Jul. 10, 2014

NYSSCA Awards Program
NYSSCA is accepting nominees for awards to be presented at our annual conference to be held on Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 2014. This year's conference theme is "School Counselors: Informed, Accountable, Impactful" and complete Conference Information is available online at www.nyssca.org.

NYSSCA presents awards in the following areas:

This year, all award nominations will be submitted online here. For School Counselor of the Year nominees, click on "Apply Now." For the Leadership Grant, Career Achievement and Outstanding Program Awards, click on "Other Awards" and then follow the instructions to make an online nomination or application. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ron Smith.

Nominations are due Oct. 1. More

NYSSCA 2014 Conference news registration now open!
Registration forms, exhibitor information and hotel registrations. NYSSCA Conference 2014. Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 2014. 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 1NYSSC for the conference room rate.More

ASCA revised student standards-public comment period open
The ASCA Mindsets and Behaviors for Student Success: K-12 College and Career Readiness for Every Student is a revision of the 2004 ASCA Student Standards. After a two-year revision process, the new standards are now being released, and we want to hear your ideas and comments about the new version. Download the updated standards and provide your comments.More

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