and posters and a 42-page guide to being an ally to LGBT students, empowers teachers to make a difference in the lives of LGBT youth.

Earlier this month, the last batch of Safe Space Kits began arriving at the remaining few hundred schools, meaning every secondary school in the country now has access to a resource that helps teachers make classrooms and hallways safer for LGBT students ... More

Second Annual Evidence-Based School Counseling Conference
NKU
The Second Annual Evidence-Based School Counseling Conference is hosted by Northern Kentucky University from Jan. 13-14, 2014 at the METS Center in Erlanger, Ky.

Please review our list of presentations to notice that many are not only relevant to your practice, but delivered by practicing school counselors.

The Evidence-Based School Counseling Conference provides school counselors with critical information about successful practice, evaluation and relevant research to create dynamic and powerful school counseling programs.

Workshop sessions of interest to school counselors include:

Northern Kentucky University's (NKU) School Counseling Program, in collaboration with the Northern Kentucky Center for Educator Excellence and the Ronald H. Fredrickson Center for School Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation, presents the Second Annual Evidence-Based School Counseling Conference scheduled for Jan. 13 and 14, 2014 at the METS Center in Erlanger, Ky. (10-miles south of Cincinnati, Ohio), which is just three miles from the Greater Cincinnati Airport (CVG). Additional travel information can be found here. Click here to register.More

Early intervention funding opportunity
Children's Institute
Up to $15,000/school for up to two schools per district will be available for services beginning in September 2014. Primary Project is geared for children in grades K-3 with minor to moderate school adjustment difficulties (shyness, aggression, learning problems). The program provides a universal screening measure for social and emotional competencies and an electronic evaluation system helpful with the Response to Intervention (RtI) process. Sign up (contact Arlene Bobin) for one of four informational meetings to discover how to secure funding to implement the nationally recognized, evidence-based intervention/prevention program. If selected, funding covers a three-year period with decreased funding in years two and three. Information about the Letter of Intent (due Feb. 7, 2014) and the web-based informational meetings can be found at www.childrensinstitute.net/programs/primary-project (see panel on right).

Sincerely,

Children's Institute More

Be our guest: Make STEM education a priority
New York Daily News
More often than not, the jobs of today and tomorrow require advanced knowledge in science and technology. In fact, by 2020, the U.S. economy will demand 123 million high-skilled workers with strong backgrounds in science, technology, engineering and math — a set of skills commonly called STEM. The problem is, only 50 million Americans will qualify for those jobs. More

Could LinkedIn give students an 'in' with college admissions?
CNET
If it's been awhile since you applied to college, here's a bit of news to make you feel your age: it's not just about SAT scores, transcripts, and personal essays these days. Social networking plays a role, too. Starting this college admissions season, teens can use the professional networking site LinkedIn in two ways: to research universities and to create profiles highlighting accomplishments that would otherwise be hard to include in a traditional application. More

Studies: 'Blue light' may impair students' sleep
Education Week
Schools may soon face an unintended consequence of more flexible technology and more energy-efficient buildings: sleepier students. That's because evidence is mounting that use of artificial light from energy-efficient lamps and computer and mobile-electronics screens later and later in the day can lead to significant sleep problems for adults and, particularly, children.More

Column: De Blasio's class house
New York Magazine
There had been threats up in Binghamton, a near riot out on Long Island. Yet here in Crown Heights, when state education commissioner John King arrives for the latest stop on his "listening tour" about the implementation of new public-school standards, things are weirdly calm. Though the volume is distinctly lower, the stakes are not—and the dynamics far more intriguing than mere exchanges of shouts. King is traveling the state to discuss the Common Core, a set of federally-supported math and English standards.More

Jump-start a stalled college search
U.S. News & World Report
Some students know exactly which college they want to attend. It could be Dad's alma mater, a top vocal performance school or one with an amazing surfing spot right outside the dorms. Many students, however, reach their final years of high school only to realize that they are paralyzed by the thousands of possible four-year colleges and universities in the U.S. So, how does one even begin to narrow down the options in this daunting search? More

New York schools hit with funding discrimination complaint
Fox News Latino
Larry Spring and Kenneth Eastwood, the superintendents in Schenectady and Middletown, filed complaints asking the federal education department's Office for Civil Rights to intervene in what they say is a state system that violates the rights of minority students by providing inadequate resources for their schools.More

New York City school principals boo Bloomberg, want de Blasio's overhauls
New York Daily News
More than 100 New York City principals are in full-fledged revolt against key Bloomberg administration reforms of the last 12 years. In an open letter to Mayor-elect de Blasio, the principals call for "completely" overhauling the new teacher and principal evaluations, among other changes. They want to see the school system transformed “after years of detrimental educational policies and practices,” the letter signed by 140 principals said. More

Schools use Web tools, and data is seen at risk
The New York Times
Public schools around the country are adopting Web-based services that collect and analyze personal details about students without adequately safeguarding the information from potential misuse by service providers, according to new research. A study by the Center on Law and Information Policy at Fordham Law School in New York found weaknesses in the protection of student information in the contracts that school districts sign when outsourcing Web-based tasks to service companies.More