Aug. 27, 2015

NYSSCA 2015 School Counselor of the Year Award
The New York State School Counselor Association presents several awards each year at our annual conference including the School Counselor of the Year Award.

The NYSSCA School Counselor of the Year award recognizes a school counselor who has exhibited outstanding service to students and the profession. The nominee demonstrates creative school counseling innovations, effective counseling programs, leadership skills and contributions to student enhancement. The nomination format follows the same criteria as the ASCA School Counselor of the Year Award, which enables NYSSCA to nominate the winner of our award for the ASCA award. Click here for School Counselor of the Year Nominations and Submissions online form.

All nominations are submitted online. Click here to read more and apply.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.


NYSUT's 'It's What We Do' link
Check out what others are doing and share your successes.

We know that your work doesn't end when the summer begins. Your professional life and community involvement are a 24/7/365 commitment.

That's why we launched the "It's What We Do" website more than three years ago — to highlight and celebrate the impressive achievements of NYSUT members, both on the job and in their neighborhoods. More

Polls reveal nuanced views on K-12
Education Week
Two high-profile public-opinion polls offer contrasting snapshots on the public's support for Common Core standards and mandatory standardized testing — intertwined issues that are arguably among the most divisive in K-12 public education. Often released within days of each other, the education survey by Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup — now in its 47th year — and the one conducted since 2007 by Education Next, a journal from the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, deliver new data that fuel debate and reflection on topics ranging from teacher quality to school funding. More

Educators guide high schoolers to AP, IB success in summer programs
U.S. News & World Report
These days, high schoolers have a plethora of ways to learn over the summer. There are traditional summer camps, study abroad options and prep classes for college admissions exams. But some high schoolers have another option: Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate summer boot camps. Prince George's County Public Schools in Maryland, for example, is hosting a three-day camp for IB high school students in the district at Frederick Douglass High School in Upper Marlboro. More

Are traumatized students disabled? A debate straight outta Compton, Calif.
An unprecedented, class action lawsuit brought against one Southern California school district and its top officials could have a big impact on schools across the country. Recently in Los Angeles, a U.S. District Court judge will preside over the first hearing in the suit against the Compton Unified School District. To understand the complaint, you need to understand Compton. The city, located just south of L.A., has long had a violent reputation. Last year, its murder rate was more than five times the national average. Now, a handful of students say they've been traumatized by life in Compton and that the schools there have failed to give them the help they deserve. More

Helping students with mental-health issues return to school
Education Week
As we prepare this August for the start of another academic year, it's important to acknowledge an often invisible, seldom-talked-about population of students: young people who are recovering from mental-health disorders and are transitioning back to school after a time away. Mental-health challenges in young people are common, and they create major barriers to learning. But as is true with adults suffering from such problems, the young can and do recover — even those with serious challenges. As educators, we can provide critical support in their recovery and help them as they work to integrate back into classes and get on with learning and with life. More

Kids' headaches spike in back-to-school season, researchers say
CBS News
If heading back to school gives your child a headache, new research suggests he's not alone. A new study finds headaches in children do increase in the fall, when academic stress, changing bedtime routines and other triggers may kick in. Researchers at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, analyzed about 1,300 visits to the hospital's emergency department from 2010 to 2014. They found the number of visits for headaches among children ages 5 to 18 stayed about the same for most of the year, but jumped more than 31 percent in the fall. More

Young children in troubled public schools face narrow odds of moving into better ones, pro-charter group finds
New York Daily News
Kids who start out in troubled public schools have slim chances of moving up to better ones, a scathing report from nonprofit Families for Excellent Schools charges. The pro-charter group's analysis of city data from 2014 shows students who attend poor-performing elementary schools moved up to high-performing middle schools just 1.6 percent of the time. And students from struggling middle schools ended up at high-performing high schools a mere 3.3 percent of the time. CEO Jeremiah Kittredge said students from struggling schools have little chance of escape, but kids from top schools mostly move up to other elite institutions.More

More than reading: Integrating art into your curriculum
By: Debra Josephson Abrams
Overwhelming evidence undergirds the need for integrated curriculum based in multiple intelligences and learning styles. However, too often, curricula rely instead on artificially compartmentalized courses — usually categorized as reading-writing and listening-speaking, with grammar awkwardly given its own class. What, then, can a teacher do to integrate compartmentalized classes with positive, purposeful activities while fulfilling the requirements of the curriculum?More

Report: More than half of students struggle with reading
eSchool News
Nearly half of minority students and students from low-income families enter the fifth grade without basic reading skills, according to a new report urging Congress to focus on students' literacy development beginning in early childhood. Noting that 60 percent of both fourth- and eighth-graders currently struggle with reading, the report from the Alliance for Excellent Education notes that Congress should put an emphasis on students' literacy development from the early years and up through grade twelve as it works to rewrite the No Child Left Behind Act. More

Why pushing kids to learn too much too soon is counterproductive
The Washington Post (commentary)
Given the nationwide push to teach children more and more complex concepts at earlier and earlier ages, you'd think that there surely must be an extensive scientific literature to support these efforts. Not only does no such data exist, but an emerging body of research indicates that attempts to accelerate intellectual development are in fact counterproductive. Recently, a lead editorial in one of the most prestigious scientific journals in the world, Science, questioned why middle school children were being taught college and even graduate-school-level cell biology concepts when their developing minds were not yet ready to receive this complex information. More

Timeout for opt-outs?
The Atlantic
Americans aren't as pissed off about standardized testing as headlines often make it seem. In fact, it looks like most of the country's adults support it. What the public isn't so fond of are the people who are pissed off — the ones who are so pissed off they're boycotting the assessments as part of a growing "opt-out movement." More