Sep. 17, 2015

NYSSCA 2015 Outstanding Program, Practice or Project award
The NYSSCA Outstanding Program, Practice or Project award recognizes the best professional practice in the field which is developmental and sequential in nature as conducted during the previous school year. Nominations should reflect cutting edge theory or practice in the field and offer evidence of impact on students or the professional community. Click here for Outstanding Program, Practice or Project Award online application form. More

Back to school resources from ASCA
Need some inspiration, information and insight for the back-to-school season? Check out these ASCA provided resources linked here. Especially important are Back to School Night handouts that can be used with your parents. 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.


State taps former NYC chancellor to study troubled district
District Administration Magazine
Former New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott was appointed by the state in August to lead a team studying the troubled East Ramapo Central School District in New York. Last fall, a state investigation found that the district's school board members diverted money from public schools to children attending private religious institutions, leaving the district in financial trouble. Walcott's team will study the district's operations and offer recommendations to the school board.More

Transitioning to college: The responsibility shift
By: Pamela Hill
More students with learning disabilities are enrolling in college than in the past. However, they are also dropping out of college at a higher rate than their peers. Why? The students often do not reveal their disability to college personnel. As students with learning disabilities begin their fall semester at the college or university of their choice, they are ultimately responsible for seeking educational accommodations and modifications that previously were provided to them.More

Is school for everyone? Some say 'no'
Several years ago, few people who knew Hannah Noblewolf would have thought that she would turn out to be an outgoing, articulate, self-assured young woman who has successfully completed her first year at her top-choice college. For years, she struggled with social anxiety, depression and, as a result, school. She had always been bright — she even skipped fourth grade — but her intellectual acuity, paired with being younger than her classmates, made her school life deeply unpleasant.More

Carmen Fariña's ugly lie about which kids charters help
New York Post (commentary)
Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña keeps making accusations that discredit and disparage students who attend charter schools. As a mother of special-needs students in both district and charter schools, I want to finally put this myth to bed. In a radio interview, Fariña said: "When you look at the parents who make it their business to enter a lottery, that already predetermines a certain section of the population." The teachers union and other critics of charter schools often make this charge to imply that the academic gains made by students have nothing to do with the school — and that charters are shutting out disadvantaged students in the process.More

College Board assessment results reveal greater participation, big gaps
THE Journal
The College Board has unveiled its program results for the year, which encompass multiple assessments: the PSAT/NMSQT, SAT and AP exams. The national numbers show that across the board more students are participating. However; some racial and ethnic groups show considerably less readiness for college and career than others. For the SAT, an indicator of college readiness, 1.7 million students from the class of 2015 took the test, up from 1.67 million students in 2014. Nearly 42 percent of 2015 SAT participants met the SAT College and Career Readiness Benchmark, signifying that they're more likely to enroll in a four-year college and graduate on time than those who don't meet the benchmark. More

How can you get students with LD to change their behavior and habits?
By Howard Margolis
Many parents of children with educational disabilities know their children need to rid themselves of behaviors and habits that jeopardize their future. They need to develop ones that propel and sustain progress. Thus, a critical question plaguing parents, teachers and researchers is: "How can we help children make changes vital to their future?" A more precise way of saying this is: "How can we help children develop the behaviors and habits vital to their futures?"More

Research: Early school start times hurt students, hinder performance
THE Journal
How about starting high school at 10 a.m. and college at 11? That's among the recommendations from a new study examining the impact of early start times for students. Researchers from the University of Oxford, Harvard Medical School and the University of Nevada, Reno reported that students could improve their learning and have fewer health problems if schools accommodated the unique circadian rhythms of young people. In fact, the study they've published suggested that modifying start times would be less expensive than other kinds of interventions schools are using. More

Educators can spot emotional baggage
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
When Grace Enick, now 25, was in a Christian elementary school, no one noticed her behavior after she was raped in second grade. "All I wanted was for someone to ask me what was wrong," she said. No one did. In recent years, educators have become more aware that some students are carrying emotional baggage that can interfere with their ability to learn. They may be dealing with trauma from exposure to street violence, domestic violence, drug addiction, sexual abuse, poverty and homelessness, or grief over a parent's death or illness or unsettled feelings over their parents' divorce.More

Rep. John Kline is still optimistic on No Child Left Behind rewrite this year
The Washington Post
Congress has not yet officially launched a conference committee to reconcile differences between the House and Senate revisions of No Child Left Behind. But Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., the chairman of the House Education Committee, says that he is still hopeful that lawmakers will be able to send a bill to the president's desk by the end of the year. More

Back to school: Almost 20 million kids are getting free lunch
CNN Money
About 50 million children returned to school this week, and nearly 20 million of them are getting free lunch. The number of children fed through the National School Lunch Program has expanded dramatically in the last few decades. This is partly due to the growing number of children living in poverty. In 2013, 21 percent of kids were living in poverty compared with 15 percent in 2000, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. But administrative changes have also impacted those numbers. While families typically had to report their income every year to qualify, now whole school districts can decide to provide universal coverage — meaning free lunch for every student. Major cities like Chicago, Dallas and Philadelphia have decided to do just that in an attempt to reduce paperwork and any stigma associated with the free lunches. More