Mar. 13, 2014

3rd annual Educating the Educators conference
Student Affiliates of School Psychology (SASP) at Long Island University in Brooklyn will host its 3rd annual Educating the Educators conference on April 3 and 4, 2014. This years overarching theme of discussion will be: Post-Crisis Response to Tragedy. We expect that this two-day conference will bring in a generous amount of people based on the audience that we are targeting.

The conference committee is currently compiling an impressive agenda of topics and speakers relating to the theme Post Crisis Response to Tragedy. Our lineup of respective speakers include representatives from MHS, Sandy Hook Elementary, Virginia Tech University, Columbine High School, 9-11 counselors and many more. Issues to be discussed range from personal experiences, community involvement, coping strategies, counseling and preventative measures. The goal of this conference is to express the importance of educating the educators and professionals to develop guidelines for when such crisis occur. More

The Dr. Calvin Martin Memorial Scholarship Trust Fund
The Dr. Calvin Martin Memorial Scholarship Trust Fund Inc, a nonprofit charitable organization, was named in memory of its founder Dr. Calvin Martin. His passion was a love for education. He fulfilled this by demonstrating his pedagogical skills as a teacher and administrative skills as a New York City Public School Principal. His career allowed him to develop a unique perspective on the American Education System.

The mission of the Scholarship Trust Fund is to educate African-American male students through a scholar and mentorship program, to achieve higher academic excellence.

The scholarships are available to students who demonstrate high academic achievements in high schools, colleges and/or universities. They must be born in the U.S. and reside in the Tri-State area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. More

Teens taunted by bullies are more likely to consider, attempt suicide
Los Angeles Times
Victims of bullying were more than twice as likely as other kids to contemplate suicide and about 2.5 times as likely to try to kill themselves, according to a new study that quantifies the emotional effects of being teased, harassed, beaten up or otherwise harmed by one's peers. Children and teens who were taunted by cyberbullies were especially vulnerable — they were about three times as likely than other kids to have suicidal thoughts, the study found. More

Plan proposed to provide free lunch to all New York City public school students
The brown bag could be bagged in New York City schools under a new plan. Advocates renewed efforts to provide free lunch to all public school students, proposing a plan to increase participation by 20 percent. "Every child should be guaranteed access to healthy food during the school day," Public Advocate Letitia James said in a statement. "We know that when children are hungry, they are less likely to be attentive in class." More

Education Department: 45 percent of New York City 8th graders got into top high school choice
New York Daily News
The city's Department of Education said 84 percent of the 77,043 students who applied for public high schools made it into one of their top five choices, as eighth-graders around the city celebrated — or lamented — upon learning which institution they would attend in the fall. But just 5 percent of the students admitted to specialized public high schools this year are black; only 7 percent are Hispanic. More

Why is New York Mayor Bill de Blasio undermining charter schools?
The Washington Post
During his successful campaign for New York mayor, Bill de Blasio made clear that he had a different, less favorable view of public charter schools than did his predecessor. But even charter advocates who feared the worst wouldn't have predicted that de Blasio would kick a high-achieving charter school out of its building, leaving hundreds of parents wondering where their children will attend classes next fall.More

States that spend the least on students are growing the fastest
The Atlantic
New projections on student enrollment from the federal government hint at the financial pressure many states will face as their student populations rise considerably in the next decade. The data, released by the National Center on Education Statistics, forecast that the nation's number of public school students from prekindergarten through high school will grow by 7 percent between 2011 and 2022. Leading the charge are states in the Western and Southern parts of the United States.More

New SAT part of a changing admissions process
USA Today
Everybody loves to hate the SAT, but the breathtaking changes to the 88-year-old college entrance exam unveiled recently caught just about everybody by surprise. The new test, due in the spring of 2016, will make the dreaded essay optional and return the test's perfect score from its current 2,400-point-scale to 1,600 points. It will shrink total test time by 45 minutes and abandon vocabulary questions built around what even College Board President David Coleman conceded is a "wall of obscure words."More