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School Counselor Summit update

from NYSSCA

Dear School Counseling Colleagues,

On April 7-8, 2014, 230 school counselors, counselor educators, school administrators and NYSED professionals gathered for the School Counselor Summit led by NYSED's Office of K-16 Initiatives and Access Programs, in collaboration with NYSSCA, NYACES and NYSACAC. Under the leadership of Stan Hansen, Executive Director and Tracey Johnson, Summit Coordinator (both of the Office of K-16 Initiatives and Access Programs), the School Counselor Summit took place at the Desmond Hotel in Albany, NY. This event was sponsored by NYSSCA, ACT, College Board, CICU, Guidance Direct and CTE. The theme and goal for the gathering was:

"Enhancing Collaborative Leadership for College and Career-Readiness, and Success with School Counselors"

The 230 participants were charged with providing leadership and expertise to develop recommendations that:
  • Address challenges in the existing educational and cultural infrastructure
  • Permeate academic content areas, and
  • Incorporate changes in pedagogical approaches to school counseling services
  • Identify best practices and resources to be considered for guidance and resources for school counselors
Participants considered the following overarching questions through four different lenses:
  • Standards and accountability
  • Curriculum and instructional resource
  • Administrative and community support
  • Professional development
Recommendations generated by participants are being compiled by the Office of K-16 Initiatives and Access Programs and will be presented to the Board of Regents in June. Those recommendations, photos, resources, agendas, expert panelist presentations and much, much more information is available at the Summit Website HERE. Please visit the website often as additional materials are being added regularly. The Summit website can also be accessed from the first page of www.nyssca.org. more


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