May. 15, 2014

Call for article proposals: Educator's Voice, Vol. VIII: Critical thinking and problem-solving for the 21st century learner
Educator's Voice
Proposal submission deadline: June 9, 2014
Download guidelines and submission form now. (pdf)
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:
• STEM Education
• Critical Thinking
• Inquiry-Based Learning
• Career and Technical Education
• Problem- or Project-Based Learning
• Teaching Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving with Special Populations
• Multiple Literacies (civic, environmental, global awareness)

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

NYSSCA 2014 Conference news: Registration now open!
Registration Forms, Exhibitor Information and Hotel registrations. NYSSCA Conference 2014. Oct. 31-Nov. 1. Hilton Albany. "School Counselors: Informed, Accountable, Impactful" Call for Programs Form is available on the Conference Page of our website at http://www.nyssca.org.

Conference Registration is now open. Online Registration available HERE. "Paper" Registration form is HERE.

Hotel reservations are to be made directly through the Albany Hilton and that info follows here: Make room reservations directly with the Albany Hilton 1-800-HILTONS (445-8667) or www.hiltonalbany.com. Use conference code 1NYSCC for the conference room rate. More

Focus on ability, not disability, is crucial for counselors
Counseling Today
The prevalence of intellectual disability has burgeoned due to the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder having increased by almost 300 percent during the past decade. Given the high incidence rate, school counselors need to be in position to assist students with ID in making successful postsecondary transitions. While many educators may have focused on these students' disabilities, school counselors can recognize their strengths and encourage positive pursuit of postsecondary options.More

After-school program takes a hands-on approach
Youth Today
In a sunny room in the Banknote building, a facility in the South Bronx that once printed stamps and foreign currency, children with beaming smiles use bamboo sticks, rubber bands and pencils to learn how machines work. The Iridescent Learning Center, stocked with popsicle sticks, a model skeleton and paper airplanes hanging from the ceiling, provides opportunities for children in the area to learn science and math skills like physics, computer science and astronomy. The after-school program helps bridge the gap of science and math learning skills students may not be getting in their local schools. More

Good teaching, poor test scores: Doubt cast on grading teachers by student performance
The Washington Post
In the first large-scale analysis of new systems that evaluate teachers based partly on student test scores, two researchers found little or no correlation between quality teaching and the appraisals teachers received. The study, published in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Educational Research Association, is the latest in a growing body of research that has cast doubt on whether it is possible for states to use empirical data in identifying good and bad teachers.More

Hundreds of good colleges are still searching for students after deadline
There are over 250 colleges still looking to add students for the fall 2014 semester, and most have financial aid available, too. The elite colleges reject tens of thousands of hyper-qualified students each year, but these 250-plus colleges comprise another group of colleges that often are in need of tens of thousands of students to fill seats on their campuses even after the May 1 commitment deadline. More

Reading, writing, arithmetic, and lately, coding
The New York Times
Seven-year-old Jordan Lisle, a second grader, joined his family at a packed after-hours school event last month aimed at inspiring a new interest: computer programming. "I'm a little afraid he's falling behind," his mother, Wendy Lisle, said, explaining why they had signed up for the class at Strawberry Point Elementary School. The event was part of a national educational movement in computer coding instruction that is growing at Internet speeds. More

Student loans to cost more this fall
Subsidized student loans will get pricier this fall, thanks to Congress. Students taking out government student loans could pay nearly a percentage point more in interest rates. Undergraduate loans will likely pay an interest rate of around 4.66 percent and graduate school loans around 6.21 percent. That compares to 3.86 percent for undergraduates and 5.41 percent for graduates last year.More

Study: Lectures aren't just boring, they're ineffective, too
A new study finds that undergraduate students in classes with traditional stand-and-deliver lectures are 1.5 times more likely to fail than students in classes that use more stimulating, so-called active learning methods. The meta-analysis, published online recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, concluded that teaching approaches that turned students into active participants rather than passive listeners reduced failure rates and boosted scores on exams by almost one-half a standard deviation. More

WHO: Depression top cause of illness in world's teens
AFP via Medical Xpress
Depression is the top global cause of illness and disability for adolescents, with suicide the third-biggest cause of death, the World Health Organization said. The finding is in a new report by the UN agency, which has pulled together a wealth of published evidence with direct consultations with 10- to 19-year-olds around the world to assess the health issues that affect them.More

Canadian study: Almost 1 in 20 young teens binge drinks
HealthDay News
It's not just high school or college kids who "binge" drink: a Canadian survey finds that 4 percent of 12- to 14-year-olds in that country got drunk at least once in the past year. The researchers based their conclusions on a survey of almost 6,200 Canadian children in 2005. The findings were published recently in the journal ISRN Public Health. More