Oct. 1, 2015

NYSSCA 2015 Awards Program
The New York State School Counselor Association presents several awards each year at our annual conference. The award categories this year include:

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
Hotel rooms going fast, Please use discount code NYSSCA 2015
Nov. 20-21, 2015
Participant online registration here.
Exhibitor online registration here.


3 NBCC Foundation Scholarships — One month left to apply
NBCC Foundation
There is one month left to apply for more than 100 available doctoral- and master's-level counseling fellowships and scholarships, from $5,000 up to $20,000 each, through the NBCC Minority Fellowship Program and the NBCC Foundation scholarship program. The NBCC MFP is made possible through a federal grant awarded to NBCC, which the Foundation is contracted to administer. Counselors in training who commit to providing counseling services to underserved minority, rural and military communities may be eligible.More

Follow the money! Attend regional showings of 'Education, Inc.' documentary
NYSUT locals this fall are hosting regional showings of "Education, Inc.," an eye-opening documentary film about the forces behind the effort to privatize public schools. NYSUT Executive Vice President Andy Pallotta said the film exposes the many ways the wealthy one percent are spending millions to influence public education and education policy. A panel discussion will follow each screening.

In the next two weeks, there's a showing at Mohawk Valley Community College on Monday, Sept. 28; one in Huntington on Oct. 6; and another in Bellmore, Oct. 7. Here's the list of screenings scheduled so far.More

Order your 2015 Hispanic Heritage posters online
The 2015 NYSUT Hispanic Heritage Month poster celebrates José Limón (1908-1972) a Mexican-born modern dancer and choreographer. Download a printable copy of the poster at www.nysut.org/posters or send an email to orders@nysutmail.org. Reference project 514a-15 and include your name and mailing address.More

Tell congress to pass a new ESEA now
The new ESEA should include a requirement that individual states, in their applications for federal funds, report their "opportunity dashboard" data ... If inequities are apparent, states should then be obligated to develop an "opportunity and equity plan" to fix the problems — a process that should be public, transparent and include all stakeholders. For starters, does the student have access to things like advanced coursework and arts and music classes? Does each student have access to fully qualified teachers in the school? Does class size allow for one-on-one attention for kids? How about access to high-quality early education programs? And does the school have school nurses to help students stay healthy and school counselors to help guide them? Educators need support if they are going to do their best to help kids learn, they need to have access to appropriate professional development, mentoring and time to collaborate with each other. Click here to read more about the accountability dash board and get your talking points.More

3 tasks to help high school juniors boost college success
U.S. News & World Report
For many students, junior year of high school is also the most difficult year. Students must prepare for their upcoming ACT or SAT test dates, evaluate potential colleges and function beneath an immense amount of pressure to achieve high grades to impress these colleges. In addition to this academic stress, students must also begin asking themselves important questions about their ideal college experience in order to find schools that are a great fit. Much of this process is new and unfamiliar to students and there are some specific actions that juniors can take to navigate it successfully. More

How much does homelessness affect school performance? New York City aims to find out
Chalkbeat New York
Last year's school-performance report for P.S. 15 in the Lower East Side paints a troubling picture: only 2 percent of students passed the state English exams, and 6 percent passed math. But there is a telling number the report leaves out: 46 percent of P.S. 15 students lacked permanent housing the year before, making them more likely to miss class, earn lower test scores and switch schools mid-year, experts say.More

Education gap between rich and poor is growing wider
The New York Times
The wounds of segregation were still raw in the 1970s. With only rare exceptions, African-American children had nowhere near the same educational opportunities as whites. The civil rights movement, school desegregation and the War on Poverty helped bring a measure of equity to the playing field. Today, despite some setbacks along the way, racial disparities in education have narrowed significantly. By 2012, the test-score deficit of black 9-, 13- and 17-year-olds in reading and math had been reduced as much as 50 percent compared with what it was 30 to 40 years before. More

Childhood shyness and the connection to mental illness
By: Dorothy L. Tengler
Although childhood shyness is commonplace, it concerns many parents, especially those who place great value on sociability. Some children become shy because of harsh life experiences, but most are born that way. In some cases, shyness can be disabling. Extremely shy children often do not adapt as well as most of their peers in the classroom and on the playground. A recent study, however, has uncovered a deeper possible explanation for such shyness.More

'Mind-reading' kids are more discriminating learners
Medical News Today
To learn about the world around them, young children depend on information provided by others. But that's not always the best strategy: kids will sometimes take everything grown-ups say at face value, even if they're unreliable. New research shows that children are not as gullible as we might think — and that's especially true for those who have a good understanding of what's going on inside someone else's head. In a paper recently published in the British Journal of Developmental Psychology, researchers from Concordia University and the University of Ottawa show that even young children can be selective in whom they prefer to learn from. More

How awareness of cultural differences can help underachieving students
While there is individual variation within any culture, cultural learning patterns form along continua of learning styles. In some cultures making errors in public is a huge social shame to be avoided at all cost, while in others, they are thought of mainly as fodder for more learning (even if no one likes making them). In some cultures, people tend to favor learning collaboratively, while in others, there's more of a focus on the individual. In some cultures, people like to build their wall of learning brick by brick, while in others, the bricks get sketched in as you think about the whole wall, or sections of it. More

More than 1 in 5 US children are (still) living in poverty
The Washington Post
The proportion of American children who live in poverty began rising during the recession, and it continued rising after the recession officially ended. In 2013, the child poverty rate finally fell for the first time since 2006 — a dip that advocates hoped was the beginning of an enduring trend. But the child poverty rate did not fall again. Twenty-two percent of U.S. children — or more than one in five — were still living in poverty in 2014, unchanged from 2013, according to new data from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. That's 15.7 million children living under the poverty line, which in 2014 was $24,008 for a family of four. More

As test results trickle in, states still ditching Common Core
U.S. News & World Report
After spending millions of dollars adopting and implementing the Common Core State Standards and aligned assessments, states are finally beginning to release preliminary results from the first round of tests administered to students last spring. But it's unclear whether the results will have any meaningful impact, as a growing number of states across the country are walking back their commitments to the tests and even to the standards themselves, a set of rigorous academic benchmarks adopted by 42 states and the District of Columbia. More

Is it cyberbullying? Parents' views differ on how schools should respond
Medical Xpress
The digital age has given teens new platforms for cruelty: A social media prank intended to embarrass a classmate. Spreading online rumors about peers. Posting unflattering pictures of others. But at what point does teens being mean cross over to cyberbullying, and what should the consequences be? While many parents are concerned about cyberbullying, they are conflicted when it comes to actually defining it and determining appropriate punishments, according to today's report from University of Michigan's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health. More