Apr. 24, 2014

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

Registration forms, exhibitor information and call for programs
All are available on the conference 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

The Women's Press Club of New York State, Inc. announces scholarship award
The Women's Press Club of New York State, Inc. is offering an annual scholarship award for a qualifying student interested in resuming or continuing his or her studies toward a career in communications or a related field. Students must be matriculated no later than the start of the Fall 2014 semester in a field that fosters the development of communication skills. Applications must be postmarked by May 10, 2014. The scholarship award is $1,000. For more information, click here. More

US News releases 2014 Best High Schools rankings
New York Daily News
Public education endures a lot of criticism over standardized tests, dropout rates and ill-prepared graduates. While the negative headlines could be discouraging for parents choosing a high school for their teen, great things are happening in classrooms across the country. The 2014 Best High Schools rankings can help parents identify standout schools in their state, as well as those that excel nationally. More

Group aims to help school counselors face growing caseload
Associations Now
Budget shortfalls in school districts usually result in cuts to non-classroom-based positions like school counselor, creating outsized caseloads for those who remain to help large numbers of students. It's a problem that one association is working to address. More

Charter school enrollment explodes
New York Daily News
Enrollment at traditional public schools in New York City declined over the last 10 years as students flocked to charter schools, recent data revealed. Nearly 59,000 students attended publicly funded, privately run charters in the 2012-13 school year, compared with a paltry 2,400 in 2002-03, according to an analysis by the Independent Budget Office. That's an increase of 2,328 percent. More

Mental and physical toll of bullying persists for decades
What doesn't kill us only makes us stronger, right? Well, not when it comes to bullying. Some may still consider bullying a harmless part of growing up, but mounting evidence suggests that the adverse effects of being bullied aren't something kids can just shake off. The psychological and physical tolls, like anxiety and depression, can follow a person into early adulthood. More

All work, no play: Why high school students should have fun
Education Week
Thanks to Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget and those who extended his work, we know that play, while undertaken for its own sake, is far from purposeless. By experimenting with objects and enacting imaginative stories, children learn how the world works and how to navigate within it. Exploratory play leads them to new understandings; repetitive play supports them in strengthening new skills. More

The new SAT: Aptitude testing for college admissions falls out of favor
The Washington Post
There's a reason the College Board scrubbed "aptitude" from the name of its big admission test two decades ago. The idea of a Scholastic Aptitude Test left the organization open to criticism that it believed some people were born to go to college and some weren't. The latest version of what is now simply called the SAT drops questions about arcane vocabulary, continuing a long move away from testing for aptitude as the College Board seeks to tie the exam more closely to what students learn in the classroom. More

College enrollment continues post-recession decline
The Wall Street Journal
Fewer high school graduates are enrolling in college following the recession, according to a Labor Department report. Nearly 3 million people between ages 16 and 24 graduated from high school between January and October last year, the report found. Of that group, 1.96 million — 65.9 percent — were enrolled in college in October. That was the lowest rate in a decade and was down from 66.2 percent the prior year, the agency said.More

inBloom to shut down amid growing data privacy concerns
Education Week
After months caught in the crosshairs of parents, advocates, and educators concerned about student-data privacy, controversial nonprofit inBloom announced it will close its doors. The announcement comes on the heels of the New York state legislature's recent enactment of legislation that effectively pulled the plug on inBloom's last remaining large partner.More