NYSSCA Today
Dec. 26, 2013

They loved your GPA , then they saw your tweets
The New York Times
From Nov. 14: As certain high school seniors work meticulously to finish their early applications to colleges, some may not realize that comments they casually make online could negatively affect their prospects. In fact, new research from Kaplan Test Prep, the service owned by the Washington Post Company, suggests that online scrutiny of college hopefuls is growing.More

School administrator's guide to supporting the role of school counselors
Edutopia
From Dec. 5: After the Sandy Hook tragedy, President Obama called for increased mental health support in school settings. Counselors are qualified to work with students in individual counseling, small group counseling and large group support. Besides being leaders, advocates, collaborators and systemic change agents, counselors have training in crisis intervention and are often called upon to assist in small- and large-scale crisis situations. However, if school counselors are engaged in too many non-counseling duties, then their effectiveness is reduced.More

4 college admissions strategies for students with bad grades
U.S. News and World Report
From Nov. 26: 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

Yale expert says teaching about emotions reduces bullying
Hartford Courant
From Nov. 26: 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 apps make college access and success easier for students and parents
College Summit
From Nov. 26: 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

New York City uses incentives to cut chronic absenteeism in public schools
The Hub at Johns Hopkins
From Nov. 26: 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

Professional school counselors fight cyberbullying
The Huffington Post
From Nov. 14: Agree or disagree with the tactics, action is being taken to stop cyberbullying, and that's important, but solutions must also be realistic. Teens will always be one step ahead as new social media technologies continue to emerge, which is why it's important to call out another group of people who stand ready to fight this battle: professional school counselors.More

De Blasio puts education reform at top of his agenda as New York City mayor
The Washington Post
From Nov. 14: Bill de Blasio, recently elected mayor of New York City, intends to dial back or abandon many of the education changes outgoing Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg aggressively implemented in the nation's largest public school system. De Blasio — the first Democrat elected mayor in 20 years and the first in recent memory with a child in public school — wants to pause or reverse many of Bloomberg's policies.More

What should school counselors do?
National Journal
From Nov. 22: Guidance counselors in high schools are hopelessly overbooked. The recommended caseload is roughly 250 students per counselor, but as schools look to cut budgets, some counselors might find themselves with twice or three times as many cases. "How in depth are you going to know those kids," says Dan Fuller, vice president of legislative relations at Communities in Schools, a nonprofit that provides "site coordinators" for schools who give more extensive services to the most troubled students.More

10 best public high schools in New York City
Business Insider
From Nov. 14: Long regarded as an academic powerhouse that educates some of the country's brightest students, Stuyvesant High School is the best public high school in New York City, according to data compiled by FindTheBest. FindTheBest recently partnered with the NYC Department of Education to build a comparison system for public schools in the city.More