May. 22, 2014

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 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

'R U on track for college?' Texting a new strategy
Education Week
As educators look for ways to keep high school seniors on track for college and to avoid the "summer melt" that leads some astray in the months after they graduate, a new strategy is gaining ground: texting. This year, West Virginia launched a pilot program that alerts students about deadlines for financial aid, registration, and student orientation, among other matters, with personalized messages on their mobile phones. The texting initiative targets students from low-income families — especially those set to become the first in their families to attend college.More

Analysis: Less than 40 percent of 12th-graders ready for college
The Christian Science Monitor
Less than 40 percent of America's 12th-graders are academically prepared for college, according to results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, often known as the "nation's report card." Twelfth-grade math and reading results for NAEP were released recently, and now the National Center for Education Statistics for the first time linked those results with academic preparedness for college. The results were sobering.More

The 'new normal' life of a teacher
By Brian Stack
In the age of accountability, college readiness and the Common Core, the role of PK-20 teachers is changing dramatically in schools and communities across the country. We used to think of teachers as masters of their domain and rulers of their classroom. They took the standards and the curriculum frameworks that their school or district gave them and provided students with instruction and assessment to help their students master the content. Since then, accountability has come knocking on the doorsteps of schools and classrooms everywhere.More

A conversation about tests that educators want to have, but can't
The New York Times
Let's talk about testing. "I want to," said Bob Bender, principal of Public School 11 in Chelsea. "I want my voice to be heard about how outraged I was about the exam." So by all means, speak up. He sighed. "I can't go against the state embargo," Bender said. By state order, teachers and principals may not disclose any contents of the three days of standardized English tests that were given at the beginning of April. More

High school GPA could predict future earnings
University Herald
Researchers from the University of Miami found that a 1-point increase in high school GPA raises annual earnings in adulthood by around 12 percent for men and 14 percent for women. Although previous studies have found a relationship between higher levels of education and greater earnings, less is known about the association between academic performance in high school and income.More

Skill development with after-school programs
By Archita Datta Majumdar
What started as a novel idea has now become an important development for parents and administrations alike. In the last two decades, after-school programs have mushroomed across the length and breadth of the country. In doing so, quality after-school programs have shown how they have positively affected the youth of the nation. The after-school hours of 3-6 p.m. are ripe for juvenile crime, and the increase in these programs are a great way to keep the kids constructively engaged and under adult supervision.More

Study: High school dropout rate depends on mentorship
NBC News
Culled from in-depth interviews with 200 young people and nationwide surveys from 2,000 people ages 18-25, "Don't Call Them Dropouts," is a new report, the largest of its kind about teens who don't earn high school diplomas — about 20 percent of kids who enter high school. The study found that young people leave school not because of a single event but due to a confluence of factors, including a violent home life, an incarcerated parent or homelessness. Sixty-six percent of these young people experienced from 3 to 12 of these challenges, with almost one-quarter experiencing at least six. More

Bullying's long-term effects seen in both the bullied and the bully
National Geographic
The effects of bullying in childhood can last a lifetime, both for the child who's bullied and for his or her tormenter. But according to a Duke University study published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, while young adults show long-term ill effects of having been bullied in childhood, those who did the bullying might actually be healthier than their peers in one important measure.More

Research: Mindfulness effective in treating attention deficit disorder
The New York Times
Poor planning, wandering attention and trouble inhibiting impulses all signify lapses in cognitive control. Now a growing stream of research suggests that strengthening this mental muscle, usually with exercises in so-called mindfulness, may help children and adults cope with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and its adult equivalent, attention deficit disorder.More