Aug. 7, 2014

The First Lady's address and remarks at the ASCA Annual Conference
Missed the First Lady's address at the ASCA Annual Conference? Read her speech, or watch the video. And learn more about how ASCA is working with the Reach Higher Initiative.More

Special College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering Tour
Special College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering Tour at our annual conference in Albany ... full details at www.nyssca.org

Join us for a College Tour and Dinner at The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. 5:30-8:00 p.m.. Preregistration Required. First 50 to register can attend. More

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. 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

Study: Inclusive classrooms provide language boost
Disability Scoop
For young children with disabilities, the key to mastering language may be surrounding them with their typically-developing peers, researchers say. Over the course of just one school year, a new study finds that preschoolers with disabilities who attended mainstream classes with highly-skilled peers were using language on par with their classmates without disabilities. By comparison, kids with special needs who were surrounded by children with weak language skills remained far behind their typically-developing peers at the end of the school year.More

A summer of extra reading and hope for fourth grade
The New York Times
Educators like to say that third grade is the year when students go from "learning to read" to "reading to learn." Yet one afternoon last month, there was Anthony, a 10-year-old whose small frame was highlighted by baggy black cargo shorts, struggling with "Tiny the Snow Dog," a picture book with only a handful of words per page. "This is Tiny," he read to his teacher, Holly Bryant. "He is my dog."More

Bullying prevention 101: Speak up
Miami Herald
The old school playground bullies are still out there, pushing around kids in the sand box, but they are way out-numbered in the digital age. "The cyber stuff — texting, social media — it's a different animal, but it has similar characteristics," said Connie Ernsberger, director of college and guidance counseling at Gulliver Schools in Pinecrest. "It's so fast and so anonymous." But Ernsberger and other South Florida experts say the key to stopping bullying of any sort remains the same: Victims and witnesses have to be taught to speak up. School administrators, much more knowledgeable about the array of negative effects of bullying, long ago stopped shrugging off the behavior when they hear about it. More

Dyscalculia: Burdened by blunders with numbers
Medical News Today
Between 3 and 6 percent of schoolchildren suffer from an arithmetic-related learning disability. Researchers at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet in Munich now show that these children are also more likely to exhibit deficits in reading and spelling than had been previously suspected. Addition and subtraction, multiplication and division are the four basic operations in arithmetic. But for some children, learning these fundamental skills is particularly challenging. Studies show that they have problems grasping the concepts of number, magnitude, and quantity, and that they do poorly when asked to estimate relative amounts.More

Keep supporting gifted and talented students
TES magazine
Differentiation is for everyone — including those at the top of the ability range. Follow these tips to get the most out of high-fliers. If education is the pursuit of excellence for all children then, at first glance, labeling a select few students as gifted and talented seems more than a little problematic. For a start, it suggests that the other children are neither gifted nor talented. That is a misconception, of course, but one that can be highly damaging. Second, giving this group more attention than the rest is, so some argue, immoral: everyone should have access to the same facilities and opportunities.More

Protecting Student Privacy Act sets limits on use of school data
THE Journal
Legislation introduced in the United States Senate would restrict the use of students' personal data for commercial purposes, limit the transfer of such data and require records to be kept of any entities that have access to students' information. The bipartisan Protecting Student Privacy Act, introduced today by Senators Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, would amend the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. It aims to slow the propagation of student information without parental consent, curb the use of student data in commercial applications and secure data held by private companies.More

Can special education students keep up with the Common Core?
The Hechinger Report
On a morning in late May, the pace was slow and deliberate as seven students formed a semicircle around their teacher to work on a lesson about finding the main idea in a story. "I have a surprise for you on my phone," said Nicole Papa, before starting an audio recording of "Smart-Speak," a nonfiction article about bullying and peer pressure. Pencils in hand, the third- and fourth-grade students followed along with the recorded voice. "Now, let's read it again, just a little bit closer, and think about the main idea, or gist, of each section," said Papa, reading the first section aloud. "What's it mostly about?"More

Legislatures taking state education into their own hands
The Washington Post
The backlash against the Common Core has prompted lawmakers in at least 12 states to get more involved in setting their own K-12 academic standards, injecting politics into a process usually conducted in obscurity by bureaucrats. In several states, legislators have placed new restrictions on state boards of education, which typically write and update academic standards. In others, lawmakers have opened up the development of standards to greater scrutiny, requiring that proposals receive public vetting. And in Oklahoma, which has embarked on an extreme makeover of its standards process, lawmakers passed a law that lets them rewrite any standards they don't like.More