Aug. 13, 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
Participant online registration here.
Exhibitor online registration here.


Educators work to stave off 'summer melt'
Education Week
High school counselors have long known that summer was a "crazy time" to close their doors since students can hit so many barriers before enrolling in college, said Laura Owen, an assistant professor in the department of counseling and school psychology at San Diego State University. "Counselors intuitively knew that some of their students didn't show up in the fall, but they didn't realize how pervasive the issue was."More

Study: Most teens start school too early in morning to get enough sleep
USA Today
Most teens start school too early in the morning, which deprives them of the sleep they need to learn and stay healthy, a new study says. The American Academy of Pediatrics last year urged middle schools and high schools to start no earlier than 8:30 a.m. in order to allow teens — who are biologically programmed to stay up later at night than adults — to get the recommended 8.5 to 9.5 hours of sleep each night. But 83 percent of schools do start before 8:30 a.m., according to a study released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The average start time for 39,700 public middle schools, high schools and combined schools was 8:03 a.m., based on data from the 2011-2012 school year.More

Teen depression and how social media can help or hurt
Recent news stories about cyberbullying, with kids running away, hurting others and even taking their own lives, points to a growing trend with often tragic results. According to a recent study in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, 23 percent of teens report they are or have been the target of cyberbullying. Another 15 percent admitted to bullying someone else online. The researchers' review of 10 studies that explored the link between social media victimization and depression all showed — without exception — a significant correlation. Yes, cyberbullying undeniably can inflict serious wounds. But from my own family's personal experience, along with research, allowing a teen access to social media can also be a crucial part of recovery from depression and anxiety.More

An educator's guide to dyslexia specialist training
By: Stephanie Cork and Laurie Wagner
There has been a lot of buzz lately in the education world about dyslexia, which affects as many as 1 in 5 children. Dyslexia is a neurological condition that affects fluent reading, spelling and writing skills. Remediating dyslexia requires training beyond what most teacher preparation programs offer. To address these concerns, roughly half of the states in the U.S. have laws relating to dyslexia. Most of these laws require early screening for students and training for teachers.More

New study: Picky eating may suggest ADHD, depression or anxiety
ADDitude Magazine
A new study published in Pediatrics has found an association between eating habits and neurological conditions. The researchers, who interviewed parents of 917 children ranging in age from two to six over the course of three years, found a connection between moderate selective eating — indicative of those choosy eaters we mentioned — and symptoms of conditions including anxiety, depression, and ADHD. Children who exhibited severe selective eating — such strict food preferences they have trouble eating away from home — were found to be seven times more likely to be diagnosed with social anxiety, and twice as likely to become depressed.More

Why schools need more teachers of color — for white students
The Atlantic
Noah Caruso, 17, calls South Philadelphia home. Known for cheesesteaks, pizza, and bakeries, South Philly is a close-knit, largely Italian American neighborhood where much of the population has traditionally shared the same background, culture and race. Though an influx of immigrants has made the area more diverse in recent decades, South Philly, like the rest of the city, remains highly segregated. Caruso's predominantly white community was echoed at his middle school, Christopher Columbus Charter School, where he says all of his teachers were white like him, as were virtually all of his classmates. It was against this backdrop that Caruso enrolled in Science Leadership Academy — a public magnet high school in the city — and landed in the freshman English class of Matthew Kay, his first black teacher.More

Words of praise provide special benefit to students with ADHD
Interesting new research finds that positive reinforcement is especially beneficial for children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Although it was known that praise improves the performance of children with ADHD on certain cognitive tasks, experts were unsure if the results were due to enhanced motivation or because ADHD kids had greater room for improvement. University of Buffalo researchers discovered a little recognition for a job well done means a lot to children with ADHD, more so than it would for typically developing kids.More

Here's what Americans want from a No Child Left Behind overhaul
The Huffington Post
As members of the Senate and House of Representatives work to find compromise on their respective overhauls of the No Child Left Behind Act, Americans are expressing agreement with a central tenet in both chambers' proposals: the federal government should have less influence over standardized tests. A nationally representative HuffPost/YouGov poll conducted in early August shows that more than half of Americans think state governments should have more power than the federal government to determine how standardized tests are used in schools. Only 21 percent of respondents said they thought the federal government should have more power than states in this arena; about a quarter said they were not sure.More

New tests push schools to redefine 'good enough'
This past spring, 5 million students from third grade through high school took new, end-of-year tests in math and English that were developed by a consortium of states known as PARCC. It's a big deal because these tests are aligned to the Common Core learning standards, and they're considered harder than many of the tests they replaced. It's also a big deal because until last year, it was all but impossible to compare students across state lines. Not anymore. There's just one problem: The results won't be released for a long time (late fall). What's the holdup, you ask?More

Learning to embrace a child's unique potential
By: Jane Schoenfeld
Transition is all the rage, and it should be. But what do you do with a kid who doesn't fit neatly into any of the categories? What do you do with any kid in fact? They're all individuals with different strengths and challenges. My daughter has multiple medical conditions, no physical disabilities, many learning difficulties and a PDD-NOS diagnosis, which puts her on the autism spectrum. She graduated from high school with a full diploma and spent two years in college before she decided it was just too hard and not clearly enough structured. So, what to do?More