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

The Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW) published a popular book, School Counselors Share Their Favorite Group Activities. Due to continued interest, ASGW plans to publish a second edition of this book, School Counseling Activities for Small Groups: A Guide to Planning, Conducting, and Processing, edited by Rebecca A. Schumacher and Khristi Keefe. We are currently seeking activities for this publication.

Submissions are due to the editors by Jan. 1, 2014 for potential publication in 2014. Decisions will be returned to authors by Jan. 15, 2014 and any requested revisions will be due by Feb. 1, 2014. Submissions should include the following:
  • Title of the activity
  • ASCA domain: (Academic, Career, Personal/Social)
  • School level: (Elementary-specify whether lower or upper elementary or both, Middle, High School)
  • List the potential stage and session(s) for the activity: (Orientation Phase, Transition Stage, Working Stage, Termination Stage)
  • Rationale for the activity (1 paragraph)
  • List 1-3 goals for the activity: (be specific if this activity applies to new knowledge, behaviors, skills, thought, feelings, beliefs and/or perceptions learned)
  • Identify the ASCA standards the activity meets
  • Estimated time length for the activity
  • Materials and equipment needed
  • Describe pre-group preparation
  • Describe specific directions for the activity
  • List 3-6 potential processing questions
  • Describe any precautions and considerations in using the activity
  • List references and/or credits
  • Provide author(s) name, title, professional affiliation, contact information (email, phone, postal mailing address) and a brief description of group work in schools
Activity submission should adhere to APA style

QUESTIONS may be directed to the editors at"

TO SUBMIT AN ACTIVITY: Save your activity in an attached msword file titled with the first author's last name ASGW Activity. Example: Keefe ASGW Activity. If you submit more than one activity, please identify this with a number before the last name. Example: 2 Keefe ASGW Activity.

Email each activity to In the subject heading of the email, please put your last name ASGW Activity, and if submitting a second activity, 2 last name ASGW Activity. Example: Keefe ASGW Activity.

Please forward to any lists or interested colleagues. We look forward to receiving your submissions!

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  FYI: ASL-English Interpreting Programs

Click here for information every high school guidance counselor should know about ASL-English Interpreting degree programs.

NCWIT aspirations in computing
The National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) is looking to recognize and celebrate young high school women nationwide for their interest and aspirations in technology. Educators will also be recognized so please share with teachers, counselors and other K-12 educators.

Calling all creative coders and tech savvy young women!
The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing honors young women at the high-school level for their computing-related achievements and interests. Awardees are selected for their computing and IT aptitude, leadership ability, academic history, and plans for post-secondary education. Open to all US high school level girls. Apply online at by 10/31/13. National winners receive:
  • $500 cash award
  • A laptop computer
  • Trip for two to the National award ceremony in Charlotte, N.C. March 15, 2014
We also plan to recognize as many as 60 educators this year with the NCWIT Educator Award which comes with $1000 for professional development and a Dell laptop from sponsor AT&T. Winners are selected from educators that encourage girls to apply for the Aspirations Award at All questions should be directed to

Check out the recent blog from Brad Feld, NCWIT's chair, about the aspirations program and his $1,000 scholarship to each winner.

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PARCC 'parked'
The Board of Regents has decided that New York State will not implement PARCC in 2014-2015. Whether or not PARCC is adopted at all will be determined in the future. The reasons cited for this delay are inadequate technology, longer administration times, and higher costs. Field testing will continue and New York will remain part of the PARCC consortium. No matter what, districts should continue to prepare for eventual computer-based testing, whether PARCC or NYS assessments are administered.
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What should school counselors do?
National Journal
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.
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Colleges could take over schools in New York
USA Today
Colleges could soon be taking over some of the city's most struggling schools under a new proposal Superintendent Bolgen Vargas presented to the school board recently. The proposal, which needs state approval, would allow the district to enter into contracts with colleges and universities to manage schools within the district, essentially giving them the role of superintendent and asking them to oversee everything from the budget to day-to-day operations.
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  When you're here, you're almost there

About D'Youville D'Youville is an independent Catholic college located in Buffalo, New York. Founded by the Grey Nuns in 1908, D'Youville offers undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in allied health professions, education, business and liberal arts.

Study: Treatment rates woefully low for kids with psychological problems
Mental illnesses are very real things and in kids and teens they're often worse, because the soft clay of a still-developing mind may forever carry the marks of the traumas it endures. That's why it's especially important that teens who do suffer from psychological ills get the help they need early. Studies that seek to determine the share of people with specific mental disorders who are receiving treatment can be tricky, because the mere act of being diagnosed typically means you've been to a doctor, and in most cases your care begins right there.
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Is New York's charter school era waning?
The New Yorker
Under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York City has become a powerful incubator for the charter-school movement. The number of charter schools citywide has grown from 17 in 2002 to a 183 this year. Charter schools now represent an unorthodox second school system where several Wall Street hedge-fund managers sit on boards of directors. Now, though, with Bill de Blasio's incoming administration talking about capping the number of new charter schools, that pro-charter era could be waning.
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For online schools, long-distance counseling is challenge and opportunity
The Christian Science Monitor
As education goes online, it only follows that educational support services would go online too. And so school counseling — a multidisciplinary support role that tackles everything from the mundane to the life-threatening — has taken to the Internet. Counselors now do their best to look after the mental and academic well-being of their students, however far-flung they might be.
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Bloomberg issues final letter grades for New York schools
The New York Times
Nothing came to epitomize the era of education reform under Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg like the A-through-F letter grades he gave New York's schools. Educators obsessed over them, hoping their schools would avoid being marked for closing. Principals pored over them, knowing that fluctuations in test scores could determine end-of-the-year bonuses.
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School pranks might not affect college admission
The Virginian-Pilot
According to the National Association for College Admission Counseling, 38 percent of secondary schools do not disclose student disciplinary information to colleges. As with criminal records, colleges evaluate the severity of the suspension on a case-by-case basis. Most institutions do not have a blanket policy. "There's a difference between a youthful indiscretion and something violent," said Greg Roberts, University of Virginia dean of admission.
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