NYSSCA Today
Nov. 27, 2013

Legal and ethical issues for minors workshop
NYSSCA
NYIT's School Counseling Department is hosting a workshop on Legal and Ethical Issues for Minors as ASCA just released the 3rd edition of the casebook this past summer. Dr. Carolyn Stone, ASCA's Ethics chair is the workshop facilitator.

The workshop fee includes a copy of the new book and refreshments. Click on the Manhattan or Old Westbury date for a workshop flyer.

Tuesday, Dec. 10, 9 a.m. to 3p.m. at the NYIT Manhattan Campus
Thursday, Dec. 12, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Old Westbury Campus

Registration in advance required. Purchase orders are welcome.

For further information, call 212.261.1529.More

NYSSCA activity books now available
NYSSCA
Our NYSSCA School Counseling Activity Books are again available for sale online. Just click the Publications tab at our website, www.NYSSCA.org, and you can order them online. They're perfect stocking stuffers for you or your staff.More

New apps make college access and success easier for students and parents
College Summit
College Summit launched 19 new online and mobile apps to help students get to and through college. Zombie College, a game that promotes a fun way of learning about the college access process; CollegeAbacus, a one-stop shop for comparing college pricing; and Career Connect, an app that links students with experts to answer questions about college and career paths are among the apps that became publicly available on the Web, Facebook, Apple's App Store and Google Play. The apps can also be found on CollegeAppMap.org.More

Study: Frequent tests can enhance college learning
The New York Times
Grading college students on quizzes given at the beginning of every class, rather than on midterms or a final exam, increases both attendance and overall performance, scientists reported. The findings — from an experiment in which 901 students in a popular introduction to psychology course at the University of Texas took their laptops to class and were quizzed online — demonstrate that the computers can act as an aid to teaching, not just a distraction.More

New York only state still on board with school data plan
The Associated Press via ABC News
After months of debate about the risks of storing student data in the cloud, New York is pressing ahead with a plan to create a statewide database for every public school student's grades, tests scores and attendance records — a tech startup proposal that drew interest from several other states that have now reconsidered.More

New York City uses incentives to cut chronic absenteeism in public schools
The Hub at Johns Hopkins
Mentors, wake-up calls to students, incentives and weekly "student success" meetings led by principals helped New York City significantly cut chronic absenteeism in schools, according to a report by the Everyone Graduates Center at the Johns Hopkins University School of Education. The report examines the impact of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's task force on truancy, chronic absenteeism and school engagement, a program that spanned 2010 to 2013 and reached more than 60,000 students.More

Yale expert says teaching about emotions reduces bullying
Hartford Courant
At a symposium on reducing bullying and improving school climate, Marc Brackett, director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, told a crowd of about 200 educators that bullying prevention programs "are mostly ineffective." About 28 percent of children report that they are bullied regularly in school — a percentage that has stayed about the same since 2005. "Why are we spending billions of dollars a year on approaches that don't seem to make a difference?" Brackett asked.More

New York leaders to push changes on student privacy, testing
Newsday
State political and educational leaders in New York, responding to recent outcry from parents and educators, are pushing changes they say will protect privacy of students' school records and ease test pressures. State Sen. John Flanagan, chairman of the Senate's Education Committee, said he expects quick action after the legislature convenes in January on a measure clamping extra restrictions on release of students' test records to commercial contractors.More

Study weighs cost landscape facing common-core tests
Education Week
The two federally funded consortia of states developing tests aligned to the common core won't have to increase the prices of their assessments by more than a few dollars per student if some states drop out, according to a new report. The analysis, released by the Brookings Institution, attempts to quantify one potential kind of damage that common-assessment opponents could inflict on the two testing groups: driving up the cost of the tests by getting states to withdraw.More

4 college admissions strategies for students with bad grades
U.S. News and World Report
For students who struggle academically in high school, the college application process can be especially stressful. The competitive admissions process can make these students feel like college is out of reach, but there are still options. Admissions experts say students can explain an academic dip in college applications and use the rest of their senior year to make their application more appealing.More