Mar. 27, 2014

School Counselor Tour and Presentation
SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering is hosting a School Counselor Tour and Presentation at the Albany NanoTech Complex on April 8, 2014, from 8-10 a.m. Please see flyer by clicking on the link below or contact Melissa Renzi at 518-437-8680 for additional information. If you haven't seen this facility yet, it will be well worth the trip. They now have an undergraduate program along with their graduate and corporate facilities.

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Call for article proposals
Educator's Voice, Vol. VIII: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving for the 21st Century Learner
Proposal submission deadline: June 9, 2014

The 21st century continues to pose new challenges for today's students who are graduating into a world of unprecedented change. In a society that is moving rapidly, driven by global communications, with a workplace that changes regularly, our future citizens have to be prepared beyond the three R's. Success in the 21st century requires multiple forms of literacy and communication, critical and creative thinking, and problem solving.

This theme is designed to investigate ways in which learning that is authentic, collaborative and hands on can capture the essence of real world tasks and prepare students for a global society defined by fast communications, ongoing change and increasing diversity.

Examples of topic areas include:

For deadlines, editorial & content guidelines and other information for the proposals go to: http://www.nysut.org/resources/special-resources-sites/educators-voice/call-for-proposals.
If you have other questions please write to: edvoice@nysutmail.org.More

12th Annual NYSUT Professional Issues Forum on Health Care
Hilton Garden Inn, Troy, New York
April 26, 2014

Dear NYSSCA members, A unique opportunity for professional growth and to strengthen our collective voice is attached and I urge you to attend!

As one of your representative voices on NYSUT's Health Care Professional Council who's purpose it is to give voice to the other education professionals represented within the educational setting such as school counselors, school psychologist, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech therapists and school nurses, I am personally inviting you to attend if you are a NYSUT member! The first time discount is only $75!

Why support this conference sponsored by NYSUT, the union that represents you if you are working in the public sector? This conference has been developed to specifically seek input from us via the networking session as well as provide union support and professional development. We need you to attend and lend your voice so that NYSUT can begin to better understand and serve our needs more effectively. We need you to tell us what you need and how we can begin to meet your needs through our NYSSCA/NYSUT collaboration. Learn about NYSUT Health Care Professional of the Year award so that perhaps someday — you as a school counselor might be recognized for the important work that we do!

Please use this direct link to access specific conference information and register.

Ask your local Union President to support your attendance to this conference — perhaps they will even pay the registration fee for you to attend! Ed 5 and 6 within NYSUT has pledged support to send people from their locals per their regional meeting yesterday in Rochester!

Yours in Solidarity,

Elizabeth Peters, MS Ed., NCSC
School counselor — Freewill Elementary School, WCSD
NYSSCA Region 8 Govenor & Delegate
NYSUT HCPC Council — School Counselor Rep
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2014 NYSSCA graduate student scholarship announcement
To help future school counselors fulfill their educational goals, the New York State School Counselor Association awards scholarships to graduate students each year who are currently enrolled in a New York State accredited master's-level school counseling program.

Scholarships are awarded based on students' academic achievement, contributions to the field and commitment to the promotion of the ASCA/NYSSCA Comprehensive Model and NYS Learning Standards. The required letter of recommendation should be specific as to the candidate’s suitability for the award.

NYSSCA Contact: Dr. Robert Rotunda, Executive Director, NYSSCA, at (631) 582-4047 or executivedirector@nyssca.org.

The application for the 2014 Graduate Student Scholarship is available HERE.More

As need for school counselors grows, numbers decrease
USA Today
Spring is a busy time for high school guidance counselors. Unfortunately, they've become something of a rare commodity on high school campuses these days. In the 2008-09 school year, for example, the average ratio of guidance counselors to students nationwide was 457 to 1. By 2011 — the most recent year for which numbers are available — the ratio had increased to 471 students per single counselor. It's hardly the "ideal" of 250-1 recommended by some school officials and the American School Counselors Association.More

10 New York City schoolchildren have committed suicide in 2014
New York Post
The city's public schools are in the grip of a suicide epidemic. Ten students have taken their own lives in the past seven weeks, according to remarks made by Chancellor Carmen Fariña. The tragic statistic — which amounts to more than one suicide per week — has not been released publicly. The Post obtained a recording of Fariña's address. None of the suicides occurred on school property, Department of Education spokeswoman Margie Feinberg said. More

Teen gang membership can harm adult years
Medical News Today
A new study suggests that having been a member of a teen gang means years later an adult is not only at higher risk of crime conviction and receiving illegal income, but also is less likely to have completed high school and more likely to be in poor health, receiving welfare and struggling with drug abuse.More

College application essays do's and don'ts
The Huffington Post
As colleges tend to have many applicants with high standardized test scores and impressive academic grades, it inherently becomes harder for schools to effectively differentiate among students. Many colleges, as a result, are looking more closely than in years past at the application essays, extracurricular and community service "resumes" and summer activities. Admissions teams want to get to know the students, their passions, social skills, versatility and level of confidence, and so they are looking to the essay for the student's humanity and personality.More

Common Core is the latest reason to adopt standards-based grading
Brian Stack
Recently, The Atlantic's Jessica Lahey reported out on how the adoption of the Common Core State Standards could usher in a new era of standards-based grading. If your school hasn't started discussions on what it would take to move to a standards-based model, I hope this article will inspire you to finally start planning. My school made the switch five years ago, and we haven't looked back. On a weekly basis, administrators in my school district are asked by educators from all over how they can begin this process. I'll share with you some of the advice our team gives them in five easy steps. More

Many applications to selective colleges get just a single read
The Washington Post
Students aiming for selective colleges will agonize for days or weeks over every little detail of their applications. But often that file will get just one read, perhaps 5 to 15 minutes, before a gatekeeper decides yes or no. That is apparent not only from The Washington Post's observation of George Washington University's admissions shop, detailed in a story, but also from interviews with veterans of admissions elsewhere.More