Sep. 10, 2015

NYSSCA 2015 Career Achievement Award
The NYSSCA Career Achievement award recognizes an elementary, middle/junior high, secondary, or multilevel (P-12) school counselor, director/supervisor of school counseling, or counselor educator for outstanding service, achievement and dedication to the counseling profession. Click here for Career Achievement Award online application form. All nominations are submitted online. More

SCA 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.


NYC schools boss Carmen Fariña says she'll be 'relentless' to better prepare students
New York Daily News
Class starts soon for the nation's biggest public school system. In an exclusive interview with the Daily News, city schools boss Carmen Fariña outlined a new plan to engage the families of 1.1 million public school kids. The schools achieved record attendance rates in 2015 and test scores edged up. But even though Fariña acknowledged those milestones, she vowed to improve it as she readied the city's 1,800 schools. "I'm going to be relentless," said Fariña, 72. "'Every student, every day' has become my mantra." The city schools' historic 92.1 percent attendance rate for 2015 was coupled with another achievement: Chronic absenteeism — defined missing 20 days or more in a single school year — fell to 19.4 percent, its lowest level in years.More

Tips for high school freshmen
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Freshmen should work with their counselor to map out a four-year plan, based on their strengths and weaknesses. The classes they took in middle school help determine what the best set of courses are for their freshman year and that maps out their plan for four years of high school. Counselors help students be college- and career-ready. What that means is students will complete all the A to G requirements for California State and University of California schools, and that the grades are C or better. Also, students will benefit from getting involved in school activities. There's a strong connection between involvement and academic success.More

Give your ADHD child a sensory break today
ADDitude Magazine
Do you breathe a sigh of relief when your child finally heads off to school? Do you find yourself anxiously anticipating her return home, not knowing what mood she'll be in? The morning routine didn't go so well, so you pray that the afternoon will run more smoothly. You can already see the homework struggles, and the distracted, impulsive behavior at the dinner table. You grab for a chocolate bar as a pacifier. What you may need, instead, are several effective sensory strategies for your ADHD child. Children with attention deficit have a complex sensory motor system. When it doesn't work efficiently, a child may act impulsively, get distracted easily, and become hyperactive.More

SAT scores at lowest level in 10 years, fueling worries about high schools
The Washington Post
Scores on the SAT have sunk to the lowest level since the college admission test was overhauled in 2005, adding to worries about student performance in the nation's high schools. The average score for the Class of 2015 was 1490 out of a maximum 2400, the College Board reported. That was down 7 points from the previous class's mark and was the lowest composite score of the past decade. There were declines of at least 2 points on all three sections of the test — critical reading, math and writing.More

Report: Chronic school absenteeism is contributing to academic gap
The Washington Post
The nation's large and persistent education achievement gaps are rooted in a largely hidden crisis of chronic absenteeism from school, especially among low-income and minority children, according to a new report that compiles recent research on school attendance. School districts tend to focus on truancy, or skipping class. But that focus misses a big part of the problem, according to the report by two nonprofits: Attendance Works, a group that seeks to highlight the connection between attendance and academic success, and the Healthy Schools Campaign.More

Back to school? A crucial time for kids' social and emotional development
The Conversation
It’s that time of the year. Summer vacations are almost over. For most kids, this time of summer has been about finishing the readings and completing the packets that were handed out to them as summer work. As a result, school often conjures up ideas about reading, writing and arithmetic (the "three R's"). But this approach is both problematic and myopic. As pressures to meet standards in the three R's increase, other areas fall off the radar. Having an answer to a question becomes more important than knowing how to think about it.More

Could OERs spell the end of textbooks?
By: Brian Stack
A letter recently arrived in President Barack Obama's digital inbox calling on him to commit to policies that support the development of open educational resources, known more commonly as OERs. The letter was first developed and signed by multiple organizations from the education, library, technology, public interest and legal communities. Educators across the country are wondering, should educational materials be set free for all to use?More

5 strategies for supporting students with autism
eSchool News
Transitioning to a new school year often is challenging for students with autism, but technology can help support those students as they become more independent in their learning. During an edWeb webinar, visual strategist and speech language pathologist Linda Hodgdon shared five tips to help students with autism begin the school year successfully. Lauren Stafford, vice president of Research and Instructional Design at Monarch Teaching Technologies, offered technology tips to support each of the five strategies.More

Why are colleges really going test-optional?
It's an increasingly popular move in higher education. Hundreds of schools no longer require student applicants to submit SAT or ACT scores. In July, George Washington University became the latest school to throw its considerable weight behind the test-optional movement. Its explanation: "The test-optional policy should strengthen and diversify an already outstanding applicant pool and will broaden access for those high-achieving students who have historically been underrepresented at selective colleges and universities, including students of color, first-generation students and students from low-income households," said Laurie Koehler, who leads enrollment efforts at George Washington.More

One-third of kids with ADHD diagnosed before age 6
HealthDay News via WebMD News
Almost a third of U.S. children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder were diagnosed before the age of 6, even though there aren't many valid tests to support diagnosis in children that young, a new federal government report shows. It's difficult to determine whether the results show overdiagnosis of ADHD or not, said Joel Nigg, director of the division of psychology at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland.More

Air pollution linked to children's low academic achievement
The University of Texas at El Paso via Science Daily
A University of Texas at El Paso study on children's health has found that fourth- and fifth-graders who are exposed to toxic air pollutants at home are more likely to have lower GPAs. UTEP researchers analyzed academic performance and sociodemographic data for 1,895 fourth and fifth grade children living in El Paso, Texas that were attending the El Paso Independent School District. They used the Environmental Protection Agency's National Air Toxics Assessment to estimate children's exposure to toxic air pollutants, such as diesel exhaust, around the location of their homes.More