Jan. 29, 2015

National School Counseling Week
National School Counseling Week 2015 will be celebrated from Feb. 2-6 to focus public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by ASCA, highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. National School Counseling Week is always celebrated the first full week in February. Click here for resources and more information.More

2015 National Youth Science Camp
The online application to attend the 2015 National Youth Science Camp is now available at http://apply.nysc.org/. Two graduating high school students will be selected to represent New York at the all-expenses paid honors program which will be held from June 17 through July 11. To apply, please visit http://apply.nysc.org/ and follow the instructions for submitting the online application. For more information about the NYSC, please visit http://www.nysc.org. For questions about the application process, please contact Anthony Jaacks at 518-474-5922 or by email at anthony.jaacks@nysed.gov. The NYSC is hosted and operated by the National Youth Science Foundation (http://www.nysf.com/). All applications and all supporting documents/forms must be submitted online no later than 11:59 p.m. EST March 1.More

Prescription drug tragedy inspires free short film musical
Adventure Theatre MTC
Adventure Theatre MTC and artist Trish Glowacki announce the launch of WARNING: Take Only as Directed, a short film musical based on a personal tragedy that will serve to reduce parent and teen prescription drug abuse available free to download on the film's website, warningshortfilm.com. In 2010, an estimated 66,517 emergency department visits involving nonmedical use of pharmaceuticals were made by adolescents aged 12 to 17, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association. The film honors Trish's son, Charlie Glowacki, who lost his young life in 2011 due to a drug overdose after being introduced to prescription opioids. Glowacki hopes to change future prescription practices in parents and teens through her writing which has been adapted for the screen by Adventure Theatre MTC and local Washington, D.C., artists. "Prescription drugs are an unsuspecting killer in the home," states writer and artist, Trish Glowacki. "Most teens don't consider them dangerous because of their typical sources. SAMHSA reports in 2012-2013 persons aged 12 or older who used pain relievers non-medically in the past 12 months, 53.0 percent got the drug they used most recently from a friend or relative for free, and 10.6 percent bought the drug from a friend or relative. Another 21.2 percent reported that they got the drug through a prescription from one doctor."More

Plenty of credits, no diploma
The Hechinger Report
Jose Salas was in his freshman year of high school when his mother kicked him out because he was gay. He bounced from one friend's house to another, and to a new high school each year: Hawthorne High in South Los Angeles, Edison High in Fresno, Morningside High in Inglewood. Somehow he stayed on track to graduate. Then, in his senior year, something went wrong. The high school where he enrolled, Hillcrest Continuation School in Inglewood, placed him in remedial classes usually assigned to students learning English.More

School counselors can struggle under heavy workloads
To 16-year-old Leanne Neill, the Normal Community High School counseling staff has been a godsend. A NCHS sophomore, she missed several days of class last semester after her cousin suffered a serious spinal injury while playing defensive tackle for his high school in Watseka. "They ask me all the time how he's doing and how the family is," she said. "I spent a lot of time out of class, and they helped me get caught up on homework and stay on track." Unfortunately, school counselors have steadily fewer opportunities to provide the kind of one-on-one attention students like Neill received.More

Helping the poor in education: The power of a simple nudge
The New York Times
There are enormous inequalities in education in the United States. A child born into a poor family has only a 9 percent chance of getting a college degree, but the odds are 54 percent for a child in a high-income family. These gaps open early, with poor children less prepared than their kindergarten classmates. How can we close these gaps? Contentious, ambitious reforms of the education system crowd the headlines: the Common Core, the elimination of teacher tenure, charter schools.More

House education panel head endorses annual student testing
The Associated Press
The chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee endorsed continuing the federally required annual testing of students under the No Child Left Behind education law. With Congress trying to update the President George W. Bush-era law, debate has centered on the requirement that states test students in reading and math in grades three to eight and again in high school. Some educators and parents say that has created a high-stakes testing environment, and that states and districts should determine testing policy. The House committee chairman, Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., said he believes the annual results help parents and policymakers know where students stand.More

Art therapy may help kids with behavior problems
School-based art therapy in the U.K. is helping troubled kids get back on track, a new study suggests. Begun in 2002, The Art Room program is aimed at children between the ages of 5 and 16 who have been identified by their teachers as needing emotional and behavioral support. Currently there are nine Art Room programs in U.K. schools. More than 10,000 children have been through the Art Room program since it started.More

How schools are tackling truancy
District Administration Magazine
District leaders across the country are broadening and personalizing their approaches to attendance because the old way of sending truants and their families to court often fails to bring students back to school. "It's important to get to the root of why students aren't coming to school and be able to align the solution with the problem," says Gerry House, president of the Institute for Student Achievement and a former superintendent. "If you take the punitive approach, more than likely you're not going to see any improvement in the attendance."More

Common Core, BYOD, assessments among districts' budget priorities
eSchool News
An annual report based on two large-scale surveys of education decision-makers reveals that school technology budgets are growing stronger, school leaders are seeking Common Core-aligned instructional materials, and there is a growing demand for tools that improve teaching and personalized learning. The results come from MDR's State of the K-12 Market 2014 report, conducted by the EdNET Research team. The report seeks to define important trends that will impact U.S. schools in the coming year.More

How do you personalize learning at your school?
By: Brian Stack
Personalized learning has been one of the hottest trends in education, especially in the past two to three years. A personalized learning system must include flexible learning environments that allow the system to adapt to the individual needs of each learner on an ongoing basis, one with personalized learning paths. Such a system must also maintain accurate individual learner profiles, ones for which students can view their strengths, needs, motivations and goals.More

Is Facebook the new school Web page?
EdTech Magazine
Why use Facebook for school-to-home communication? Your news feed may be littered with advertisements that are personalized to your perceived tastes in an all-too-creepy way. Facebook updates its privacy policies with as much frequency as NFL teams change their coaches. There is also the increased potential for misunderstandings when the wrong word or phrase is posted. Educators can avoid these issues by using only paper, email and a Web page to share school news and student learning.More

What the new Common Core tests are — and aren't
The Washington Post
At a Senate education committee hearing on how the No Child Left Behind law should be rewritten, the subject quickly turned to standardized testing and whether the federal government should maintain NCLB's annual testing mandate. Witnesses and legislators talked about the amount of time students are tested, the stakes tied to the scores for students and teachers, and the quality of the tests. Tom Boasberg, superintendent of Denver Public Schools, praised new Common Core tests as being more sophisticated than earlier standardized testing.More

Inclusion Corner: The importance of co-assessing
By: Savanna Flakes
In the prior two articles, we discussed co-planning and co-teaching. The last component of an effective co-taught classroom is working together to "co-assess" student data and growth. If teachers assess students frequently throughout the class period, they will be able to differentiate instruction and provide frequent feedback. Assessment practices for co-teachers can be divided into many categories.More

New Jersey bill proposes more suicide prevention training for reachers
The New York Times
Public schoolteachers would undergo more suicide prevention education under a proposal from a bipartisan group of New Jersey lawmakers. An Assembly committee approved the measure late last year while State Senator Diane B. Allen, a Republican, introduced a similar bill in the Senate this month. The bill requires public schoolteachers and staff members to receive two hours of suicide prevention training from a licensed health care professional every year, up from two hours over five years, as the rule stands now.More

Bridging the ADHD gap
According to the National Education Association, educational equity means that education should be accessible and fair to any child who wants it. In principle, it's based on the 14th Amendment and the 1954 school desegregation case, Brown v. Board of Education. The aim of that court decision was to fix the ills of an educational system based on segregation and inequity in the funding of schools as it pertained to minority students.More