Apr. 30, 2015

NYASP Virtual Lobby Day
NYSSCA is proud to partner with the New York Association of School Psychologists for a Virtual Lobby Day on April 28, 2015 to advocate for children's mental health services in the schools. As education professionals, we know that mental health matters when it comes to helping our children be successful in school. There are many challenges that we face in providing these services and we need your help to let our NYS Legislators know that without mental health supports for preschool and school-aged children, many of them will struggle and fail in school.

Please follow the 5 easy steps on April 28, 2015 outlined by NYASP at http://www.nyasp.wildapricot.org/NYASP-Virtual-Lobby-Day.

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Guidance Plan Development
In January, NYSED asked school districts to post their "guidance plan" on their website by March 1. This deadline was later extended to June 30, and we confirmed it was a request and not a requirement. However, the request alerted school districts to assess the status of their plan. NYSSCA members asked for assistance, so we developed a document which puts "guidance plan development" in the context of the ASCA National Model. "Guidance Plan Development Within a P-12 Comprehensive School Counseling Program Framework" is available on the NYSSCA website at http://nyssca.org/ along with the document's forms in excel spreadsheet format to allow easy use. More

Update: NYSED Board of Regents
Update: NYSED Board of Regents is scheduled to review revised regulations on school counseling programs, school counselor preparation and school counselor certification at their May 18-19 meeting. We anticipate new regulations will reflect ASCA National Model standards for school counseling program development and CACREP standards for the preparation of school counseling. We will post the actual regulations once they are made available by NYSED. NYSSCA members will be notified directly, so make sure your membership is current to receive the latest information! More

GLSEN's Day of Silence has come and gone but the work to break the silence has only just begun
The National School Climate Survey is a survey of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer youth. The survey is a critical tool in GLSEN's mission for fighting anti-LGBTQ bias in K-12 schools across the nation. The information gathered from this survey will help GLSEN to inform education policy makers and the public about the right of all students to be treated with respect in their schools. More

Education Department reminds schools they can't ignore LGBT harassment
The Huffington Post
The U.S. Department of Education released guidance to remind schools that they must respond to reports of harassment based on gender identity or sexual orientation, and that each school is expected to have a Title IX coordinator handling such cases. The Education Department's Dear Colleague letter and resource guide is the latest step in the Obama administration's ramping up of enforcement under Title IX, which bars discrimination on the basis of sex in K-12 schools and colleges. The department clarified in a major 2011 release that colleges must address allegations of sexual assault on campus, and last year it said that Title IX protects gay and transgender students from discrimination as well.More

Maryland bill would require extra training for school counselors
The Washington Post
When Lauryn Santiago's grades started to slip two years ago, her mother, Linda Diaz, suspected something was wrong. Diaz called her daughter's high school and asked the counselor to meet with Lauryn. But the meeting never happened. A month later, Diaz found her 15-year-old daughter hanging from the banister of their home. Lauryn, a freshman at Laurel High School in Prince George's County, had taken her own life. Diaz told her story to state lawmakers in Annapolis last month as part of a crusade to increase awareness of teen suicide. Her advocacy helped push the General Assembly to approve a bill dubbed "Lauryn's Law," which would require that school counselors undergo regular training to recognize signs that students are dealing with mental illness, are in distress or are contemplating suicide.More

Eating disorders: How teachers and coaches can help
By: Amanda Kowalski
She runs three miles every day, but she always seems to be on a diet. He doesn't hang out with his friends as much because he has to work out. She seems thin to everyone else, but says she's fat. Half a million American teens between age 13 and 18 struggle with some sort of eating disorder. The results can be serious, ranging from tooth decay and fatigue to high blood pressure and even death, according to the National Eating Disorders Association. How can teachers and coaches tell if one of their students has an eating disorder? And what can they do?More

Bullying leads to depression and suicidal thoughts in teens
Medical Xpress
High school students subjected to bullying and other forms of harassment are more likely to report being seriously depressed, consider suicide and carry weapons to school, according to findings from a trio of studies reported at the Pediatric Academic Societies meeting in San Diego. "Teens can be the victim of face-to-face bullying in school, electronic bullying outside of the classroom and dating violence," said Dr. Andrew Adesman, senior investigator of all three studies. "Each of these experiences are associated with a range of serious adverse consequences." More

How does a teacher's race affect which students get to be identified as gifted?
The Washington Post
Black students are more likely to be identified as "gifted" when they attend schools with higher proportions of black teachers, according to a new study, and Latino students are more likely to be called gifted when they go to schools with more Latino teachers. The study doesn't get at why there is such a correlation, but it adds another layer to a long-simmering debate about why black and Latino children are less likely to be called "gifted" than their white and Asian peers.More

How schools can keep students safe, and on Facebook
eSchool News
Today, educators are implementing exciting technological advances in teaching and learning. e-Learning and a broadening acceptance of social media, online collaboration, and other forms of technological engagement are shaping how we view education, and what it will look like going forward. However, this paradigm shift also opens a Pandora's Box of threats that require administrators to rethink IT strategies and solutions.More

Writing strategies for students with ADHD
Too often, students with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) get labeled as "problem students." They often get shuffled into special education programs even if they show no signs of developmental disability. Though these students' brains do work differently, studies prove that it doesn't preclude them from being highly intelligent. That means teachers should pay special attention to help students with ADHD discover their potential and deal with the challenges they face in their learning process.More

3 simple strategies to increase student engagement
By: Savanna Flakes
One way to increase student engagement is to use structures that illicit a response from all students and provide teachers formative data on student learning. In order to meet a variety of students' needs, educators should work to also incorporate the use of a variety of multiple intelligences in their classrooms. Here are my top three low-tech and low-prep strategies to increase student engagement and provide teachers real-time data to adjust and differentiate instruction. All three assessment strategies are quick, inexpensive and easy to teach.More

Security essentials for K-12 schools
K-12 TechDecisions
School safety is of the utmost importance to K-12 faculty, parents and administrators. Every school wants parents to know the children entrusted in its care are safe. Prevention is incredibly important, however, if an incident were to occur, schools also need to know they have the knowledge and the resources to react in a quick and effective manner. K-12 TechDecisions' sister publication, Campus Safety is holding a free webinar on this topic on April 30 called "Security Essentials for K-12 Schools." It will be hosted by Campus Safety Magazine's editor-in-chief Robin Hattersley and will feature Nils Wahlander, senior product marketing manager, HID Global.More