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NYSSCA Conference 2014
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"School Counselors: Informed, Accountable, Impactful"
October 31 to November 1, 2014
The Albany Hilton, Albany, NY 12207

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NYSSCA leaders to attend San Diego White House Convening
President Gloria Jean and President Elect Dr. Barbara Donnellan will attend the San Diego White House Convening. This is an invitation only event and the invitation below includes an outline of the event and intended outcomes:

In partnership with the White House's College Opportunity Agenda and the First Lady's Reach Higher Initiative, San Diego State University is pleased to invite you to a gathering of committed leaders and commitment makers focused on creating and implementing measurable action plans for improving school counseling preparation, programs, and practices with the goal of increasing college access for all students.

This White House convening will take place Nov. 17-18 at the Conrad Preby Aztec Student Union on the campus of San Diego State University, San Diego from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday and 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Tuesday (optional Campus Tour from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Tuesday).

20+ Universities, 20+ Districts & 20+ Partnerships Supporting Presidents 2020+ Goal

We are pleased to report we have far exceeded our goal of hosting over 20 working groups in 20+ states committed to creating systemic change in the school counseling profession.

The incredible response to this event allows us to include teams from diverse geographic areas and provides the potential for far-reaching future impact. Priority was given to team requests. Although not all requests could be honored, please note that the event will be live streamed. Team members unable to attend will be encouraged to participate via live stream (details forthcoming).

Outcomes of this event will include:
  • 20+ Solidified Working Groups of Strategic Collaborative Partners
  • 20+ Formalized and Finalized Strategic Action Plans
  • Announcements of High Impactful Partnerships (Funders, Tools, etc.)
  • Commitments for Future Opportunities to Link Successful Partnerships with Those Seeking Mentoring to Create them
  • Mechanisms to Create, Consult and Contribute Action Plans, supporting documents, policies, outcomes and research designed to assist Strategic Collaborative Partners in meeting the goals and outcomes stated above over the next two years and beyond.

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Multiple pathways graduation option
We have received important information from the NYS Association for Career and Technical Education on the Multiple Pathways graduation option. This proposal, which allows students to graduate through the selection of a Pathway in either CTE, the Arts, Humanities, STEM or an additional Regents exam, will be voted on by the Board of Regents at their October 20th meeting. It is considered likely to move forward, and school counselors need to be aware of this development and its implications:

NYSACTE's position paper is linked below, as well as NYSUT's 2014 key recommendations on CTE education and the CTE Pathways September 2014 presentation to the Board of Regents. For additional information, please visit the NYSACTE website at

Pathways     NYSUT 2013 CTE     NYSACTE

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  Inspirations for Youth and Families

Inspirations for Youth and Families teen rehab is a small, privately run treatment center and private school located in Florida. The program helps teenagers overcome drug and alcohol addiction in a calm, therapeutic setting. Clients participate in daily exercise, counseling, and a variety of therapies. A typical stay at Inspirations lasts 30 to 90 days.


Nurses, counselors see prevalence of anxious teens increase
Education World
A recent study finds that a great amount of students today are anxious due to expectations and social media. School pressure can be one of the stressors affecting teens and more and more school personnel have been tasked to help students cope. Quite often it falls to school nurses to deal with overwhelmed students. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, about eight percent of today's U.S. teens suffer from "some type of diagnosed anxiety disorder," said an article in the Atlantic Monthly. Anxiety, the article added, has "been on the rise among children and young adults since at least the 1950s." School counselors and nurses "have cited increased amounts of stress, pressure, social media, and divorce as causes for this surge in anxiety that has not only affected the teens who suffer but school administrators trying to help their students."
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Survey: Most New York school superintendents give Common Core thumbs-up
More than 80 percent of school superintendents on Long Island and statewide who responded to a recent poll believe the Common Core academic standards are improving the quality of English and math education in their classrooms. Survey results, released by the New York State Council of School Superintendents, showed that 83 percent of school chiefs responding in Nassau and Suffolk counties, and 85 percent statewide, felt either "very positive" or "somewhat positive" about the standards' impact on English instruction.
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Why schools should screen their students' mental health
Schools should be a first line of defense for catching young people at risk for mental health issues from depression to ADHD, a pair of new reports says. Kids and adolescents spend a significant amount of their time in school, yet providing mental health screenings and care is not an overarching requirement for many schools. "We need to think about how to embed mental health services so they become part of the culture in schools," says study author Dr. Mina Fazel, a child psychiatrist at the University of Oxford. "It will take a commitment from health and education."
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Researchers and schools diverge in definitions of bullying
Education Week
One of the biggest challenges for those who seek to end bullying among students has been defining exactly what "bullying" is. Even as efforts to address the behavior have moved to the front burner of child well-being initiatives in recent years, researchers and educators say that major studies have relied on inconsistent definitions and methods of measuring its prevalence. And if researchers can't agree on exactly what the problem is, they can't help identify effective solutions for K-12 educators, who are increasingly facing new accountability measures that incorporate issues related to school climate and student behavior.
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Who is responsible for IEP goals?
By: Pamela Hill
As the beginning of autumn appears, public school is well underway for the more than 2 million students identified with learning disabilities in the United States. These students are being instructed by teachers whose responsibility is to assist them in meeting their Individual Education Plan goals. The IEP was first introduced in 1975 as part of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The individualized education goals are a pivotal part of this legal document and are crucial to the student's success. Was it the intent of the designers of this document that decisions and educational goals be made for the student or with the student?
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New research suggests repeating elementary school grades — even kindergarten — is harmful
The Hechinger Report
The already muddy research on whether it's better to hold back struggling students or promote them to the next grade just got muddier. A new study, "The Scarring Effects of Primary-Grade Retention? A Study of Cumulative Advantage in the Educational Career," by Notre Dame sociologist Megan Andrew, published Sept. 26, in the journal Social Forces is an empirically solid analysis that adds more weight to those who say retention — what education wonks call repeating a grade — is ultimately harmful.
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  When you're here, you're almost there

Health Analytics is the future of health care administration and the new, one of a kind analytics program at D'Youville College, will give the student an early career advantage in this high demand profession. Health Analytics is vital to any organization in the planning, implementation of programs and policy.

Children with dyslexia can succeed in school
The San Diego Union-Tribune
It's the most common learning disability, affecting roughly 1 in 10 Americans and 20 percent of school-age children. Yet in many cases, it goes largely undiagnosed. It's dyslexia, a language-based learning disability that results in problems with accurate or fluent word recognition, poor reading and decoding abilities. If left undetected, it can lead to frustration with school or low self-esteem. And while there's no "cure" for the condition, there are treatments that can allow those who have it to function as well others.
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Chronic absenteeism can devastate K-12 learning
Education Week
Warning systems exist to keep us out of harm's way. The car's dashboard light warns of low tire pressure; the urgent weather bulletin advises us to evacuate ahead of a storm. We are conditioned to take these warnings seriously and act upon them. Now, just weeks into the new school year, another warning system is sending a message to parents and educators: the early signs of chronically absent students.
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Homework: An unnecessary evil? ... Surprising findings from new research
The Washington Post
A brand-new study on the academic effects of homework offers not only some intriguing results but also a lesson on how to read a study — and a reminder of the importance of doing just that: reading studies (carefully) rather than relying on summaries by journalists or even by the researchers themselves. Let's start by reviewing what we know from earlier investigations. First, no research has ever found a benefit to assigning homework (of any kind or in any amount) in elementary school.
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How stress affects the brain during learning
A fight or flight reaction may be useful in some situations, but it is highly detrimental in the classroom. Whether anxiety stems from test taking or from an unstable home environment, the brains of students experiencing high levels of stress look different than those who are not — and those brains behave differently, too.
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