Sep. 18, 2014

NYSSCA Conference 2014 — Oct. 31 - Nov. 1, 2014 — Hilton Albany
"School Counselors: Informed, Accountable, Impactful."

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Don't forget to reserve your hotel room at the Hilton Albany before 10/3/2014! Check our website at www.nyssca.org for details on how to register for the conference and reserve your hotel room!

Online Registration Now open. Hotel Registrations being accepted. Information regarding the College Tour and Dinner at the Albany NanoTech Complex and SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY PI).

Our Conference Brochure is available here. More

NY STEAM Girls Collaborative Champions Board
NYSSCA is now a member of the NY STEAM Girls Collaborative Champions Board: The NY Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math Girls Collaborative is hosting a Kick Off Conference on Saturday, Oct. 25 from 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Hudson Valley Community College's TEC-SMART Center located in Malta, New York. The NY STEAM Girls Collaborative brings together organizations throughout New York that are committed to informing and motivating girls to pursue careers in the STEM fields. This conference will be attended by professionals from education, business and government. A limited number of travel scholarships are available. For more information, visit the website at: http://www.ngcproject.org/collaborative/new-york-steam-girls-collaborative or contact Jennifer Goodall at: jgoodall@albany.edu 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

2014 ESSCP Grant Recipients Announced
The U.S. Department of Education announced the fiscal year 2014 Elementary and Secondary School Counseling program grant recipients. Grantees under this program will use funds to support school counseling programs in target elementary, K-12 or secondary schools. Schools will use the funds to establish or expand counseling programs through hiring qualified school counselors, school social workers, school psychologists, or child and adolescent psychiatrists with a goal of expanding the range, availability, quantity and quality of counseling services. Funds may also be used to support parental involvement, school counselor and other staff professional development and collaboration with community-based organizations that provide mental health and other services to students. View a list of the grant recipients.

Are you curious about other federal funding sources for school counseling services?

Earlier this summer, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan sent a letter to chief state school officers and local education agencies advising them to use their federal investments wisely. The letter included guidance on federal funds available for school counseling professional development and services. Read the letter and see the list of federal programs that can be used for comprehensive school counseling services and professional development. Please share this information with your building- and district-level supervisors.

Have questions? Contact Amanda Fitzgerald. More

Counselors work to get more students on college path
Education Week
Kristin M. Chiasson and her team of guidance counselors have been ramping up efforts to foster more of a college-going culture at Wayne Memorial High School, near Detroit, where a majority of students would be among the first in their families to pursue higher education. After surveying students to identify their needs in the college process, the school is starting lunchtime help sessions to walk students through the onerous application process and will be rebranding a financial-aid workshop to entice more participants.More

Counselors in a crisis: Lessons from Ferguson schools
District Administration Magazine
Administrators at the Ferguson-Florissant School District in suburban St. Louis doubled the number of counselors during the first week of school in late August to help students cope with their emotions during the time of instability following Michael Brown's death, says school board president Rob Chabot. The district's 11,000 students filed into schools nearly two weeks late, after widespread protests and social unrest in the area. More

High school counselor rankings methodology
U.S. News & World Report
For the fifth consecutive year, U.S. News has factored high school guidance counselors' opinions into ranking the schools in the National Universities and National Liberal Arts Colleges categories of the Best Colleges rankings. There's little doubt that high school counselors often have a considerable amount of firsthand knowledge about colleges and universities in their regions — and the experience and expertise needed to assess academic quality and give prospective students smart direction. More

With technology taking over in schools, worries rise
The New York Times
At a New York state elementary school, teachers can use a behavior-monitoring app to compile information on which children have positive attitudes and which act out. In Georgia, some high school cafeterias are using a biometric identification system to let students pay for lunch by scanning the palms of their hands at the checkout line. And across the country, school sports teams are using social media sites for athletes to exchange contact information and game locations.More

As school year begins, education landscape is changing
By: Archita Datta Majumdar
There have been some interesting developments recently in the education sector, especially imparting education in the K-12 levels. The beginning of 2014 saw major predictions being set for the way education will take shape in these times of rapid change and technology. As the 2014-2015 school year begins, we are seeing some of these predictions come true. Tech-driven teaching practices have stormed in and have been consolidated as key teaching tools for most states this year. Another major development has been more student-centric learning and responsibilities. More

School bus terrorism: Are we now less prepared?
School Transportation News (commentary)
As multi-hazard approaches to anti-terrorism are crucial for effective approaches, a number of experts are becoming increasingly concerned that the intensive focus on active shooter events is leaving schools, school buses and school-related special events inadequately prepared for terrorism attacks. Firm data demonstrates that at least one insurance carrier recently paid claims relating to emergency room treatment of school employees who have been injured in the past 20 months during active-shooter response training. It is quite evident that millions of dollars are being spent on emergency room bills for this as yet unproven type of training.More

Report details 5 keys to using technology to help at-risk students
THE Journal
The Alliance for Excellent Education and the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education recently released a report, "Using Technology to Support At-Risk Students' Learning." Written by Linda Darling-Hammond, Molly B. Zielezinski and Shelley Goldman, the report includes a review of the literature studying the impact of technology on at-risk students. Based on their research, the authors offer the following five recommendations.More

Study: Cyberbullying increases as students age
University of California — Riverside via Science Daily
As students' age they are verbally and physically bullied less but cyberbullied more, non-native English speakers are not bullied more often than native English speakers and bullying increases as students' transition from elementary to middle school. Those are among the findings of a wide-ranging paper just released.More