Jul. 30, 2015

NYSSCA's first ever RAMP CAMP was held on Thursday, July 23 at Shenendehowa High School East, in Clifton Park, New York. 52 school counselors, counseling administrators and counselor educators from all over New York State participated in the all-day training. Our "Camp Counselor", Dr. Brett Zyromski, associate professor from Northern Kentucky University, guided our learners through the RAMP (Recognized ASCA Model Program) Application and answered specific questions regarding applying to be RAMP Schools. Our President Dr. Barbara Donnellan greeted participants with a video introduction and our Past President Gloria Jean organized the day for our learners. Thanks to all NYSSCA Board Members who helped throughout the day.More

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
Participant online registration here.
Exhibitor online registration here.More

Fariña pushes and bolsters superintendents on reforms
Capital New York
Recently, Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña sat in a basement conference room at the Tweed Courthouse and pointed to the name of a principal in the Bronx who had been found to be ineffective. "Is this person gone?" Fariña asked Karen Ames, one of the 42 superintendents she has selected to help make her agenda a success.More

Race to the top: The charge of the elitist parent
By: Brian Stack
You see them all the time, but maybe you have never noticed that they are there. I often refer to them as the "elitist parents." Elitist parents firmly believe that their job is to keep their children's resumes so packed that Ivy League schools like Harvard, Yale and Dartmouth will be fighting over the right to make them a part of their school one day. This twisted scenario is like a bad American dream, one that I don't want to have any part of.More

Trusting parents to make smart choices on student data
The Hill
At tens of thousands of schools across the country, parents can now log in to a Web portal to see their child's attendance, grades, home assignments and other class information. School counselors use digital tools to help students review details of colleges and scholarship information and help manage the application process. Students submit their homework online and get teacher feedback as soon as homework is reviewed. In so many ways, technology is dramatically changing the academic experience and empowering parents, teachers and students as never before.More

Poverty affects education — and our systems perpetuate it
The Huffington Post (commentary)
It's hard to argue that poverty does not affect education. It's hard to argue that children who come from homes where they may be wanting — wanting for food, for time, or for resources — don't enter the school door with a little less than others. And it's hard to argue that children living in poverty and attending schools that are underfunded, under resourced, and understaffed are not literally up against the system.More

Social media is changing how college students deal with mental health, for better or worse
The Huffington Post
When she began her freshman year in 2011, Sydney embarked on a tumultuous transformation. She had been accepted to her "reach school," Duke University, where students seemed to strive for perfection both academically and socially. The change came fast and without warning for Sydney, who asked to be referred to by her first name for this story to protect her privacy. In the classroom, she did not coast by as she had in high school. Her grades lagged, friendships both formed and faltered, and at times she lost confidence. Although many students find it difficult to adjust to college, Sydney carried the additional weight of an anxiety diagnosis. Change, she noted, can exacerbate the effects of a mental health disorder.More

As Senate passes ESEA bill, focus shifts to compromise
Education News
The U.S. Senate has passed an update to the much-criticized No Child Left Behind education with a vote of 81-17. The bill cleared a week after the House barely passed its version of the rewrite of the 2002 law. This win was one that Republican supporters had worked months to achieve. Maggie Severns and Kimberly Hefling, writing for Politico, say it is now time for the two chambers and the Obama administration to negotiate a bill that will be acceptable to the President and House Republicans. The House GOP members passed their bill without any Democratic support and under the threat of having it vetoed.More

What Google's virtual field trips look like in the classroom
eSchool News
Last spring, Hector Camacho guided his high school economics class on comprehensive tours of the New York Stock Exchange, Federal Reserve banks, and the Treasury Building. Students swept their eyes up countless Neoclassical columns before heading inside for a detailed look — all without leaving the library of their Mountain View, California school.More

ESEA rewrite includes debate over sex education, funding
Education News
The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to pass an education bill that would place a ban on funding for sexual education courses that "normalize teen sexual activity as an expected behavior." The bill, known as the Student Success Act, is included as a portion of the Republican rewrite of the No Child Left Behind initiative created by President George W. Bush. The rewrite has been the subject of much debate over issues including the use of standardized testing, Common Core, teacher evaluations, and how large a role the federal government should play in education in comparison to state governments.More

5 states pass citizenship test requirement
District Administration Magazine
More states adopted legislation this term requiring high school students to pass a U.S. citizenship test in order to graduate, according to a June report from the Education Commission of the States. Since January, 19 states introduced legislation based on the Civics Education Initiative, a project from the nonprofit Joe Foss Institute with a goal of requiring all high school students to pass a 100-question test on basic history and civic facts prior to graduation.More

Test-optional colleges find many applicants still send SAT and ACT scores
The Washington Post
Virginia Commonwealth University President Michael Rao was unequivocal about the shift in admission policy. The public university in Richmond, he said in January, would no longer require all applicants to submit admission test scores. Rao made headlines as he called the SAT "fundamentally flawed." This splashy quote helped promote VCU as one of the latest "test-optional" schools. Applicants with high school grade-point averages of at least 3.3 could bypass the testing mandate.More