Jul. 16, 2015

NYSSCA Annual Conference 2015 — Register now!
New York State School Counselor Association Annual Conference 2015
"School Counselors: Advocating Access for All!"

Special Keynote Speaker, Dr. Carolyn Stone, ASCA Ethics Committee Chair and Professor, Univ. of North Florida
The Sagamore Resort, on Lake George, Bolton Landing, NY
Nov. 20-21, 2015
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Military In Our Communities: Continuing the Mission, Friday, Oct. 16. Hilbert College
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House passes ESEA rewrite 218-213; Senate debate continues
Education Week
The U.S. House of Representative reconsidered and ultimately passed a Republican-backed reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act — though it's far from the measure that President Barack Obama may eventually sign into law when it's all said and done. After considering 14 amendments, including a failed Democratic substitute, members passed the ESEA rewrite, formally known as the Student Success Act, with a very close vote of 218-213. Twenty-seven Republicans crossed party-line to join the entire Democratic caucus in voting against the bill.More

Some states would lose big money with proposed education funding changes
The Washington Post
Congress's debate about rewriting the nation's main education law has featured high-profile disagreements over testing, vouchers and school accountability, but there is another issue that has just as much potential to derail the legislation: Money. A forthcoming amendment from Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., would change the formula used to allocate Title I funds, a move that would create big winners and losers among the states. Thirty-six states and the District of Columbia would gain Title I dollars, which are meant to educate poor children. But that leaves 14 states that would see cuts, including big losers New York (whose districts would lose $310 million), Illinois ($188 million) and Pennsylvania ($120 million).More

What schools will do to keep students on track
The Atlantic
Desiree Cintron's name used to come up a lot during "kid talk," a weekly meeting at Chicago's North-Grand High School at which teachers mull over a short list of freshmen in trouble. No shock there, says Desiree now, nearly three years later. "I was gangbanging and fighting a lot," she says, describing her first few months of high school. "I didn't care about school. No one cared, so I didn't care." Had Desiree continued to fail in her freshman year, she would have dropped out. She is sure of that. It was only because of a strong program of academic and social supports put together by her teachers that she stuck it out. Desiree pulled up a failing grade and several Ds. She gave up gangbanging and later started playing softball. She connected with a school determined to connect with her.More

Not reaching high enough
Inside Higher Ed
It's been a little over a year since Michelle Obama brought school counselors and the important work they do into the spotlight as never before. Speaking before the annual meeting of the American School Counselor Association, Obama brought attendees to their feet when she recognized the important role school counselor's play in the lives of students, and the impossible demands placed on their time.More

Should teacher tests receive a failing grade?
By: Brian Stack
As our nation continues to look for ways to hold our schools accountable for student learning through student tests, we have also turned to raising the bar for teacher tests. Elizabeth Harris, a writer for The New York Times, examined the issue in a recent story. Harris reports that after two years with new tests called Praxis Core, minority teaching candidates have struggled, creating a question of bias with these new exams. But bias in teacher tests is nothing new.More

Poverty rates in every US school district
The Washington Post
Anyone who cares about the plight of poor children in America should take a look at a new interactive map, below, put together by the new nonprofit EdBuild. The map shows Census Bureau poverty rates in each of the nation's nearly 14,000 school districts nationwide. The darker the blue on the map, the greater the concentration of children living in poverty. It seems like the kind of map that should have been easy to find long ago — but it hasn't been, at least not in the public realm.More

Simple classroom measures may reduce the impact of ADHD
Medical News Today
Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder may be successfully supported in classrooms through strategies that do not involve drugs, new research has indicated. These children are typically restless, act without thinking and struggle to concentrate, which causes particular problems for them and for others in school. A systematic review was led by the University of Exeter Medical School funded by NIHR's Health Research Technology Assessment programme and supported by the NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care South West Peninsula. The review has concluded that non-drug interventions in schools may be effective in improving outcomes such as performance in standardised tests for children with ADHD.More

Students' reading and math skills are still all over the map
A federal report reinforces the notion that when it comes to state standards, proficiency is still in the eye of the beholder. A top-scoring student on Arizona's reading test may fall far below average in states with more rigorous exams, like Massachusetts or Wisconsin. The new report, by the National Center for Education Statistics, compares each state's performance on state tests with their performance on the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Performance — or NAEP.More

Using psychology to help at-risk students
Medical News Today
There are many rewards for doing research in psychology. For one, it is just plain fun. There is something powerful about making progress on one of the world's great scientific mysteries. For another, the things we learn about psychology have the potential to make people's lives better. That is the impetus behind a fascinating paper in the June 2015 issue of Psychological Science by David Paunesku, Gregory Walton, Carissa Romero, Eric Smith, David Yeager and Carol Dweck.More

What do students need to know to be 'proficient' in reading and math? It depends on where they live.
The Washington Post
No Child Left Behind, the much-maligned 2002 federal education law, required schools to ensure that all students were proficient in math and reading by 2014. But what does "proficient" mean? It depends on where you live. A new federal report found a huge variation in how states defined "proficiency" on their 2013 standardized tests. In states with the lowest expectations, "proficiency" was three to four grade levels below proficiency in states with the highest expectations.More

Accelerate learning with creative teaching techniques
By: Susan Kahn
Just as a famous chef buys the best quality organic foods to prepare a culinary delight, an expert learning specialist combines the best educational and brain research with creative teaching techniques to accelerate learning. Dr. Jean Piaget advocated using concrete, simple words to insure comprehension. These words should be easily understood through seeing and touching. A baseball might be shown within a player's glove on a baseball field to teach the word baseball or the "B" sound.More