Apr. 10, 2014

School Counselor Summit update
Dear School Counseling Colleagues,

On April 7-8, 2014, 230 school counselors, counselor educators, school administrators and NYSED professionals gathered for the School Counselor Summit led by NYSED's Office of K-16 Initiatives and Access Programs, in collaboration with NYSSCA, NYACES and NYSACAC. Under the leadership of Stan Hansen, Executive Director and Tracey Johnson, Summit Coordinator (both of the Office of K-16 Initiatives and Access Programs), the School Counselor Summit took place at the Desmond Hotel in Albany, NY. This event was sponsored by NYSSCA, ACT, College Board, CICU, Guidance Direct and CTE. The theme and goal for the gathering was:

"Enhancing Collaborative Leadership for College and Career-Readiness, and Success with School Counselors"

The 230 participants were charged with providing leadership and expertise to develop recommendations that:

Participants considered the following overarching questions through four different lenses: Recommendations generated by participants are being compiled by the Office of K-16 Initiatives and Access Programs and will be presented to the Board of Regents in June. Those recommendations, photos, resources, agendas, expert panelist presentations and much, much more information is available at the Summit Website HERE. Please visit the website often as additional materials are being added regularly. The Summit website can also be accessed from the first page of www.nyssca.org.More

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

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

Conference Registration is now open. Online registration is available HERE. The "paper" registration form is HERE.

Hotel reservations are to be made directly through the Albany Hilton, and that info is available here:

For room reservations, contact Albany Hilton at 1-800-HILTONS (445-8667) or go to www.hiltonalbany.com. Use conference code 1NYSCC for the conference room rate.More

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