Jan. 16, 2014

National School Counseling Week
National School Counseling Week, Feb. 3-7, 2014, will be here before you know it. Are you prepared to take advantage of the week to share information on how students are different as a result of school counselor's work? Get materials, many of them free, to help celebrate the week. More

Save the date
NYSSCA's annual conference will take place Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 2014 at the Hilton in Albany. The theme for this year is "School Counselors: Informed, Accountable, Impactful." Our call for programs is now available HERE. Program proposals will be done online this year.More

The winter issue of our quarterly news magazine "NYSSCA News" is now available by clicking HERE.

In this issue:
News in New York
NYSSCA 2013 Award Recipients

By the Numbers
Crisis management and response is a huge undertaking. Breaking down the important components can help you manage the process.
A New Home
Following a crisis, school counselors have an important role in helping displaced students adjust to a new school and a new life.
School Safety Lessons Learned: From Cleveland to Newtown
Violence can happen anywhere, but school counselors can reduce risks and help keep voice of reason the heat of hysteria.
Lessons from Children on Coping with Grief
A filmmaker shares insights on how children deal with grief and offers some techniques to support them.
Looking Back — and Ahead
On anniversaries of tragedies, those affected are remembering, and we need to help them heal then, too.
When Early Traumas Trigger Trouble
Internal Family Systems offers an effective way to help students address their emotional responses that stem from past experiences.

NYSED request for proposals
Today, the New York State Education Department released two Requests for Proposals (RFPs):

School Innovation Fund (SIF) Round 3

The purposes of the School Innovation Fund are to increase high school graduation, college and career readiness of high school graduates, college persistence, and college graduation rates by increasing the availability of new high-quality seats for students at most risk for dropout, disengagement, and poor academic performance.

1003(g) School Improvement Grant (SIG) Round 5

The primary purpose of the School Improvement Grant is to provide Local Education Agencies (LEAs) with an opportunity to support the implementation of a whole-school change model in its Priority Schools.

Please note that applications for both RFPs are due to the New York State Education Department by Feb. 28, 2014.

The RFPs are available at the following link: http://usny.nysed.gov/rttt/rfp/ More

Clash begins between NYC's charter, district schools — with de Blasio's stance obvious
New York Daily News
It's the moment of truth for the charter school movement and its contentious crusade to remake public education in New York City. Charters — privately run schools funded with public money — grew explosively during Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration. Now the once-mighty charters have fallen sharply out of favor. Mayor de Blasio, siding with the critics who charge the charters' success came at the expense of public schools, has vowed to charge them rent, threatening their ability to survive. More

New York City school officials release social media guidelines
New York City's Department of Education has issued a new code of conduct to protect students online. That's because with more and more people establishing Facebook and social media pages, some universities and new employers are scrutinizing the pages. The DOE wants to make sure a photo from a student's past won't hamper prospects for his future.More

Report: New York schools struggling under slowing aid
School districts across New York are struggling to make ends meet because of slowing state and federal aid, state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli concluded in a report. DiNapoli said in a statement that revenue growth for districts was "nearly flat" over the last three years, averaging about 1.3 percent a year. He said the squeeze has become tighter because of the state's property tax cap and districts' dwindling reserve funds.More

Head Start wins big in federal spending bill
Education Week
Federal funding for most schools would be largely restored after the biggest cuts to K-12 spending in history, under a giant spending bill unveiled by Republican and Democratic leaders in Congress. And the Head Start early childhood program would see a major, $1 billion boost. More

Responding to tragedy: Resources for educators
When tragic events happen, it can be difficult for educators, administrators and parents to know how to help children understand and cope. How adults manage their own reactions, as well as how they help students deal with their questions and feelings, are important factors in providing children with the support and guidance they will need. Below are some useful, informative and thoughtful resources for adults to help children through traumatic situations. More

No books, no clue at New York City's worst school
New York Post
This principal runs a school of "no." Students at PS 106 in Far Rockaway, Queens, have gotten no math or reading and writing books for the rigorous Common Core curriculum, whistleblowers say. The 234 kids get no gym or art classes. Instead, they watch movies every day. "The kids have seen more movies than Siskel and Ebert," a source said. The school nurse has no office equipped with a sink, refrigerator or cot.More

The truth about standardized tests: How they affect your college application
The Huffington Post
As the class of 2014 submits the last of their college applications, much of the focus going into the New Year is around who will get in where, and if there will be historically low admissions rates yet again this year. What most people don't realize is that, while a lot of focus is on anxious seniors, this time of year is the prime test-prep season for underclassmen. October of senior year is usually the most popular date for students to take the ACT or SAT, but often this is a retake.More

Countdown to college: Crazy early-admission numbers
The Buffalo News
The application numbers are in for the Early Action and Early Decision admissions cycle for the class of 2014, and they’re scary high — and the acceptance rates are scary low at some schools.More