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Save the date! School Counselor's Academy on Aug. 4
Join the Curriculum Revitalization Project for the 2015 Counselors Workshop to be held in Springfield, Illinois, at the Illinois Education Association Professional Development Center, 3440 Liberty Drive. The workshop will offer counselors the opportunity to network and to participate in breakout sessions with noted presenters.
Coming soon to a school near you: The new SAT
By Brian Stack
The introduction of the Common Core has caused many high schools and colleges to move toward proficiency and competency-based assessment systems in recent years. The focus in the educational community has now turned to one of the rites of passages that many high school juniors and seniors still face: college entrance exams like the SAT. Back in March of 2014, the College Board announced it would be developing a new SAT that would debut in March of 2016.
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Illinois high schools consider rule to help limit concussions
Full-contact practice could be limited for high school football teams in Illinois as part of an effort to limit concussions.
The Illinois High School Association Board of Directors is considering that new rule as they meet downstate recently.
Anxiety more than depression concerns college students today
According to the Center for Collegiate Mental Health 2014 annual report, anxiety is the No. 1 concern of college students' mental health needs today, with depression placing second. As college counseling centers continue to deal with ever-expanding workloads and needs of the college students they serve, it's concerning that so many students are facing serious mental illness, such as anxiety and depression.
Illinois may require CO detectors in schools
Illinois schools could soon be equipped with carbon monoxide alarms under legislation heading to Gov. Bruce Rauner's desk.
State Rep. Kathleen Willis, D-Addison, proposed legislation requiring the detectors to be in schools in 2013 and 2014, but the measure failed to advance.
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Derek Jeter's foundation takes a stand against cyberbullying
When Sharlee Jeter and her brother, former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, were growing up in the 1980s and 1990s, bullying happened, but she says that may have meant being embarrassed in front of a room full of people. With smartphones and social media, when kids are humiliated or harassed today, it may be in a public online platform where the whole world can see. According to 2014 research by the iSafe Foundation, at least 52 percent of teens have been bullied online, and 35 percent of children have been threatened while surfing the Web.
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After SAT misprint, 2 sections won't be scored
The New York Times
After a misprint in test booklets about the time allotted for taking part of the SAT earlier this month, the College Board said it would not score two sections of the exam, and would waive its fees for students who wanted to take the test again.
3 tips for helping teens cope with cyberbullying
The Huffington Post
Cyberbullying is an insidious threat, with victims living in fear, humiliation, depression, isolation or even doing the unthinkable by taking their own lives. According to Dr. Phil, who has testified before Congress on the topic and dedicated countless hours on his show to it, it is a serious crisis that particularly haunts children; day and night, "keyboard stalkers" are antagonizing others with consequences that are immediate, widespread, indelible and most of all, devastating. Read his impassioned plea, called "It's Time To Stop The Cyberbullying Epidemic," here.
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