Oct. 2, 2014

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

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!

Information regarding workshops, conference schedule, and the College Tour and Dinner at the Albany NanoTech Complex and SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY PI) is also available on the website.

Our Conference Brochure is available here.

Check out the app created for the NYSSCA Conference 2014!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.

Several NYS Schools & Districts are receiving a Grant. Included on the list are: The Cheektowaga Central School District, John V. Lindsay Wildcat Academy Charter School, Southern Cayuga Central School District, Sullivan County Board of Cooperative Education Services, Uniondale Union Free School District.

Uniondale UFSD won the 2013 NYSSCA Outstanding Program, Practice, or Project Award.

View a complete list of the grant recipients and their programs being funded. More

Bullying Prevention Month
October is Bullying Prevention month. Here is a link to the Bullying Prevention collection found in the American Federation of Teachers' national website Share My Lesson that facilitates the sharing of best practices lessons and resources. A free poster is also available. Share My Lesson Bullying Prevention Collection.

* You will need to create a free account to access the resources. More

Connected Educator Month Starter Kit
Never been part of an online professional community or network? Already part of a community or network, but want to be more connected? The Connected Educator Month Starter Kit can help you on both fronts. Written by The Connected Educator author Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach and Powerful Learning Practice in collaboration with the Connected Educators initiative, and loaded with helpful links and embedded videos, the kit takes a 31 days approach for this special month, giving you one simple way to get more connected every day. Please feel free to pass it along to any friend or colleague you think could benefit from getting more connected!


School counselors do more than you'd think
Pacific Standard
Hiring just one additional school counselor in an average American school could have about a third of the effect of recruiting all the school's teachers from a pool of candidates in the top 15 percent of their profession, according to a new analysis. That's also about the effect you'd expect from lowering class sizes by adding two teachers to a school of around 500 — either way, not too shabby.More

Too much demonstrated interest
Inside Higher Ed
Some high school counselors are worried about another college admissions hurdle students have to clear: repeatedly showing interest in certain colleges, even though they have already applied. During the annual meeting of the National Association for College Admission Counseling, admissions officials from several colleges laid out how they used students' "demonstrated interest" to make admissions decisions. The concept of demonstrated interest isn't new — and colleges have long been wary of applicants who might not be serious — but its role has grown in a significant way.More

Study: ADHD can hamper school performance as early as 2nd grade
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder can harm a child's academic performance and social skills as early as the second grade, a new Australian study contends. Children between 6 and 8 years old who were tested and scored high for ADHD symptoms were more likely to get lower grades in elementary school and have trouble fitting in with other kids, compared with children without ADHD, the study authors reported. Kids with ADHD also were more likely to have other mental health or developmental disorders, including anxiety, depression and autism, according to the study.More

School spending decisions: Are you getting the best value for dollars spent?
District Administration Magazine
Student achievement, teacher quality, school safety, 21st century teaching and learning — these are but a glimpse into the areas of need each administrator must consider when making school spending decisions. Add to each of these spending decisions the impact of student productivity, and your efficiency and financial anxiety might increase. As the 2014-2015 school year heads into full swing, are you left wondering how to spend your tight budget on the right things?More

Record number of homeless children enrolled in US public schools
The Christian Science Monitor
A record number of homeless students were enrolled in U.S. public schools last year, according to new numbers by the Department of Education. The data — which most experts say underreport the actual number of homeless children in America — showed that nearly 1.3 million homeless children and teens were enrolled in schools in the 2012-2013 school year, an 8 percent increase from the previous school year. The number of homeless students has been rising steadily for a number of years, and has increased about 85 percent since the beginning of the recession.More

Study: Lack of sleep increases risk of failure in school
Medical News Today
A new Swedish study shows that adolescents who suffer from sleep disturbance or habitual short sleep duration are less likely to succeed academically compared to those who enjoy a good night's sleep. The results have recently been published in the journal Sleep Medicine. In a new study involving more than 20,000 adolescents aged between 12 and 19 from Uppsala County, researchers from Uppsala University demonstrate that reports of sleep disturbance and habitual short sleep duration (less than 7 hours per day) increased the risk of failure in school.More

Common Core assessment group revises testing time
Education Week
The PARCC testing consortium has announced that schools will need to schedule about 10 hours of testing time this spring for elementary school students, and nearly 11 hours or more for middle and high school students. Recently released, the new time projections are higher than the estimates that PARCC issued in March of 2013: eight to 10 hours of testing. But that's because the earlier figures reflected something different: the amount of time "typical" students would need to complete the English/language arts and mathematics tests.More

An hour of after-school exercise linked to better cognitive functioning
Medical News Today
A new study finds that at least 60 minutes of physical activity after school every day is not only beneficial for children's physical health, but it may also improve their cognitive functioning. The research team, led by Prof. Charles Hillman of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, publish their findings in the journal Pediatrics. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommend that children and adolescents aged 6-17 years engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day. But last year, a survey of high school students found that only 29 percent had met this recommendation within the last 7 days.More

Due process hearings on decline
Disability Scoop
Fewer special education disputes between parents and school districts are escalating to due process hearings, a new government report finds. The number of due process hearings nationwide declined from over 7,000 during the 2004-2005 school year to 2,262 by the 2011-2012 academic year, according to a review released Wednesday from the Government Accountability Office. The shift was largely due to "steep declines" in New York, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. — locations which accounted for over 80 percent of the nation's hearings — the report indicated.More

Study: Deeper learning approach shows positive student gains
THE Journal
The idea that students need to develop a deeper understanding of content and the ability to apply what they learn in one area to another area are major premises of new learning standards, such as the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards. A new study now shows that schools promoting the practices of what's called "deeper learning" are getting better results from their students. For example, those students are more likely to graduate on time, are more likely to attend four-year colleges and achieve higher test scores.More

Study: Delay the dreaded middle school years
Middle school is a time most rational people would like to forget — the time when bullies and body issues tend to emerge and self-awareness often reaches an uncomfortable level. But might it be possible to change that — or at least delay it — by keeping kids in elementary school longer? A new study published in the journal Psychology of Women Quarterly says yes. The researchers posed the question, "Is there a link between individual body image and student body?" when conducting their research, which involved an ethnically diverse sample of more than 1,500 female students between fifth and eighth grades in U.S. school districts.More