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School Leaders Now
All too often, when a student misbehaves in class, they are sent to the front office, an administrator assigns a detention, and the instance gets swept under the rug. The teacher is left assuming that the student showed up for their punishment and that sitting in a quiet place for an hour after school "fixed" the problem. However, more often than not, the detention doesn't work. Those of us who manage the detention hall see the same kids every week, making it clear that repeat offenders are not learning from this discipline practice.
Date: Friday, Dec. 7
Location: UTI 2611 Corporate W Dr, Lisle, IL 60532- 2nd floor general meeting room
Presenter: Julia Taylor
Topic: Strengthening Sisterhood: Empowering Girls to Resist Societal Pressures, Fight
Unrealistic Media Standards, and Develop a Healthy Body Image, Part I
Strengthening Sisterhood: School Counseling Techniques to Help Adolescent Girls Manage Relational Aggression, Part II
Member Professional — $100
Member Student — $50
Non-Member — $125
PDs — 5.0 PDs -through ISCA / ISBE
Strengthening Sisterhood: Empowering Girls to Resist Societal Pressures, Fight Unrealistic Media Standards, and Develop a Healthy Body Image, Part I
Today’s standards of beauty are unrealistic and unattainable. It’s not a coincidence that body image disturbances are widespread, contagious, and toxic. Girls are inundated with confusing messages that often interfere with their ability to learn, lead, and develop authentic relationships. This workshop will address these important issues, with a focus on helping girls develop leadership skills to combat and revive a generation that has become exhausted by body bashing, social media saturation, and the myth of perfection.
Expected session outcomes:
Strengthening Sisterhood: School Counseling Techniques to Help Adolescent Girls Manage Relational Aggression, Part II
- Participants will have a clear understanding of body image, media literacy, and the pressures girls face on a daily basis.
- Participants will learn how to creatively assist girls and their families in developing leadership skills that promote a healthy and balanced life.
- Participants will learn specific counseling techniques to empower girls to rise above our cultural standards of success.
- Participants will learn tools to teach girls to assertively advocate for themselves.
- Participants will be provided with a plethora of resources that can easily be integrated into a comprehensive school counseling program.
Navigating the cultural and social context of girl world is not a simple task. Relationally aggressive behavior is often prevalent during the tumultuous adolescent years, and intensified by the use social media. And while relational aggression in youth continues to receive national attention, resources that address this behavior remain scarce. This workshop will focus on the cultural context of relational aggression, current research including the role of bystanders, and prevention and intervention strategies to help girls manage this behavior.
Expected session outcomes:
- Participants will understand the context of relational aggression and the myriad of ways girls engage in this behavior.
- Participants will learn about current research and evidence-based techniques to help adolescents cope with relational aggression.
- Participants will learn techniques to lesson relationally aggressive behaviors.
- Participants will understand bystander behavior.
- Participants will learn interactive and proactive prevention and intervention strategies.
- Participants will learn how to work with caregivers of girls who engage in, and are targets of relational aggression.
Julia V. Taylor, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Counselor Education in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA.
Prior to academia, Taylor worked as middle and high school counselor for eight years. Afterward, she was appointed to the founding leadership team for Wake County Public School's first single gender academy, where she served as the Dean of Student Services. During her time as a practitioner, she focused the majority of her research on body image, media literacy, relational aggression, and girls' leadership development. In turn, she authored "The Body Image Workbook for Teens, The Bullying Workbook for Teens", "Salvaging Sisterhood", "G.I.R.L.S: Group Counseling Activities for Enhancing Social and Emotional Development" (G.I.R.L.S. is two separate curricula, one for secondary ages, and another for elementary ages), and a children's book, "Perfectly You."
Taylor frequently presents this line of research to parents, educators, school counselors and students across the country. She has a passion for helping girls develop a true sense of self, stand up to unrealistic media expectations, take healthy risks and cultivate meaningful relationships.
When not working, she enjoys yoga, running, reading and spending time with friends and family in Brooklyn, New York — her home away from home.
Melanie E. Rawlins
Merlin W. Schultz Professional Development Grant
Toni R. Tollerud
School Counselor Grant
Robert J. Nejedlo
Social Emphasis Grant
Click here to apply online!
The scholarship is open to anyone who is a member of ISCA, school counselor, student, counselor educator and it is up to $1000.
The City of Chicago's Office of Emergency Management and Communications
A new service made available by The City of Chicago's Office of Emergency Management and Communications called Smart911. This free online platform allows residents of Chicago to enter important medical and household information to help first responders plan ahead for an emergency situation or disaster. The information you enter into your profile can be easily accessed by 911 dispatchers and increase first responder's ability to better assist you and your loved ones. When creating your profile, you can include vital information about your household such as:
You can also include information regarding current medications, people with disabilities, behavioral health conditions, property details, emergency contacts and more to make emergency responses more effective.
- People on the Autism Spectrum — Uploading a photo and physical description of your loved ones who may require extra assistance makes it easier for first responders to locate them in the event of an emergency.
- Allergies — First responders will be prepared to administer critical lifesaving care on-site with this information.
- People with Alzheimer's — First responders will be better prepared to assist those in your family that suffer from dementia and other Alzheimer related symptoms.
- Animals — Uploading a photo and physical description of your pets will help firefighters bring them to safety.
*Smart911 Service Is Currently Only Available to Chicago Residents*
Smart911 has recently been merged with Notify Chicago, a city service that provides residents with text messages, and/or email alerts on various emergency and non-emergency situations taking place throughout Chicago. Smart911 offers automated translation of its registration process in 100+ languages. You can sign up for Smart911, Notify Chicago, or both.
For more information and to register for Smart911 please go here.
When they transition to college, students enter an environment that presents new challenges. The demands vary from student to student, but students with disabilities may encounter additional challenges due to changes in the structure and support available in college. However, if high school planning is based on accurate information about these changes, students should receive the proper preparation to help them achieve success in college.
Bryan Cameron Impact Scholarship
Just a quick reminder that FINAL APPLICATIONS for the Class of 2019 are due for the Cameron Impact Scholarship on Sept. 12. We accept applications on a rolling basis, and limit the number we will review to 3,000. Click here to view the application.
Are your observations and annual professional performance reviews evaluated fairly based on the important work you do each day with students, families, staff and the greater school community? If you are curious about the answers to these questions and you would like to include your voice with other school counselors across the country regarding our evaluation practices, this is your chance!
You are being invited to participate in a research study titled the Development and Initial Validation of the Lustica School Counselor Evaluation Tool. The purpose of this study is to develop and validate a tool for district administrators to use to evaluate school counselors. This will be the first evaluation tool rooted in the ASCA National Model that also emphasizes the nuanced and often difficult to evaluate best practice counseling skills and techniques school counselors use each day. The items in this survey reflect input from expert district administrators and school counselors across urban, suburban, town and rural settings. The initial items have been written to indicate the unique role of the school counselor in a way that district administrators can understand, and I need your input to ensure this tool is a fair representation of the important work we do each day!
If you would like to participate in this study, please click here. Once completed, you will be taken to Survey Monkey where you will view an information letter further detailing your participation in this study.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this study, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your consideration!
The University of Iowa
We invite you to participate in a research study being conducted by investigators from The University of Iowa. The purpose of this research study is to investigate school counselor level of training and readiness for trauma-informed practices in their school. If you agree to participate, we would like you to complete a short online survey. You will be asked 12 questions about your demographics and 45 questions about your beliefs about student behaviors and your school's responses to them. You are free to skip any questions that you prefer not to answer. This survey will take 5-20 minutes. We will not collect your name or any identifying information about you. It will not be possible to link you to your responses on the survey.
Rural Student Access Network
There has been much conversation lately on supporting rural students as they navigate the college search process, and in support of that, the IAS committee wanted to pass along a webinar being put on by College GreenLight. Please see the information below, and register for the free webinar if you are able! (Thanks to Sara Espinosa at ISAC for bringing this webinar to our attention)
The IACAC IAS Committee will regularly submit information via the IACAC ListServ on topics related to underrepresented student populations, including, but not limited to, undocumented students, first generation college students, students of color, LGBTQ students, homeless students, rural students and any population that is not traditionally represented in our institutions of higher education.
Lifechanger of the Year is a national recognition program that honors K-12 public school educators and employees who are making a difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership. LifeChanger of the Year receives hundreds of nominations each year from all 50 states, with 17 individual awards given.
This year, our Spotlight Award will specifically honor school counselors, and the winner will receive a $2,500 individual award and a $2,500 award to her school district. LifeChanger nominees not only receive community recognition, they also join an active community of educators across the country.
Please spread the word and help your members get the recognition they deserve. To that end, would it be possible to briefly post about the program and that 2018-2019 LifeChanger of the Year nominations are now open on your social media and/or website? You can see links to similar postings from the Florida School Counselor Association here and here. We hope this can help progress our common goal of celebrating school counselors. Thank you for your time, and please reach out if you have any further questions.
The New York Times
By his own account, Alejandro Cruz-Guzman's five children have received a good education at public schools in St. Paul. His two oldest daughters are starting careers in finance and teaching. Another daughter, a high-school student, plans to become a doctor. But their success, Cruz-Guzman said, flows partly from the fact that he and his wife fought for their children to attend racially integrated schools outside their neighborhood. Their two youngest children take a bus 30 minutes each way to Murray Middle School, where the student population is about one-third white, one-third black, 16 percent Asian and 9 percent Latino.
Teens are experiencing cyberbullying on Instagram more than on any other social media platform, a study has found. Ditch the Label, an international anti-bullying organization, surveyed over 10,000 young adults based in the United Kingdom, ages 12 to 20, on their experiences with bullying, both online and in person. Fifty-four percent of respondents said they had been bullied at some point, while 17 percent said they had experienced cyberbullying. Of those who have been cyberbullied, 42 percent have experienced cyberbullying on Instagram.
Many students seem to be blowing off a major international exam, leading some researchers to argue that the results paint a distorted picture of where countries stand in education rankings. Worldwide, a high percentage of students either skip questions, spend insufficient time answering them, or quit the Program for International Student Assessment test early. As a result, a handful of countries fall lower in overall PISA rankings than they might if their students applied themselves, according to the provocative new study.
District Administration Magazine
Districts are cultivating college and career readiness programs by allocating more resources to guide students, by building new partnerships and by focusing efforts beyond high school. Tennessee recently expanded and rebranded its statewide career and college readiness initiative as Tennessee Pathways, which now focuses on K8 in addition to high school. Part of that effort includes districts and their industry and higher education partners raising awareness of employment paths, says Jerre Maynor, director of student readiness and pathways at the Tennessee Department of Education.
The question of whether or not to allow students to use smartphones, laptops and other technology in the classroom has been long-debated, and at times, heated. And just as a new school year is set to begin, a new study raises fresh concerns about potential downsides of multitasking during class. The study, published in the journal Educational Psychology, found that when students divide attention between electronic devices and a classroom lecture, they still followed the lecture in the moment, but that long-term retention was reduced, resulting in lower grades on unit and final exams.
The Brookings Institution (commentary)
Recently, the journal Pediatrics featured a
clarion call to encourage play as a way to reduce stress, promote social skills and to embolden cognitive growth in young children. With increasing scientific evidence as a foundation, the new report challenges pediatricians to offer a "prescription for play" as a way to enhance the urgency of reintroducing play and playful learning back into the daily lives of families. We, along with our colleagues, suggest that data from brain science, social development, toxic stress and academic achievement all point to the critical importance of play in children's (and animals) routine experience.
Center for American Progress
If the United States is ever to fulfill its promise of full equality for all citizens, its public schools need to work for all children. In the information age economy, the benefits of postsecondary educational attainment on lifetime earnings are higher than ever before. However, family poverty status remains the best indicator of educational attainment, and as of 2013, the majority of public school students live in or near poverty. U.S. public schools must improve how they serve low-income students and communities.
District Administration Magazine
Districts eliminating lunch shaming by providing meals for any student who cannot pay may face an unintended consequence: massive debt, sometimes reaching into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. A 2016 School Nutrition Association survey found that 76 percent of districts have such debt. If the money becomes unrecoverable, the district's general fund must fill the gap. "This is an incredibly tough issue — the school nutrition staff know how important meals are to kids' academic success, and want to make sure that meals are available to any child who wants one," says Diane Pratt-Heavner, the Nutrition Association's director of media relations.
After his bath each night, Julie Atkinson's 8-year-old son grabs the iPad and settles into bed for some reading time through kids' book app Epic! Though Atkinson and her husband were accustomed to reading to him, now their son explores different subjects on his own inside the app's 25,000 titles, reading biographies, history and fiction all pre-selected for his reading level. Atkinson is impressed with Epic's quality titles, and likes the recommendation feature that makes the monthly subscription service feel like Netflix.
Oregon State University via Science Daily
When adults are participants in school recess — leading games, monitoring play and ensuring conflicts are mediated quickly — children are more likely to be engaged in recess activities, a new study has found. The study, which focused on the recess environment and student engagement during school recess periods, also found that students were more likely to be active and engaged during longer recess periods; that boys were more engaged in recess that girls; and that recess provides more than a quarter of students' school-based physical activity each day.
The results of a new poll suggest that a majority of Americans now support the expansion of school choice for all families. With 54 percent of respondents saying they favor universal-choice policies — which typically come in the form of programs that let families use government money to pay for private schools — the findings released on Tuesday by the policy and opinion magazine Education Next indicate that the idea has enjoyed a substantial jump in popularity since last year, when just 45 percent of respondents said they supported such proposals.
Many educators are concerned with managing stress and preventing burnout, well aware as we are of the demands of the profession and the high rate of turnover in schools. We know we need to sleep, eat well, exercise, and maybe meditate, and those habits are certainly useful in cultivating resilience, which is the ability to tackle adversity and emerge stronger than before.
Disability advocates are calling on federal education officials to clear up what they say is misleading information that's keeping students with intellectual disabilities from being able to attend postsecondary programs. In a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos this month, 71 advocacy groups and other stakeholders from across the country said guidance is needed to clarify that funding available under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and through vocational rehabilitation can be used to pay for transition programs offered on college campuses.
By: Erick Herrmann (commentary)
Teachers get into the profession of teaching because they care about young people and want to help them be successful in life, and ultimately to make the world a better place. We all know that relationships are at the core of our work, and that this critical aspect of education and the classroom makes our job of educating children more effective and fulfilling for everyone. The following list of activities and ideas can be used in virtually any context, but may need to be adapted slightly depending on the grade level and make up of your classroom.
The Brookings Institution
An increasing amount of evidence shows that alignment in the racial or ethnic identity of teachers and students is associated with a range of positive student outcomes, from test scores to disciplinary actions to teacher expectations. Due to the underrepresentation of teachers of color in the current workforce, minority students stand to disproportionally benefit from efforts to increase teacher diversity.
The Associated Press
Melania Trump talked up the importance of teaching children positive cyber habits, the same morning that her husband sent tweets deriding current and former U.S. officials, including one message referring to a former CIA director as a "political hack." Asked about the contradictory messages, the first lady's office said in a statement that she "is aware of the criticism but it will not deter her from doing what she feels is right. The President is proud of her commitment to children and encourages her in all that she does." Mrs. Trump delivered brief remarks to help open a government-sponsored summit called Federal Partners on Bullying Prevention, encouraging social media and technology companies to provide more opportunities for young people to share ideas for how to be good citizens online.
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