Feb. 26, 2015


NYSSCA is excited to be producing a short video on how the school counselor of today is not like the "guidance counselor" of years ago. Information on how to submit your school district as a potential filming site was sent to NYSSCA members and can be found on the NYSSCA website. Filming will be scheduled for March and April 2015 and will capture school counselors in action at elementary, middle and high schools.More

Your NYSUT union president is encouraged to send you!
The NYSUT Health Care Professionals Council is an advocacy group for more than 15,000 workers in the health care field who are members of bargaining units throughout the state. The Professional Issues Forum on Health Care is a major event sponsored by the council and provides an opportunity to strengthen your professional skills, enhance your practice and network with other health care professionals who perform similar work.

This conference is designed for nurses, psychologists, school counselors and guidance counselors, clinical instructors, and more who work in public and private sector schools, hospitals, universities, visiting nurse associations and residential and day treatment facilities.More

#InviteCuomo to your classroom school via the Web
On your cellphone, take a picture of yourself in your classroom, office or school (no pictures of students) with the hashtag #InviteCuomo displayed (on a poster, smartboard, or the whiteboard. This is a great way to speak out on social media even if that's not your thing. Be creative, take a picture with your teammates or photograph something you'd like to share with the governor.More

At New York private schools, challenging white privilege from the inside
The New York Times
On a recent morning, 20 or so high school students, most of them white, milled about the meetinghouse at Friends Seminary, a private school in Manhattan. They were trying to unload on their classmates slips of paper on which they had jotted down words related to the topic "Things I don't want to be called." Several girls tried get to rid of "ditsy." A sophomore in jeans and a gray hoodie who identifies as Asian-American was seeking to unload "minority." And several white students, including a long-limbed girl in a checkered lumberjack shirt, wanted to get rid of "privileged." Under the rules of the exercise, no other student was obligated to accept it.More

Counselors are key to fixing discipline problems
Tampa Bay Times
Nearly a dozen Hillsborough County, Florida, school administrators were invited Friday to give their feedback on the district's problems with student discipline. But first they took time to vent. Don't believe kids are getting the guidance they need from adults at the schools — including counselors, who spend much of their time administering tests — they told a district task force addressing discipline issues.More

How does your school use social media to connect with families?
By: Brian Stack
As I was walking down the hall the other day, I was struck by some recent student artwork that had been posted by one of our art teachers. I took a few pictures of them on my phone and quickly uploaded them to our Facebook page with a caption that read, "Check out some of the latest pieces of art by students in Ms. Ladd's class!" I regularly post pictures and quick updates like this to our school's Facebook page several times a day. These updates, combined with posts of links to blog articles and our weekly newsletter, help our families stay connected to our school community.More

These are the states that suspend students at the highest rates
The Huffington Post
Schools in the Sunshine State may not rank at the top as far as SAT scores or high school graduation rates, but they did suspend students at the highest rate in the country during the 2011-2012 school year, according to a report released Monday by UCLA's Center for Civil Rights Remedies. Using the latest data from the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights, the report and an accompanying research tool analyzes which states and school districts handed out the most out-of-school suspensions and whom these suspensions most affected.More

Bullying prevention: Can students make kindness cool?
The Christian Science Monitor
Schools are increasingly turning to students to develop and implement anti-bullying initiatives designed not just to discourage bullying, but also to empower students to intervene.More

Poll: Widespread misperceptions about the Common Core standards
The Washington Post
Many Americans are confused about the Common Core State Standards, according to a new poll that finds widespread misperceptions that the academic standards — which cover only math and reading — extend to topics such as sex education, evolution, global warming and the American Revolution. A 55 percent majority said the Common Core covers at least two subjects that it does not, according to the survey that Fairleigh Dickinson University conducted and funded. Misperceptions were widespread, including among both supporters and opponents of the program and peaking among those who say they are paying the most attention to the standards.More

More schools serving dinner as need increases
District Administration Magazine
Districts including Los Angeles USD and Dallas ISD will expand after-school supper programs this year, responding to the growing number of students who don't get an evening meal at home. Nationwide, the number of students served dinner or an after-school snack reached nearly 1 million last year. In 2010, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act expanded after-school meal programs to all 50 states after piloting them in 13 states and the District of Columbia.More

Differentiated instruction: Top 5 low-prep strategies
By: Savanna Flakes
James R. Delisle recently wrote a controversial commentary for Education Week titled, "Differentiation Doesn't Work." But what Delisle may not realize is that differentiation is not a set of prescriptive strategies, rather a purposeful way of planning to account for student differences. Differentiation is a journey, not a one-stop fix or end point. To support teachers who are looking for some low-prep differentiation strategies, I have compiled the top-five strategies that take minimal planning time but can have a big impact in the classroom.More

Lawmakers look to rein in alternative diplomas
Disability Scoop
A new proposal in Congress would ensure that parents of students with disabilities are provided more information before their child is taken off track for a regular diploma. Under a bill introduced In the U.S. Senate, states would be required to establish clear guidelines outlining which students with disabilities qualify for testing based on alternate academic standards. Who takes these modified exams is significant because doing so often disqualifies students from achieving at the level necessary for a traditional high school diploma.More

Common Core driving schools' technology needs
EdTech Magazine
The adoption of Common Core State Standards is driving bandwidth and technology upgrades at K-12 schools across the country, according to a new survey released in January. The fourth-annual Principals' Assessment of Public Education survey, created by MCH Strategic Data in partnership with edWeb.net, surveyed 539 principals at elementary, middle and high schools on a variety of topics, including funding, leadership and testing and assessment. The top issue for principals is the adoption of Common Core State Standards. The Common Core State Standards affect more than just curriculum. Nearly 57 percent of those principals surveyed say that the new standards are driving their technology purchases.More

The secret to secured entries at schools
By: Charlie Howell
Schools across the nation are reacting to the public outcry to do something in the name of security to protect students and teachers from violence. Many schools look at the concept of a secured entry — a holding vestibule for unauthorized persons until they are vetted and authorized to enter — as the big answer. However, these schools are spending money to create secured entries that are not likely to work when they are needed. I have only seen nine instances in approximately the last 100 implemented or planned secured entries that have a chance at performing their function.More

Can too many snow days widen the achievement gap?
The Hechinger Report
Boston English teacher Becca Harbeson has been trying so hard to keep her 10th-graders engaged in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet this winter that she's resorted to text messaging them about the play. The city's public schools have had eight snow days so far this school year, nearly all of them in the past few weeks. All the days off mean Harbeson's students at Madison Park High School, located in Boston's largely poor and minority neighborhood of Roxbury, have been missing several classes each week that she had hoped to devote to discussing the Bard — a text many of Harbeson's students struggle with under the best of circumstances. So she's using every means necessary to stay in touch.More

If your teacher likes you, you might get a better grade
Were you ever the teacher's pet? Or did you just sit behind the teacher's pet and roll your eyes from time to time? A newly published paper suggests that personality similarity affects teachers' estimation of student achievement. That is, how much you are like your teacher contributes to his or her feelings about you — and your abilities. "Astonishingly, little is known about the formation of teacher judgments and therefore about the biases in judgments," says Tobias Rausch, an author of the study and a research scientist at the Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg in Germany. "However, research tells us that teacher judgments often are not accurate."More

Hard steps not yet taken: Ending bullying in our schools
Edutopia (commentary)
Maurice Elias, a contributor for Edutopia, writes: "While we have made progress in reducing bullying and related behaviors in many of our schools, the problem persists in too many others. This is partly because we see it as an 'engineering' problem, when in fact it is more of a philosophical and moral one. Since there is abundant guidance about what to do to end bullying, I wanted to get a different perspective from the voice of an advocate. Dr. Stuart Green is the director of New Jersey Coalition for Bullying Awareness and Prevention. Dr. Green has fielded numerous calls for over a decade from parents about children who have been bullied with slow or inadequate responses from their schools. This has been true even in states like New Jersey with strong, clear anti-bullying laws."More

Amid measles outbreak, few rules on teacher vaccinations
The Associated Press via ABC News
While much of the attention in the ongoing measles outbreak has focused on student vaccination requirements and exemptions, less attention has been paid to another group in the nation's classrooms: Teachers and staff members, who, by and large, are not required to be vaccinated. In most states, there is no law dictating which vaccines teachers and school staff workers are required to get. Some states provide a list of recommended vaccines, but there is no requirement or follow-up for teachers to receive them. So when a measles case surfaced at a California high school, it was easy for officials to review student records, but there were no immunization records on file for employees.More