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A few hours into the first day of school, a young man entered the nurse’s office at Libertyville High School complaining of stomach pains. The school nurse began asking him routine questions to determine the root of his troubles: Can you describe your symptoms? What have you eaten? Are you on any medication?
University of St. Francis
Monday, Oct. 15
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
University of St. Francis | Joliet, IL (campus map and directions)
$50 per person (includes breakfast, lunch and PD clock hours)
Teachers, counselors, administrators and other school personnel will gain valuable knowledge and strategies designed to assist K-12 students with the social and emotional issues that often interfere with learning. Participants will also explore mindfulness as a self-care strategy to manage the personal stress associated with supporting others in need. Questions? email@example.com or 815-740-3699.
Register online here.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
The U.S. Department of Education has debuted a mobile app for students applying for federal financial aid. This beta version of the "myStudentAid" app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Development of the new release was done in parallel with a redesign of the FAFSA.gov website. The goal for both: to make it easier for students and families to fill out the 2018-2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
The Chicago Board of Education approved sweeping requirements that govern how students and staff communicate with each other online, even as board members expressed concern about the need to train workers and kids on the new rules.
District Administration Magazine
The school psychologist shortage rages on, with one federal study predicting deficits of more than 10,000 full-time psychologists by 2025. But districts have been exploring nontraditional options to provide comprehensive care to all students. "The shortages are significant and severe, to the point where we're in somewhat of a potential crisis," says Eric Rossen, director of professional development and standards at the National Association of School Psychologists.
Federal data show dual enrollment — a process allowing high school students to take college-level courses for postsecondary credit — is gaining steam within the education sector. Between the 2002–2003 and 2010–2011 academic years, the number of students taking college-level courses within a dual-enrollment program increased 80 percent to 1.2 million, according to data from the National Center for Education Statistics. States are following the trend. For example, Illinois passed a law this month that will allow students to take an unlimited number of dual-credit classes.
Female, black and Latino students took Advanced Placement computer science courses in record numbers, and rural student participation surged this year, as the College Board attracted more students to an introductory course designed to expand who has access to sought-after tech skills. This year, 135,992 students took advanced placement computer science exams, a 31 percent increase from last year, according to data from the College Board, the organization that administers standardized tests that help determine college entrances as well as AP courses.
The Hechinger Report
Imagine you must construct a building. When is the right time for you and your team to consider preparedness for natural disasters such as earthquakes? You'd want to design the building with a proper foundation to absorb shock waves and remain standing, and you'd want an emergency response plan just in case the worst were to happen. A proactive approach with a built-in back-up plan is preferable to a solely reactive one. The same goes for social-emotional learning instruction in schools. A foundation in social and emotional strength is proven to benefit students, both in the classroom and later in life.
As school, law enforcement and political officials gathered in Montgomery, Alabama, for the Federal Commission on School Safety's fourth and final listening session, most agreed on one central principle: communication. For Alabama state Superintendent Eric Mackey, staff members across all departments and disciplines need to know what resources are available in times of crisis.
By: Bambi Majumdar (commentary)
Former Education Secretary Arne Duncan's new book has recently been a topic of discussion across various news outlets. Duncan's book offers a critical view of America's schools, which he feels are way behind their international counterparts. He also suggests ways to improve the system so that both teachers and students benefit in the future. American students do not rank in the top 10 in for K-12 or higher education internationally. This does not bode well for the future. Rethinking America's education system has, therefore, become a priority.
Research shows that serving breakfast in the classroom boosts student participation. In New York City, for example, schools that began serving breakfast in class in 2007 have seen the participation rate increase from 25 percent to 80 percent. The authors of the Nevada study suggest that future research should possibly examine why students are more likely to prefer classroom breakfast programs over cafeteria service, even if they are guaranteed the extra time to eat. Familiar classroom surroundings and fewer disruptions could be contributing factors, they write. These are issues school leaders could explore.
As a new school year begins, most Americans say they are not satisfied with the quality of the education their children are receiving. Only 43 percent of Americans say they're satisfied, a Gallup Poll released Monday shows. The percentage is close to a historical average of 45 percent, Gallup Poll analyst Megan Brenan said. The lowest point of satisfaction was in 2000 at 36 percent and the highest point in 2004 at 53 percent.
How many times per year does a gun go off in an American school? We should know. But we don't. This spring the U.S. Education Department reported that in the 2015-2016 school year, "nearly 240 schools ... reported at least 1 incident involving a school-related shooting." The number is far higher than most other estimates. But NPR reached out to every one of those schools repeatedly over the course of three months and found that more than two-thirds of these reported incidents never happened. Child Trends, a nonpartisan nonprofit research organization, assisted NPR in analyzing data from the government's Civil Rights Data Collection.
A student who gets suspended does worse in school. That connection worries many policymakers, and it's driven a wave of changes meant to cut down on the number of students sent out of their school buildings for breaking rules. But there's been little reliable evidence that suspensions are the true cause of poor test scores or dismal graduation rates. Perhaps students who get suspended would have had academic trouble regardless. Perhaps suspensions themselves set students on a negative trajectory. Maybe it's a combination of the two.
This month, more than 4 million students across the nation will begin high school. Many will do well. But many will not. Consider that nearly two-thirds of students will experience the "ninth-grade shock," which refers to a dramatic drop in a student's academic performance.
By: Brian Stack (commentary)
For anyone in their 30s or older, it comes as no surprise that over the past two decades, America's palate has evolved and diversified. Tuna casserole and meatloaf dinners have been replaced with meals that have much bolder flavors and are influenced by many ethnic backgrounds. As you might expect, the changing palate for adults also means a new palate for kids, and that has had a big impact on school lunch programs from coast to coast.
When students from Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas — where eight students and two teachers were killed in a mass shooting on May 18 — went back to school last week, their school looked different from the last time they saw it. Metal detectors and a security vestibule made of bulletproof glass greeted them at the front doors, and every classroom now also contained a "panic button" to trigger an alarm system. Students also passed more police officers in the hallways than before.
The start of school is full of preparations, back-to-school shopping and jitters for both teachers and students. The first day of school is important — it's when first impressions are made and when teachers have an opportunity to start connecting with students without any preconceived notions about their academics or behavior.
By: Savanna Flakes (commentary)
Welcome back to another exciting school year! Let’s start the year off with a bang by building relationships, establishing a positive learning community, and including some pop culture to increase student interest and engagement. Our goal is to ensure our lessons are relevant for 21st century learners to support 21st century college and career success. If a lesson is relevant, students can answer, "What am I learning?," "Why am I learning this?" and "How can I use this information/skill in the real world?" Pop culture offers us the opportunity meet today’s students where they are.
The need for a strong partnership between schools and families is extremely important, but it can be challenging to figure out the best way to handle home-school communication. When parents, caregivers, community members and educators work together, children are more likely to develop a positive attitude about school. Students with involved families complete homework more consistently, have higher grades and graduation rates, and have higher self-esteem. Here's how four districts are making the most of the home-school connection.
A new study finds that when students experience an academic setback such as a bad grade, the amount of cortisol — the so-called stress hormone — in their bodies typically spikes. For most students it drops back down to normal levels a day later, but for some it stays high. These students remain fixated on the setback and have difficulty moving forward.
It's a common refrain among parents: "I wish I could send my kids to private school." The subtext, of course, is that expensive private schools give kids a better education, which leads to better career opportunities and a more successful life. But a new study shows that the advantages of private school disappear when controlling for socioeconomic factors. Here & Now's Robin Young speaks with Robert Pianta, dean of the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia and one of the study's authors.
The Hechinger Report
There's a school improvement model that has gotten consistent results in large schools, small schools, high-performing ones, low-performing ones, those with large achievement gaps, diverse schools, homogenous ones, and schools that are rural, urban and suburban. An impressive track record of hard evidence has made it the only program to earn three levels of competitive grant funding from the federal government since 2010.
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