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Can schools be held legally accountable for student bullying? If so, under what circumstances? These tough questions have emerged alongside increased awareness of the detrimental effects of bullying. While almost all states have passed new, or strengthened existing, anti-bullying laws, many districts, in the face of rising family legal action concerning bullying, remain unclear regarding legally compliant policies and best practices.
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.
ARGOSY UNIVERSITY, CHICAGO
Remaining humane in difficult times "Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists."
Franklin D. Roosevelt
PLEASE JOIN US Friday, Sept. 21
9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Argosy University Room 1310
225 North Michigan Ave | Suite 1300
Chicago, IL 60601
It is our great pleasure to invite you to the first conference organized by Argosy University, Chicago in collaboration with Asian Human Services, and the Illinois Association for Multicultural Counseling. By attending this conference, you will have the opportunity to learn how to effectively support immigrants and refugees in these challenging times.
This conference is ideal for mental health counselors, social workers, health-care providers, and educators. Your attendance at the conference will provide you with the knowledge and resources to support your clients.
Participants will receive 3 CEUs.
The fee is 35 for non-counselors; $15 for students; $30 for counselors.
Please register by Sept. 19.
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.
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
Grad Student Non-Member fee is $75
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.
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.
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.
Democrats in Congress have proposed legislation to increase socioeconomic diversity and address racial isolation in schools through federal grants. The Strength in Diversity Act was introduced by Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, and Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn. The legislation would authorize $120 million in grants for "voluntary community-driven strategies" to increase diversity through studying segregation, hiring new teachers and other means.
While digital tools are woven into educational pedagogy nationwide, another component of learning may help educators give students advantages in a world not yet known to them. A 2017 Report by Dell Technologies estimates that 85 percent of the jobs that will exist in 2030 — fewer than 12 years from now — haven't been invented yet.
As schools prepare to face increased accountability for bringing down rates of chronic student absenteeism, a new report reveals the scale of the task. Nationwide, about 1 in 7 students was chronically absent, missing at least 15 school days during the 2015-2016 year, according to an analysis of the most recent federal data that was released last week by the reseach-and-advocacy groups Attendance Works and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University.
Education's political landscape has shifted dramatically over the past year. To the consternation of most school-district officials, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos used the bully pulpit to promote charter schools, vouchers and tax credits for private-school scholarships. To the distress of teachers unions, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down an Illinois law requiring government workers who elect not to become union members to pay representation fees. To the chagrin of civil-rights groups, the U.S. Department of Education said that it was reviewing a letter sent to school districts by the Obama administration informing them that they were at risk of incurring a civil-rights violation if students of color were suspended or expelled more often than their peers.
Susan Daniels, a contributor for MiddleWeb, writes: "Doodling, in the past, has had a bad rap — thought to be an idle and mindless activity at best and a distraction from more serious pursuits at worst. Yet, I had always suspected that the students in my classes who doodled, even abstractly, had greater recall."
This past March, on a Thursday morning before dawn, more than 70 bleary-eyed parents lined up in front of the Parks and Recreation building in South Windsor, Connecticut. Wrapped in heavy coats and clutching Dunkin' Donuts cups, many of them slouched against the building's cement walls, while others, exercising a tad more foresight, lounged in foldable camping chairs. Most had arrived around 3 in the morning. The first in line had been there since 11:30 p.m. the night before.
University of Texas at Austin via Science Daily
Parents always worry about whether their children will do well in school, but their kids probably were born with much of what they will need to succeed. A new study published in npj Science of Learning by researchers from The University of Texas at Austin and King's College London explains the substantial influence genes have on academic success, from the start of elementary school to the last day of high school.
A new report commissioned by NWEA revealed that parents, teachers and school leaders agree about the importance of measuring students' soft skills, such as critical thinking, problem solving and teamwork and view them as equally important as academic skills. However, which skills to teach and who should have the primary role in doing so is an area where the roles disagreed. Also, a slight majority of parents said they believe their child is receiving a better education than the one they received. NWEA is a nonprofit that develops assessment solutions for education agencies around the world.
The Brookings Institution
In the United States, children from under-resourced communities regularly enter formal schooling lagging behind their peers in language development, reading readiness and spatial skills. These deficits predict later mathematical and vocabulary knowledge and can persist throughout life, affecting everything from occupational attainment to health outcomes.
When it comes to ranking school quality, one high-profile marker — academic achievement — takes center stage. How much students actually learn, whether they complete their K-12 education and how states stack up against each other can offer a rough proxy for how well the nation's public school system is doing its job.
When the U.S. Department of Education awarded $350 million to two consortia of states in September 2010 to develop new assessments measuring performance of the Common Core State Standards, state commissioners of education called it a milestone in American education. "By working together, states can make greater — and faster — progress than we can if we go it alone," said Mitchell Chester, the late Massachusetts education commissioner and chair of the PARCC Governing Board from 2010 to 2015.
As makerspaces start to pop up in schools across the country, some educators, particularly those teaching non-STEM subjects, may be wondering what exactly they're supposed to do with them. Policymakers and administrators, meanwhile, want to make sure the spaces and resources are well utilized and are providing as much educational bang for the buck as possible. Luckily, integrating makerspaces throughout the curriculum is fairly easy with the right frame of mind.
School dress-code controversies have been trending on the web in recent months, fanning a controversy over whether schools are enforcing the rules in ways that discriminate against girls. In one of the latest episodes, a viral video initally meant to instruct students on the dress-code policy at Marcus High School in Flower Mound, Texas, drew intense criticism last month for depicting only girls as rule violators.
The Washington Post
Francesca Curatilo attended three camps this summer: wilderness, martial arts and — in the final days before the start of school — cursive. Yes, cursive. On a sunny morning, Francesca sat in a windowless room practicing the majestic swoop of an F. And she was delighted. "I love how, at the end of the day, you see all the amazing stuff we can do with letters," said Francesca, 6, who also answers to Cece. At home at night, she practiced her favorites: capital R, P, Z, Y, G and A. There was no assigned homework; Francesca did this for fun.
The number of children diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in the U.S. appears to have increased dramatically, a new study finds. Between 1997 and 2016, the proportion of children diagnosed with ADHD rose from 6.1 percent to 10.2 percent, researchers reported in JAMA Network Open. Greater awareness of the condition may be a factor, said study coauthor Dr. Wei Bao of the College of Public Health at the University of Iowa.
According to a 2016 study conducted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 46 percent of teachers report high daily stress that affects their quality of life and teaching performance which, in turn, lowers levels of both social adjustment and academic performance in students. The study suggests that schools use interventions to reduce teacher stress by changing the school culture and approaches to teaching. It also suggests that stronger programs for mentoring, workplace wellness and mindfulness be put in place for the benefit of both teachers and students.
The Brookings Institution
As kids across America head back to school, compelling story lines in the education policy world are playing out with massive implications for students, educators and parents. From school safety, to the midterm elections in November, to the possibility of more teacher strikes, there will be a lot of important developments to monitor over the coming months. To sort through it all, Brown Center scholars each highlighted — in their own words — what they'll be watching for in U.S. education during the 2018-2019 academic year.
Baylor University via Science Daily
Teens who took a supplemental drivers' ed program — including tours of emergency rooms, ICUs and a morgue — showed more awareness of the consequences of risky driving and of how they can avoid dangers. But data from a two-month follow-up to the program was inconclusive as to whether the program made a difference in the youths' behavior behind the wheel.
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