Sep. 11, 2014

NYSSCA Conference 2014 — Oct. 31 - Nov. 1, 2014 — Hilton Albany
"School Counselors: Informed, Accountable, Impactful." Go to www.nyssca.org for full information.

Online registration now open. Hotel registrations being accepted. Information regarding the College Tour and Dinner at the Albany NanoTech Complex and SUNY Polytechnic Institute.

Our Conference Brochure is available here. More

Awards, Awards, Awards
Nominations for all NYSSCA Awards are now being accepted. NYSSCA is proud to present the School Counselor of the Year Award; the Career Achievement Award; the Outstanding Program, Practice, or Project Award; and our new Leadership Grant. Full information and nomination instructions are available here. Deadline for Nominations for all awards is Oct. 1.More

National Educational and Health Awareness 2014-2015 Calendar
A link to the National Educational and Health Awareness dates for 2014-2015 school year! This includes national monthly dedications as well as specific recognized days and weeks.

Check it out here. More

Education Department gives Newtown, Conn., $3.1 million to aid in aftermath of school shooting
Education Week
The U.S. Department of Education will provide an additional $3.1 million grant to the Newtown School District to aid in recovery from the 2012 shooting of 20 students and six adults at an elementary school there, the agency announced. "I believe that the district ran, for lack of a better word for it, on adrenaline last year," superintendent Joseph Erardi said in a conference call with reporters.More

What online tutoring programs can do for kids
CBS News
Like many 6-year-olds, Maria Baker from Yonkers, New York, has trouble with math. "I do struggle sometimes," she said. "Sometimes I don't do it right, sometimes I get it wrong." Her father Ryan, a cognitive scientist who studies digital learning, signed her up for an online tutoring system called Reasoning Mind. "I've seen major effects from my daughter in her command of math since we started working together at night with Reasoning Mind," Baker said. He said the software helped her develop and improve on specific skills like subtraction.More

Which states' kids miss the most school?
Mother Jones
September is upon us, and American kids are filling up their backpacks. But lots of kids won't be going back to school — at least not very much. A national report by nonprofit Attendance Works presents a map that zooms in on a statistic called "chronic absenteeism," generally defined as the number of kids who miss at least 10 percent of school days over the course of a year. The measure has become popular among education reformers over the past few years because unlike other measures like average daily attendance or truancy, chronic absenteeism focuses on the specific kids who are regularly missing instructional time, regardless of the reason why or the overall performance of the school.More

Inclusion rates for special education students vary by state
Disability Scoop
Where a child lives may significantly impact whether they are placed in an inclusive or segregated classroom, a new national analysis suggests. Regional differences appear to play a role in education placements for students with autism, with those living in the West more likely to attend mainstream classes while students in the Eastern United States are more frequently assigned to segregated settings, according to findings published online in the journal Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities.More

Promoting positive parent-teacher communication
By: Brian Stack
Ask teachers what they wish they had more time to dedicate to in their job, and better communication with parents will almost always be at the top of their list. The reality is that teachers want parents to be informed. But once the school year gets going, parent communication often takes a back seat. Teachers quickly fall into the habit of calling home only when they have bad news to report, and that makes for an unhealthy relationship between parents and teachers.More

A majority of students entering school this year are minorities, but most teachers are still white
The Huffington Post
A majority of the public school students heading back to school this September aren't white. But the teachers leading their classrooms are still overwhelmingly so. This year marks a milestone for U.S. public schools in that it is the first time a majority of students will come from minority groups. According to projections from the National Center for Education Statistics, 49.7 percent of students entering public schools this year are white, compared to 50.3 percent of students who identify as black, Hispanic, Asian or another nonwhite ethnicity. Just 10 years ago, in 2004, nearly 60 percent of public school students were white. By 2022, that figure is projected to fall to just 45 percent.More

5 maps that show the best states for teachers
The Washington Post
As teachers across the country start a new school year, lawmakers in South Carolina are brainstorming ways to keep their teachers happy. The state's average starting teacher salary is in the bottom half among U.S. states, and every year, it has 4,000 openings for new teachers, but only 2,000 of its college graduates are going into teaching. Members of the state legislature have begun meeting in hopes of coming up with legislation to introduce in January to make the state more appealing for teachers to fill those positions. The National Education Association’s latest ranking of states shows what South Carolina and other states are up against as they work to attract and retain teachers. The following maps look at five sets of data about teaching across the country.More

Education Department proposes big changes to school improvement grant program
Education Week
Floundering schools that receive federal turnaround dollars under the controversial School Improvement Grant program would get some new options for using the money under draft guidance slated to be published in the federal register. But they might not be getting quite as much new flexibility as some folks in Congress had hoped. At Congress' insistence, the proposal would permit states to move beyond the Obama administration's prescriptions for school improvement, by partnering with an organization that has a strong track record of fixing low-performing schools, or by cooking up their own turnaround options.More

How 'productive struggle' can lead to deeper learning
eSchool News
The new school year provides opportunities to implement fresh learning strategies in the classroom. Some students might struggle getting back into the rhythm of the school year, and others might experience long-term challenges. To address these needs, consider developing a curriculum that emphasizes "productive struggle." Here's what you'll need to know about making it work in the classroom.More

How to get students to work harder
The Atlantic
Over the past five years, more than $200 million has gone toward launching the new Common Core standards, with the goal of closing achievement gaps in public schools. But for all their meticulous detail about math and language curricula, the standards fail to address one important factor: the psychological barriers that stand between many students and deeper learning. Unless students are motivated to take on the new standards, and persuaded that they're up to the challenge, the Common Core could have the unintended effect of leaving many students even further behind.More