Jan. 30, 2014

Appalachian Regional Commission/Oak Ridge National Laboratory summer opportunity for students and teachers
For the past 16 years, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), in collaboration with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has sponsored a two-week residential hands-on learning institute focusing on math, science, and technology for high school students and teachers from New York States Appalachian Region (Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Otsego, Schoharie, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga and Tompkins counties). This year's institute for high school students and teachers will be held from July 5 to 18, 2014. Applications must be postmarked on or before Feb. 26, 2014.

Also, again this summer, the ARC will also offer a summer academy for middle school students. The 2014 Middle School Summer Science Academy will be held from July 13 to 18, 2014. Applications must be postmarked on or before February 26, 2014.

More information, the applications, the application postmark date, and to whom the applications should be sent may be found at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/arc/home.html. More

Important June 2014 Regents Exam schedule change
Since the release of the June 2014 Regents Examination schedule, we have received feedback from school administrators expressing concern about having an adequate supply of graphing calculators for all students taking Regents Examinations in mathematics on Friday, June 20, 2014.

To address this concern and ensure that all students taking Regents Examinations in mathematics will have access to a graphing calculator, the Department has issued a revised June 2014 Regents Examination schedule posted at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/assessment/schedules/2014/regents-614updated2.pdf.

The Regents Examination in Algebra 2/Trigonometry will now be administered on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 1:15 p.m. and the Regents Examination in Physical Setting/Physics will now be administered on Friday, June 20, 2014 at 1:15 p.m.

This schedule supersedes any previously released schedule for the June 2014 examination period. This updated schedule is also available on the Department's website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/assessment/schedules/.

This decision was made after much deliberation and consultation, including a discussion with a representative group of superintendents and district superintendents from across the state at a recent meeting of the Commissioner's Advisory Council.

Thank you for your continued assistance with this important matter,

Ken Wagner, Associate Commissioner
NYSED Curriculum, Assessment and Educational TechnologyMore

National School Counseling Week
National School Counseling Week, Feb. 3-7, 2014, is just around the corner. 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

Register now for the Region 1 Conference!
Region 1 Conference
Feb. 28, 2014
"Everything a Counselor Needs to Know About Engineering-But They Forgot to Tell You"
Western Suffolk BOCES
31 Lee Ave, Wheatley Heights
Large Conference Room

Guest Speaker: Dr Ann Marie Flynn, Chairperson
Chemical Engineering Department, Manhattan College

Each participant will receive Dr. Flynn's Resource Publication for School Counselors on the Field of Engineering.

Click HERE for a conference brochure and registration information.More

Call for Programs
NYSSCA Conference 2014
Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 2014 at the Hilton Albany
School Counselors: Informed, Accountable, Impactful"

The Call for Programs Form is available on the home page of our website at www.nyssca.org. More

Snow days don't subtract from learning
Harvard Gazette
School administrators may want to be even more aggressive in calling for weather-related closures. A new study conducted by Harvard Kennedy School Assistant Professor Joshua Goodman finds that snow days do not impact student learning. In fact, he finds, keeping schools open during a storm is more detrimental to learning than a closure.More

New York teachers turn on Common Core
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Can we fix the race problem in America's school discipline?
Rolling Stone
Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Justice and Department of Education released a set of documents detailing how school discipline policies across the country may be violating the civil rights of American elementary and secondary school students. The documents, collectively known as the Federal School Discipline Guidance, urge school districts to adopt policy changes to mitigate those discriminatory practices. The federal guidance recommends a number of best practices to ensure that schools recognize, reduce and eliminate disproportionate treatment of students of color and students with disabilities, while fostering a safe and supportive educational environment. Here are a few of the best ideas. More

Poll: Teachers don't get respect
The Atlantic
A recent poll found that adults believe that people respect teachers and administrators even less now than they did in the past. While 79 percent of Americans said students respected teachers when they were in school, only 31 percent believe students respect teachers today, according to a Harris Poll of 2,250 American adults.More

Intensive small-group tutoring and counseling helps struggling students
The New York Times (Subscription required)
A study of struggling African-American high school students in Chicago found that providing focused guidance sharply improved learning, but the approach is a costly one to replicate.More

5 must-have tech skills for college students
U.S. News & World Report
It may not seem immediately apparent, but possessing a solid foundation in using daily technology can greatly smooth a student's transition to college academics. In order to be successful, there are a few technical skills students should develop long before reaching college.More

College enrollment among low-income students still trails richer groups
Pew Research Center
Higher education long has been seen as one of the best ways out of poverty, but connecting low-income students — even the high-achieving ones who presumably are best prepared for college-level work — with colleges and universities remains a challenge. College enrollment among low-income students has generally increased over the past several decades, according to data from the 2013 Digest of Educational Statistics. But the Great Recession and weak recovery have eroded the gains of recent years, and middle- and upper-income students remain far more likely to go to college.More